Sue Lincoln

Sue Lincoln is a veteran reporter in the political arena. Her radio experience began in the early ’80s, in “the other L-A” — Los Angeles.

Since her transplantation to Louisiana 25 years ago, she has covered the state, the capital, and its colorful cast of characters for Louisiana Radio Network, LPB and the Southern Education Desk.

Now she’s focusing her experience and expertise on producing WRKF’s Capitol Access.

Insight: Dr. Beau Clark

Aug 14, 2015

The Lafayette theatre shootings last month brought the issues of mental health commitments and gun rights to the forefront once again. In Louisiana, coroners are often involved in initiating the process that can lead to long-term commitment. East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. Beau Clark speaks with Sue Lincoln about the safeguards and pitfalls of mental health protective orders.

It’s been awhile since we checked in on Governor Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign, so let’s see how it’s going.

Last week he pitched in the minor league game of GOP contenders, on Fox News.

“I won two landslide elections. I made big changes. I think our country is tired of the politicians who simply read the polls and fail to lead,” Jindal said during that debate.

A new report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor says revenue coming into the state’s Transportation Trust Fund is not keeping pace with the state’s highway needs.

The report, compiled for informational purposes at the request of the Legislature, states, “With a significant rise in the costs of construction, a decline in federal funds, and only modest growth in state funding, there is concern that the TTF may not be able to address the transportation infrastructure needs of the state.”

Louisiana’s Commissioner of Administration has a tough job, overseeing state spending at a time when revenues have not kept up with funding needs. And while Kristy Nichols has had to wield the budget-cutting sword more often than anyone – even she – might like, she has also kept her public shields intact through some vigorous attacks by lawmakers, the press, and the public.

How has she kept it all together? What wells of strength does she draw from, in order to hold her head up, keep smiling, and keep working? She shares some of that with Sue Lincoln.

A hotel ballroom in Baton Rouge was filled to capacity Thursday, as AARP hosted a forum for the gubernatorial candidates Thursday. Three of the four leading contenders showed up.

“I want to thank Scott and Jay for being here today. You know, showing up counts,” John Bel Edwards quipped, prompting appreciative laughter.

David Vitter, who was holding a hearing in Washington, D.C., did not attend, so he took a bit of ribbing.

Another undercover video was released by the Center for Medical Progress Tuesday, showing Melissa Farrell, research director with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, in Houston.

“We’re going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact, and some that will not be,” Farrell says in the tape, referring to fetal tissue removed during an abortion.

Governor Bobby Jindal spoke with Fox News about “This woman, talking in barbaric, just brutal terms about these unborn children and their organs. I’m hopeful that folks will wake up and say, ‘Enough’s enough’.”

 Jay Dardenne is urging payback from a couple of fellow Republicans.

“David’s got a lot of money in the super PAC. Bobby’s got a lot of money in super PACs and taxpayers of Louisiana ought not be having to fund those efforts. That’s the point I’m really making,” Dardenne said of his call for David Vitter and Bobby Jindal to reimburse the state of Louisiana.


While the candidates for governor are obviously running against each other, they are also running hard against Bobby Jindal and his record. Speaking to the Louisiana Municipal Association on Friday, all four of the top contenders in the governor’s race endeavored to draw a line of difference between themselves and the current governor.


The price of oil has dropped more than $10 per barrel over the past month. And many of the fortunetellers of fossil fuel finances are now saying this is the new normal.

“Fortunately for Louisiana, we took the most conservative pricing as we built the forecast for FY ‘15, FY ‘16 and ’17,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says, noting that Louisiana’s revenue stream is no longer as heavily dependent on oil as it once was.

In order to deal with the Lafayette shooting tragedy, Governor Bobby Jindal announced last Friday he was suspending his presidential campaign. Jindal’s later response to a reporter’s persistent questioning about gun control policies certainly indicated the campaign was on hold.

“There will be a right time and place to have that conversation,” Jindal told the reporter. “I’m more than happy to talk about this in a few days. Right now is not the time.”

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