politics

WRKF
3:01 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Off the Clock: Jay Dardenne

We know their public personas, but what do Louisiana’s statewide elected officials do when they’re off the clock?

“Collecting sports memorabilia and Louisiana history stories have been my passions, as of late,” says Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. He loves to recount those stories he’s learned of the characters and quirks that have made the Bayou State both strange and wonderful. One of his favorite tales involves former state Senator Dudley LeBlanc of Abbeville.


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WRKF
3:01 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Higher Education’s Waiting Game

“It’s horrible. It’s as bad as we’ve seen, for sure.”

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, says the budget cuts looming ahead for Louisiana’s public colleges and universities are nothing short of brutal.

“We’re talking about three, four, five hundred million—they’re saying—in one year? That is an insurmountable obstacle for these schools.”

Erwin attended Monday’s meeting between governing board members for all of the state’s higher education systems, and some influential lawmakers. With the governor’s budget proposal due to be unveiled Friday, all are asking the same question: How bad will it be?


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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmakers Push Back on Budget 'Shell Game'

State lawmakers refused to approve part of the Jindal administration’s plan for balancing the current budget Friday, making it clear they’re fed up with sweeps of dedicated funds.

“Somebody, sooner or later, has got to stand up and say we’ve got to stop this,” Sen. Robert Adley of Benton remonstrated with the Joint Budget Committee and representatives of the Division of Administration.

Adley, a Republican, chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, and he took great issue with part of the budget-balancing plan to grab $6-million from gasoline taxes — which are dedicated to building and maintaining roads — and shuffle that money to State Police.

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Le Show
1:48 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of Feb. 22, 2015

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings Obama's slow jam of "One Turntable and a Selfie Stick," News of Secrets, News of the Olympic Movement, News of the Atom, News of the Godly, the Apologies of the Week, and more!

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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Joint Budget Committee to Vote on Mid-Year Cuts

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets today to vote on the governor’s plan for slicing $103-million from current year spending.

“These mid-year cuts are critical,” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says of the painful necessity.


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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Promised Coastal Dollars May Be Reconsidered

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 8:02 am

Louisiana’s congressional delegation — most notably former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu — has fought for coastal restoration funding for years. And it’s just about to pay off big.

“In November of 2017, approximately $170-million is to be made available to the state — $140-million of which comes to the CPRA,” explains Kyle Graham, with Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The source of the funds is a federal program known as GOMESA.


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Le Show
12:00 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Le Show For The Week Of Feb. 15, 2015

Harry Shearer

This week, Harry Shearer listens in on Brian Williams and Dan Rather, plays Smetana Hall, plus News of the Godly, We're Not #1, News of the Warm, The Apologies of the Week, News of a Bad Bank, News of the Atom, News of Secrets, and more!

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WRKF
3:01 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Louisiana Trying to Salvage Credit Rating

State officials have been burning up the phone lines between Baton Rouge and New York City this week, trying to stave off the threatened downgrade of Louisiana’s credit rating. State Treasurer John Kennedy says it’s been intense.

“We’re in trouble. I don’t want to overstate that, but I don’t want to sugarcoat it, either,” Kennedy says. “We’re in trouble with two of the three rating agencies. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s have told us unless we get our fiscal affairs in order, they’re going to downgrade us.”


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Latest News
7:51 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Planned Parenthood Appealing Decision Blocking Abortion Services At New Orleans Clinic

Planned Parenthood is appealing a state decision blocking abortion services at a New Orleans clinic under construction. The process could ultimately land in court.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Unequal Cuts: Statewide Elected Officials Complain

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 7:18 am

Statewide elected officials believe the Jindal administration’s budget ax must have become dull from overuse, since the latest round of proposed cuts are far from even.

“The cuts seem to be disproportionate,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne observes.


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