politics

A new national report has some suggestions for Louisiana lawmakers struggling to balance the state budget. The Pew Charitable Trusts found that sharing information is key to predicting revenue flow.

Protesters on the second day of the United Nations climate change talks in Paris.
Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Many small island countries are banking on support from the United Nations to help them cope with the impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion, as a result of climate change. WWNO’s Tegan Wendland reports from Paris on the second day of UN negotiations to reduce global warming. She found that island nations' challenges are similar to those faced here in Louisiana.

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

The first day of the United Nations international climate talks has wrapped up at the Conference Of the Parties, or COP21, in Paris. As world leaders try to reach an agreement to limit global warming and stave off climate change, Louisiana has a lot at stake.

Cheryl Gerber

Democrat John Bel Edwards has been elected to serve as Louisiana’s next governor. That’s partly because more voters than expected cast ballots in Saturday’s election.  Some go to greater lengths than others to vote… including some current and former inmates.

Ryan Hagerty, National Digital Library of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

When John Bel Edwards starts his new job as governor in January he will face lots of big decisions on how to spend BP settlement money and bring in more capital to restore the eroding coast.

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer has What the Frack?, We're Not #1, News of the Warm, Apologies of the Week, Harry Reads the Trades, and a surprise phone call from a presidential candidate.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in Saturday's election, marking a change in the political landscape in the conservative South.

Edwards will be the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, where Republicans dominate politically.

You could almost have predicted the outcome of the race based on the candidates' election night parties. Sen. David Vitter was set up at a hotel near the airport, while John Bel Edwards lodged in the historic Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter.

The Louisiana gubernatorial runoff will be held this Saturday, Nov. 20, with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.

In addition to the tight race for governor, candidates are vying for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and scores of local propositions and other races statewide, according to Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s office.

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer celebrates the life of Allen Toussaint with a lovely past interview with Mr. Toussaint.  Also, the Apologies of the Week.

Louisiana.gov

The University of New Orleans has released the results of its 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial Runoff Survey. 

600 likely voters participated in a statewide poll that closed on November 8. These opinions show that currently the public opinion is far from positive. Two thirds of the voters expressed that Louisiana, generally speaking, is headed in the wrong direction.

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