SEASON 2, EPISODE 22:

TWO GENERATIONS OF LOBBYING

Episode 22 of Season 2 has two guests from Spradely & Spradley, a government relations firm in Baton Rouge. They are Tom and Matt Spradley, father-and-son lobbyists.

Tom shares what it was like getting into the business in the 1970s, when lobbyists could actually be found voting the machines of lawmakers. Matt offers more of an updated take, reflecting on his own introduction to the Capitol during the Jindal-JBE era.

Plus we kick off this new episode by looking back at two of Louisiana’s best-known political investigations, Brilab and the Louisiana Hayride scandals.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 21:

THE JAMBALAYA EPISODE

John Diez, the PAC director for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, stops by to discuss what you need to make the perfect jambalaya, from the equipment to the ingredients.

He also talks about the 2019 election cycle, reveals some big news about LABI's PAC operations and shares what it was like growing up in a political family.

Plus we kick off this episode with a 1962 speech that President John F. Kennedy delivered in New Orleans about the space program.

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— SoundCloud here

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 20:

DARDENNE GOES TO THE HOOP

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne reveals just how close he came to walking on LSU’s basketball team, reflects on his 2015 race for governor and of course weighs in on next year’s fiscal cliff.

Plus we kick off this episode with a few songs that were topping the charts in 1955 and we dive into a 15-minute television spot that aired that year for Earl Long’s gubernatorial campaign. You’re going to want to hear these testimonials, delivered by Camille Gravel of Alexandria, Judge Edmund Reggie of Crowley and Bill Parker of Shreveport.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 19:

THE ATTORNEY TO THE JOURNALISTS

Scott Sternberg, the general counsel to the Louisiana Press Association and a First Amendment attorney, discusses his work with the state's print media and the sunshine trends to watch for at the Capitol.

Plus he dishes up a list of tips for citizen journalists and working reporters alike that aren't technically legal advice but are valuable nonetheless.

We also launch this show with the voice of late Gov. John McKeithen, who was captured on tape in 1965 trying to explain to reporters how he obtained a brand new Lincoln Continental. Make sure to give it a listen.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 18:

SETTING GOALS & PAVING ROADS

Do you set goals for yourself? If so, how do you follow up on them?

In this episode we get a few pointers from Shawn Wilson, Louisiana's transportation secretary who set a major goal for himself not long ago, achieved it and can now tell the tale.

We also dip into the possibility of another gas tax, discuss the state’s construction backlog and preview the year to come in infrastructure policy.

Plus we take another much deeper look at the life and times of Huey P. Long, who died 82 years ago last week.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 17:

SIGNS, SIGNS, SIGNS

This is the official campaign yard signs episode of 2017!

Chad Melder of CAMCO Consulting stops by to tell us what design elements work and which ones don't. He also explains why yard signs are so important and dishes up some terrific storytelling.

Then there's Politisigns' Adam Chapman, a marketing professional with a side hustle in politics. He has created an entirely new business model for how campaign signs are placed and stored.

Then finally it's Rodney Mallett, the communications director for the state Department of Transportation and Development, in a brief sidebar about laws and regulations. (You can't just stick those signs anywhere!)

Plus we tune in for a dramatic Louisiana news broadcast carried live — directly from 1957.

Available tomorrow at LaPolitics.com and on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 16:

"SO THEY NAMED ME PEPPI"

He’s the one-time speaker pro tem, a master of the redistricting process, a former GOP House delegation chair and a current member of the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

New Orleans' own Peppi Bruneau fields any and all questions in this episode, reflects on his path through Bayou State politics and offers up some surprising thoughts on Bobby Jindal's so-called "Gold Standard."

Plus we eavesdrop on history by listening to President Lyndon B. Johnson and U.S. Sen. Allen Ellender make small talk on a forgotten phone call.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 15:

THE CONSTITUTIONAL BOOGIE

In this episode of The LaPolitics Report podcast you’ll learn why the politics and people of the 1973 convention and 1974 Constitution remain one of the greatest Louisiana stories told.

The lead-off guest will be Bubba Henry, the chairman for the 1973 convention and a former speaker of the House. You will definitely discover something new in this repeat performance from Henry. (He was also a guest during season one.)

Plus you won’t want to miss our flashback to the time a Louisiana state senator appeared on television with Groucho Marx. It was an unforgettable exchange!

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 14:

THE STYLIST & THE CORONER

Go to two very different corners of Louisiana politics in this episode with stylist Kelly Kane and East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark

What colors should a politician wear on TV? 

How does death and politics collide on the ballot? 

Kane and Clark, in separate interviews, offer up some answers. 

The episode also gets started with a terrific clip-filled review of Louisiana governors who wanted to be president. Listen to Bobby Jindal make his 2015 announcement, hear Buddy Roemer on the campaign trail and tap your foot to the campaign music of Huey Long.

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 13:

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BILLY

Get inside the mind of Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser with this episode of The LaPolitics Report podcast.

It’s Nungesser unplugged and unedited! From his family history in Louisiana politics to his own more recent history on cable news, Nungesser lets loose on his wild climb to the state’s No. 2 statewide position.

He even offers some great advice for politicos who ride in Mardi Gras parades.

Plus we’ll reflect on the sobering news about U.S. Sen. John McCain’s battle with cancer, hear about a Louisiana connection from consultant Roy Fletcher and listen to McCain roast former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

SEASON 2, EPISODE 12:

GOVERNORS & MONEY

In her very first public interview, Allee Bautsch Grunewald explains how she became Bobby Jindal’s fundraiser and what the money landscape looks like today. We also develop a list of funding sources for political candidates and determined that there are roughly six very basic categories.

This is nearly everything you ever wanted to know about fundraising but were afraid to ask. (Read: nearly everything.)

Plus a nice little snippet from the highlight reel of "The Governors Project."

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

SEASON 2, EPISODE 11:

JOURNALISM, POLITICS & HAND GRENADES

The Advocate’s Stephanie Grace talks about the fine line between news and opinion and takes a deep dive on the writing process.

She also dishes on the fall elections in New Orleans, from mayor to sheriff. Politics and punditry are on parade in this episode!

Plus a little history lesson on the Hand Grenade. (The drink, not the explosive.)

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 10:

A SPEAKER TALKS ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Chuck Kleckley is the fourth former or current House speaker to appear on the show and he has some interesting thoughts to share on the political landscape facing sitting Speaker Taylor Barras. Here are some excerpts:

— “Taylor has his work cut out for him, but he’s doing a good job.”

— “People have been begging for independence for many, many years.”

— “I think probably every speaker back to the beginning of time has had some type of challenge.”

— “I read the stuff about Taylor and removing him from the speaker’s office... But if you remove him, the whole deck gets reshuffled. You’re going to have new chairmen of the 16 standing committees, new vice chairmen of the 16 standing committees, a whole new Appropriations Committee.”

— “When you factor all of that in, what guarantees that a new speaker will be any different? It’s a lot of noise. It’s unfortunate. That energy can be better spent resolving some of the problems the state has.”

Kleckley likewise discusses what it was like working with Bobby Jindal and explains what his own path was like for obtaining the House’s big gavel.

This episode also kicks off with a historic snippet about one of New Orleans’ most iconic foods.

Your Wednesdays have never sounded better.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 8:

JEFF LANDRY

Attorney General Jeff Landry fields a question about running for governor, pops the hood a bit on the Louisiana Committee For A Republican Majority and offers the latest on the Alton Sterling investigation.

He also discusses how he got his start in Louisiana politics, gives us the backstory on that “DRILLING = JOBS” sign and reveals why his election losses will always be as important as his victories.

At the top of the episode you’ll likewise hear a joke about “Amazing Grace” and a gravesite delivered by Sen. Jonathan Perry, the Legislature’s in-house comedian.

Finally, a special mention is required here The Getty Group, the new tech partner for The LaPolitics Report podcast.

— iTunes here (There may be a temporary delay in availability on iTunes)

— SoundCloud here (Available now)

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 7:

TROY HEBERT

A man of many hats and even more stories, Troy Hebert is behind the mic this week. He discusses his younger days at the Capitol, revisits the popularity of cockfighting in his old Acadiana district and offers up a few learning lessons gleaned from his time in Baton Rouge. A former state representative and senator; a one-time ATC commissioner; and the legislative liaison for Gov. Bobby Jindal, Hebert saw different shades of Louisiana politics during his career — and he touches on it all in this interview. You’ll even learn how he lost his House chairmanship and, in the process, ended up crowning a governor in a most stinging way.

(P.S. I misspoke in this episode's intro. When I referred to Hebert's final days on the House floor I meant to say that some folks were wondering if those days would be his last at the Capitol.)

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 6:

CARBO & BLOCK

Two of the governor’s key aides, Richard Carbo and Matthew Block, are on the pod this week.

Carbo, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ communications director, discusses how the administration’s press shop operates and he shares some memories about growing up in a well-known political family.

Block, meanwhile, talks about his job as the administration’s executive counsel and he touches on the challenges facing the Legislature this term. He even comments on the possibility of a special session.

Before all of this, the show gets started with a blast from the past via a clip featuring the late Camille Gravel, who, like Block, was the executive counsel for three Louisiana governors, including Uncle Earl. (Gravel was likewise Carbo’s grandfather.)

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 5:

SALLY NUNGESSER

We're taking a deep dive into a sector of the political infrastructure that has thus far gone overlooked on the show — fundraising, the mother’s milk of politics. Sally Nungesser of Nungesser Consulting is the guest. She has raised money for the U.S. House majority whip, a few governors, a host of congressmen and many others.

Nungesser leads a fascinating discussion on the importance of prospect lists, how fundraisers get paid, the worst mistakes candidates make when asking for cash, the truth about internet donations and much more.

The episode will also feature a quick look at the history and beauty of the Old State Capitol.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 4:

GREG BOWSER

We dip back into the Capitol's lobbying corps for this episode and hear from Greg Bowser of the Louisiana Chemical Association.

A former LSU football player, Bowser got his introduction to Bayou State politics through the offices of former Congressman Jimmy Hayes and former Gov. Buddy Roemer. He discusses ways to break into lobbying, the challenges lawmakers face today and what to expect from the 2019 legislative elections.

And since this is the 24th legislative day of the second regular session (May 3) under a new governor, we go back to this very same legislative day the last time there was a new governor. That means the 24th legislative day of the 2009 regular session, which hosted a comical presentation from the likes of Butch Speer, Bubba Henry, John Alario and Peppi Bruneau.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 3:

FRANCIS THOMPSON

State Sen. Francis Thompson, one of the longest serving lawmakers ever to set foot inside the rails of the Louisiana Legislature, is the guest this week.

He shares some terrific stories about his very first day in the House in 1975, the sometimes harsh politics of Edwin Edwards and how sideways the social structure of the Capitol has become over the past decade.

If you know Sen. Thompson then you will not be surprised to learn that this was our longest podcast recorded to date — out of the 26 people who have shared their oral histories with us so far.

By the way, if you’re looking for an interview with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, you're out of luck. For now. The mayor had to reschedule his interview, but we will have his words and thoughts for you soon.

Make sure to listen close to the beginning of this week’s episode. We start off with a few memories shared by Cokie Roberts about what it was like being the child of two members of Congress — and how tearing down campaign signs of her parents’ opponents may have been a part of her upbringing!

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— SoundCloud here

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 2:

CLAY HIGGINS

With this episode we continue our mission to interview every member of Louisiana’s congressional delegation — and we do just that with Congressman Clay Higgins. He’s probably the least-known member of the Louisiana delegation who made the biggest splash with an unpredictable victory during last year’s cycle.

We get some car-buying tips from Higgins, and he should know since he used to manage a car dealership. He also talks about his experience in law enforcement and the challenges police face with post-traumatic stress syndrome — and how it could be his next big policy push.

Plus, we kick off the episode with a look back at the assassination of Huey Long and the questions still lingering about Dr. Carl Weiss.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 1:

ERIC LAFLEUR

Senate Finance Chairman Eric LaFleur is the first guest for season two of The LaPolitics Report podcast. He discusses the controversies that are defining the start of this regular session and explains how he got into politics.

Plus, we kick off the show with words of guidance from a few of the original delegates to Louisiana’s 1973 constitutional convention — names like John Alario, Bubba Henry, Buddy Roemer, Woody Jenkins and Edwin Edwards.

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

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SEASON ONE

EPISODE 23: EDWIN EDWARDS

He had one of the longest terms of any American governor and now Edwin Edwards is talking about everything from gambling and romance to his past elections and biggest fear. (Make sure you listen for that at the end of the interview.)

Lessons learned from a life in politics, thoughts about his time in federal prison and reflections on books that have been written about his career are all topics covered by the other Governor Edwards in this episode.

This is also the final episode of Season One of The LaPolitics Report podcast. Adam & Reese has signed on as the sponsor for another season that launches the week the Legislature convenes its regular session. (Lawmakers gavel in on April 10; stay tuned to The Tuesday Tracker for future updates.)

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— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here (There might be a slight delay in this upload on the evening of Wednesday, March 15)

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EPISODE 22:

LOUIS REINE

Louisiana AFL-CIO president Louis Reine reflects on his youth in Baton Rouge, from growing up in a small business to slowly making his way into the ranks of organized labor. He also offers an overview of what unions do, their biggest political challenges moving forward and the policy milestones that have influenced the way they operate.

Plus, we kick off this episode with the campaign song from the 1971 gubernatorial campaign of John G. Schwegmann. We even chat a bit about those grocery bags…

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EPISODE 21:

KIMBERLY ROBINSON

Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson has a great story to tell — and she drops a terrific political trivia question on us: Which member of the REC was once Kimberly’s teacher?

You’ll get an answer to that in this episode, plus a small tax preview of the regular session, some historical perspective on the administration of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and much more.

We also open the show with the voice of Ronald Reagan, echoing from 41 years ago during a campaign stop in Shreveport.

Plus, stick around after Robinson’s interview to hear a chat with Adams & Reese partner B. Jeffrey Brooks. It was recorded during Washington Mardi Gras and includes a close look at the federal political landscape and our congressional delegation.

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— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

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EPISODE 20:

BUTCH SPEER

House Clerk Butch Speer has survived constitutional conventions, redistricting and much more. He discusses how he landed one of the Legislature’s most high-profile gigs and what’s next for him.

Butch also offers up some very practical tips for mastering the House process.

Plus we kick off the show with a job description for "Being Louisiana Governor," delivered by the other Edwards, Edwin Edwards.

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— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

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EPISODE 19:

TOM SCHEDLER

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is behind the mic for this Washington Mardi Gras episode. Schedler discusses an organic career in politics, the election landscape and the mood of the Legislature.

He also offers commentary on several historical soundbites prepared by the State Archives. They’re sprinkled throughout the show and include the words of George Rodrigue, Dave Treen, John Hainkel, Wade O. Martin and others!

Also listen for a special introduction from journalist Greg Hilburn and Korey Ryder of Atticus Strategies, and a special sign-off from SOS press secretary Meg Casper.

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

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EPISODE 18:

STEPHEN WAGUESPACK

Stephen Waguespack, the president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, gets into the weeds on how his organization is building membership and how it works the Capitol. He also discusses how LABI’s political action committees go about endorsing candidates. From his work on the Hill to his time with the Jindal administration, Waguespack has a great story to share.

Plus, we roll back the clock to the bloodiest debate in the modern history of the Louisiana Legislature with archived sound from former LABI head Ed Stiemel, former state Rep. V.J. Bella and Victor Bussie, the longtime AFL-CIO union leader.

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

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EPISODE 17:

BUBBA HENRY

We're talking to the first House speaker in modern times to succeed himself and an original member of the Young Turks — Bubba Henry.

We discuss life on the House floor in the late 1960s and 1970s and learn what it was like to run for governor. Does Louisiana need another constitutional convention? What’s it really like to be commissioner of administration? Bubba dishes on all of this, and much more.

Plus, we kick off the episode with archived audio from another Young Turk, the late John Hainkel, whose words help frame this lively episode.

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EPISODE 16:

JARED ARSEMENT

Media consultant Jared Arsement talks about the bridge between the art of filmmaking and political commercials. Is procrastination an acceptable part of the creative process? How much more can digital and addressable advertising climb? What’s the most important thing to remember on a shoot? We get into all of this and much more...

Plus, we dip into the public domain to hear what it was like to tour the U.S. Capitol 30 years ago with former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston.

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— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

EPISODE 15:

BERNIE PINSONAT

Bernie Pinsonat, the founding partner at Southern Media and Opinion Research, discusses the new Independent Party in Louisiana and dishes on when his next survey will be coming out. Plus, he offers four tips for evaluating a poll. We’ll also hear a little bit about Pinsonat’s background, his upbringing in Livonia and his time working for former U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston.

Plus, we dip into the audio archives to listen to former state Sen. Robert Adley roasting former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

— iTunes here (01.11.17 NOTE: There may be a bit of an uploading delay here today...)

— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

EPISODE 14:

LIZ MANGHAM

Liz Mangham, the founding member of Southern Strategy Group’s Louisiana office, joins the podcast to discuss the lobbying trade in Louisiana, her paintings and what it was like managing Kathleen Blanco’s successful run for governor.

Plus an audio blast-from-the-past courtesy of retired Chief Justice Kitty Kimball.

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

EPISODE 13:

JULIA O'DONOGHUE

Julia O’Donoghue, the state politics reporter for The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com, talks about her brief stint working at a vineyard, dishes on what she believes to be the biggest political story of 2016 and shares her thoughts on the criticisms the media has been fielding in the wake of the presidential election.

Plus, we take a look back at the lengthy career of former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs — we even have a clip of the woman herself talking about late President Ronald Reagan and why he didn’t mind sharing his jelly beans with her.

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EPISODE 12:

MELINDA DESLATTE

Melinda Deslatte, the Capitol bureau chief for the Associated Press, brings with her a very serious conversation about the evolution of political journalism in Louisiana and what the future holds for her trade.

She also dishes up some keen insights on the Legislature, which isn’t surprising — Melinda has seen it all at the Capitol and, due partly to term limits, she has quickly become one of the building's ready sources of institutional knowledge.

Plus, we take a look back at former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and hear some inspiring words from the woman herself.

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EPISODE 11:

CONGRESSMAN RALPH ABRAHAM

We’re pulling from above I-10 with Congressman Ralph Abraham for the 11th episode of The LaPolitics Report. Abraham discusses life in a Louisiana small town and his experience as both a physician and a veterinarian. From the Amazon to Haiti, he also shares memories from recent mission trips and talks about his passion for flying and mountain climbing. We get around to some politics as well, but the congressman has a terrific personal story to share.

Plus, we kick off this episode with a blast from the past featuring late Gov. John McKeithen. In a TV interview from yesteryear that you’ll hear on the show, he explains why he once promised an endorsement, then changed his mind and was somehow convinced give the nod anyhow.

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

EPISODE 10:

GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS

Gov. John Bel Edwards sits down for an hourlong interview and talks about everything from special sessions and taxes to legislative relations and this week’s elections. He also gives us a quick look at (and a quick laugh about) his Christmas list. Plus, we kick this episode off with a look back at the life and career of Russell Long.

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

EPISODE 9:

A CONSULTANT'S LIFE WITH ROY FLETCHER

Baton Rouge media consultant Roy Fletcher is up to bat first in this episode to talk about his very diverse body of work. From helping run John McCain’s presidential campaign to creating iconic images on TV for statewide elected officials, Fletcher has seen it all.

Then it’s a review of the six proposed constitutional amendments with Adams & Reese partner Rob Rieger.

Plus, we kick the show off with an audio clip that explains why former Gov. Mike Foster got into politics in the first place.

— iTunes here

— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

EPISODE 8: TAYLOR BARRAS

House Speaker Taylor Barras not only promises in this episode to never break a gavel, but he also gives us an overview of the coming budget process and dishes on what will likely be the biggest and nastiest issues of 2017. He likewise explains how he learned about politics in a grocery store and tells us what it's like to use Huey Long's old desk. (You'll learn why Huey had special switches installed under that desk as well.)

In our usual time-capsule segment, we drop in on the House floor for the final night of the 1979 regular session. You'll love this audio. It includes Billy Tauzin's rendition of Edgar Allan Poe's most well-known work and Bubba Henry's imitation of Earl Long.

Plus, we'll do a quick review of a list of Louisiana's 10 most influential elections, as compiled by author Errol Laborde for New Orleans magazine.

Your Wednesdays have never sounded better!

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— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

EPISODE 7: GARRET GRAVES

In our weekly sit-down interview, Congressman Garret Graves discusses his displeasure with the federal flood aid package, explains the mechanics of a proper Facebook prank and recounts his dreams of becoming a mountaineer. Graves also shares some memories from his unforgettable 2014 campaign against Edwin Edwards and reflects on years of political lessons gleaned from working on the staffs of John Breaux, Billy Tauzin, David Vitter and Bobby Jindal.

Does he have any interest in running for governor? What does he have to say about the current governor? Why have red snapper become to the most political species swimming in the Gulf of Mexico? Graves will touch on all that, and more…

By the way, this latest episode is definitely not commercial free. Sprinkled throughout are campaign commercials from Louisiana’s political past—four in all. You’ll get to hear how it used to be done, and how it’s still being done.

Plus, stick around after the congressman's interview for our final installment of GOING NEGATIVE. This week it’s “The Top Four Rules Of Fielding Attacks.”

Your Wednesdays have never sounded better!

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— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

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EPISODE 6: FRED MILLS

On the microphone is Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills. He'll keep you laughing as he doles out lessons on marketing, medicine and Marcel Proust. The chairman also spends some time presenting a roadmap for health care policy in Louisiana and talking about his childhood as a mayor's kid. But it's the questions — yanked from the Proust Questionnaire — that he fields at the end of the interview that offer a real glimpse into Mills' personality.

Also in this episode:

— A rendition of the legendary “Whiskey Speech,” read by author John Grisham. It's a winding bit oratory that was written in the 1950s by late Mississippi senator and judge Soggy Sweat, who then used it on the campaign trail.

— The debut of LaPolitics' new two-part series called Going Negative. This week it's the "Seven Golden Rules."

Your Wednesdays have never sounded better!

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— SoundCloud here

— Stitcher here

EPISODE 5: RANDY HAYNIE

Up to bat is Randy Haynie, a well-known lobbyist around the Capitol and the president of the National Association of State Lobbyists.

He’ll take us through the days when lobbyists weren't even required to register with the state up through today’s reporting requirements. We talk about public perceptions, the different kinds of lobbyists you’ll find at the Capitol and some of the most common professional mistakes made in that building.

Haynie reveals who will be one of the next inductees into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame and talks about his own display there. Plus, he explains how he ended up voting several times— and then hurriedly changing those votes — while working on the Senate floor as a young sergeant-at-arms.

If you’re looking for your usual dose of Louisiana political history, this is the episode for you. In addition to hearing about Haynie’s personal collection, which is vast, we kick off this episode with an audio sampling of Puggy Moity, whose stranger-than-fiction story has partly been lost to history.

If you’ve never heard of Puggy, you’re in for a treat. He was a professional ballot spoiler in the 1960s and 1970s who sometimes ran for more than one office at a time. He purchased 30-minute blocks of late-night TV for what amounted to political infomercials and wild and loose rants.

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Your Wednesdays never sounded so good!

EPISODE 4: LANCE HARRIS

House GOP Chair Lance Harris drops by for a few beers. We talk to the art collector turned politician about love, Mardi Gras, RVs, convenience stores and piano lessons.

We also discuss legislative politics. Harris reveals what House Republicans will absolutely demand during the 2017 session and offers up some surprising words for Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The show kicks off with an audio clip recorded 34 years ago of late Gov. Jimmie Davis and consultant Gus Weill explaining the best way to get a horse inside the State Capitol building. You have to hear it to believe it.

Plus, you'll hear LaPolitics' Top 10 Don'ts Of Political Campaigning. Well, you'll get the first five at least.

The podcast for people who love Louisiana politics is up on iTunes here and SoundCloud here.

Your Wednesdays never sounded so good!

EPISODE 3: GREG HILBURN

USA Today Network of Louisiana reporter Greg Hilburn joins us for a hilarious conversation about politics and family. There have been many changes to journalism since Greg first started, and we discuss that as well.

But you won't want to miss what he has to say about going through the adoption process for his lovely twin daughters.

Is social media changing journalism for the better? What is it like covering this strange election season? He answers all of these questions, plus much more…

We also go back in time with an audio clip from the political comeback of Edwin Edwards. You'll get a good laugh out of that!

We're also up on iTunes now! Check it out here. Plus we're still available through the usual venues:

  • To listen to the podcast directly in SoundCloud, click here.
  • To listen to the podcast in Stitcher, click here.
  • More information about iTunes and RSS and XML feeds coming soon.

EPISODE 2: J.P. MORRELL

Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Chairman J.P. Morrell sits down for a conversation that may have focused a little too much on comic books and tennis shoes. But that doesn’t come until the end of the show.

Before that it’s a quick run through the world of New Orleans politics and a deep dive into what to expect out of the Legislature in the coming months.

Will J.P run for mayor next year? What is it like being the only child of a political family? Will the business lobby get a fair shake from his committee next session? He answers all of these questions, plus much more… Like why folks may have to start calling Sen. Rick Ward Spider-Man and Rep. Helena Moreno Wonder Woman.

We also go back in time with a audio clip from the 1960 congressional campaign of Earl Long.

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EPISODE 1: JOHN ALARIO

Senate President John Alario opens up about his future in politics, his greatest regret at the State Capitol, Donald Trump's presidential bid and the art of revenge.

Plus, a blast from the past courtesy of Edgar "Sonny" Mouton, who ran for governor in 1979. His bid fell short, but also gave us some of the funniest oratory of the cycle.

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