THE LaPOLITICS REPORT: Picard, Politics & Ponies

In our latest podcast episode of The LaPolitics Report, Tyron Picard of The Picard Group drops in for a conversation about a bygone era in Louisiana politics, the current landscapes for government relations, what it really takes to be a racehorse owner and what big country music act came out Maurice.

Picard talks about how the “blurring lines” of business ownership have created new conflicts on the job. (Humana Health, for example, could soon be bought by Walmart.) “I think it’s going to become more and more difficult for all lobbyists as consolidation of these businesses occur,” he said. “What I suspect you’re going to see is either businesses are going to have to say that they’re not going to hire lobbyists or that lobbyists will have very defined, single scopes of work that will keep them in a single channel for a client on a single issue.”

Picard also talks about his upbringing, his late father, his wife's relationship with former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and his work with Catholic bishops to prevent human trafficking. He also tells us about his business’ humble beginnings and eventual expansion, and what it’s like working with lawmaking veterans like former Congressman Rodney Alexander.

Plus, we step in the way-back machine for archived audio from the late, great Cecil J. Picard.

By the way, you can also listen to the episode on SoundCloud or iTunes.

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