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Overcoming Gridlock in a Partisan Environment (2013)

McLeod Lecture Series



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-05-2

Duration: 00:56:58

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Politics | Government | MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY | Louisiana. Legislature | United States. Congress | Apportionment (Election law) | Term limits (Public office) | Mann, Robert, 1958- | JETSON, RAYMOND A. | STINE, DENNIS


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Sanford, Shauna Reporter
  • Jones, Bob Speaker
  • Henry, Bubba Speaker
  • Hainkel, John Speaker
  • Smith, Jane Speaker
  • Breaux, John Speaker
  • Johnston, J. Bennett Speaker
  • Moore, Henson Speaker
  • John, Chris Speaker
  • Blanco, Kathleen Speaker
  • Broome, Sharon Weston Speaker
  • Kimball, Kitty Speaker
  • DeWitt, Charles W. Speaker
  • Downer, Hunt Speaker
  • Stine, Dennis Panelist
  • Mann, Bob Panelist
  • Jetson, Raymond Panelist


This episode of the “McLeod Lecture Series” from May 2, 2013, features moderator Beth Courtney leading a discussion on overcoming government gridlock in a partisan environment. The panelists are: Dennis Stine, a former state legislator and Commissioner of Administration; Bob Mann, the director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication; and Reverend Raymond Jetson, a former state legislator. Prior to the discussion, Shauna Sanford presents a look back at the nine previous “McLeod Lecture Series” discussions. The panelists then discuss: redistricting as a cause of gridlock; the rise of one-issue lawmakers; the impact of lobbyists on the political process; partisanship at both the state and federal level; the growth of the two-party system in the Louisiana Legislature; the impact of term limits on the Legislature; the motivations of politicians; the impact of the 24-hour news cycle and social media on politics; the role of religion in the political process; the state budget; the issue of poverty in Louisiana; and their hope for the future. The McLeod Lecture Series event is a part of the McNeese State University Banners Series.