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Louisiana's Congressional Priorities (2014)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-10-22

Duration: 00:58:09

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Elections, 2014 | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2014 | United States House of Representatives elections in Louisiana, 2014 | Economy | Health Care


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Henderson, Michael Interviewee
  • Obama, Barack Speaker
  • Newman, Robert Interviewee
  • Sobek, David Interviewee
  • Wilkinson, Doug Interviewee
  • Hatfield, Brenda Interviewee
  • Turner, Josh Speaker
  • LaBorde, Missy Speaker
  • Hoffpauir, Kermit Speaker
  • LaBorde, Sarah Catherine Speaker
  • Bell, D'Wayne Speaker
  • Crisp, Elizabeth Speaker
  • Avery, Cole Speaker
  • Raborn, Jane Ashley Speaker
  • Clawson, John Garrett Speaker
  • Martin, Sara Speaker
  • Gautreau, Kyle Speaker
  • Polotzola, Bambi Speaker
  • Grout, Clifford Speaker
  • Moller, Jan Panelist
  • Waguespack, Stephen Panelist
  • Cross, Pearson Panelist
  • Richardson, Jim Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from October 22, 2014, features Shauna Sanford leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the priorities for Louisiana’s next Congressional delegation. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Michael Henderson of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Dr. Robert Newman, the chair of the LSU Department of Economics; Dr. David Sobek of the LSU Department of Political Science; Doug Wilkinson of the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition; and Brenda Hatfield, the president of AARP Louisiana. The audience members then discuss their views on the most important issues facing Louisiana’s next Congressional delegation. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Jan Moller, the director of the Louisiana Budget Project; Stephen Waguespack, the president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI); Dr. Pearson Cross, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL); and Dr. James Richardson, a professor of economics at LSU. They discuss: the top priorities for the next Congressional delegation; income inequality and raising the minimum wage; Medicaid expansion; the national debt; student loan debt; national security; the Affordable Care Act; and Congressional seniority. Host: Beth Courtney and Shauna Sanford