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Reporters' Show - December 1980

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-12-26

Duration: 00:28:58

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Politics | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | O'Keefe, Michael | Louisiana. Legislature | Nungesser, Billy, 1929-2006 | CADE, JOHN | Fitzmorris, James E. (James Edward), 1921- | Henry, E. L. "Bubba" | Brilab scandal | Roemer, Charles, E., II, 1923-2012 | MARCELLO, CARLOS | Political corruption | Pecora, Frances Smith | DOZIER, GIL | Gerald, Gaston | Democratic Party | Republican Party | Long, Russell B.


  • George, Beth Host
  • Courtney, Bob Panelist
  • Lynch, Bill Panelist
  • Hill, John Panelist


This episode of the series "Louisiana: The State We're In" from December 26, 1980, features a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Bob Courtney of WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge; Bill Lynch of the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item; and John Hill of Gannett News Service. They discussed the major news stories of 1980, including: the administration of Governor Dave Treen; Senate President Michael O’Keefe as the leading anti-administration voice in the legislature; Treen’s political advisors, Billy Nungesser and John Cade; the new positions for Jimmy Fitzmorris and Bubba Henry; the Brilab investigation and the indictment of former Commissioner of Administration Charles Roemer and reputed New Orleans crime boss Carlos Marcello; the arrest of Frances Pecora, an official at the Department of Agriculture, on attempted bribery charges; the conviction of former Commissioner of Agriculture Gil Dozier; State Senator Gaston Gerald still holding his seat in the legislature even though he started serving his sentence for extortion in federal prison; the power of United States Senator Russell Long after the Republicans took control the Senate; the future of the Democratic Party in Louisiana; the factions within the Republican Party in the state; and their predictions for the major news stories of 1981. Host: Beth George