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Legislative Report – May 2, 1984

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-05-02

Duration: 00:25:09

Subjects: Politics | Elections, 1984 | United States presidential election, 1984 | Mondale, Walter F., 1928- | Hart, Gary, 1936- | Jackson, Jesse, 1941- | Brown, James H. (James Harvey), 1945- | Fowler, Jerry M.


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Alario, John Interviewee
  • Edwards, Marion Speaker
  • Valteau, Paul Interviewee
  • Beychok, Shelly Interviewee
  • Gill, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Brown, Jim Interviewee
  • Fowler, Jerry Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 2, 1984, features Ken Johnson and Robyn Ekings hosting a daily legislative report on the 1984 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Johnson reports on the day’s headlines, including an interview with Speaker of the House John Alario on raising taxes, as well as Marion Edwards, the brother of Governor Edwin Edwards, speaking at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale. Next, Ekings reports on the upcoming May 5th Louisiana presidential primary between Democratic front-runners Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, and Jesse Jackson. Her report includes interviews with Paul Valteau of the Jackson campaign, Shelly Beychok of the Mondale campaign, and Jimmy Gill of the Hart campaign. Lastly, Johnson and Ekings conduct an in-studio interview with Secretary of State Jim Brown and Commissioner of Elections Jerry Fowler. They discuss: their expectations for voter turnout; how the state plans to pay for the election; which candidate benefits from low voter turnout; whether Jesse Jackson can win the Democratic primary; the possible duplication of duties between their two offices; and who they think will win the Democratic primary.