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Former Governor Edwin Edwards (2018)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-08-17

Duration: 00:06:00

Subjects: Edwards, Edwin W. | Politics | Political corruption


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Honeycutt, Leo Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Interviewee
  • Bussie, Victor Interviewee
  • Strother, Raymond Interviewee
  • Price, Anne Interviewee
  • Maginnis, John Interviewee
  • Courtney, Bob Interviewee
  • Jordan, Eddie Interviewee


This segment from the August 17, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ look back at the political career of former Governor Edwin Edwards, who turned 91 on August 7th. Edwards, Louisiana’s only four-term governor, served eight years in federal prison on racketeering and conspiracy charges. Her report highlights his political successes, including the 1973 Constitutional Convention, changing the taxation of oil and gas, and the jungle primary, as well as his multiple political corruption allegations. Spires interviews Leo Honeycutt, his biographer, and former Governor Edwin Edwards. Her report also includes archival interviews with: Victor Bussie, the former president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO; Raymond Strother, political consultant; Anne Price, journalist; John Maginnis, journalist; Bob Courtney, journalist; and Eddie Jordan, Jr., the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Host: Andre Moreau