Presidential Impact, Governor's Runoff, A "Fresh" Face | 10/18/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

WE SUPPORT SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT LOCAL SKILLS, TO BUILD A BRIGHTER PATH TO BETTER JOBS, AND HELP PREPARE THE NEXT GENERATION. BECAUSE TOGETHER, WE POWER LIFE ENTERGY. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE FRED V AND RUTH B. SIGNIFICANT LETTER FOUNDATION THE MUSEUM FOCUSES ON EMERGING LOUISIANA ARTISTS AND IS AN HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND THE FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING. WITH SUPPORT FROM VIEWERS LIKE YOU EDDIE RISPONE KIND OF CAME FROM NOWHERE PEARSON CROSS ANALYZES THE GOVERNOR’S RACE I THINK WE’VE SEEN WHAT THE POINTS OF ATTACK ARE GOING TO BE. THE STRATEGY EXPECTED FOR THE RUNOFF RACE. IF YOU’RE NOT ACCESSIBLE AND TRANSPARENT, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT THE PEOPLE NEED HE’S 18 AND HAS BIG PLANS FOR A PARISH COUNCIL HI, I’M NATASHA WILLIAMS. AND I’M ANDRE’ MOREAU MUCH MORE ON THOSE TOP STORIES, BUT FIRST LET’S LOOK AT OTHER NEWS MAKING ANTIDEPRESSANT LINES ACROSS LOUISIANA THIS VIDEO FROM A PHONE SHOWS THE MOMENT THE UNDER CONSTRUCTION HARD ROCK HOTEL IN NEW ORLEANS COLLAPSED OFFICIALS HAVE ABANDONED HOPE FOR SURVIVORS WITH THE APPARENT DEATH TOLL NOW AT THREE. THERE ARE MORE THAN A DOZEN INJURIES. INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO LOOKING AT VIDEO POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA CLAIMING TO SHOW STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS INSIDE THE HOTEL CONSTRUCTION SITE TWO DAYS BEFORE ITS DEADLY COLLAPSE. WE USE WHAT WE CALL TECHNICAL SPECIALIST. ANY TYPE OF OPERATION, WHETHER IT’S A COLLAPSE UNDERGROUND OR AN EXPLOSION, EVERY SINGLE THING WE DO, WE GOT TO BRING WHEN IT’S NOT SOMETHING WE HAVE THE EXPERTISE N. WE BRING IN THE PEOPLE THAT DO THAT AND WE HAVE THE FINEST EXPERTS WE BELIEVE IN TOWN, THEY HAVE TONS OF EXPERIENCE WITH THESE TYPE OF INCIDENTS AND WE HAVE NOT COME TO A CONCLUSION AS TO HOW WE’RE GOING TO MITIGATE THIS SITUATION. IT DOES REMAIN A DANGEROUS BUILDING. A UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA STUDENT IS BEHIND BARS AFTER CALLING IN A BOMB THREAT TO TIGER STADIUM IN HOPES OF HALTING THE LSU-FLORIDA FOOTBALL GAME. 19-YEAR-OLD FRESHMAN CONNOR BRUCE CROLL WAS ARRESTED IN TUSCALOOSA BY SCHOOL POLICE INVESTIGATORS WERE ABLE TO TRACE THE SOURCE OF THE CALL AFTER RECEIVING THE THREAT. POLICE SAY CROLL CONFESSED TO MAKING THE BOMB THREAT, SAYING HE WANTED TO STOP THE GAME BECAUSE HIS FRIEND WAS ON THE VERGE OF LOSING A LARGE BET LSU GAVE NO COMMENT PENDING THEIR INVESTIGATION IT’S UNCAREER WHAT CHARGE OR CHARGES CROLL WILL FACE, BUT LOUISIANA’S TERRORIZING LAW CAN LEAD TO FINES UP TO $15,000 AND/OR IMPRISONMENT OF TO 15 YEARS BIG HONOR FOR THE STATE’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SMALL BUSINESS TEAM. EARNING THE GOLD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE FOR DELIVERING THE WORLD’S BEST PROGRAMS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL PROGRAMS LIKE THE VETERANS FIRST BUSINESS INITIATIVE AND INNOVATIVE TRAINING FOR SMALL AND EMERGING BUSINESSES DURING 2018, LED SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES PROGRAMS WORKED WITH MORE THAN 11,000 BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS A SENTENCING HEARING IS POSTPONED FOR THE FORMER LSU STUDENT CONVICTED IN THE HAZING DEATH OF A IDENTIFY DELTA THETA FRATERNITY PLEDGE. 21-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW NAQUIN WAS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED THIS WEEK FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE IN THE DEATH OF 18-YEAR-OLD MAX GRUVER IN 2017 THE COURT GRANTED A CONTINUANCE BECAUSE ONE OF NAQUIN’S RELATIVES WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS NOVEMBER 20th IS THE NEW SENTENCING DATE HE FACES UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON A JUDGE SAYS SHREVEPORT HAS BEEN OVERCHARGING RESIDENTIAL WATER AND SEWER CUSTOMERS FOR YEARS THE RULING THIS WEEK WITHOUT A FULL TRIAL FROM CADDO PARISH JUDGE MICHAEL PITTMAN. LAWYERS SAY ABOUT 60,000 CUSTOMERS ARE AFFECTED, AND DAMAGES ARE ESTIMATED AT $24-25 MILLION SINCE 2007. NOTICES WILL BE GOING OUT TO ALL THOSE AFFECTED. AND A VOTE RECOUNT HAS PUSHED FRANKLIN FOIL OUT OF A SECOND PLACE TIE WITH STEVE CARTER, AND INTO A RUNOFF FOR A SEAT IN THE STATE SENATE BOTH OF THOSE GUYS ARE REPUBLICANS FOIL WILL FACE DEMOCRAT BEVERLY BROOKS-THOMPSON IN THE NOVEMBER 16th RUNOFF, THE BATON ROUGE-BASED SEAT OF COURSE THE RECOUNT GAVE FOIL A FOUR-VOTE EDGE OVER CARTER THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE SAYS A PROBLEM WITH THE SCANNING OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS FORCED THE RECOUNT A NOVEMBER SCEENSDZ, THE STATE OF LOUISIANA COULD ELECT A

NEW GOVERNOR. EDDIE RISPONE A BATON ROUGE BUSINESSMAN, AND SELF-PROCLAIMED OUTSIDER COULD UNSEAT THE ONLY DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR, JOHN BEL EDWARDS AT THIS WEEK’S BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB, THE POLITICAL EXPERT PEARSON CROSSWALKED US THROUGH THE RECENT ELECTION OUTCOMES AND HOW HE BELIEVES IT CAME TO BE. I’M EDDIE RISPONE EDDIE RISPONE THE REPUBLICAN BUSINESSMAN SELF-PROCLAIMED OUTSIDER AND POLITICAL NOVICE SURPRISED MANY, INCLUDING SOME POLITICAL EXPERTS. I HAVE BEEN ASKING MYSELF THE QUESTIONS, WHAT IS IN FACT THE REASON FOR HIS SUCCESS? AND THE ANSWER IS FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD AND SIMPLE PEARSON CROSS POLITICAL COMMENTATOR, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST, AND PROFESSOR OF GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE WAS A GUEST SPEAKER AT THE BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB ON MONDAY WHEN HE FIRST STARTED RUNNING HIS ADS, I THOUGHT, AND I ADMIT I’M WRONG, I THOUGHT, THIS IS CRAZY, HE’S JUST UP THERE SAYING LOOK, I’M EDDIE AND I’M PLAYING WITH MY GRANDKIDS AND I CAN THROW A FOOTBALL. OR, I’M EDDIE RISPONE, I REALLY LIKE TRUMP, I LIKE HIM A WHOLE LOT I STAND BY HIM, I ALWAYS STOOD BY HIM I THINK HE’S JUST WHAT WE NEED. AND I THOUGHT, THIS IS COMPLETELY CONTENTLESS MESSAGE, AND I THOUGHT, THIS IS CRAZY, NO ONE WILL SUPPORT THAT. WHAT I DIDN’T GET WAS THAT THIS MESSAGE IS LIKE A CLARION CALL. IT’S CLEAR IT BASICALLY REACHES THROUGH, IT’S NOT COMPLICATED, IT’S LIKE, I AM A BUSINESSMAN. I LIKE TRUMP, YOU LIKE TRUMP SUPPORT ME. THERE’S A CERTAIN GENIUS IN THAT. CROSS SAYS HE BELIEVES HIS SPEAK — MOST RELEVANT TO THEIR RACE, RELIGION, OR CULTURE IS A REASON HE WAS ABLE TO BEAT REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER RALPH ABRAHAM AND FORCE A RUNOFF AGAINST DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS. THERE IS A CULTURE OF DISTASTE FOR POLITICIANS AND GOVERNMENT, PARTICULARLY AMONG WHITES IN RURAL AREAS THAT BELIEVE GOVERNMENT IS THE ENEMY, THAT THOSE WHO ARE WORKING IN GOVERNMENT CAN’T BE TRUSTED THAT ELITES ARE TRYING TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN VALUES, THAT LIMITING GOVERNMENT’S POWER REGULATION AND INTRUSION IN DAILY LIFE IS IN FACT THE ANSWER TO OUR GOVERNMENTAL PROBLEMS HE SAYS THIS MAY NOT BE HOW ALL REPUBLICANS THINK, BUT IT IS THE MIND-SET OF A NEW GROUP OF GOPs WHO SUPPORT TRUMP AT ALL COST. TRUMP IS THE PERSON WHO RAISES THAT PARTICULAR KIND OF GESTALT, A PERSON FROM OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT, WHO IS GOING TO MAKE IT RIGHT, WHO IS GOING TO SOCK IT TO THE LIBERAL ELITES. SO WHAT HAS THIS GOT TO DO WITH EDDIE RISPONE? WELL, EDDIE RISPONE IS THE TRUMP SURROGATE IN LOUISIANA. HE WAS THE PERSON WHO ACTIVATED WHITE VOTERS WHO ARE FED UP WITH LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HE SAYS A CLOSE LOOK AT THE VOTING STATISTICS SPELL IT OUT VERY CLEARLY. IN THE 2015 GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY THERE WERE 1,114,000 VOTES, THAT WAS AT 39% TURNOUT THIS YEAR IT WAS 45% TURNOUT. 1.343 MILLION VOTERS WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? WELL, ABOUT 200,000 WHITE, MOSTLY WHITE RURAL VOTERS TURNED OUT CROSS SAYS THE REASON MANY OF THOSE VOTERS ACROSS LOUISIANA’S 64 PARISHES CAME OUT AND THREW THEIR SUPPORT BEHIND THE REPUBLICANS IS BECAUSE OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND HIS POLITICS. TRUMP, TRUMP JR., PENCE IMPEACHMENT, NANCY PELOSI, AND SO ON SO THERE’S A REAL SENSE THERE THAT SOMEHOW BECAUSE OF RISPONE’S CONNECTING HIS CAMPAIGN WITH DONALD TRUMP AND DONALD TRUMP’S STYLE, THAT — AND THEN HAVING THE PRESIDENT AND HIS SON AND HIS SURROGATES COME TO LOUISIANA, THERE’S A REAL CONNECTION TO DONALD TRUMP MADE IN HIS CAMPAIGN HE SAYS LOUISIANA POLITICS HAS BEEN NATIONALIZED IT USED TO BE THAT LOUISIANA WAS REALLY SSMUI GENERIS, AND I REGRET TO SAY THAT TIME IS FADING VERY FAST I THINK WE’RE LESS AND LESS SUI GENERIS EXCEPT THAT OUR NATIONAL POLITICS EXTEND ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO LOCAL RACES. THE POLITICAL EXPERT SAYS OTHER LOUISIANA CANDIDATES ARE ALSO OPENLY PROCLAIMING THEIR SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT IN HOPES OF GETTING VOTES I WOULD SAY FORUM — I WAS AT A FORUM WHERE ONE OF THE CANDIDATES FOR LAFAYETTE’S MAYOR PRESIDENT WHO BY THE WAY LEAD IN THE RUNOFF AND IS NOW GOING TO RUNOFF FOR MAYOR PRESIDENT, SPECIFICALLY SAID PEOPLE SHOULD SUPPORT HIM BECAUSE HE SUPPORTED DONALD TRUMP. CROSS SAYS FEWER AFRICAN-AMERICANS VOTING DURING THE PRIMARY ALSO HURT JOHN BEL EDWARDS. AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS WERE DOWN, ESTIMATES ARE 26.5% OF THE TOTAL VOTING POPULATION

AS YOU MAY KNOW ABOUT LOUISIANA, IF YOU ARE — AFRICAN-AMERICANS CAN MAKE UP OF THE TOTAL ELECTORATE, THEY CAN MAKE UP ON ANY VOTING DAY SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 25-30% OF THE TOTAL ELECTORATE IF AFRICAN-AMERICANS COME OUT TOWARDS THE 30%, THEN IT’S GOOD FOR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES. IF THEY COME TOWARD THE 25% OR LOWER, IT’S BAD FOR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES SO IN THIS CASE THEY CAME OUT AT 26.5%, IF THEY HAD COME OUT AT 29%, 29.5%, THAT WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL 65,000 VOTERS THAT GETS JOHN BEL EDWARDS VERY CLOSE TO GETTING 50% OF THE TOTAL VOTE. CROSS SAYS THE RISPONE CAMPAIGN STRATEGY, THOUGH DIFFERENT, WAS VERY EFFECTIVE HE GOT HOME AT 9:00 MOST NIGHTS, HE SLEPT IN HIS OWN BED, HE DIDN’T MAKE ANY CAMPAIGN BARNSTORMING THINGS, HE DIDN’T WALK IN TOO MANY PARADES, HE DIDN’T DO TOO MANY OF THOSE THINGS, HE JUST SPENT A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY AND HE OUT A BLITZKRIEG OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS, HE CAPITALIZED ON THE ANTIGOVERNMENT FEELING HE SAID THE BOTTOM LINE IS EXPECT REPUBLICANS AND THEIR LEADER, DONALD TRUMP, TO CAMP OUT IN THE BAYOU STATE FOR THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS AS THEY TRY TO GAIN WHAT THEY FEEL IS A WE HAVE IMPORTANT GOVERNOR’S SEAT. I THINK WE’RE GOING TO SEE MONEY THAT HASN’T FLOWN IN HERE PREVIOUSLY COMING IN I THINK WE’RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE TRUMP SURROGATES A COUPLE OF TIMES, MAYBE TRUMP HIMSELF. I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR PUSH, AND I THINK WITH REDISTRICTING COMING UP, IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE — FOR REPUBLICANS TO HAVE A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR, WE KNOW BOBBY JINDAL PLAYED AN ENORMOUS ROLE IN THE LAST RESTRICTING IN TERMS OF SHAPING THE DISTRICTS AND MAKING SURE REPUBLICANS REMAIN MAJORITY IN WHAT IS NOW FIVE OF THOSE DISTRICTS. LPB HAS SCHEDULED A DEBATE ON OCTOBER 30th BETWEEN MR. RISPONE AND GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS. THE GOVERNOR HAS CONFIRMED HIS PARTICIPATION, BUT SO FAR MR. RISPONE HAS NOT NOW WE’RE GOING TO HEAR HE ACTION FROM THOSE WHO CLOSELY COVER POLITICS FROM THEIR NEWSPAPERS AND NONPROFITS REACTION TO THE PRIMARY ELECTION AND WHAT THEY THINK NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR EITHER CANDIDATE TO SECURE THE JOB OF GOVERNOR WELCOME TO MELINDA DESLATTE, GREG HILBURN, AND BARRY ERWIN WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR THIS TO BE A RACE THAT GETS SOME OF THE ISSUES OUT PERHAPS? INSTEAD OF RHETORIC IS THAT AN IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION? IT’S A GOOD QUESTION. IT’S PRETTY TOUGH WE’VE HAD WEEKS AND MONTHS OF PEOPLE TRYING TO DO JUST THAT AND SOMETIMES THE LESS SPECIFIC YOU ARE, THE LESS THAT DID YOU PUT YOURSELF IN DANGER OF DOING OUT ON A LIMB AND GETTING CALLED ON SOMETHING THAT’S SOMEBODY IS GOING TO USE AGAINST YOU THE REACTION IS TO SAY NOTHING. I THINK WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SEE FROM EDDIE RISPONE IS A LOT OF THE SAME HE’S LARGELY AVOIDEDDED TALKING ABOUT STATE-SPECIFIC ISSUES, HE HASN’T SAID WHAT HE WANTS TO DO AS HE GETS TO OFFICE THERE HAVE BEEN GENERALIALITIES ABOUT TAX REFORM, LOWERING TAXES, CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, BUT WHEN YOU GET INTO SPECIFICITY ABOUT WHAT ANY OF THOSE THINGS WOULD ENTAIL, HE DOESN’T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THAT. SO INSTEAD HE TALKS ABOUT NATIONAL ISSUES THAT DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHAT THE GOVERNOR’S SCOPE IN OFFICE REALLY IS WHEREAS JOHN BEL EDWARDS HAS TRIED TO FOCUS ON STATE-SPECIFIC ISSUES, HE TRIED TO MAKE THE RACE A REFERENDUM ON HIS PERFORMANCE IN THE FIRST FOUR YEARS I THINK HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO SHIFT THAT A LITTLE BIT AND EXPLAIN TO VOTERS PERHAPS WHY THEY SHOULDN’T WANT TO VOTE FOR MR. RISPONE IF THAT’S — IF HE’S GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL, AND HE MAYBE NEEDS TO REINTRODUCE HIMSELF TO VOTERS AND REMIND THEM OF HIS PERSONAL BACKGROUND, WHICH IS WHAT HE WAS SUCCESSFUL AT — WHEN HE OUTLINED THAT BACKGROUND PREVIOUSLY, IT HELPED HIM IN 2015 BE SUCCESSFUL WITH VOTERS THE FIRST TIME SO I THINK FROM EDDIE RISPONE’S POINT OF VIEW, HE IS PROBABLY GOING TO STAY WHERE HE IS, AND HE SEES A SUCCESSFUL LINE OF CAMPAIGNING THAT’S WORKED FOR HIM SO FAR AND I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE JOHN BEL EDWARDS CAMPAIGN MAYBE RECONFIGURE WHAT THEY DO. THE EDWARDS CAMPAIGN RELEASED THE FIRST POST-PRIMARY T.V. SPOT FOUR YEARS AGO YOU ELECTED ME TO PULL LOUISIANA OUT OF THE DITCH. AND BY WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, WE TURNED A $2 BILLION DEFICIT INTO A SURPLUS. GAVE TEACHERS A PAY RAISE, AND EXPANDED HEALTH CARE FOR WORKING FAMILIES NOW, WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE. LET EDDIE RISPONE DRAG US BACK TO THE DEFICITS AND CUTS TO HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION OF BOBBY JINDAL OR CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD AND INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE. THAT IS WHAT THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT. AND THAT’S WHY I’M ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE. EDDIE RISPONE’S FACEBOOK PAGE FEATURED THIS. LOUISIANA CANNOT TAKE FOUR MORE YEARS OF A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR RAISING YOUR TAXES, KILLING YOUR JOBS, YOU’VE GOT TO VOTE JOHN BEL EDWARDS OUT

WHAT WILL WE SEE MOVING FORWARD? I THINK CERTAINLY GOVERNOR EDWARDS IS GOING TO RAMP UP HIS ATTACKS ON HIS T.V. ADS. HE DIDN’T RUN ANY ATTACK ADS FROM HIS PERSONAL CAMPAIGN, THOUGH CERTAINLY THE PACs DID BUT I THINK IN ORDER TO TRY TO FIND THAT OTHER 3%, WHICH IS GOING TO BE TOUGH TO FIND, HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO GO ON THE ATTACK AGAINST MR. RISPONE. I THINK WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN IS THE DEEPENING RED REPUBLICAN STATE THAT LOUISIANA IS, BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME INDEPENDENT POLLS BEFORE THE PRIMARY ELECTION THAT SHOWED THE GOVERNOR HAD, YOU KNOW, A 55, 56% APPROVAL RATING, YET MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE STILL VOTED REPUBLICAN OBVIOUSLY APPROVED OF HIS JOB RATING THAT’S HOW I THINK THAT SHOWS HOW DEEPLY RED THE STATE HAS BECOME. PARTY LINE VOTING IS WHAT WE’RE SEEING. IF GOVERNOR EDWARDS WANTS TO WIN ANOTHER TERM, HE HAS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE TO CROSS PARTY LINES, AND THAT SEEMS LIKE A HARDER AND HARDER TASK TO DO WITH NATIONAL POLITICS BEING SO OMNIPRESENT IN PEOPLE’S THINKING NOW WHAT MIGHT THE PERCENTAGE BE IN THE VOTING FOR THIS RUNOFF? WELL, TYPICALLY OR HISTORICALLY IT’S USUALLY LESS THAN WHAT YOU SEE IN THE PRIMARY WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND THE STATE, WE HAVE A LOT OF LEGISLATIVE RACES IN VIRTUALLY EVERY PART OF THE STATE A LOT HAVE BEEN DECIDED SO THAT’S TAKEN THE EMPHASIS OF PEOPLE GETTING OUT TO VOTE BECAUSE A LOT OF THAT IS DRIVEN BY LOCAL RACES. TYPICALLY WHAT YOU SEE IS SOMEWHAT SMALLER, AND THAT MAKES THE CHALLENGE EVEN GREATER, FOR THE GOVERNOR, BECAUSE HE’S GOT TO FIND A WAY TO GET THE FOLKS THAT ARE SUPPORTING HIM TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE GOING TO THE POLLS THEY CAN BRING IN THE PRESIDENT OR SOME OF HIS SURROGATES AND STIR THAT BASE UP PRETTY EASILY, BUT THE GOVERNOR’S GOT MORE OF A CHALLENGE IN DOING THAT. DOES THERE FEEL LIKE THERE’S MOMENTUM, MAYBE FOR FOR RISPONE THAN THERE WOULD BE FOR GOVERNOR EDWARDS AT THIS POINT? I MEAN, I THINK SO NATURALLY WHEN THE — THERE WAS 52% OF VOTERS VOTED REPUBLICAN SO THAT MEANS — THAT MEANS THE GOVERNOR’S GOING TO HAVE — IT WON’T BE THE SAME NUMBER OF TURNOUT, BUT STILL, THE GOVERNOR HAS TO FIND SOME CROSSOVER. IT’S GOING TO BE HARD TO DO HE STILL EK PRESSES CONFIDENCE AND HE IS CLOSE TO 50 PLUS ONE, BUT IT’S A LONG WAY AWAY, EVEN THOUGH IT SEEMS CLOSE ABSOLUTELY, IF YOU WERE AN INCUMBENT AND 53% OF THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED DIDN’T VOTE FOR YOU, YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE WORRIED THAT MEANS THEY WERE — THEY KNOW WHAT A COMMODITY THEY HAVE WITH YOU, AND THEY CHOSE SOMEONE ELSE SO YOU HAVE TO FIND A WAY, AND OBVIOUSLY TURNOUT WILL CHANGE, IN THIS NEXT RUNOFF ELECTION AND THINGS WHO PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP MIGHT BE DIFFERENT, BUT YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM A MESSAGE THAT MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO RETURN BACK TO YOU, AND THAT’S A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO DO IF THEY’VE ALREADY CHOSEN SOMEBODY ELSE INSTEAD OF YOU. AND YOU DO SEE THE REACTION THAT EVEN THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT ON A FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE, DID TO ENERGIZE SOME PEOPLE TO GET OUT AND VOTE AND THAT SORT OF SHOWS YOU WHERE LOUISIANA REALLY IS I THINK THE PRESIDENT WILL BE BACK, THERE’S — YESTERDAY MAY HAVE BEEN THE FIRST DAY HE HAD HADN’T AT LEAST TWEETED OR BEEN HERE OR SENT SOMEBODY HERE IN ABOUT 10 DAYS, STARTING WITH THE VICE-PRESIDENT. AND SO I THINK — I DON’T SEE ANY REASON WHY HE WOULDN’T RETURN AND TRY TO GET HIS PERSON OVER THE TOP. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS LOOKING FOR THINGS HE CAN DECLARE VICTORY ON SO WHY WOULD HE GIVE UP IF HE COULD FLIP THIS STATE AND BE ABLE TO DECLARE VICTORY IN HELPING A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE WIN? I’M SURE HE FEELS CONFIDENT HE HAD A FRIENDLY CROWD HERE THE LAST TIME THANKS SO MUCH, APPRECIATE IT THANK YOU A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICAL STORY HE’S 18, HE’S A FRESHMAN AT SOUTHERN, AND HE WAS A RUNAWAY CHOICE FOR A SEAT ON THE IGERVILLE PARISH COUNCIL KEEP IN MIND, RAHIM PIERCE GRADUATED FROM FLAKMINE MIDDLE SCHOOL FIVE MONTHS AGO. WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WERE GOING TO RUN FOR THIS PARISH COUNCIL SEAT? ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO. TWO YEARS AGO YES. SO THERE WAS PLANNING INVOLVED. YES, SIR WHAT MADE THE ACTUAL DECISION TO DO IT? WELL, MY PASSION FOR SERVING THE PEOPLE IS WHAT MADE ME DO IT. YOUR PASSION FOR SERVING THE PEOPLE. THAT SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING YOUR GRANDMOTHER HAS SAID. SHE HAS SAID THAT YOU WERE BORN TO DO CERTAIN THINGS, IT IS YOUR JOURNEY RESPOND TO THAT. IT’S LIKE, WHATEVER I PUT MY MIND TO DO, IT’S GOING TO GET DONE

I DECIDED TO RUN FOR OFFICE, AND I QUALIFIED, IN OCTOBER, THIS PAST SATURDAY, I WAS ELECTED WITH 60% OF THE VOTE 60% OF THE VOTE. YES THAT’S A BIG WIN. YES, SIR WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS YOU SET YOUR MIND TO DO AND THAT YOU HAVE DONE? GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL. YOU’RE NOW AT SOUTHERN YES. AND I WILL GRADUATE COLLEGE IN 2023. WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP, WHEN YOU GRADUATE FROM SOUTHERN? WELL, I WISH TO BE A PRACTICING ATTORNEY IN LOUISIANA. MAYBE RUN FOR JUDGE IN THE FUTURE. ACCORDING TO YOUR RESUME, THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS YOU CAN DO YOU PLAY THE ORGAN AT CHURCH, HOW DID YOU LEARN HOW TO DO THAT? I DON’T KNOW I PLAY BY EAR. I DIDN’T TAKE ANY LESSONS IT JUST COMES TO ME. ALL RIGHT YOU’VE DONE NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UPS, FED THE HOMELESS, VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER IN PLAQUEMINE, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CALLED OUT ON A FIRE? TWICE, TWO OR THREE TIMES SINCE I’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM YOU JOINED THE CAJUN NAVY IN 2016? YES, SIR. AND WHAT WAS INVOLVED WITH THAT? I DISPATCH BOATS TO THE PEOPLE IN NEED, AND IT WAS CRAZY, THEY DIDN’T KNOW MY ABLE UNTIL WE ALL MET UP IN LAKE CHARLES AND THEY WERE ALL SURPRISED. HOW OLD WERE YOU THEN? 15. YOU WERE 15 YES. SO THEY THOUGHT YOU WERE — THEY THOUGHT — YOU PLAYED OLDER YEAH. YOU WORK FOR A FAMILY BUSINESS RIGHT NOW. TELL ME ABOUT THAT IT’S A FUN EXPERIENCE. I ENJOYED MEETING CUSTOMERS AND HELPING THE CUSTOMERS. YOU GUYS HAVE A SANDWICH SHOP, IS THAT RIGHT? IT’S LIKE A SNACK SHOP ALL RIGHT. IN PLAQUEMINE YES, SIR. WOULD YOU EVER WANT TO RUN A BUSINESS YOURSELF? PROBABLY NOT NO. BUT YOU GET THE EXPERIENCE OF IT. I GET THE EXPERIENCE JUST IN CASE. SO NEXT STOP FOR YOU THAT IS GOING TO CATCH MOST PEOPLE’S ATTENTION BESIDES YOU GOING TO YOUR CLASSES AND STUFF, WILL BE ON THE IBERVILLE PARISH COUNCIL WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE DONE BETTER IN PLAQUEMINE AND IBERVILLE? I WANT TO IMPROVE THE ACCESSIBILITY AND THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY THAT WE RECEIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND LIKE I ALWAYS SAY, IF YOU’RE NOT ACCESSIBLE AND TRANSPARENT, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT THE PEOPLE NEED. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH — YOU RAN ON THAT TO WIN. YES ACCESSIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY. THANK YOU SO MUCH THANK YOU. RAHEEM PIERCE, WE’RE GOING TO KEEP OUR EYES ON HIM. HE LOOKS LIKE A PHENOMENAL GUY. THERE’S A TENTATIVE TRUCE IN THE TARIFF WAR BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CHINA PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CHINESE OFFICIALS CAME TO A VERBAL AGREEMENT A WEEK AGO. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS CHINA WILL BUY MORE PRODUCTS FROM AMERICAN FARMERS, AND THE U.S. WILL SUSPEND A TARIFF INCREASE ON CHINESE GOODS THE TALKS ARE THE LATEST IN THE TRADE WAR THAT BEGAN OVER A YEAR AGO. HOW THE CONFLICT IS AFFECTING LOUISIANA IS THE TOPIC OF THIS MONTH’S LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE LPB TRAVELED TO ALEXANDRIA TO EXPLORE THE TARIFF RAMIFICATIONS TO FARMERS, THE ENERGY SECTOR, AS WELL AS MANUFACTURERS IN THE STATE. EMSC — AFCO IS NEGATIVELY AFFECTED, THOSE COMPETITORS IMPORT THE FINISHED GOODS THAT WE MANUFACTURE. AND AS A FINISHED GOOD IT’S NOT SUBJECT TO THE SECTION 301 TARIFFS WHERE THE COMPONENT PARTS THAT WE IMPORT TO PUT INTO THOSE FINISHED GOODS, AND THE ALUMINUM THAT WE IMPORT THAT IS SUBJECT TO THE SECTION 232 TARIFFS, WE HAVE TO PAY ALL OF THOSE TARIFFS ON TOP OF WHATEVER OUR COST IS FOR THAT PRODUCT OUR IMPORT CAN COMPETITORS DON’T HAVE THAT BURDEN TARIFF TENSIONS AIRS ON WEDNESDAY AT 7:00 P.M. ON HPB AND IN NEW ORLEANS ON WLAE. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT LPB.ORG/PUBLICSQUARE. THIS WEEK A CUBAN ASYLUM SEEKER HE RICHWOOD CORRECTIONAL CENTER NEAR MONROE WAS FOUND DEAD FROM APPARENT SUICIDE. RICHWOOD IS ONE OF ALMOST A DOZEN DETENTION CENTERS IN THE STATE THAT IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS, ICE, IS USING TO DETAIN IMMIGRANTS THOUSANDS BEING HELD IN LOUISIANA THE MAN FOUND DEAD WAS 43-YEAR-OLD ROYLAN HERNANDEZ DIAZ. HE HAD BEEN IN CUSTODY FOR 148 DAYS. HIS DEATH HAS SPARKED CRIES FOR REFORM OF THE U.S. HIM GRACE DETENTION SYSTEM BY ADVOCATES WHO BELIEVE AMERICA SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF HOLDING THOSE WHO DON’T POSE A THREAT TO THE PUBLIC THIS WEEKEND PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND IS PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON ICE FACILITIES. SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT JOANN NE JENNINGS PREVIEWS HOW THE RAPID EXPANSION BENEFITS LOCAL JAILS AND PRISONS. IN 2017, LOUISIANA ENACTED PRISON REFORMS THAT LED TO A DRAMATIC DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF STATE PRISONERS BEHIND BARS. NOW MANY OF THE CELLS ARE BEING USED BY ICE. THE AGENCY PAYS THE JACKSON PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT $74 A DAY FOR EACH MIGRANT DETAINEE THAT’S ABOUT THREE TIMES WHAT THE STATE PAYS TO HOUSE SOMEONE

CONVICTED OF A CRIME. THOUGH THE 74L $74 DOES COVER ADDED ICE REQUIREMENTS, LIKE TRANSLATORS AND ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, IT’S BEEN A WINDFALL HERE THE PER DIEM COMES TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, AND I CUT LASALLE MANAGEMENT A CHECK. THEN LASALLE MANAGEMENT PAYS ME THEY REIMBURSE ME FOR ALL THE BENEFITS, FOR ALL THE SALARIES OF ALL THESE EMPLOYEES, PLUS I MAKE SOME MONEY OFF FEES AND SUCH. WHEN YOU SAY YOU MAKE MONEY, YOU’RE ABLE TO FINANCE YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS THROUGH THIS? OR WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I HAVE ABOUT A $5 MILLION BUDGET AT MY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THIS YEAR WE WILL PROBABLY PROFIT $750,000 FROM THE JAIL YOU SHALL WATCH THOSE REPORTS FROM JOANNE JENNINGS PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 5:00 P.M. ON HPB REMEMBER, YOU CAN WATCH ANYTHING ON LPB WITH OUR APP DOWNLOAD IT FROM YOUR APP STORE STORE, THE UPLATED VERSION FEATURES NEWS, AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, DOCUMENT RUSS AND HOW-S TO AND MANY MORE PROGRAMS. AND PLEASE FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND INSTAGRAM FOR ALL OF US, I’M ANDRE’ MOREAU AND I’M NATASHA WILLIAMS. UNTIL NEXT TIME, THAT’S THE STATE WE’RE IN Captioning Performed By LNS Captioning www.LNScaptioning.com SUPPORT COMES FROM — ENTERGY SUPPORTS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT LOCAL SCHOOLS. TO BUILD A BRIGHTER PATH TO BETTER JOBS. AND HELP PREPARE THE NEXT GENERATION. BECAUSE TOGETHER, WE POWER LIFE ENTERGY. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE FRED B. AND RUTH B. ZIEGLER FOUNDATION AND THE ART MUSEUM IN JENNINGS CITY HALL. THE MUSEUM FOCUSES ON EEARN MING LOUISIANA ARTISTS, AND IS AN HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. AND THE FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING WITH SUPPORT FROM VIEWERS LIKE YOU