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Election 2016

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-10-26

Duration: 00:56:08

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Politics | Elections, 2016 | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2016 | Voter turnout | Public opinion polls | Floods, 2016 | Constitutional amendments


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Smith, Patricia Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Alford, Jeremy Interviewee
  • Grace, Stephanie Interviewee
  • Henderson, Michael Interviewee
  • Stockley, Joshua Interviewee
  • Fleming, John Speaker
  • Kennedy, John Speaker
  • Fayard, Caroline Speaker
  • Campbell, Foster Speaker
  • Boustany, Charles Speaker
  • Mulhearn, Patrick Speaker
  • Albares, Nick Speaker
  • Wooldridge, Marty Speaker
  • Sistrunk, Katie Speaker
  • Estavan, Raquel Speaker
  • Poss, Stephen Speaker
  • Day, Clara Speaker
  • Martin, Haywood Speaker
  • Green, Carmen Speaker
  • Chitton, Michael Speaker
  • Overton, John Speaker
  • Ross, Kenneth Speaker
  • Robertson, Frankie Speaker
  • Dunbar, Alsie Speaker
  • Luzier, Marian Speaker
  • Hilburn, Greg Panelist
  • Samuels, Albert Panelist
  • Crisp, Elizabeth Panelist
  • Johnson, Martin Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from October 26, 2016, features Patricia Smith leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on Louisiana’s 2016 United States Senate election. A background report on the twenty-four candidate race precedes the discussion. The audience members discuss the issues that are most important to them in this election. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Greg Hilburn of the Gannett Newspapers; Dr. Albert Samuels of the Mandela School of Public Policy at Southern University; Elizabeth Crisp of The Advocate newspaper; and Dr. Martin Johnson of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. They discuss: the unique elements of this election; the candidates’ views on the mass incarceration of African American males and the relationship between law enforcement and people of color; the impact of the historic flooding in south Louisiana on voter turnout; the lack of polling in the race; the candidates’ views on big government, government regulations, confirming Supreme Court nominees, their willingness to compromise, and government spending; the constitutional amendments on the ballot; and the potential dynamics of the run-off election. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith