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Reporters' Show - August 1979

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-08-24

Duration: 00:28:43

Subjects: Politics | Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Elections, 1979 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1979 | Fitzmorris, James E. (James Edward), 1921- | Hardy, Paul, 1942- | Henry, E. L. "Bubba" | LAMBERT, LOUIS | MOUTON, EDGAR G. "SONNY" | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Public opinion | POLLS | STATE BUDGET | Budget surpluses | Unions | Bussie, Victor V., 1919-2011 | Political corruption | Gerald, Gaston | Leach, Buddy | DOZIER, GIL | Edwards, Edwin W. | Jarreau, Jesse | Superdome (New Orleans, La.) | RIGHT TO WORK


  • George, Beth Host
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Mundinger, Lewis Photographer
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Gates, Bob Director
  • Lynch, Bill Panelist
  • Even, Dan Panelist
  • Bermudez, Rafael Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from August 24, 1979, features Beth George leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Bill Lynch of the New Orleans Times-Picayune; Dan Even of the Associated Press; and Rafael Bermudez of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State Times.  They discuss: the 1979 gubernatorial election and candidates Jimmy Fitzmorris, Paul Hardy, Bubba Henry, Louis Lambert, Sonny Mouton, and Dave Treen, including the results of recent poll by the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State Times showing Treen and Fitzmorris in the lead, the positions of the candidates on how to spend the state’s projected surplus and on right to work, the acceptable candidates to the state’s labor unions, the animosity between Bubba Henry and Victor Bussie of the AFL-CIO, and how their newspapers plan to cover the election; the political corruption trials of State Senator Gaston Gerald and Congressman Buddy Leach; numerous investigations into alleged wrongdoing by  Commissioner of Agriculture Gil Dozier; and allegations made by carpet dealer Jesse Jarreau related to Governor Edwin Edwards and a contract to lay carpet in the Superdome.