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Reporters' Show - September 1979

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-09-21

Duration: 00:28:47

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Elections, 1979 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1979 | Fitzmorris, James E. (James Edward), 1921- | Hardy, Paul, 1942- | Henry, E. L. "Bubba" | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | LAMBERT, LOUIS | MOUTON, EDGAR G. "SONNY" | Political campaigns | Campaign advertising | Public opinion | POLLS | RIGHT TO WORK | National teacher examinations | Teacher certification | EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT | STATE BUDGET | Budget surpluses | Edwards, Edwin W. | Carter, Jimmy, 1924- | Elections, 1980 | United States presidential election, 1980 | Kennedy, Edward M. (Edward Moore), 1932-2009 | Louisiana Real Estate Commission | INVESTIGATIONS | Politics | Campaign Finance | Education | Environment


  • George, Beth Host
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • Irving, John Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Gates, Bob Director
  • Lynch, Bill Panelist
  • Hill, John Panelist
  • LaPlante, John Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from September 21, 1979, features Beth George leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Bill Lynch of the New Orleans Times-Picayune; John Hill of the Monroe Morning World and Shreveport Times; and John LaPlante of the Alexandria Town Talk.  They discuss: the 1979 gubernatorial election and candidates Jimmy Fitzmorris, Paul Hardy, Bubba Henry, Louis Lambert, Sonny Mouton, and Dave Treen, including traveling on the campaign trail with the candidates, each candidate spending between $2 million and $3 million on the primary, television campaign advertisements, and recent polls still showing Treen as the front-runner; where the candidates stand on the major issues of the campaign, including right to work, education, the use of the National Teacher Examination (NTE) for teacher certification, the Equal Rights Amendment, the budget surplus, and the environment; a meeting between Governor Edwin Edwards and President Jimmy Carter at the White House; the 1980 presidential election, including the lack of support for President Carter in Louisiana and the growing support for Senator Ted Kennedy; and a legislative investigation into alleged mismanagement at the Real Estate Commission.