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Reporters' Show - February 1, 1980

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-02-01

Duration: 00:28:52

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Politics | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Fitzmorris, James E. (James Edward), 1921- | Henry, E. L. "Bubba" | MOUTON, EDGAR G. "SONNY" | Edwards, Edwin W. | Louisiana. Legislature | Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives | President of the Louisiana State Senate | O'Keefe, Michael | Elections, 1980 | United States presidential election, 1980


  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Fourrier, Clay Photographer
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Mundinger, Lewis Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • Gates, Bob Producer
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Fuglaar, Bill Director
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Buchanan, Don Panelist
  • Patriquin, Ronnie Panelist
  • Lynch, Bill Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from February 1, 1980, features Ron Blome leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Don Buchanan of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State-Times; Ronni Patriquin of the Shreveport Journal; and Bill Lynch of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.  They discuss: Governor-Elect Dave Treen’s transition, including the location of his transition headquarters in Metairie instead of Baton Rouge, the negotiations for a position for outgoing Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris in the administration, the appointment of Bubba Henry as Commissioner of Administration and Sonny Mouton as Executive Counsel, and Treen’s plans to work out of the Governor’s Office in the State Capitol when he takes office; Governor Edwin Edwards being unique in working principally out of the Governor’s Mansion instead of the State Capitol; the race for Speaker of the House, including the influence of lobbyists from business and labor on the election; Senate President Michael O’Keefe keeping his position; concerns over New Orleans legislators having too many positions of power in the legislature; Governor Edwards making appointments to boards and commissions before he leaves office on March 10; and the upcoming presidential primary in Louisiana.  This discussion was preceded by footage of Governor-Elect Treen’s press conference where he announced Bubba Henry as Commissioner of Administration and Sonny Mouton as Executive Counsel.