With the November elections upon Louisiana and the nation, as always there are intriguing storylines to cover. So, we recently sat down with two of LSU's resident political experts to discuss history, trends, higher education budget cuts, and some of the current colorful figures in local and national politics.
Wayne Parent, Russell B. Long Professor in the Department of Political Science, who specializes in Southern and Louisiana politics and Bob Mann, Manship Chair and professor/senior fellow at the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs, lent their decades of political expertise from both outsider and insider perspectives.
Whether you're an avid political follower, a pundit in the making, or simply a concerned citizen, it was a conversation between two LSU "Standard Bearers" not to be missed.
"Catholics in South Louisiana were swing voters...now they are voting much more Republican." ~ Wayne Parent
"It's no less acrimonious than it’s been for the last 200 years. There’s just more of it." ~ Bob Mann
"If [Caroline Fayard] doesn't win this race for lieutenant governor, she'll be running for something else, congress or perhaps even governor." ~ Bob Mann
"We've really been working hard to bring LSU to the place where it is now and all of a sudden you feel the knees are cut off after all that work." ~ Wayne Parent
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