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Power of Politics: A Forum of Governors (2005)

McLeod Lecture Series



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-04-21

Duration: 00:58:13

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY | Louisiana Governors | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Roemer, Buddy | Foster, Mike, Jr., 1930- | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942- | Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935 | Long, Earl Kemp, 1895-1960 | Edwards, Edwin W. | Education | Capital Punishment | PARDONS


  • Ekings, Robyn Moderator
  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Hill, John Moderator
  • Treen, Dave Panelist
  • Roemer, Buddy Panelist
  • Foster, Mike Panelist
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Long, Huey Speaker
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • Blanco, Kathleen Interviewee
  • Long, Earl Speaker
  • Pinsonat, Bernie Interviewee
  • Brandt, James Interviewee


This episode of the “McLeod Lecture Series” from April 21, 2005, features moderator Robyn Ekings, Beth Courtney and journalist John Hill leading a discussion on the power of the Louisiana Governor with three former Governors, Dave Treen, Buddy Roemer and Mike Foster. Prior to the discussion, Ekings presents a background report on the topic, including clips of Governors Huey P. Long and Earl K. Long and an interview with Governor Kathleen Blanco. Treen, Roemer and Foster then discuss: their lives after the governorship; the power of the office; the open primary election system; the responsibility of handling pardons and executions; working with the Legislature; the influence of former Governor Edwin Edwards on their terms; their failures; the importance of style and personality to the office; their proudest achievements; and their work in improving education. The McLeod Lecture Series event is a part of the McNeese State University Banners Series.