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Redistricting Louisiana (2011)

Louisiana Public Square

Details

Collection:LPB

Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-02-23

Duration: 00:55:19

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Apportionment (Election law) | Louisiana. Legislature | Politics | Government | Gerrymandering

Contributors:

  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Blanchard, Troy Interviewee
  • Flournoy, Melissa Interviewee
  • Fleming, John Interviewee
  • Stonecipher, Elliott Interviewee
  • Guillory, Elbert Interviewee
  • Rigamer, Greg Interviewee
  • Bremen, William Speaker
  • Melancon, Michael Speaker
  • Burk, Kenneth Speaker
  • Eberhard, Jessica Speaker
  • Hughes, Travis Speaker
  • Washington, Frank Speaker
  • Shelmire, Fran Speaker
  • Fernandez, Jose Speaker
  • Seymour, Robert Speaker
  • Sonnier, Celeste Speaker
  • Hurst, Lawrence Speaker
  • Dawson, Ray Speaker
  • Smith, Phillip Speaker
  • Gallot, Rick Panelist
  • Donahue, Jack Panelist
  • Neustrom, Alison Panelist
  • Cross, Pearson Panelist

Description

This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 23, 2011, features Shauna Sanford leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the upcoming Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature on redistricting. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Dr. Troy Blanchard of the LSU Department of Sociology; Dr. Melissa Flournoy, the director of Louisiana Progress; Congressman John Fleming; Elliott Stonecipher, a political and demographic analyst; State Senator Elbert Guillory; and Greg Rigamer of GCR & Associates. The audience members then discuss: whether the redistricting process will be done fairly; their concerns about the Legislature being in charge of redistricting; and the issue of race in the process. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Representative Rick Gallot, the chairman of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee; State Senator Jack Donahue, the chairman of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee; Dr. Alison Neustrom, a research director with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR); and Dr. Pearson Cross, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. They discuss: where they are in the redistricting process; majority minority districts; their confidence in creating a plan that will be approved by the United States Department of Justice; concerns about partisanship; the competing plans for redrawing the state’s Congressional districts; and concerns about gerrymandering.