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Reporters' Show - October 1979

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-10-19

Duration: 00:29:05

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Journalists | Elections, 1979 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1979 | Fitzmorris, James E. (James Edward), 1921- | Hardy, Paul, 1942- | Henry, E. L. "Bubba" | LAMBERT, LOUIS | MOUTON, EDGAR G. "SONNY" | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Financial disclosure | Campaign advertising | Political campaigns | Edwards, Edwin W. | POLLS | Politics | Campaign Finance | Democratic Party


  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Irving, John Photographer
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • Blome, Ron Reporter
  • Blome, Ron Editor
  • George, Beth Producer
  • Gates, Bob Director
  • Patriquin, Ronnie Panelist
  • Courtney, Bob Panelist
  • Brightbill, Roy Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from October 19, 1979, features Ron Blome leading a panel discussion with three capitol reporters: Ronni Patriquin of the Shreveport Journal; Bob Courtney of WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge; and Roy Brightbill of United Press International.  They discuss the 1979 gubernatorial election and candidates Jimmy Fitzmorris, Paul Hardy, Bubba Henry, Louis Lambert, Sonny Mouton, and Dave Treen, including: the release of the candidates’ campaign finance reports; television advertising; apathy among the voters; the effect of Governor Edwin Edwards on the race; the mounting debt of the campaigns; the effect of a Dave Treen win on the Democratic Party; following the candidates on the campaign trail; the rise of image- and media-driven campaigns; and the polls.