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Gov. Edwin Edwards’ Gambling Proposal (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-01-31

Duration: 00:21:36

Subjects: Gambling | Economy | STATE BUDGET | Lotteries


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Bankston, William Interviewee
  • Scott, Loren Interviewee
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Reilly, Kevin Interviewee
  • Jackson, Alphonse Interviewee
  • Swearingen, Lawson Interviewee
  • Alexander, Avery Interviewee
  • Ward, Ken Interviewee
  • Swaggart, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Williams, Rockie Interviewee
  • Russell, Roy Interviewee
  • DeBrueys, Warren Speaker
  • James, Ben Interviewee
  • Cross, Mike Interviewee
  • Rayburn, B.B. "Sixty" Interviewee
  • Dewitt, Charles Interviewee
  • Fernandez, Manny Interviewee
  • Baker, Richard Interviewee
  • Hudson, Tommy Interviewee


This segment from the January 31, 1986, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a special report on Governor Edwards calling for a public referendum legalizing casino gambling in New Orleans and a state lottery. First, Ken Johnson reports on the history and possible economic impact of gambling. He interviews Dr. William Bankston, a sociology professor, and Dr. Loren Scott, an economics professor. Next, Laura Myers reports on the political ramifications of legalizing gambling. She interviews: State Representative Kevin Reilly; State Representative Alphonse Jackson; State Representative Lawson Swearingen; State Representative Avery Alexander; Ken Ward, lobbyist; Reverend Jimmy Swaggart, televangelist; Rockie Williams, farmer; Roy Russell, farmer; and Warren DeBrueys of the Metropolitan Crime Commission. Next, Karen Nachman reports on the state’s projected budget deficit due to falling oil prices. She interviews: Ben James of the Economic Development Task Force; State Senator Mike Cross; State Senator B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn; State Representative Charlie Dewitt; and State Representative Manny Fernandez. Lastly, Johnson conducts an in-studio interview with State Representative Richard Baker and State Senator Tommy Hudson. They discuss their opposition to the gambling proposal and the projected state budget deficit.