MONDAY: New Orleans Culture, Louisiana Legislative Session, Budget Project, and Perceptions of Sexual Misconduct


Author and painter Jennifer Moses shares her article from the New York Times.  In her article, she calls New Orleans "literary ground zero."  Moses discusses the views of various famous writers and their reactions to living in and near New Orleans.  

Representative Jerome Richard of District 55 is an Independent.  He comments on the first day of the Louisiana Legislative Session.  He is calling for an automatic veto session.  

Richard declines to support any one particular candidate for governor.  He also discusses healthcare.  

He speaks about the amount of money brought in by the Mercedes Benz Superdome and gives his opinion regarding Tom Benson.  


Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller joins the show.  "I think it was a fairly typical Jindal speech," Moller says, agreeing with the governor's statements about the good economy.  He says that though the economy is doing well, it is even more disappointing how there could be major cuts to higher education and healthcare.  "I think our employment is third highest in the country." 

"We've had very stagnant revenue growth in this state," Moller says.  "I think Governor Roemer in 1989 was the last governor to have a veto overridden." 

Jim says, "I say this with all sincerity, if the government ever gets out of politics he would be a great preacher." 

"I expect him to be forceful in trying to get his priorities through," Moller says of Governor Jindal.  

Rep. Richard expresses his disappointment in Governor Jindal's failure to mention higher education today.  

"There are 1000 fewer college professors in this state than when Governor Jindal took office," Moller says.  

Today is Thomas Jefferson's Birthday.  

LSU Graduate Student Swede White comments on a study he conducted called "Perceptions of High School Teacher/Student Sexual Misconduct in Mass Media" loosely based on the recent case of Shelley Dufresne.  "What we find is that there is a difference in teacher morality and student morality," White continues, saying that findings support a 10% increase in disapproval if the teacher is a male and the student is a female.

"Boys are not likely to say it's a problem or molestation," White says, "usually the damage occurs later in life in the form of drugs, alcohol, or gambling." 

He said that over 90% of conservatives would view the female student as immoral as compared to 60% of liberals.