01/08 Friday: Geography, Senator Ted Cruz, Louisiana Politics, and Remembering Politico C.B. Forgotston


Eric Weiner 

Eric Weiner is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss, as well as two other books. His latest book, The Geography of Genius, has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful…Weiner’s best book yet.”  As a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Eric reported from more than 30 nations, from Iraq to Indonesia, covering some of the major international events of recent times.  Eric writes a regular column for BBC Travel.  His work also appears in The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and other publications, as well as on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Sarah Duggin

Prior to coming to Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, Sarah Duggin was Vice President & General Counsel of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).  Sarah has also served as Chief Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, a multi-facility academic medical care provider, and as General Counsel of the Children's National Medical Center. Prior to her general counsel positions, Sarah was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly where she litigated complex criminal and civil cases, including a number of pro bono matters. 

Duggin gives her professional opinion on the relevance and constitutionality of Ted Cruz's eligibility for president as he was born in Canada. 

Ryan Haynie

Ryan K. Haynie is a partner with the Baton Rouge-based Haynie and Associates, a government relations and lobbying firm founded 33 years ago by his father and namesake.  Haynie also discusses on Senator Ted Cruz's eligibility for president due to his birth in Canada. 


Ron Gomez

Ronald Gomez, Sr. is a veteran print and broadcast journalist, author, and businessman from Lafayette, Louisiana, who served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from Lafayette Parish, from 1980 to 1989.  He was also the secretary of natural resources in the cabinet of Governor Buddy Roemer.  Gomez remembers politico C.B. Forgotston who passed away at the beginning of the week. 

Chris Broadwater

Chris Broadwater is an attorney and former state lawmaker.  He also remembers C.B. Forgotston's life and legacy. 

Robert Travis Scott

Robert Travis Scott is the President of the Public Affairs Research Council.  He comments on the budget chaos.  He also speaks on John Bel Edwards' inauguration to Louisiana Governor on Monday.