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Louisiana Lefty, hosted by veteran campaign organizer and Democratic strategist Lynda Woolard, is a podcast about politics and community in Louisiana, where we make the case that the health of the state requires a strong progressive movement, fueled by the critical work of organizing on the ground. Our goal is to democratize information, demystify party politics and empower you to join the mission. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack for creating our Super ...
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On this episode, our progressive professor, Stephen Handwerk, returns to help us debrief the Louisiana Democratic Party DSCC and Party Chair elections. Here we come full circle from our January 2023 conversation on “Demystifying Party Chair Elections.” Read The Illuminator’s Piper Hutchinson’s first hand report of the chair election: ​​Gaines takes…
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On this episode, the new chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party Randal Gaines talks to host Lynda Woolard about his initial plans for rebuilding and rehabbing the organization. Sign up for email updates from the Louisiana Democratic Party: louisianademocrats.org Follow the Louisiana Democratic Party on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Thanks to B…
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On this episode, political professional Westley Bayas and host Lynda Woolard give a sneak peak of the Intro to Campaign Finance Disclosure Webinar available on Louisiana Lefty’s YouTube. Watch the full webinar: Intro to Campaign Finance Disclosure Research Louisiana campaign finance reports: ethics.la.gov Research federal campaign finance reports: …
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On this episode, host Lynda Woolard shares a Zoom event she recorded with our Democratic Party professor Stephen Handwerk and current Democratic Parish Executive Committee candidates. Louisiana State Law on Political Parties, Parish Executive Committees RS 18:444 - RS 18:448: Start Reading Here See what’s on your March 23, 2024 ballot: Secretary of…
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On this episode, host Lynda Woolard previews the year for Louisiana Lefty and introduces the origins of the Blue Reboot movement to reform the Louisiana Democratic Party. Get more information on Blue Reboot: bluerebootla.org Find Blue Reboot on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. See what’s on your March 23, 2024 ballot: Secretary of State Voter Port…
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On this episode, Robert Mann, LSU professor, political historian, and former comms for Russell Long, John Breaux, and Kathleen Blanco, speaks with host Lynda Woolard about the changes needed at the Louisiana Democratic Party and the concerns he has for the state as a new administration begins. Connect with Bob on Twitter. Get Bob’s book Kingfish U:…
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On this episode, host Lynda Woolard celebrates her father, Ed Woolard, who recently passed away. This week she shares a previous interview on bipartisanship she did with him via Zoom when they were still separated by covid. The fun part for the listener is that Ed was a bit of a legend with quite a storied life, which very much comes across in the …
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On this episode, Andrew Tuozzolo, Chief of Staff to New Orleans City Council Vice President Helena Moreno, as well as lawyer and politico, joins host Lynda Woolard for an insiders’ walk through the recent past, the present, and the future of state Democratic Party politics in Louisiana. Connect with Andrew on Twitter. Read Lynda’s piece in the Bayo…
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Host Lynda Woolard sits down with the co-founders of SBP, Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg. This wife and husband team started their organization as the St. Bernard Project to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood of 2005 destroyed so much of the New Orleans region of the Gulf Coast. Today, SBP works throughout the United State…
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Creating a functioning Louisiana Democratic Party is an existential issue for the survival of our state. (No hyperbole.) We are in a moment where we should be having friendly but clarifying conversations with each other, current DSCC members, and potential chair and executive committee candidates about the future of the party. Check out our DSCC FA…
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This week we’re sharing a short bonus episode with some inspiring words from Friend of Lefty, Public Service Commissioner Davante Lewis. After the disastrous results of our October 14, 2023 Louisiana primary elections, we held a couple of live Zooms with Democrats interested in change at the state party. We’ll be distilling that content for release…
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Heading into the 2023 statewide gubernatorial primary elections, Representative Mandie Landry returns to the podcast to address host Lynda Woolard's top issues for Louisiana: Climate, Insurance, and the state of the Democratic Party. Read The Gambit's "Busted and Blue: Recent Elections have voters wondering where the Louisiana Democratic Party has …
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On this episode, Democratic candidate for governor, Shawn Wilson, speaks with host Lynda Woolard about his lifetime of leadership preparing him for this moment. As Dr. Wilson tells it, public service is his ministry, and he’s framed his campaign from Day One as a Bridge Builder, who can not only accomplish the literal work of government administrat…
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On this episode, sole 2023 Democratic candidate for state treasurer, Dustin Granger, speaks with host Lynda Woolard about long term lessons learned from his personal journey and his campaign. He’s particularly devoted to making the case that Democrats need to highlight the party’s superior record on the economy and push the progressive issues that …
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This episode drops on the 18th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood that destroyed so much of New Orleans. Nakita Shavers, of the Dinerral Shavers Education Fund, Girls NOLA, and Boys NOLA, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about how that historic tragedy impacted her personally and launched her journey into political activism. She…
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Welcome to Season 6 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard highlights key themes from Season 5, and gives a preview of our final full season. See all archives on Demystifying the Democratic Party here: https://louisianalefty.rocks/category/demystifying/ See all Louisiana Lefty archives here: https://louisianalefty.rocks/archives/ Please follow Loui…
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As we complete our summer series of bonus episodes focused on "Demystifying the Democratic Party" with our progressive professor, Stephen Handwerk, we break down what coordinated campaigns between state parties and candidates are and why they are important. Find all our episodes in this ongoing series on our special Louisiana Lefty archives page: D…
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As we continue our ongoing series on "Demystifying the Democratic Party" with Professor Stephen Handwerk, we explore what successful state Democratic parties are doing, and what the Louisiana Democratic Party could and should be doing. Check out the Louisiana Democratic Party Constitution and Bylaws. Find more information on how the Democratic Part…
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While Louisiana Lefty is on summer break, "Professor" Stephen Handwerk, former executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party and current DSCC member, as well as political consultant and strategist to the Association of State Democratic Committees on behalf of state parties, joins host Lynda Woolard for a bonus episode to break down the roles…
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On this episode, Corinne Green, policy and legislative strategist for Equality Federation joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about the legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ communities, and the Transgender community specifically, in Louisiana and red states across the country. Connect with LGBTQ+ support groups through the links below: Louisiana Trans Advoca…
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On this episode, Shreveport native D’Seanté Parks joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about her civic engagement app: 1000 More. Check out 1000 More at 1000more.org. 1000 More on Social Media: Twitter Facebook Instagram TikTok Sign Up for 1000 More's Weekly Newsletter. Learn more about the roots of propaganda in the United States through LSU's books o…
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On this episode, Joel Emerson, former statewide organizing director for Mary Landrieu’s coordinated campaign in 2014, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about the lessons for Louisiana Democrats from that election. Joel also talks about the work he’s doing today with the Universe app for local progressive candidates, and the new Louisiana 501(c)(4): …
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On this episode, newly elected Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Davante Lewis speaks with Lynda Woolard about his 2022 campaign, his runoff victory, and his first 100 days in office. Listen to Davante's first appearance on the podcast from Season One of Louisiana Lefty: Run Before You Walk. Connect with Davante on Twitter, Facebook, and Instag…
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On this episode, Brian Hansbury, co-founder of the Media and Democracy Project, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about his group's work to watchdog the media and push back against misinformation, false equivalencies, and bad framing that shrouds the truth from the public. As the Media and Democracy Project is a completely volunteer run organization…
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On this episode, Nathaniel Stinnett, founder of the Environmental Voter Project, speaks with host Lynda Woolard to share the exciting news that the nonpartisan, nonprofit EVP is expanding their work into Louisiana! Their mission is simple, but effective: to identify inactive environmentalists and transform them into consistent voters to build the p…
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On this episode, host Lynda Woolard speaks with Ciara Hart, chair of the Young Democrats of Louisiana (YDL), organizing chair of the Environmental Caucus for the Young Democrats of America (YDA), Democratic State Central Committee member, Lift Louisiana Advisory Board member, and former candidate for the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Seco…
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On this episode, host Lynda Woolard continues her efforts to demystify state Democratic Party politics by speaking with Kirk Green, a long-time party official, a current DSCC member for District 69 in Baton Rouge, and an educator who wears many hats in his teachers' union. We discuss the 2020 party leadership elections, the previous and current sta…
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Welcome to Season 5 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard highlights key themes from Season 4, and gives a preview of a very big year for Louisiana. Revisit Lynda's Bayou Brief piece, which she penned when the Alito draft on the Dobbs decision leaked: A Fight Worth Having Please follow Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform and all our …
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Louisiana Lefty has been on winter break, but recent events with the Louisiana Democratic Party prompted us to quickly put out an episode to address some of the questions about how we get state party leadership. On this episode, host Lynda Woolard and “Professor” Stephen Handwerk break down how we get - or change - a Louisiana Democratic Party chai…
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Louisiana Lefty is on winter break, but still releasing mini-pods. On this episode, host Lynda Woolard acknowledges the pitfalls that exist for digital organizing on Twitter now that the platform has been purchased by a so-called free speech absolutist and conspiracy theorist, and suggests some common sense security measures users can take to prote…
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Louisiana Lefty is on winter break this month, but we’re still releasing Action Lefty mini-pods. This week, host Lynda Woolard goes over some of the simple ways - besides phone banking and text banking - you can use your smartphone to help your favorite candidate. Make sure you are following Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform, and he…
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Louisiana Lefty is on winter break, but still releasing mini-pods. On this episode, host Lynda Woolard speaks with Maria Harmon and Laramie Griffin of Decarcerate Louisiana, as they recount what went wrong with the November 8th vote on Constitutional Amendment 7, which sought to remove slavery from our state constitution. Little was known in Louisi…
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On this episode, Omari Ho-Sang, North Louisiana organizer with Black Voters Matter, talks to host Lynda Woolard about the 365-day-a-year work of movement building, the possibilities for big progress in the state, and the fact that there is a role for every person to play in moving us forward. Email Omari to find out more about partnering with Black…
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On this episode, Louisiana author Sam Spitale joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about his brand new book, How to Win the War on Truth. This illustrated guide blends together politics, history, and psychology, as well as insights on the forces of power and media literacy, to create a roadmap for Americans to become better informed voters and better p…
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Chris Pourciau is a Criminal Justice Reform advocate and political operative who led efforts to pass Constitutional Amendment 2 in 2018 for the Unanimous Jury Coalition as Deputy Campaign Manager. On this episode, he talks to host Lynda Woolard, who joined his team in the final months of that campaign to manage their statewide field efforts. Contin…
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Madison Smither, a young advocate and Democrat from Louisiana who’s currently attending the Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on climate and new energy, joins host Lynda Woolard to share her experience at the inaugural Global Clean Energy Action Forum and her research on the Inflation Reduction Act’s provisions that address climate change. Connec…
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Michael Hobbs, born and raised in the Deep South, is a Marine Veteran who served in the Iraq War and a political operative currently working to combat partisan and racial gerrymandering in Ohio. Between those two plot points in his life story, he’s been involved in Democratic campaigns in both Ohio and the great state of Louisiana as everything fro…
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Angelle Bradford, activist and executive committee at-large member of Louisiana’s Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club, joins host Lynda Woolard to discuss her work on Climate Justice and Transit Equity. We address the intersectionality of this issue, particularly in our Gulf state, with the environment, wildlife, pollution, healthcare, workers' rights…
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Andy Berke, senior Biden administration official and U.S. special representative for broadband with a mission of internet access and equity, joins host Lynda Woolard to discuss his recent trip to Louisiana. While here, he attended the inaugural Louisiana Internet for All Summit where he announced big digital infrastructure investments for our state…
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Sara Tabatabaie, chief political officer and communications director for #VOTEPROCHOICE, joins host Lynda Woolard in a conversation about the importance of building a Pro-Choice Democratic bench at the local level and the work their organization is doing to elect Pro-Choice candidates up and down the ballot. Sign up for Action Alerts and get your l…
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Drew Prestridge, president at Prestridge Political, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about creating fundraising plans for candidates, beginning a career as a finance director, and developing a range of skill sets to increase your value on political campaigns. Connect with Drew on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on…
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Welcome to Season 4 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard highlights key themes from Season 3, and gives a preview of the next phase. Please follow Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform and all our social media channels: Facebook Twitter Instagram Check out all the great Louisiana organizers we've celebrated on Bayou Brief's Organizer …
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Louisiana Lefty is on summer break, but we’re releasing mini-pods. This week, we’ve got clips from an advocacy event we did last week, based on a piece host Lynda Woolard wrote for the Bayou Brief in response to the overturn of Roe by the Supreme Court. We had Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women with a Vision, speak about what's happening in …
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Louisiana Lefty is on summer break, but we’re still releasing mini-pods. This week, Westley Bayas returns to the podcast to speak with host Lynda Woolard about GOTV or Get Out The Vote: what it is and what it is not. Find GOTV and other campaign trainings at the National Democratic Training Committee’s website: traindemocrats.org. Connect with West…
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Louisiana Lefty is on summer break for the next three episodes, but we’re still releasing mini-pods. This week, Stephen “Professor" Handwerk returns to the podcast to speak with host Lynda Woolard about the difference between the civic engagement of voter registration and the electoral work of Get Out The Vote. Visit IWillVote.com to check that you…
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On the final episode of season three, Liz Leger from Avoyelles Sleeves Up joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about organizing in rural parishes and small towns, whether for electoral politics or community engagement. Her team's organizing work in Central Louisiana is a great blueprint for how to put progress above partisan ends, how to build relation…
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Ben Zucker, co-founder and co-director of Step Up Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard for the second in a two-part series focusing on this relatively young statewide community group, and their mission of good jobs and good schools for Louisiana. Ben and his partner Maria Harmon, who was on our previous episode, are classic organizers. Ben is leadin…
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Maria Harmon, co-founder and co-director of Step Up Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard for the first in a two-part series focusing on this relatively young statewide community group, and their mission of good jobs and good schools for Louisiana. Maria and her partner Ben Zucker, who will be on the next episode, are classic organizers. Maria is lea…
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Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy Logan Atkinson Burke joins host Lynda Woolard for the second of a two part interview during Earth Month. If you missed our previous episode, Greater Powers than You Know No. 1 with Logan Burke, please give it a listen, and then come back to this episode, as we pick up where we left off, with …
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Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy Logan Atkinson Burke joins host Lynda Woolard for the first of a two part interview during Earth Month. While the episode features some nerd outs over topics like the governor's Climate Initiative Task Force, the bipartisan infrastructure plan, Build Back Better, and the Green New Deal, the r…
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