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Publisher’s Note: After a series of fits and starts, we finally have the ability and the capacity to officially launch “Briefly Speaking,” the podcast we piloted in January with the guys from the enormously popular “Pod Save America.” Currently, “Briefly Speaking” is streaming on a variety of platforms, including Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Breaker, PocketCasts, Anchor, and RadioPublic, and we anticipate it being available for download through Apple Podcasts within the next four or five days.

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Original art by Bayou Brief, with design elements from 0irty Coast.

Fair warning: Even though the name of the podcast is Briefly Speaking, as anyone who knows me or reads the Bayou Brief can attest, we’re not necessarily known to be brief.


On Wednesday, on the penultimate day of the 2019 Louisiana legislative session and while candidates for the upcoming statewide elections begin readying themselves for what is certain to be an exhausting, four month-long rollercoaster ride, I sat down with Rob Anderson, one of six candidates who challenged incumbent U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins last November.

Anderson was one of four Democrats, and ultimately, he received 13,477 votes, finishing in fourth. Higgins won outright in the primary.

Despite the disappointing results, however, Anderson, who was a first-time candidate, seems to be more hopeful than ever, and although he hasn’t yet made it official (and was coy during our conversation), it sure sounds like he’s ramping up for another run.

Because we spoke for two hours, I split up our conversation into two parts.

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Lamar White, Jr.
Lamar White, Jr. is an award-winning writer and the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief, Louisiana’s only statewide news and culture publication. Born and raised on the banks of the Red River in Alexandria, he is a proud product of the Louisiana public education system and a graduate of Rice University in Houston and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Lamar has been writing about politics and public policy in Louisiana for twenty years, beginning as a weekly youth columnist for his hometown paper, the Town Talk. After earning his undergraduate degree in English and Religious Studies, Lamar moved back to Alexandria, where he launched a popular blogsite, CenLamar, and worked for five years as the Special Assistant to the Mayor. He exposed significant problems with Louisiana’s school voucher program, which resulted in a series of other investigations and ultimately in the removal of several schools from the program. He was the last person to argue online with Andrew Breitbart. He investigated and then broke the report that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise had once attended a white supremacist conference. He was the first to share a photograph of Bobby Jindal’s portrait in the state Capitol. He exposed U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s incomplete timesheets while the then-representative moonlighted as a physician. He earned headlines in Texas after the gubernatorial campaign of Greg Abbott falsely claimed he had been exploited as a “campaign prop” by Abbott’s opponent, Wendy Davis, and after exposing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for relying on online “bot farms” to counter Beto O’Rourke, and he earned headlines in Mississippi after publishing videos of U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith making bizarre comments about public hangings and voter suppression tactics which were both perceived as racist. Lamar was the recipient of the 2011 Ashley Morris Award, given to the writer who best exemplifies the spirit of New Orleans, and in 2019, he was honored as one of Gambit’s Top 40 Under 40 and as the year’s Outstanding Millennial in Journalism at the annual Millennial Awards. He has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Above the Law, and the Advocate and has appeared multiple times as a guest on CNN and MSNBC. Lamar currently lives in New Orleans with his two golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Dog.