PODCAST: Meet the Candidate- Belinda Davis (House District 70)

Meet the LSU professor who is hoping to win the seat in the state House currently being vacated by Franklin Foil.

Every day this week and then occasionally throughout the next four months, I’ll be talking with candidates for legislative and statewide offices. If you or someone you know is running for election in Louisiana and would like to schedule a time to appear on Briefly Speaking, please don’t hesitate: Send me an email at lamar@bayoubrief.com.

Although, yes, I am a Louisiana Democrat, the Bayou Brief is no longer officially endorsing candidates, and we will be welcoming candidates across the political spectrum. Our mission, after all, is to tell the stories of the people of Louisiana.

I conducted my first round of interviews last Saturday at the True Blue Gala, the Louisiana Democratic Party’s annual dinner and fundraiser, so, not surprisingly, the first group you’ll hear from have at least one thing in common: They are all Democrats.

We are kicking things off with a conversation with Dr. Belinda Davis, a political science professor at LSU who is running for House District 70, the seat being vacated by Franklin Foil due to term limits. Foil is now running for state Senate, and later in the week, we will hear from one of his opponents, Dr. Beverly Brooks Thompson.

But since I recorded the discussion with Dr. Davis first, it seemed fair to lead off with her interview.

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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.