PM Newscall Jan 23

A Democrat has yet to jump in the governor’s race but there is a new TV ad featuring the state chair. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (32)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”


The state Board of Elementary & Second Education elects its new president for 2023; district 7 BESE member Dr. Holly Boffy…:

Cut 2 (32)  “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”


So far no Democrat has announced their candidacy for governor but a new TV ad featuring state party Chair Katie Bernhardt says help is on the way. publisher Jeremy Alford says while there’s no mention of the governor’s race, Bernhardt looks and sounds like a candidate…

Cut 3 (10) “…difficult to tell.” 

Bernhardt who also holds and fires a rifle in the ad has reportedly conducted polling to run for governor. Alford says he’s spoken with Activist Gary Chambers, who most recently ran for US Senate against Senator John Kennedy, who says he and other party members are not pleased about the ad whatsoever.

Cut 4 (07)  “…for governor.” 

Other names high-profile names considering a run for governor as a Democrat are Transportation Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson. Alford says Wilson would most likely have the endorsement of his current boss, Governor John Bel Edwards, and another name in the mix is East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore.

Cut 5 (08) “…be Hillar Moore.”

To date, four Republicans and one Independent have announced their candidacy for the October primary.


The state’s Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) has chosen Lafayette area educator Dr. Holly Boffy (pronounced BOE-fee) as its new president. Boffy is the principal at W.D. and Mary Baker Smith Career Center in Lafayette and has represented BESE District 7 since 2012. Boffy says she wants to lead BESE toward overhauling how the state evaluates school performance…

Cut 6 (08)  “…committed to studying.” 

Another area Boffy wants to see improve is school attendance and truancy, which is among the highest in the country. She says a great many students drop out or fail to attend because they feel they won’t be missed, or they have no relationship with their teacher. She says the teacher shortage has just made that worse. Boffy says school systems are hiring, and they hope to outreach people who may want to become a teacher…

Cut 7 (06)  “…opportunities that exist.” 

Dr. Boffy says her years of experience in the classroom make her very qualified to be BESE’s president. She says she’ll continue to work with the Board to get more teachers in classrooms and keep more students in school…

Cut 8 (06)  “…making that happen.” 


Attorney General Jeff Landry’s run for Governor this fall will leave his current post open, and so his Solicitor General has announced she will run for that position. Liz Murrill (Pronounced MER-uhl) has been Landry’s Second-in-Command for the past 7 years. She says she is ready to level-up…:

Cut 9 (12) “…and Attorney General.” 

Murrill is a 1991 LSU Law School graduate and served the Jindal administration for seven years, including a time as Executive Counsel. She says a high point in her career was arguing for Louisiana in front of the U.S. Supreme Court…:

Cut 10 (12) “…as a lawyer.” 

Murrill is a Republican. Also in the race for A.G. are Crowley Republican state Representative John Stefanski and Monroe area District Attorney John Belton, who is running No Party. She has worked closely with A.G. Jeff Landry for years and says if he is elected governor, they will continue to work cooperatively with her as A.G…:

Cut 11 (12)  “…where it needs to go.”


Louisiana is assisting California after heavy rain caused flooding and landslides. A four-person recovery team from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness left today. GOHSEP spokesperson Mike Steele says the team specializes in FEMA public assistance issues…

Cut 12 (04) “…they can.”

Steele says Louisiana got word of California’s needs through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact which offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency…

Cut 13 (13) “…accept it.” 

Steele says Louisiana has seen its share of flooding and knows how to battle through the red tape to get federal assistance and other states have provided support to Louisiana during its difficult times….

Cut 14 (09)   “…the favor.”