Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for NBC News and the National Journal, had a lot to talk about at the Public Affairs Research Council's annual luncheon meeting April 21 at the Crowne Plaza. The news from Capitol Hill and the state Legislature provided plenty of fodder for the man who's publication has been called "the bible of the political community."
Prior to his talk, Cook rubbed shoulders with politicians, PAR board members and luncheon sponsors at a VIP reception. Among those attending were U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, Gov. John Bel Edwards, Jay Campbell, Fran Gladden, Scott Hensgens, Fred Loy, Richard Manship, Donna Saurage, Drew Tessier and Roland Toups.