Vermont U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be a guest at the 2015 Louisiana Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orleans July 25.
Sanders has proved to be a draw on the campaign trail and has begun to crack the 20 percent mark in some recent polls — still far behind Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Still, Sanders has excited some of the Dems' liberal base in a way that Clinton hasn't, with as many as 10,000 people showing up for his rallies. Sanders has been outspoken about what he calls "the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality" in America, has called for free tuition at four-year public colleges and universities, and has and advocated for Wall Street reform.
Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is set to deliver the dinner's keynote speech, and former Louisiana U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will be honored that night as well. Dinner tickets are $175 per person and available at www.louisianademocrats.org.
If that's too rich for your blood, there's always the roast of Gov. Bobby Jindal at AllWays Lounge in the Marigny at 7:30 p.m. the same night. Though Jindal won't be attending, that one's free and will feature several local comics providing political humor. — KEVIN ALLMAN