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Morial: Academy Awards, Superbowl, NFL, minorities and inclusion
Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:50 Written by

morialA lot has happened since the on and offline uproar that exploded after the Motion Picture Academy failed to nominate people of color across most major award categories for the second year in a row. Chief among the reactions has been the academy's decision to re-examine and course correct its internal push for diversity among its well-publicized overwhelmingly older, white male ranks. Meanwhile, there have been numerous calls to register our collective disappointment with the academy by tuning out the broadcast or boycotting the Oscars ceremony all together, while another cultural touchstone has begun to take its time-honored place in our national imagination: Super Bowl XLIX. On its face, Sunday's big game will be an epic showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, but beyond the gridiron lies history and the hard-earned results of the NFL's resolve to promote inclusion among its ranks-a commitment that might serve as a lesson to the Motion Picture Academy.

Liberal Mitch Landrieu, not running in conservative Louisiana election, he could never win
Friday, 04 December 2015 15:01 Written by

landrieu leeIt’s another day and another global warming conference for Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Today, the Mayor is joining other world leaders in Paris to fight the supposed evils of carbon emissions and work toward a more “sustainable” future. 

Vitter claimed Tyler Bridges was a tracker, reporter rebuffs, sets record straight
Friday, 04 December 2015 14:20 Written by

normandDuring the recent Louisiana gubernatorial campaign, US Senator David Vitter, when speaking at an election forum made the shocking claim that The Advocate Reporter, Tyler Bridges was “tracking him” after Vitter voted during the first primary.   

The election was marked by strange events including a Vitter Super PAC campaign tracker almost-always tracking one of the candidates. A Democratic group also employed a tracker from time to time. 

Tyler Bridges: Edwards campaign used Obama robo-calls in last hours of Vitter campaign
Friday, 04 December 2015 13:02 Written by

obama edwardsDuring the last hours of the Jon Bel Edwards vs. David Vitter Louisiana gubernatorial campaign, the Edwards campaign deployed a secret weapon of sorts--mobilize the African American base to get out the vote by using a robo call from Presidnt Barack Obama.  

No Landrieu for Senate? WOW, $30M in guv TV ads, Cannizzaro wants gun control; Brown loses leadership
Thursday, 03 December 2015 13:06

mitch tweetWant to know who has influenced the recent Louisiana election?

Center for Public Integrity is analyzing political TV ads tracked by media monitoring firm Kantar Media/CMAG. The Center will update the findings every Thursday through the elections. Read more about why TV ads are important to elections.

 

Jindal's Louisiana is broke, in pits yet LSU seethes for Miles
Thursday, 03 December 2015 12:16 Written by

milesWith a new governor soon to take office in a state that is facing a massive government financial crisis under current Governor Bobby Jindal, a litany of problems continues to mount.  Higher education is on the ropes both financially and academically. Healthcare costs continue to spiral, undercut by a current governor who ignored the opportunity of filling the gap with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. The new governor will certainly have his plate full from day one. 

Tyler Bridges: "Prostitutes or Patriots" killer-shot ad in Vitter-Edwards race
Thursday, 03 December 2015 11:05 Written by

prostitute patriot2 3United States Senator David Vitter’s attempt to replace Bobby Jindal as Governor of Louisiana was marked by many issues and commercials

There was the Vitter claim of the alleged connection of Democrat Jon Bel Edwards to President Obama.  There was Vitter’s attempt to make Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle appear to be corrupt. However, if there was one issue that dominated the last months and particularly the last weeks of the election, it was the focus, and perhaps the surprising attention to the 2007 Washington DC madam scandal.

Kennedy: Louisiana doesn't want Rolls Royce Medicaid Expansion
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:17

rollsOn the day that Louisiana's mental health has been ranked close to the bottom in the nation Treasurer, John Kennedy, who often has been mentioned to be a candidate for US Senate to replace David Vitter, who lost the Louisiana governor's race last month, has written a column dealing with Medicaid Expansion, an option that Jon Bel Edwards, the governor-elect appears to be moving towards, as has been his major campaign promise.

Tyler Bridges Pt. 3: How demo leaders tried to nudge Jon Bel Edwards out of governor’s race
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 13:47 Written by

smoke demos 2We all know that politics is legion with its back door, smoke-filled room deals.  Power brokers pick who they want to run for office and those involved either go along with the recommendations (or sometimes deals) or they don’t.

Tyler Bridges Pt. 2: How Jon Bel Edwards slew Democrat & GOP Goliaths
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 09:01 Written by

goliathIn so many ways, the Louisiana governor's race was David taking on Goliath, and slaying the giant.

Jon Bel Edwards, now the governor-elect, overcame major odds:  He not only filled a vacuum of potential Democratic candidates who might have sought to take on the better-brand of politicians (David Vitter and other Louisiana republicans in a royal-red republican state), but, he slayed the biggest, most powerful of them all, Vitter.

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