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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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

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

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

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.

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

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 09:01
Tyler Bridges Pt. 2: How Jon Bel Edwards slew Democrat & GOP Goliaths
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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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  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist
  • President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

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joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

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indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

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bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

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