The Louisiana legislative session is history. It ended Thursday night, at midnight and now the question is-- what happened?
Well, we raised taxes, again although some say, there was no need to do so. The Republicans have taken credit for successfully plugging the tax dike. Some say Governor Johnn Bel Edwards was the loser. Others claim, no, it is the House of Representatives conservative republicans. And still, others say it is the taxpayers who actually lost.
Donald Trump and David Duke.
There are some who believe the two men’s names belong in the same sentence. There are others who feel insulted and indignant linking the pair--even in the same universe.
Yet, for now, at least in the minds of some who have witnessed the meteoric rise of both men and their political movements, there is a type of relationship, other than both being Republicans facing scorn from party leaders.
But, what type of relationship? And why even ask?
During the last precious hours of the Louisiana legislative special session--called earlier this year, by Governor John Bel Edwards--to address an historical budget crises, it appeared that the governing process would close to a crashing halt of failure.
During 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.
During 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.
United 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.
We 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.
If you want to know the inside scoop about the recent Louisiana governor's race, one of the individuals absolutely in the know, is Tyler Bridges, who reported on the Louisiana legislative session and the governor's election for The Advocate.
Unquestionably, the Louisiana Legislature has been busy the past two months. Legislators and others have been trying to figure out how to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015.
If last week was not important enough for the future of Louisiana, this week certainly will be, as the budget making for year 2015-2016 races to a legislative session conclusion.