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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. 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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tyler collageIf 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.

 

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tylerUnquestionably, 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.

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Louisiana-house-repsIf 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.

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scalise-flagTyler Bridges has written an article about Steve Scalise, the House Whip of the US House of Representatives that focuses upon Scalise’s political life, which began as a State Representative in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans.

 Bridges, who has freelanced for  Politico and who is also now covering the Louisiana Legislative session  for The Advocate, described, in a Google Hangout interview, the circumstances surrounding the article.

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washington-affairTyler Bridges, who covered the Louisiana legislature and Governor Bobby Jindal close up for The Lens, a New Orleans publication, has just written another article for a national publication discussing the difficult environment Jindal, the legislature and Louisiana finds itself this spring.

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jindals-book2Governor Jindal wants to set the record straight.

Today, he was scorched by two articles in the national media that took issue with his economic development claims and his budget.  One was in Politico, the other in the New York Times.

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