The Advocate's Tyler Bridges gives Louisiana Legislature 2017 Update--Once again, there is a budget crunch. The House and the Senate are far apart from an agreement. Criminal justice reform is a hot button issue for the session.
Then, there is a special session looming prior to the start of the next year's regular session. The reason? An approximate one billion dollar fiscal cliff because the legislature raised the sales tax to ten cents in 2016. The penny sales tax expires next year and if the economy does not improve for the state, once again, Louisiana will be facing more debate over taxes, cuts as Governor John Bel Edwards enters his third year of his four-year term.
The Advocate's Tyler Bridges discusses these and other issues with Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of Bayoubuzz.com
Interestingly, Tyler Bridges, the author of the biography, “The Rise of David Duke”, believes that he is now witnessing the “fall of David Duke”.
Bridges mentioned this dichotomy during my online interview with him Saturday morning, days after Duke’s appearance at a US Senate debate at Dillard University.
David Duke, the former KKK leader and virulent anti-semite is now a US Senate candidate in Louisiana.
One of the individuals who knows David Duke’s political career is Tyler Bridges, now author of two books about two of Duke’s run for office in the 1980’s and 90’s.
This afternoon, Bridges and I discussed Duke’s political past and his current decision to run for office.
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.