BRIDGES-ALFORD TO RELEASE ELECTION BOOK IN 2016

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What started out as two books — one that Jeremy Alford began reporting on at Washington Mardi Gras earlier this year and another that Tyler Bridges undertook following his Nov. 28 story on the governor-elect's improbable victory — will now be one book on Louisiana politics. They’re teaming up as co-authors for what promises to be a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of this year’s elections.

From the history-making trends to the colorful personalities, Bridges and Alford will take you along for the ride through a political odyssey that was equal parts strange and unpredictable. The book, set to be released in the late spring of 2016, will cover all of the intriguing politics of this unforgettable year, but will focus primarily on the governor’s race between John Bel Edwards and David Vitter.

A broad overview of the forthcoming book will be offered to subscribers of LaPolitics Weekly on Thursday, but you can play a role right away. Have an anecdote from the governor’s race the co-authors might be interested in? Were you part of a critical decision readers should know about? Were you a staffer in another race that shouldn't be overlooked? On the record or off, they want to hear from you. Become part of the process by emailing JJA@LaPolitics.com or TEGBridges@Gmail.com.

Bridges is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans and Lima, Peru, who covers politics for The Advocate. He is a former reporter for The Miami Herald – where he was twice a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams – and The Times-Picayune. He is also the author of Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards and The Rise of David Duke. A 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, his work appears regularly in The Washington Post and Politico Magazine.

Alford is the publisher and editor of LaPolitics.com, LaPolitics Weekly and Tuesday Tracker. His work has appeared regularly in The New York Times, including three front page bylines, and he has been published by The Dallas Morning News, Associated Press and Campaigns & Elections magazine. His opinion columns and syndicated news appear in 38 newspapers and magazines throughout Louisiana. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the state's best political reporters by The Washington Post's Fix blog. Over the past year, he has served as an on-air analyst for CNN, FOX News and MSNBC.

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