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Lamar Parmentel is the curator-in-chief of the Daily Kingfish. He holds court in smoke-filled rooms, always regaling the assembled with a story or two from the political battlefields. His shadowy connections to the Progressive underground offer insight into the rough-and-tumble world of Democratic politics in Louisiana. Parmentel is a certified candidate-whisperer, a TV impresario and a stone-cold rumor monger. From an early age, Parementel was trained in the black arts of meme-manipulation, misdirection, and narrative sabotage.
Ryan is the founder and former publisher of The Daily Kingfish. As a veteran campaign operative, Ryan has spent most of his adult life working on political campaigns across the nation – Jeff Klein for State Senate in New York; Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate in Connecticut; and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s IE campaigns in support of Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin in South Dakota and Congressman Charlie Melancon in Louisiana. Prior to his work on the campaign trail, he completed a stint with Teach For America in South Louisiana, and AmeriCorps*NCCC in Denver, CO. He received his B.A. from Providence College, and his J.D. and D.C.L. from LSU Law. He most recently returned to his native state of New York where he passed the bar exam and re-entered the political operations world on a full-time basis.
Bucktown Pirate resides on a houseboat somewhere beyond the 12-mile limit, is a world champion crawfish peeler and an ace shot with a properly-weighted Sig-Sauer 250 in .45GAP caliber. The pirate is also a known heavy sharp on most off-shore sports books.
As Senior Contributor, Stephen is a seasoned political advocate and a leading activist for progressive causes in Louisiana and across America. He currently serves as the Chairman of National Stonewall Democrats PAC, the voice for LGBT Democrats throughout the nation. Handwerk also serves as Vice Chairman of Louisiana’s 7th Congressional District of the Democratic Party representing over 220,000 Democrats is Southwest Louisiana – the first EVER openly gay man to be an officer of the party. He has a weekly television show and wrote a weekly column for The Daily Advertiser as their “LeftBlogger” for the 3 years. He is the Democratic Commentator on KPEL 105.1 and is the outgoing chairman of Louisiana Stonewall Democrats.
Stephen owns a small consulting firm with dual specialization – AffordableConsulting.com – in Graphic Design, Video Production and Website creation – and TurnLouisianaBlue.com which specializes in political campaign consulting working ONLY for progressive Democrats. He lives with his partner of 8 years – Danny, and their 5 year old Chocolate Lab – Mocha.
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