On the night of Friday, July 14 ' after suggesting in that morning's Rightblog column that Willow Street should be renamed Ronald Wilson Reagan Drive Â' Tritschler, 42, was arrested following a dispute with his wife at their Lafayette home.
The initial police report states that following a "verbal argument," Tritschler "became physical by pushing the victim to the floor. Once victim was on floor, suspect dragged victim by legs and spit on her." Tritschler's booking was noted in The Advertiser a day later along with other arrests from the weekend.
Last Friday, The Advertiser did not post a new column from Tritschler as scheduled. The Web site and Advertiser print edition also offered no explanation as to why Tritschler's column was not appearing. When called for comment, Daily Advertiser Editor Denise Richter referred all questions to Advertiser Publisher Ted Power.
"I don't know if anybody here has talked to him or not," Power says. "I believe Mr. Tritschler has a personal issue that he's dealing with, and he couldn't submit an entry last week. There will be no additional entries until all that's resolved from either side, right or left."
Tritschler, a marketing director with Teche Federal Savings Bank in New Iberia, did not return a call and e-mail for comment on his arrest.
The Advertiser will be keeping Tritschler's old political commentaries up on its Web site. "There's nothing wrong with keeping stuff up [on the Web site] that we've already published," says Power. "We're not embarrassed by anything."
Power expects the political blogs will resume normally next week, though he did not know if a replacement had been found for Tritschler.
Republican executive committee member Don Bertrand says he has been asked by The Advertiser's online editor, Bill Decker, to continue "RightBlog." Bertrand says he hopes to write a much less abrasive column than Tritschler ' one he says should be more representative of local Republicans. Bertrand says Tritschler has not been actively involved with the parish Republican committee for several years. Tritschler notably broke rank with many in his party last year when he argued against Lafayette Utilities System's fiber-to-the-home project in a guest editorial in The Daily Advertiser. The LUS initiative ' a signature issue of Republican City-Parish President Joey Durel ' was heavily backed by the parish Republican committee.
"Suffice to say, [Tritschler] did not represent most people on the Republican Parish Executive Committee and probably did not represent many Republicans," Bertrand says. "I found him to be venomous in what I did read. His writings tend to carry a certain amount of anger."
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The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand: