Monthly Archives: January 2013
As I'm sure you've read, Gov. Bobby Jindal went to Charlotte this week to speak to the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, where he dispensed some weak soup that, in Jindal's world, seems to pass for wisdom and policy innovation.
Most famously, Jindal said: “We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INTRODUCES LOUISIANABELIEVESANYTHING.COM
BATON ROUGE, La. - In response to the feedback of pro-charter and reform groups, virtual school operators, and testing companies, the Louisiana Department of Education today announced a complete overhaul of its website. The website's URL has changed to louisianabelievesanything.com, reflecting the state's comprehensive plan to ensure every student is fleeced for the maximum state funding before they track to…
Louisiana State Senator Mike Walsworth may not understand evolutionary science, but after this week, he probably has a deeper appreciation of the ways in which a news story can evolve over the course of time. Senator Walsworth, a Republican from Monroe, is probably now the most well-known member of the Louisiana legislature. Last week, in a story about Zack Kopplin, …
Throughout the last several years, as anyone who follows Louisiana politics can tell you, whenever Governor Bobby Jindal's policies are challenged, you can count on blogger and LSUS Associate Professor Jeff Sadow to rise to Jindal's defense. Sadow has published hundreds of thinly-sourced and poorly-researched screeds on his website Between the Lines, screeds that are often reposted on other conservative-leaning websites and blogs, screeds that attempt to intellectually justify Jindal's policies by referencing the work of none other than LSUS Professor Jeff Sadow.
By Robert Mann
Hasn’t Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal done enough to hurt his state’s poor citizens?
After virtually destroying the public health care system, why would he want to deepen their anguish by increasing taxes on them by as much as 75 percent?
That could be the practical impact of a new tax plan, announced today, that Jindal is prepared to submit to the Louisiana Legislature -- eliminating the most…
Louisiana’s chapter of New Leaders Council just announced the 2013 class of Fellows for what will be their 4th annual statewide institute. The impressive, diverse group includes educators, attorneys, business and non-profit leaders, public servants, activists and social entrepreneurs.
Since 2010, NLC has conducted progressive leadership training for small groups of emerging young leaders. There is a rigorous selection process for the free program which is part of national network of chapters. In the Institute, Fellows meet monthly over five weekends to learn “political entrepreneur” skills – which emphasizes the application of risk-taking in the civic arena to achieve political goals.
NLC has a likewise impressive list of backers and alumni. The national alumni page includes current and aspiring elected officials, including State Representative Ted James of Baton Rouge who was part of the inaugural Louisiana class in 2010. Donors include former Governor Kathleen Blanco who also served as the chapter’s initial honorary co-chair.
While NLC has been operating across the country quietly since 2005, people are starting to take notice. In fact, last Sunday, the discussion on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show included New Leaders Council. Washington Monthly also published an article in September that sums up NLC’s work well:
The NLC is strikingly different from the typical DC think tank or policy shop focused on electioneering or fighting in the cable news trenches. For the last six years, its main operation is to run a kind of mini-graduate school in cities across the country for up-and-coming progressive political entrepreneurs, or “Fellows,” as they call them. In five weekends over five months, a class of around twenty fellows take classes in things like business, media and communications, campaign management, or political strategy. These fellows then serve as a network of communication and support as they move into their careers throughout the country.
And the NLC’s goal is not just to build a stable of potential congressional candidates—it has its eyes on every potential position of influence nationwide: city councils and school boards, boards and chairmanships of corporations, and of course state and national elected offices. The idea is to “infiltrate and take over all the levers of power—public and private, national and local,” says the NLC’s Executive Director Mark Riddle.
While local media and political commentators write off Louisiana as a permanent conservative stronghold, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact progressive groups like New Leaders Council can have.
But it's the votes of Landrieu and Cassidy that are the most interesting because the fiscal cliff could be an issue in the 2014 Senate race and influence Landrieu's re-election bid.