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Inside the Controversial Prayer Rally: Bobby Jindal Prays But Fails To Rally

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“That belt-buckle!” Robin exclaimed. “Did you see that belt-buckle?”

We had spent the last several hours inside of LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center observing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s controversial prayer rally, four of us huddled behind a fold-out table reserved for members of the press. “It said, ‘Governor Bobby Jindal, State of Louisiana,’ and it had the state seal in the middle.” Robin is a professional photographer, and when Gov. Jindal finally took the stage that afternoon, she made her way to the front and began snapping pictures.

His belt-buckle that day was, indeed, impressive, even enviable, but that is not why it was notable, at least for those of us from Louisiana who have followed Bobby Jindal’s career. When I first met Gov. Jindal, years ago at an event in the Governor’s Mansion, he sported a navy blazer two sizes too big and a frumpy pair of khakis. That had always…

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Jindal issues directive to slash state contracts: which of his campaign contributors will be asked to make the sacrifice?

bucktownpirate:

Everyone step right up and get your state contracts before they’re gone!

Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:

Having laid off about all the personnel he can, after cutting higher education and health care to the bone, and after selling all the state property he can and privatizing state agencies and hospitals to benefit political allies, Gov. Bobby Jindal has finally turned to his only recourse in making even deeper cuts in the state budget to cover an ever-widening deficit: state contracts.

Meanwhile, LouisianaVoice has learned that a Jindal “policy advisor” recently appointed as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Environmental Quality will remain in that post only about nine months before enrolling in law school.

Chance McNeely, who has served as a $65,000-a-year policy analyst for the governor’s office since last March, began in his new position of Assistant Secretary for Environmental Compliance this month but is already making plans to leave.

Jindal, you may recall, has issued two hiring freezes and two expenditure reductions and…

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In Louisiana, a reincarnation of the Bourbons?

bucktownpirate:

Full circle.

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

By Matt Higgins

The recent U.S. Senate election in Louisiana caught my attention but not because of the candidates. Rep. Bill Cassidy seemed to be a broken record, answering every question with, “Mary Landrieu voted for Obama 97 percent of the time.”

Not that Mary Landrieu is a mesmerizing orator or even a populist, but even people who voted for Cassidy couldn’t articulate why they chose him, other than he’s not “Mary Obama.” How did a state with a rich history of colorful politicians like the Longs and, most recently Edwin Edwards, elect a senator like Cassidy?

Louisiana may have a history of colorful politicians, but this populist approach has only been characteristic of Louisiana politics since the 1930s and now that Mary Landrieu lost, this type of politician is no more in Louisiana politics but will resurge if the state continues its “government of the few, for the few…

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Former Jindal staffer levels broadside at sponsorship of Prayer Rally by AFA organization dubbed as hate group

Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:

One day in early December, I received one of countless telephone calls pertaining to the upcoming Dec. 6 election. Normally, the calls are pre-recorded, or “robocalls” appealing for my vote for this or this candidate or telling me how horrible the opposing candidate would be for Mom, apple pie and America.

This one, however, was a live call from a woman claiming to be calling on behalf of AFA. Never having heard of the organization up to that point, I interrupted her spiel to ask who AFA was.

“American Family Association,” she said and without even pausing to take a breath, she launched into her pitch. “We’re not calling on behalf of any particular candidate,” she assured me. “We just want to remind you to be sure to vote for candidates who represent our Christian heritage and the Christian principles on which America was founded.”

(Well, first of all, America…

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Barry and Bobby

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From two different worlds away, their fathers had always believed in the promise of America, and when they finally got the opportunity to study and work at an American university, they didn’t think twice. They packed up everything they had, and they flew across oceans to be here. They were both idealistic, young, brilliant, and full of ideas and ambition.

One of them was already married; the other found his first love in college here in the United States. Within only a year or two of their arrival in America, both men became fathers to their first-born sons, and both of those sons were skinny kids with funny, ethnic names.

When he was in his teens, the older kid, who lived in Hawaii, began going by the nickname Barry. The younger one, incredibly, when he was only four years old, demanded to be called Bobby after the kid on “The Brady Bunch.”…

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Mary Landrieu for Governor?

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We say Mitch, he say Mary. We’ll all get along.

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A week after Mary Landrieu lost her seat in the United States Senate to Congressman Bill Cassidy, several prominent Louisiana Democrats are hoping that the three-term Senator will become a candidate for Louisiana Governor. In 1995, a year before she was elected to the Senate, Landrieu finished in third place in the jungle primary for Louisiana Governor, missing the run-off election by only a point. Earlier this week, when asked if she would ever consider running again for the Senate or governor, Landrieu told reporters, “Oh Lord, no,” before then saying, “Well, let me say, I’m not going to say a definite ‘no’ about any of those two.”

Prior to Landrieu’s defeat on December 6th, many had speculated that her younger brother Mitch, the popular two-term Mayor of New Orleans and former Lieutenant Governor, was likely to jump in the race. But according to two sources close to the Mayor, both of whom…

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It’s not stupid Louisiana. It’s Louisiana, Stupid.

bucktownpirate:

Is it you or is it me?

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In the waning months of the 1992 Presidential campaign, James Carville hung up a sign on the walls of Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Little Rock. It read simply, “Change vs. more of the same. The economy, stupid. Don’t forget health care.” Carville’s pithy mantra, as we would say now, became a meme, particularly his second point. During the last 22 years, politicians of all stripes have used variations of “(It’s) the economy, stupid” as centerpieces of their campaigns. And there’s a reason the Ragin’ Cajun’s playful, direct, and simple message continues to resonate and work: “It’s the economy, stupid” cut straight through the noise and right at the essential argument that Clinton was making in his campaign for the presidency.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will be publishing a series of articles about why the Democratic Party has struggled in Louisiana. To that end, I…

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“Double Bill” Cassidy: For Years, Bill Cassidy Billed LSU While Working In Congress: Lamar White

bucktownpirate:

Hypocrisy. Republicans. But I repeat myself.

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

By Lamar White

On at least 21 different occasions during the last two and a half years, Rep. Bill Cassidy billed Louisiana State University Health Science Center for work allegedly performed on the same days as Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the Affordable Care Act, according to records first posted by Jason Berry of The American Zombie. Cassidy, a medical doctor, remained on LSU’s payroll after he was first elected, despite concerns by his associates about the nature of work that Cassidy, as a member of Congress, could legitimately conduct in his capacity as an employee of LSU.

In May of 2010, Cassidy received an extensive opinion from the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, advising, among other things, that he could be compensated as a “teaching physician” who teaches “a regular course of instruction.” The House Committee also…

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Bobby Jindal and David Vitter are both hypocritical on Common Core

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

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By Robert Mann

When I listen to Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. David Vitter fight over Louisiana’s participation in Common Core, it sounds like the dispute of a dysfunctional family, in which the parents are oblivious to how their brawl hurts the children.

Plates sail, curses fly and the terrified kids huddle behind the sofa, praying they won’t be hit in the crossfire.

Like too many domestic disputes, our leaders’ battle over Common Core pays no mind to what’s best for the kids. Instead, the players seem concerned only with their political futures. They posture and switch positions with ease, pandering to whichever audience is more likely to help them capture higher office.

Chief among those ignoring the children is Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Once, Jindal helped lead the national effort to write and adopt the Common Core academic standards. His bold signature is upon a document, the Common Core Standards…

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David Vitter: Against Common Core before he was for it

bucktownpirate:

#CommunistCore

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

By Robert Mann

Trying to separate himself from his arch-rival, Gov. Bobby Jindal, it seems that U.S. Sen. David Vitter is having trouble remembering exactly where he stands on important issues, such as Common Core.

On Friday, Vitter endorsed the Common Core educational standards that Jindal once supported, but is now vigorously working to repeal.

“I strongly support the Common Core standards,” Vitter said in an interview with C-SPAN. Vitter went even further, taking a partisan swipe at Jindal: “I support the strong standards Louisiana now has in place and think Governor Jindal’s attempt to start from scratch right before the new school year is very disruptive,” he said.

All the Louisiana press dutifully reported Vitter’s statement, but somehow missed that just a few months ago, Vitter sent out a fundraising appeal in which he declared his opposition to Common Core.

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On page four of the fundraising letter (no date, but clearly…

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