Author Archives: Lamar Parmentel

Bobby Jindal’s Administration Conducts Public’s Business In Private

Originally posted on CenLamar:

Four days ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal publicly excoriated Hillary Clinton on Twitter, accusing her of concealing her e-mails from the American public and implying that she had compromised national security by utilizing an e-mail server maintained from her home. “While the American people will never see all of Hillary’s e-mails,” he tweeted, “it is likely the Russians and the Chinese already have them.” Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 8.58.41 AM

Although Secretary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private e-mail server is regrettable and, to some, even inexcusable, she has already turned over thousands and thousands of e-mails and has committed to releasing a total of least 55,000 in the weeks and months to come.

But Jindal wasn’t finished: The next day, he claimed that Secretary Clinton had “created a major breach of national security” by electing to use a private account and not her government-issued address. “She has already edited the e-mails,” he said, “and has…

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13 reasons why Bobby Jindal is stuck at 1 percent in presidential polls

Lamar Parmentel:

14. He’s a slimeball.

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

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By Robert Mann

Month after month, week after week, Gov. Bobby Jindal labors to make himself relevant to the 2016 presidential election. He has not officially announced his campaign (that is apparently coming on June 24 in New Orleans), but his candidacy is no secret. It’s been clear for the past four years that Jindal has had his eyes set on the White House.

Every week, Jindal make some (increasingly) desperate attempt for attention and relevance. Each week, he gives an interview to a national media organization. He’s forever issuing statements attacking Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul — and even Lincoln Chafee. At least once a month, it seems, he pops up on one of the Sunday morning news shows. He stalks the GOP candidate circuit from Iowa to New Hampshire to Washington to Disney World. He’s written…

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Former Louisiana budget director to next governor: ‘You are walking into a fiscal nightmare’

Lamar Parmentel:

Oh, no biggie!

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

By Stephen Winham

“Figures don’t lie, but liars figure” – attributed to Mark Twain (and others)

Every day we are bombarded with numbers about our state and its finances. We are told one day there is a $1.6 billion structural deficit in Louisiana’s budget. A few days later, we are led to believe it is all but fixed – just a little tweaking and fiscal legerdemain at the end and we will be okay – for a little while, at least long enough for the governor to move on.

Gov. Bobby Jindal tells us the number of state employees has been reduced by more than 30,000, but we are not told how many of them (the vast bulk) are still being paid by the state via contracts with private companies. Not only that, we can’t find documentation among civil service or other official records to substantiate the 30,000 number itself…

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Con-Profit Group Continues To Insist Louisiana’s Creationism Law Isn’t About Creationism

Originally posted on CenLamar:

Nearly seven years after it was signed into law and despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, David Klinghoffer, a blogger for the Discovery Institute, a con-profit organization based in Washington state, continues to insist that the Louisiana Science Education Act (the LSEA) has absolutely nothing to do with promoting the teaching of creationism and its fraternal twin, intelligent design (which he calls a “scientific theory”), in the public school science classroom.

In 2007, the Discovery Institute and the Louisiana Family Forum, a religious far-right organization that promotes Christian dominionism and has spent the better part of the last ten years lobbying to deny civil rights to gay and lesbian people, worked together to draft the LSEA, which was then introduced by Ben Nevers in the State Senate and Frank Hoffmann in the State House. The Louisiana Family Forum couldn’t have found two more loyal foot soldiers. Nevers, in explaining his…

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A formal request for LA Secretary of State’s investigation of Jindal’s official Rand Paul statement

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

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The text of my email message sent today to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office:

May 30, 2015

R. Kyle Ardoin
First Assistant
Secretary of State Tom Schedler
P. O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9125
Dear Mr. Ardoin:

Article XI sec 4 of the Louisiana Constitution prohibits the use of public resources to support or oppose a candidate for public office: 

“No public funds shall be used to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition, or be appropriated to a candidate or political organization. This provision shall not prohibit the use of public funds for dissemination of factual information relative to a proposition appearing on an election ballot.”

The prohibition has been placed in statute La. R.S. 18:1465 and it articulates the penalty for violating this law:
 

§1465.  Prohibited use of public funds

A.  No public funds shall be used to urge any elector…

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Louisiana Inspector General issues power puff scolding of Jindal for presidential campaign letter on state web page

Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:

You have to hand it to Inspector General Stephen Street. When he finds Bobby Jindal in violation of the law, he comes down hard. With all the force of a powder puff.

Reacting to a complaint from C.B. Forgotston over Jindal’s use of his office’s taxpayer-funded web page and public salaried employees of the governor’s office to issue a press release critical of Republican presidential nomination candidate Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday, Street took all of two days is issue a less than scathing report on the matter. Statement from Inspector General 5-29-2015

Jindal, who is expected to announce his candidacy next month, issued the press release that said Rand was “unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief” for saying American foreign policy was instrumental in the creation of ISIS.

Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk called for an investigation by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and Forgotston filed a complaint with Street’s…

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SPEDGate: How the Louisiana Department of Education is Misappropriating Millions of Dollars a Year from their Federal Special Education Funding for Cronies and Political Favors

Originally posted on Crazy Crawfish's Blog:

What follows is an investigative story about the Special Education program run by the Louisiana Department of Education which reveals how numerous players have profited by funneling Federal IDEA funds to their own pet projects and personnel.

This illegal misappropriation of public money has left many special education students, parents, and district staff without the support those federal funds were mandated to provide.

My story has many twists, turns, and villains, but I will try to lay out the details as clearly as I can.  This story exposes what appears to be criminal behavior and corruption at our highest levels of government.  There is undoubtedly more to the story than I know or will be able to relay here, but I will present what I have and let the public, legislators and law enforcement agencies decide if this matter is worth investigating further using tools beyond my power.

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15 of 16 Members of LSU’s Board of Supervisors Are White Men Who Collectively Donated Nearly $400K To Jindal

Lamar Parmentel:

LSU run by the people who run everything else.

Originally posted on CenLamar:

Over the last twelve years, Blake Chatelain and his wife Belle have donated at least $28,000 in cash and an additional $2,000 in-kind to Bobby Jindal. They sent the majority of their donations from their former, relatively modest house on Whitechapel Boulevard in Alexandria, two blocks away from my own childhood home and on a street named after my great-grandfather’s small church in rural Rapides Parish. Less than four years after he launched Red River Bank, Chatelain sent Jindal, then only 33 years old, two different checks on the same day for $5,000, according to records maintained by the Louisiana Ethics Administration.

$5,000, it is worth noting, is the maximum amount allowed under the law from an individual donor, and therefore, Chatelain’s single-day $10,000 contribution, if true, is actually illegal and subject to penalties. Jindal, of course, lost his campaign in 2003, but Chatelain, it turns out, had made a wise…

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Shots fired: What’s the meaning and the fallout over LSU’s decision to threaten exigency?

Lamar Parmentel:

LSU sinking

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

By Robert Mann

The wordabout LSU’s financial woes, particularly the threat of academic bankruptcy, is now national news. From the Boston Globe to Bloomberg News to the Houston Chronicle to Al Jazeera America, the news is out that LSU is on the ropes.

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First, LSU President F. King Alexander issued a statement on Wednesday, in which he said, “Based on the current status of the budget debate, we have decided to begin contingency planning for exigency as many of our campuses may be impacted, as well as other campuses across the state.”

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Exigency is the academic equivalent of bankruptcy or insolvency. It would allow the university to fire or furloughtenured faculty and instructors. Even partial exigency will ruin auniversity’s reputation.

Already, it’s sure bet that recruiters from the University of Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU’s other regional competitors are reminding their academic prospectsthat LSU might not be open for…

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Bobby Jindal claims credit for an economic miracle that’s really a mirage

Lamar Parmentel:

So right

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

By Robert Mann

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “State of the State” addressto the Louisiana Legislature on Monday was such a cornucopia of half-truths and distortions, it’s difficult to know where to start.

The longer Jindal serves as governor, the greater a fabulist he becomes.

Among the many problems with Jindal’s speech was a clever bit of revisionist history he presented to lawmakers about the state’s economy under his stewardship.  Jindal told legislators that he’s leaving Louisiana’s economy much better off than he found it. That is patently false.

You have to look no further than the state’s projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall to realize that a supercharged state business climate would generate enough tax revenue to keep the state’s universities from closing. I don’t know what is Jindal’s definition of economic vitality, but it is nothing like what Louisiana legislators are facing in the coming months.

Here’s how Jindal cast his leadership of the…

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