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DOA to LaVoice: ‘no records responsive to your request’ though some travel costs being sought already approved

Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:

Even as the governor’s office was imposing travel and spending freezes as the state continued to struggle with an overwhelming budget deficit last fall, the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) was spending nearly $9,600 to send two of its top executives on five separate trips to California and Florida to train new phone bank employees to handle inquiries about pending changes to health coverage for state employees, retirees and dependents.

The expenditures also occurred in the wake of Gov. Bobby’s depletion of the OGB reserve fund from $500 million before privatization of the agency to less than half of that by last September.

A Division of Administration (DOA) employee with close ties to Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols and Deputy Commissioner Ruth Johnson revealed to LouisianaVoice last year that DOA had contracted with Ansafone which has offices to set up the phone bank to take calls from OGB members.

When…

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Bobby Jindal’s concession speech

bucktownpirate:

Y’all read this.

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

Screen shot of Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking to the American Enterprise Institute in October 2014. Screen shot of Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking to the American Enterprise Institute in October 2014.

By Robert Mann

Here’s how Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign will probably end: he will finish sixth or seventh in the Iowa caucuses about this time next year. Almost broke, he will forgo the New Hampshire primary (that state allows crossover voting, so he stands little chance there).

He will then limp into South Carolina. There, his dreams for the White House will meet their humiliating end. He will be crushed again. After a day or two, he will hold a press conference in Tallahassee (or Madison) in which he will throw his support and his zero delegates to Jeb Bush (or Scott Walker).

Jindal’s reputation, already in shreds in Louisiana because of his disastrous handling of the state’s finances, will sink to its lowest level. He’ll be out of office by then, so it…

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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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Bobby Jindal and David Duke may be different fish, but they swim in the same fetid pond

Lamar Parmentel:

Same Pond for sure

Originally posted on Something Like the Truth:

By Robert Mann

What do former KKK leader David Duke and Gov. Bobby Jindal have in common? They have both used the same language to describe and demean Louisiana’s working poor.

In April 2013, Jindal wrote an op-ed in the Baton Rouge Business Report, explaining why he refuses to expand Medicaid for the state’s working poor under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

By expanding President Obama’s healthcare law, 41 percent of Louisiana’s population would be dumped into Medicaid. Soon there will be more people riding in the cart than people pulling the cart. The President is gradually turning the world’s greatest health care system into the world’s largest welfare system. The left has been very clear—their end goal here is to make all healthcare in America government health care. [emphasis added]

A few months later, in another op-ed on NOLA.com, Jindal wrote, “we should…

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Steve Scalise, David Duke, And Why The Past Is Never Dead

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Before I broke the story about Congressman Steve Scalise’s attendance at a white nationalist conference hosted by David Duke’s hate group, I knew there was one enormous risk: I would likely be handing David Duke a microphone.

24 years ago, David Duke captured 55% of white voters in his bid for Louisiana Governor. A year before that, in a bid for the United States Senate, Duke received 60% of white voters. Yet today, he is considered one of the most reviled and toxic “political leaders” (I use that term loosely) in contemporary American history.

It may be reassuring to think of David Duke as a relic of a different time, and for many, particularly for the majorities of white Louisianians who supported him in his bids for both the Senate and the Governor’s Mansion, it may be convenient to recast David Duke as a master manipulator or to conflate him…

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Those who think of Gov. Jindal as delusional, dysfunctional, arrogant, vindictive can now tack ‘fool’ onto the list of labels

Lamar Parmentel:

There you go.

Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:

In the four years of our existence, LouisianaVoice has poked fun at, criticized, questioned and challenged Gov. Bobby Jindal on a number of issues and finally, it has come down to the harsh reality that forces us to say what we have refrained, out of respect for the office, from saying thus far:

Bobby Jindal is a fool.

Of course we’re going to get some push back for making such a disrespectful comment about the man elected—twice—to be the chief executive officer for the State of Louisiana. Yes, we’ve called him silly and an embarrassment in the past, but his performance in London goes far beyond embarrassing.

His little tantrum at the National Governors’ Conference luncheon a year ago was an embarrassment to Louisiana; his performance in London yesterday evoked memories of Wisconsin Republican Sen. Joe McCarthy’s claim in Wheeling, West Virginia on Feb. 9, 1950, that he had a…

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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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Steve Scalise and Why the Cover-Up is Always Worse

Lamar Parmentel:

Damn, don’t kill ‘em lamar!

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Days after Congressman Steve Scalise, the third most powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives, admitted that in 2002 he attended and addressed a white nationalist conference, Kenny Knight, the former campaign manager for David Duke and one of the event’s organizers, claimed that Scalise had actually attended a neighborhood association meeting. But that story doesn’t add up, and neither does Scalise’s excuse for showing up in the first place. Rep. Scalise knew exactly what he was doing when he decided to address the conference, and despite his apparent amnesia on the subject, it had nothing to do with a proposed tax plan. 

By Lamar White, Jr. (with Zack Kopplin contributing)

A week ago, I broke the story about Steve Scalise, the current House Majority Whip, attending a conference hosted by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (or EURO), a white nationalist organization led by David Duke, the former grand…

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Was Reportedly an Honored Guest at 2002 International White Supremacist Convention

Lamar Parmentel:

Just wandered into a KKK rally – NO BIG DEAL

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According to recently uncovered posts on Stormfront, the Internet’s oldest and most notorious white nationalist and neo-Nazi forum, the United States House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise (R- Louisiana), was allegedly an honored guest and speaker at an international conference of white supremacist leaders.

His district may have ignored it at the time, but the American public can’t.

Twelve years ago last May, the spacious but plainly appointed conference rooms of the Landmark Best Western Hotel in Metairie, Louisiana, a 16-story, drably-colored octagon-shaped tower that juts into an empty skyline and hugs Interstate 10 so tightly that it serves, in a way, as a type of gateway monument into the city of New Orleans, were filled with dozens of people from all over the country. They had each spent between $35 and $45 for the opportunity to participate in a two-day conference on “civil rights.” Many of them had likely decided to…

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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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