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An Open Letter to Kevin Boyd
Dear Mr. Boyd,
First, you and your readers should know that your headline and your entire thesis were publicly debunked by The Advocate’s Elizabeth Crisp, the author of the article you cited. See: https://twitter.com/elizabethcrisp/status/576232592384487425
Second, it is worth pointing out that LSU’s internal audit of Senator Cassidy did not address- at all- the fact that he submitted timesheets indicating that- on nearly two dozen occasions- he worked in Baton Rouge on the same days he cast votes and attended committee meetings in Washington, D.C. and that in most of those instances, it would have been physically impossible for the then-Congressman to have done so. That was the substance of my reporting, which relied…
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Early poll results indicate close races for governor, attorney general, but major PAC campaign cash hasn’t kicked in yet
The Oct. 11 primary election for governor is still seven months off but it’s never too early for conducting polls to see the early seeding of candidates and an early poll has shown a surprisingly strong showing by Democratic State Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite. MARCH 6 POLL
The poll, dated March 6, was conducted on March 5 by Triumph Campaigns. A survey of 1,655 participants, it was the first public poll completed since two of the gubernatorial candidates launched paid media buys or since several public debates were held in that race.
The poll also measured voter preferences for lieutenant governor, attorney general and commissioner of insurance.
With a margin or error of 2.4 percent, Edwards trailed U.S. Sen. David Vitter by only two percentage points, 35 percent to 33 percent. A further breakdown shows Vitter with 23 percent “definitely” favoring him and 12 percent as “probable.” Edwards had 16…
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By Robert Mann
The promise is simple. Candidates for public office and incumbents often sign the following pledge, as composed by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform:
In Louisiana, three statewide elected officials have signed the pledge: Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. sens. David Vitter and Bill Cassidy. Several dozen other legislators have signed it, as well, including state Senate President John Alario (speaker Chuck Kleckley has not signed it).
This pledge is one reason why Louisiana’s colleges and universities may collapse this year. Without additional revenue, LSU and other schools will virtually cease to exist.
Despite this, Jindal will not violate his pledge. His oath to ATR is more important than his oath of office. He will allow Norquist to dictate which revenue bills violate the pledge and which don’t. Indeed, much of what the Legislature may pass in the coming legislative session to balance the state’s…
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Former Louisiana Republican operative and New Media Director to the 2011 Bobby Jindal campaign, Taylor Huckaby recalls the birth, life, and death of his confidence in the Jindal brand.
When I was 19, I babysat Governor Bobby Jindal’s three children.
Yes, changing diapers and making sure all the broccoli was fully eaten would be the opening salvo of my career in government and campaign communications. Each day after classes back in 2008, a female friend and I would make our way to the Governor’s Mansion gate and do our best to help First Lady Supriya Jindal and a few state troopers wrangle the kids. We’d had the good fortune of attending the same church as then-Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell, who offered us the gig one Sunday after services. Naturally, we leapt at the opportunity.
I’d always found myself in a love affair with politics, being particularly drawn to the…
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By Robert Mann
You would think that the state’s largest business organization would be alarmed by the looming devastation of Louisiana’s colleges and universities. After all, college graduates help drive Louisiana’s economy. Young people with diplomas earn much more than high school graduates. The more college graduates, the stronger our state’s economy.
However, this business organization — the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) — is run by one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former chiefs of staff, Stephen Waguespack. While it hasn’t always gone along with him (LABI opposes Jindal’s current proposal to increase business taxes), LABI and Jindal are often aligned. With Waguespack now running the association, the Jindal and LABI have been closer than ever.
Despite Waguespack’s presence at the helm, I was sure LABI has had something to say about the huge, looming budget cuts that threaten to devastate the state’s colleges and universities. I was…
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DOA to LaVoice: ‘no records responsive to your request’ though some travel costs being sought already approved
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.
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Y’all read this.
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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“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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Same Pond for sure
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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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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