Legislators thinking for themselves: A revolt in Jindal’s ranks?
By Robert Mann
Tuesday’s Baton Rouge Advocate did not deliver good news to Gov. Bobby Jindal. Does he have a budding revolt on his hands? (In other states, this is known as “legislators thinking for themselves.”)
Does the small spark of independence we’re seeing portend a difficult legislative session for Jindal this spring?
Here’s why there may be some cause for concern (or celebration, depending on one’s point of view):
In a front-page story about the growing costs of the state’s TOPS program, Jindal’s handpicked House Education Committee chairman, Steve Carter, implies that nothing will change with the state-funded college tuition program until Jindal quits taking orders from the widow of late Louisiana oilman Patrick Taylor.
Here’s how reporter Koran Addo reports it:
Another problem is that TOPS, in its current form, has one very strong supporter in Phyllis M. Taylor, chairwoman of the Patrick…
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