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Gov. Jindal, it’s time to resign

Governor Jay Dardenne thanks you for this column.

Something Like the Truth

By Robert Mann

Gov. Jindal, it’s time to quit. Not your campaign for the White House, although I think that would be wise. I’m mean that you should resign the governor’s job that has lost your attention and consumes little of your energy.

These are dangerous times, and Louisiana needs a full-time governor completely focused on our challenges. It’s not only our budget crisis, but also other serious problems that still require an active governor’s attention in the final year of his term.

You’re rarely in Louisiana these days. When you are home, you’re more interested in writing op-eds for out-of-state newspapers.

Many years ago, when asked if you were running for president, you wouldrespond, “I have the job I want.” Some of us doubted you then. Now, everyone knows you have a job you don’t want.

So, just resign. Hand over the office to Lt. Gov. Jay…

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Breaking Up With Bobby Jindal

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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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Why LABI’s silence on Jindal’s higher education cuts?

Something Like the Truth

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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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Bobby Jindal’s concession speech

Y’all read this.

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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