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Iowa GOP chairman says caucus 'wide open'; Bobby Jindal plans to visit all 99 counties

In an interview with the Souix City Journal, the chairman of the Iowa GOP provided a bit of insight into why Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal remains in the presidential race despite low polling. Speaking in general about the Iowa caucuses and not specifically about Jindal, Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said he predicts the race to… Continue reading →

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise wants to see Paul Ryan elected as next speaker of the House

Washington – U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Jefferson, said Friday morning that he wants to see Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., elected as the next speaker of the House. That would preclude a run for the speakership by Scalise himself — at least until Ryan decides whether he will seek the job. So far, Ryan has said he won’t, but he… Continue reading →

Father of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise dies at age of 77

Alfred J. “Al” Scalise, the father of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has died in Metairie, according to a family friend. He had been ill. A native of New Orleans Scalise had been in the restaurant business in Florida before returning to the New Orleans where he sold real estate for Keller Williams Realty.… Continue reading →

Campaign by U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise for majority leader muddled by conservative group’s endorsement in House speaker’s race

Washington — A key group of hard-right U.S. House Republicans endorsed a dark-horse candidate Wednesday for speaker of the House, throwing a potential monkey wrench into the plans of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, to rise to the No. 2 position of majority leader. That’s because the favorite to win the election for speaker — Kevin McCarthy, of California —… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal's national tax plan would make all Americans pay, eliminate corporate income tax

Republican presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at a presidential forum sponsored by Heritage Action at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering up a national tax plan that would eliminate the corporate income tax and make all Americans pay federal income taxes. In effect, the poor would shoulder more of the costs of running the federal government than they do currently and wealthier taxpayers would get a bit of a break in Jindal’s… Continue reading →

Hillary Clinton sends copy of her book to Bobby Jindal, other GOP candidates; gift addressed to 'Piyush Jindal'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the group of Republican presidential hopefuls who will be gifted a copy of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s book — straight from her campaign. Er… make that “Piyush Jindal.” CNN reported Tuesday that Clinton joked during a campaign stop in Iowa that she sent copies of her 2014 memoir Hard Choices, which covers her… Continue reading →

Today's Rundown: Bobby Jindal set to release second book; political strategist James Carville says gubernatorial debate a disaster

. Today in The Rundown: We review Gov. Bobby Jindal’s latest book; Republicans hit the breaks on leadership shuffle in DC; Carville criticizes WDSU debate; and much more. Get The Rundown in your inbox by filling out the form here. Countdown…
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 18
Days until the runoff (as needed): 46
Days until the Iowa caucuses: 120 Where… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal makes his case for presidency in new book 'American Will'

Gov. Bobby Jindal's second book 'American Will: The Forgotten Choices that Changed Our Republic — And Offer Lessons For Its Future'

In a book due out later this month, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal makes a case for why he thinks he should be elected president in 2016 — all wrapped in tales from history. “American Will: The Forgotten Choices That Changed Our Republic — And Offer Lessons For Its Future” is Jindal’s second book. The Advocate received an… Continue reading →

Majority of state House, Senate face no challenge

Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling -- The Louisiana State Capitol

A majority of the Louisiana House and Senate has been re-elected without opposition. State Rep. Johnny Guinn’s opponent dropped from the race, according to the election’s website. That made Guinn the 53rd out of 105 House members returning for another term unopposed. Guinn is a Republican from Jennings, representing House District 37. Daniel Ray Rutledge Jr.,… Continue reading →

Today's Rundown: Louisiana gubernatorial candidates debate Thursday; Bobby Jindal’s campaign isn’t happy with next debate criteria

. Today in The Rundown: Poll results in the presidential race; Louisiana gubernatorial candidates debate tonight; Jindal’s campaign isn’t happy with the next debate criteria; and much more Coming this week: More results from our independent poll conducted by Ron Faucheux of Clarus. Topics later this week will include what voters think about past Louisiana governors and Confederate… Continue reading →

Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson among lawmakers who met with President Obama on Wednesday

. Louisiana state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson was among the group of state lawmakers from across the country who met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday. A White House pool report lists the New Orleans Democrat and chairwoman of the state Democratic Party as one of about 53 legislators who took part… Continue reading →

The Rundown: Poll finds Louisiana voters still undecided in some races; Steve Scalise seeks No. 2 House spot

. Today in The Rundown: Poll results in the lieutenant governor and attorney general races; the state could see a large increase in how much it spends on a lawsuit over abortion restrictions; Steve Scalise continues his quest to move up the U.S. House ranks; and much more. Coming this week: More results from our independent poll conducted… Continue reading →

Louisiana Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith joins national effort to continue Planned Parenthood funding

. State Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith is listed in a full-page ad in the Washington Post among elected officials urging Congress to reject efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Smith, a Baton Rouge Democrat, joined more than 60 elected officials from 25 states – all of whom are Catholic – seeking continued federal funding. On Monday, Smith said Planned Parenthood… Continue reading →

David Vitter Super Pac lawyer also representing company blamed for Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster

. The attorney who represented U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s gubernatorial campaign earlier this month is the same one who is representing Texas Brine, the company blamed for the Bayou Corne sinkhole disaster. Why might that matter? Vitter’s Super Pac launched a television ad on Saturday that attacks Republican rival Scott Angelle’s handling of the sinkhole as secretary of the… Continue reading →

Hillary Clinton raises more than $400,000 for her presidential campaign during her stop in Baton Rouge

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign raised at least $400,000 during a swing through Louisiana on Monday. After a campaign rally at Louisiana Leadership Institute, the former Secretary of State and Democratic front-runner for president went to the home of high-profile Democrat Jim Bernhard for a fundraiser attended by about 140 people. Contributions were $2,700 per person, or at… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal wishes Scott Walker the best after Walker drops his presidential campaign

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ended his run for president on Monday, making him the second candidate polling better thanLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to ditch the race. In announcing that he was suspending his campaign, Walker said he felt called to drop out for the betterment of the GOP and he urged other Republicans to follow his lead. “I… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal outlines his ideal qualifications for a Muslim presidential candidate

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, July 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he would “be happy to consider” voting for a Muslim for president, but only under a strict set of criteria. “If you can find me a Muslim candidate who is a Republican, who will fight hard to protect religious liberty, who will respect the Judeo-Christian heritage of America, who will be committed… Continue reading →

Hillary Clinton tells Baton Rouge crowd she won't yield on 'moral issue' of federal health care

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Hillary Clinton makes a point while addressing supporters. As part of her campaignÕs commitment to strengthening grassroots support in primary states beyond the first four, Hillary Clinton visited Louisiana on Monday, September 21st for a grassroots organizing event in Baton Rouge. At the event, Clinton discussed her proposals that will strengthen the basic bargain of America: If you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead.

Hillary Clinton defended President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge on Monday and took aim at her Republican rivals who say they want to repeal “Obamacare.” “It’s not just a political issue, it’s a moral issue,” the Democratic presidential front-runner told a crowd of 1,200 cheering supporters and… Continue reading →

Lt. governor candidates' priorities: Fighting crime, promoting education, stimulating economy, 'everything possible'

Advocate Photo by MARSHA SHULER -- Candidates for lieutenant governor addressed a Baton Rouge forum Thursday, Sept.17, 2015. The candidates are, from left to right, Baton Rouge Mayor President Kip Holden, Jefferson Parish President John Young, former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, and State Sen. Elbert Guillory, of Opelousas.

Crime’s impact on tourism — especially in New Orleans, the hub of activity — worries the top tier of lieutenant governor candidates. “We will kill the goose that laid the golden egg if we don’t reduce crime and protect visitors,” Jefferson Parish President John Young said. Young proposed a special anti-crime unit in the… Continue reading →

Louisiana Senate president John Alario among those to greet Pope Francis

State Sen. President John Alario will be among the White House attendees for the Sept. 23 ceremony welcoming the arrival of Pope Francis. Alario, R-Westwego, will join President Barack Obama and his wife for the historic event which will take place on the South Lawn of the White House. “We expect a crowd in the thousands so we encourage you to… Continue reading →

Wednesday's second-tier presidential debate could be the last; unclear what that means for Bobby Jindal

Republican presidential candidates, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., appear during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

One of the Republican National Committee’s top officials has hinted that Wednesday’s “undercard” debate may have been the last as the 2016 presidential race moves forward. It’s unclear what that could mean for Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose low polling nationally has kept him out of the two prime-time GOP debates and relegated him to the… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Presidential 'kids' table' candidates try to move up, win points with voters

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace gives a quick recap of the Republican debate featuring candidates who poll in the lower tier in the presidential nominee race: 1) I've been arguing for one big debate with all credible candidates, rather than this two-tier system. This debate made me change my mind. We've got 16 candidates. How about four debates with four candidates each?… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Republican Party backs all three GOP Lt. Gov. candidates

The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish endorsed all three GOP candidates for Lieutenant Governor in the Oct. 24 open primary. State Sen. Elbert Guillory, of Opelousas, former Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser, and Jefferson Parish President John Young received a vote of confidence from the Baton Rouge party. “These endorsements are intended to say that we have investigated each of… Continue reading →

U.S. Senate passes David Vitter bill that aims to cap pay raises for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac execs

U.S. Senator David Vitter (Advocate file photo)

Washington — The U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday by David Vitter, R-La., to cap pay raises for executives at the two leading federal home finance agencies, scaling back increases approved earlier by federal administrators. The bipartisan measure, co-sponsored by Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., parallels a similar bill making its way through the House. It applies to the agencies known as… Continue reading →

Live updates, analysis: Bobby Jindal faces Republican challengers in second-tier CNN debate

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Jindal said GOP front-runner Donald Trump is an egomaniacal madman who has no principles and who risks costing the party its chance to regain the White House.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

When the candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination gather Wednesday in suburban Los Angeles to debate on CNN, Gov. Bobby Jindal will get the chance to renew his sharp-tongued assault on the campaign’s frontrunner, billionaire developer and reality-TV celebrity Donald Trump. But Jindal won’t fire his shots at Trump directly: Because he polls near the back of the… Continue reading →