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New York lawmakers want to enact non-essential travel ban to Louisiana following Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Two New York lawmakers want to ban all non-essential, state-funded to travel to Louisiana in the wake of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive “Marriage and Conscience Order.” New York Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell and State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Mike Gianaris have urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact the travel ban, which is similar to what… Continue reading →

GOP debate details: Gov. Bobby Jindal might not end up on stage with top tier Republican candidates under Fox News, CNN rules

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off, in Waukee, Iowa, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Unless Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal picks up some popularity points in the next couple of months, he’s unlikely to find himself on stage debating the top-tier candidates for the GOP’s presidential nomination this fall. Both Fox News and CNN released information Wednesday on the formats for their debates, and how they plan to… Continue reading →

Experts: Why Bobby Jindal's executive order surrounding Marriage and Conscience Act could have little impact

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, and Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, talk to the media about the religious freedom bill sponsored by Rep. Johnson.

Gov. Bobby Jindal made headlines Tuesday when he issued an executive order that he said was to carry out the intent of the Marriage and Conscience Act just hours after the proposal suffered a devastating blow in a House Committee. But experts say the order could have little real impact in Louisiana. Rep. Mike… Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces presidential exploratory committee; here are the possible next steps

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner, Saturday, May 16 in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has launched an exploratory committee to help him decide whether to run for president in 2016. “For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking and praying about whether to run for the presidency of our great nation,” Jindal said in a statement Monday.… Continue reading →

Report: Bobby Jindal says decision to invade Iraq was ‘absolutely right,’ blames President Obama’s ‘weakness’ for region’s problems

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in Iowa on Friday, expressed support for President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq and disdain for the way President Obama handled the aftermath of the war, in an interview on Iowa Public Television. “The problems we face in Iraq today I don’t think were because of President Bush’s strength… Continue reading →

'This confirms my worst fears,' Treasurer John Kennedy says of audit finding Louisiana's state contracts lack oversight

Treasurer John Kennedy speaks to members of the House Appropriations Committee about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for next year, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. Kennedy has been critical of some of the financing maneuvers Jindal proposes. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

More than half of Louisiana’s state contracts with outside entities do not have to be approved by a centralized authority in state government — totaling nearly $6.2 billion in taxpayer dollars, according to an audit released this week. The Office of State Procurement, within the Division of Administration, oversees thousands of contracts that state agencies… Continue reading →

A $1.6 billion state budget gap and potential financial remedies could bedevil Jindal’s White House ambitions

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

When Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that he would not formally declare his intentions for a 2016 presidential campaign until after the Legislature adjourns in June, he set up a scenario in which his performance in a challenging legislative session will set the stage for his White House run. Given the… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal appoints Steven Grissom to lead Louisiana Economic Development

Steven Grissom, who has spent the past seven years as the No. 2 in Louisiana Economic Development, has been appointed to lead the state’s economic development efforts effective next week. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Grissom’s appointment as LED secretary on Friday. He replaces Stephen Moret, who was recently selected to head the LSU… Continue reading →

Politico Magazine: House majority whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana seems to have put Klan-tinged scandal behind him

Steve Scalise

It didn’t look good for Steve Scalise late last December, with Republicans poised to take control of both houses of Congress, when news broke that Scalise in 2002 had addressed a white-supremacist group connected to former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke. Politico Magazine reports that Scalise appears to shaken that scandal, only… Continue reading →

Louisiana religious freedom bill draws more business opposition; Mayor Mitch Landrieu pens critical NYT letter

A group of 35 business leaders — including restaurant owners and professionals spread across the state — have signed onto a letter in opposition to state Rep. Mike Johnson’s proposed “Marriage and Conscience Act.” The legislation, which would carve out protections for business owners who oppose same-sex marriage, has drawn a sharp backlash and sparked concern among some company… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Forthcoming book focuses on 'crucial decisions ... that have shaped our nation's history'

News came out this week on Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s latest book, due out in the fall. Here are some additional details the governor provided to The Advocate on what the book will cover and how it relates to his time leading Louisiana: Bobby Jindal American Will “As governor, I’ve come to realize how important every day is, and every decision is. Any… Continue reading →

Louisiana state Rep. Mike Johnson, religious liberty bill sponsor, aims for committee hearing next or following week

Louisiana state Rep. Mike Johnson has launched a new website and video in defense of his proposed “Marriage and Conscience Act,” which has faced a stinging backlash from same-sex marriage supporters. The legislation, House Bill 707, seeks to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage. It has been linked to controversial “religious freedom”… Continue reading →

Louisiana treasurer John Kennedy has commanding lead in campaign fundraising among non-governor candidates

State Treasurer John Kennedy topped contenders for statewide elected offices, other than governor, in money available for the fall election campaign, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. Kennedy reported $3.5 million in the bank for his re-election bid. Candidates for statewide offices filed reports Monday reflecting fundraising and spending activity since Dec. 31.… Continue reading →

Toxic chemical bill backed by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, picks up more Democratic support

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- U.S. Senator David Vitter

Washington — A deal on a toxic-chemcial regulation bill promoted by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., brings more Democratic senators on board with the measure, Vitter’s Democratic co-sponsor of the legislation said Monday, on the eve of committee action on the proposal.

The update of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act is scheduled to come up Tuesday before the… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial candidates all tout commitment to transparency during PAR forum

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- John Bel Edwards, left, chats with moderator Robert Travis Scott, President of PAR, center, as Jay Dardenne, right shakes hands with a well wisher, prior to the start. The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana hosted the four major candidates for governor in a forum at the Crowne Plaza. The candidates are: Scott Angelle, Public Service Commissioner (R), Jay Dardenne, Lt. Governor (R), John Bel Edwards, State Representative (D) and David Vitter, U.S. Senator (R) who was not in attendance and had his answers to the questions prerecorded and shown on a projection screen.

The four major candidates running for Louisiana governor this year say, if elected, their administrations would be more open than Gov. Bobby Jindal’s has been. Jindal, who can’t seek re-election because of a term limit, also campaigned on a transparency platform in 2007, but Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne,… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Budget plan still 'a lot of moving parts,' TOPS continues to be a priority

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal threatened to veto the entire state budget if it relies on what he views as a “tax increase” — including one that depends on a temporary suspension of some tax credits. “I’ve told the Legislature that I will veto the budget if it is balanced using revenues from tax increases,” he told reporters… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal's New York Times editorial: Opposes gay marriage, seeks to protect businesses from forced ceremonies

Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., shakes hands after speaking at the Republican Leadership Summit Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Bobby Jindal reaffirms his stance on same-sex marriage and urges corporations opposing him to "Save your breath," in an editorial he wrote for the New York Times. Jindal clarifies what the 2010 Religious Freedom Restoration Act was for and plans to push forward in this legislative session with the "Marriage and Conscience Act".… Continue reading →

Steve Gleason bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. David Vitter advances in Senate

Steve Gleason, right, a former Saints special teams standout who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, demonstrates the newest technology for Team Gleason House, a residence he is creating for people with ALS and multiple sclerosis on Jan. 17. A former Baltimore Ravens player, O.J. Brigance, is also battling ALS.

Washington — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday sponsored by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and named for former New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason that liberalizes federal funding for speech-generating devices for the disabled.

In January 2011, Gleason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative nerve condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease for the New York… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal throws New Hampshire audience a curve ball to set up Hillary Clinton zinger

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal almost left those in attendance at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit wondering if they walked into the right convention Saturday in New Hampshire, opening his speech with a line straight from Hillary Clinton’s playbook, according to a report at the conservative Independent Journal Review website. “I want to… Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in face of budget cuts: No one should be surprised I still oppose tax increases

Advocate Photo by ELIZABETH CRISP -- Gov. Bobby Jindal answered questions Thursday from Louisiana reporters in his office at the State Capitol.

Gov. Bobby Jindal says people shouldn’t be surprised that, even as the state faces a potentially devastating budget crisis, he won’t consider revenue-generating proposals he sees as tax hikes. “I was very clear when I ran for office that I was not going to raise taxes,” Jindal said Thursday during a 30-minute meeting with Louisiana reporters at… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal continues to build potential 2016 team

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s American Future Project has hired two new staffers that could become a part of a 2016 presidential campaign team. Politico.com reported this morning reported that Team Jindal has scooped up Bradley Engle, who has worked on campaigns for Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican Governors Association, and Blaise Hazelwood, a GOP digital veteran. American Future… Continue reading →

‘Religious freedom’ bill sponsor, defender: 'Threats to religious freedom are not hypothetical'

Advocate staff photo by MARK BALLARD -- State Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, addresses the Louisiana House on April 14, 2015, on his religious freedom bill.

State Rep. Mike Johnson said his religious freedom bill, which seeks to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage, has been misrepresented and misunderstood and has been unfairly linked to controversial measures in Indiana and Arkansas. Johnson, a first-term Bossier City Republican, got a rare opportunity on Tuesday to make an early case for his… Continue reading →