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Out of the state an average of 4 of 10 days, Gov. Bobby Jindal picks up his cellphone to govern the state while he's away

Republican presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal greets local residents while walking in a Fourth of July parade, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ORG XMIT: IACN112

Even before officially joining the presidential sweepstakes, Gov. Bobby Jindal spent far less time in Louisiana than his predecessors. Since announcing June 24 that he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Jindal has been in Louisiana only one day, according to campaign news releases and the lieutenant governor’s records. And with just… Continue reading →

Only slight changes in polling for Bobby Jindal support since presidential announcement

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal doesn’t appear to have seen a significant bump in his polling numbers since formally launching his candidacy for president last month. Jindal, who has repeatedly dismissed his low polling figures as irrelevant, polled at 2 percent among the crowded Republican field of possible presidential hopefuls in a CNN/ORC International survey released today. That’s… Continue reading →

After toying with idea of Louisiana gubernatorial bid, Russel Honore’ says he won’t run

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Retired United States Army Lt. General Russel Honore talks to concerned citizens gathered at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, La. Thursday, June 26, 2014. He was addressing the issue of the Recovery School Districts plans to build a new school on the site of the now mostly demolished Booker T. Washington School which in 1940 was built atop the former Silver City dump. The land still contains toxic materials. The RSD plan calls for closing Walter L. Cohn High School and moving the students to the new school.  Honore is a member of the dnvoirmental activist group The Green Army.

After teasing a possible gubernatorial bid for several weeks, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré has decided he won’t be entering this year’s race.

In a lengthy statement released Wednesday, Honoré said he wants to continue to be an advocate for Louisiana residents — just not by seeking elected office.

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Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, speaks during the 2015… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal adds more N.H., Iowa events to his town hall series

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will continue his busy travel schedule next month, with more presidential campaign stops planned in New Hampshire and Iowa. Jindal is in Iowa this week, holding a series of town hall-style meetings as he ramps up his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination. According to event details posted online, the pro-Jindal… Continue reading →

Critics take Bobby Jindal's #AskBobby effort in an unintended direction: 'Did you like Marcia, Jan or Cindy better?'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the crowd at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Believe Again, the super political action committee backing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s run for president, took to Twitter Tuesday, urging people to ask Jindal questions by using the hashtag #AskBobby. As is sometimes the case with these types of brand-directed hashtags, it didn’t go as planned… #AskBobby was quickly taken over by Jindal critics with jokes mocking… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal’s executive order challenged by ACLU, other gay rights advocates

The American Civil Liberties Union and other gay rights advocates have filed a lawsuit challenging an executive order that Gov. Bobby Jindal signed earlier this year to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage. Jindal signed the executive directive, dubbed the “Marriage and Conscience Order” in May — just hours after… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s lawyer says individuals don’t have to issue same sex marriage licenses

Clerks of courts, justices of the peace and other state officials don’t have to issue same sex marriage licenses if they hold a sincere belief that such an action violated their religious faith, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive counsel stated in a legal memo to the governor that was released Monday afternoon. The governor’s chief legal advisor, Thomas… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal may find Hillary Clinton's politics distasteful, but her recipe for chocolate chip cookies ...

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the media at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a newly declared Republican candidate for president, has been harsh in his criticism of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton. But, in a recent visit to The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau, Jindal found he actually likes her recipe for chocolate chip cookies. The Journal presented Jindal a… Continue reading →

New Iowa ad touts Bobby Jindal's aversion to 'hyphenated American' designations; T-shirts tout his tan

A political action committee supporting Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign is hitting the airwaves in Iowa.

Believe Again released the “We are All Americans” ad on Monday.

The ad uses clips of Jindal touting his view that the use of “hyphenated Americans” is divisive.

Over the weekend, Jindal’s campaign released its first official T-shirt, which is available for $20 and… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal as a high school student: Not valedictorian, nor salutatorian; 'most polite,' Equations team captain

Advocate File Photo -- Yearbook photo of Bobby Jindal.

At a competitive high school filled with Baton Rouge’s best and brightest, he chummed with the brainiest and highest achievers of all. That’s no surprise because Gov. Bobby Jindal is typically described these days as the smartest person in the room. He’s a Brown University graduate and Rhodes scholar, after all. And he scored a 4.62 grade-point… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles in crowd at Bobby Jindal event that raises half a million dollars

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Attendees, including LSU head football coach Les Miles, second from right, listen as Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the crowd at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says his presidential campaign raised half a million dollars at its first major fundraiser held in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Jindal, 44, formally launched his campaign for the Republican nomination for president on Wednesday. On Saturday, an intimate crowd of Jindal supporters mingled under a tent outside the Governor’s Mansion… Continue reading →

Poll: More than half of Republican voters say Bobby Jindal’s unlikely to be their nominee in 2016

More than half of Republican voters doubt that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the GOP’s nominee for president next year, according to a national poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports in the days since Jindal formally launched his presidential campaign. The poll found just 28 percent believe Jindal has a shot at besting the crowded Republican field… Continue reading →

'Creepy,' 'bleak' used to describe ridiculed Bobby Jindal family video; campaign responds

Just hours before Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was set to formally launch his run for president, Jindal leaked the news himself via a series of hidden-camera videos featuring his family. The home movie, shot apparently from a low-quality cameras mounted in a tree above the family and over to the side, shows Jindal and his wife, Supriya, breaking the… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles, Saints coach Sean Payton to be part of Bobby Jindal's first major presidential campaign events in Baton Rouge

Now that he’s made it official, it’s time for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to hold his first major presidential campaign events in Baton Rouge. As The Advocate first reported, based on invitations it obtained, an invite-only reception will take place at the Governor’s Mansion Saturday evening and will feature LSU Football Coach Les Miles and New Orleans… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal's statement against being labeled an 'Indian-American' causes backlash on Twitter

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces his candidacy for President in Kenner, La., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Presidential hopeful Gov. Bobby Jindal caused a wave of blacklash after saying he was "done with" being labeled as an "Indian-American" in his presidential race announcement Wednesday.

In his campaign launch, Jindal told supporters he was against "hyphenated-Americans."

"And I'm done with all this talk about hyphenated Americans. We are not Indian-Americans, Irish – Americans, African– Americans, rich Americans, or poor Americans… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace quick take: Five big storylines from Bobby Jindal's campaign rally

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Governor Bobby Jindal is cheered after his speech at the at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

And, he's off….finally. Gov. Bobby Jindal threw his hat into the presidential ring. He delivered a short, red-meat laden speech at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner late Wednesday afternoon, filmed an remote interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, then headed to the nearby airport to fly off to first primary state New Hampshire. A few thoughts on the day: 1) Jindal used… Continue reading →

See full text of Bobby Jindal's speech from his presidential rally: 'We can rock the boat, and we will'

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Before his speech, Governor Bobby Jindal prayed with a group of men one of whom handed him a bible at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

On Wednesday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced he is running for President of the United States of America. The text of his announcement remarks as prepared for delivery are below: My name is Bobby Jindal, I am the Governor of the great state of Louisiana, and I am running for President of the greatest country in the world – the United States… Continue reading →

Sources reveal what macro-manager Bobby Jindal is really like: Intense. Sarcastic. Relentless.

Advocate Staff  Photo by Arthur D. Lauck  --   Thisis a 2008 file photo of  Gov. Bobby Jindal visiting with  the then Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine, left, during a meeting Tuesday of his cabinet at the Governor's Mansion.

As Gov. Bobby Jindal announces his presidential intentions Wednesday, much emphasis will be placed on him being the smartest guy in the room. A Rhodes scholar with an Ivy League education and an impressive résumé, Jindal’s chief argument for leading the country is that as governor, he used his administrative abilities to enact… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal draws about 1,000 at presidential rally, promises to 'rock the boat'

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Governor Bobby Jindal is cheered after his speech at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

A defiant Bobby Jindal officially launched his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination Wednesday, vowing to a crowd of at least 1,000 supporters that he won’t be the establishment or status quo candidate. “In case it’s not clear by now, I’m running for president without permission from headquarters in Washington, D.C.,” he said, drawing applause from the… Continue reading →

After Bobby Jindal makes his presidential campaign official Wednesday, here's what he'll face next

Photo provided by Rodney White/The Register  --  Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential GOP presidential candidate, visits with Steve Warner of Des Moines(red jacket) at Smokey Row Coffee in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday June 15, 2015.

Don’t expect any major surprises when Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal makes his presidential campaign official on Wednesday. The governor has spent recent months fine-tuning his case for the Republican Party’s 2016 nomination, focusing on conservative social and economic positions as he has crisscrossed the country for events in Iowa; New Hampshire; Washington, D.C.; and South Carolina.… Continue reading →

Timeline: See how Bobby Jindal went from 'Brady Bunch' enthusiast to presidential hopeful

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington on June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Bobby Jindal, now 44, rose quickly from policy wonk to politician to presidential candidate. June 10, 197 1 Born Piyush Jindal at Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge 1975 — Adopts the name Bobby from reruns of “The Brady Bunch,” according to family… Continue reading →

Photos: A look at the 12 biggest changes Gov. Bobby Jindal made to Louisiana government

JINDAL'S BIG CHANGES: Reduced state government full-time positions from 93,554 to 61,573, a 34 percent decrease (Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling)

In his two terms as governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal made sweeping changes in the way the state's government functions. Check out the slideshow above to see the 12 biggest changes Jindal made while in office.… Continue reading →

White supremacist who influenced Charleston shooter also contributed to Bill Cassidy, Rob Maness' campaigns

. Washington – A Texas white supremacist who influenced the suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina church shootings donated to the U.S. Senate campaigns in Louisiana of Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness in 2014, as well as to Republican presidential contenders who have said they will return or give to charity his contributions to their 2016 White House… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal to hit up early-voting states New Hampshire, Iowa after Wednesday's announcement

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to announce Wednesday that he’s running for president, then he will jet off to early-voting states New Hampshire and Iowa for events.

On Thursday, Jindal will speak at the Politics & Eggs luncheon hosted by The New Hampshire Institute of Politics and The New England Council at Saint Anselm College in Manchester,… Continue reading →

Washington Post: From Piyush to Bobby, has Jindal distanced himself from his Indian roots?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and his wife Supriya Jindal arrive for a State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When Bobby Jindal, formerly Piyush Jindal, was elected the first Indian American governor in U.S. history, residents of his father’s village of Khanpur, India, set off firecrackers, passed out sweets and danced in the streets, reports the Washington Post. When Jindal rises Wednesday to declare his candidacy for president of the United States,… Continue reading →

Team compiled for Bobby Jindal's expected presidential run full of faces familiar to Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON Campaign advisor Timmy Teepell, left, shows his boss, La. Gov. Bobby Jindal, his 'war room,' adjacent to Jindal's suite at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge on election night, Saturday, October 22, 2011. Aides throughout the room were there to monitor results for different elections that the governor had a vested interest in throughout the state.  MAGS OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT ORG XMIT: LABAT

Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to announce this week that he’s running for president, but he already has spent the past few months quietly assembling a group of political operatives who will make up the framework for his 2016 team. Through his American Future Project organization, political action committees and presidential exploratory committee, Jindal has managed… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal ‘unafraid’ of deficit he faces in ‘wide open’ presidential race

Photo provided by the Des Moines Register  --  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, right, talked with Davin Bernstein, 48 of Dallas, Texas, as Jindal and his family visited the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Saturday August 9, 2014.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hopes to cash in a long shot during his about-to-be-announced run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with even his political team acknowledging his need to climb over numerous candidates ahead of him in the polls. But neither Jindal, who says he doesn’t worry about… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal emphasizes two points at religious conference in Washington

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ORG XMIT: DCPM129

Gov. Bobby Jindal emphasized his personal faith and the importance of defending religious liberty in a speech Friday to a religious-right conference that’s also hearing from a host of other Republicans eyeing a presidential campaign in 2016. Jindal, expected to officially declare his own candidacy on Wednesday in Kenner, opened with a… Continue reading →

Report: Two more Bobby Jindal aides leaving governor's office for 2016 presidential campaign

Two more of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top aides are leaving the governor’s office for Jindal’s presidential campaign.
CNN reports that Chief of Staff Kyle Plotkin and Jindal spokeswoman Shannon Bates Dirmann will work on Jindal’s 2016 communications staff.
Jindal is expected to formally announce his presidential run in Kenner on Wednesday.
Dirmann and Plotkin have been in the governor’s office… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge attorney, Democrat announces run for Louisiana House

Baton Rouge attorney James Bullman has announced a run for one of East Baton Rouge Parish’s seats in the Louisiana House. State Rep. Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge, isn’t seeking re-election to represent District 69. “The people of this district deserve a representative who will stand up and fight for them,” said Democrat Bullman in a statement released through the state… Continue reading →

Poll: More Louisiana voters pick Hillary Clinton over Bobby Jindal

More Louisiana residents would rather vote for Hillary Clinton for president than Gov. Bobby Jindal, according to a new poll out Thursday. The MarblePort/Hayride statewide poll, found 44.5 percent of respondents would vote for Clinton in a hypothetical head-to-head against Jindal in 2016, to 42 percent for Jindal. About 13.5 percent of those surveyed said they… Continue reading →

Today's Rundown: Wrap-up of session, which ended Thursday; and more politics news

Today in The Rundown: The Louisiana Legislature’s regular session for 2015 is over….Here’s what you need to know.

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Scheduling note: Now that the session is over, The Rundown will temporarily publish at a less frequent rate. We’ll ramp back up closer to Election Day.

Days until session ends: It ended yesterday!
Days… Continue reading →

Today's Rundown: Budget still not finalized; Bobby Jindal to jet off day after session; and more politics news

Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate. Get The Rundown in your inbox by filling out the form here. Countdown…
Days until session ends: It’s the last day! Session must end by 6 p.m.
Days until the 2015… Continue reading →

Report: Bobby Jindal's 'forgettable' appearance failed to wow influential conservative group at secret meeting

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was one of six Republican presidential hopefuls picked to audition in front of conservative VIPs during a secret meeting in Virginia last month.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (AP photo)

But according to a new report from The National Journal based on interviews with nearly a dozen attendees, Jindal didn’t wow the… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal to participate in South Carolina prayer rally this weekend

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during his prayer rally, "The Response", at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Just a day after the legislative session ends this week, Gov. Bobby Jindal will be heading to South Carolina to participate in a massive prayer rally similar to the one he held at LSU earlier this year.
The Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier reports that Jindal, who is expected to announce later this month that he’s running for president, will… Continue reading →

Why new poll numbers will make Bobby Jindal's presidential run difficult, could put him at 'severe disadvantage'

Associated Press file photo by CLIFF OWEN -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

If opinion polls of Republican voters are to be believed, Gov. Bobby Jindal faces long odds in his all-but-official quest for the 2016 Republican nomination. Jindal, who has formed an exploratory committee and disclosed last week that he’ll make a formal announcement June 24 in New Orleans, consistently rates near the bottom of… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal says ‘Duck Dynasty’ family is welcome to join him for 2016 announcement

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he would love to have what could be called Louisiana’s other First Family with him when he announces his 2016 intentions in New Orleans later this month. During a call-in appearance on Fox News Radio’s Kilamede and Friends on Friday, Jindal said he would welcome the Robertson family, of Duck Dynasty fame,… Continue reading →