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Bloomberg political pundit: Bobby Jindal earns B- for CPAC performance

Associated Press photo by CLIFF OWEN -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. on Thursday

Bobby Jindal desires to be the anti-Washington, anti-Common Core, anti-Obamacare candidate among the GOP nominee hopefuls but Jindal’s temperament and style create difficulties for him as Jindal sets out to contrast himself from the edgier Ted Cruz and others. Mark Halperin, managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, graded the Louisiana governor’s performance along with Ben Carson, Chris Christie,… Continue reading →

Political expert: There's something unusual about Bobby Jindal, David Vitter's icy relationship

Associated Press photo by CLIFF OWEN -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. on Thursday

Gov. Bobby Jindal let an open secret slip during an interview with a national media outlet this week: He and U.S. Sen. David Vitter aren’t exactly friends. “If you turn (your recorder) off, I’ll tell you what I really think about him,” Jindal reportedly told the National Journal when asked about Vitter, who is running… Continue reading →

State Sen. Elbert Guillory stumps GOP message on Hip-Hop airwaves

Advocate staff file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas

Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory is marking Black History Month by hitting the airwaves to promote the Republican Party on hip-hop and R&B stations in 11 cities across the country. Guillory, an Opelousas Republican and candidate for lieutenant governor, will be on radio stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as well as Memphis, Birmingham, Miami, Jacksonville,… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal at CPAC: Repeal Obamacare; remove Common Core from every classroom; we are at war with radical Islam

Associated Press photo by CLIFF OWENGov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday.

Gov. Bobby Jindal took aim at the Affordable Care Act, Common Core educational standards and President Barack Obama’s leadership in the fight against Islamic terrorism in a speech Thursday that stuck to familiar ground at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The 2015 CPAC is a significant… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal on David Vitter: ‘Turn the recorder off, I’ll tell you what I really think about him’

U.S. Sen. David Vitter; Gov. Bobby Jindal

It’s no secret that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican hoping to succeed him in the state’s top office, have an icy relationship. The reason for their reported feud? “If you turn [your recorder] off, I’ll tell you what I really think about him,” Jindal told The National Journal in a recent… Continue reading →

Politics blog: Bobby Jindal pulls 2 percent in latest Iowa poll

If the Iowa Republican Caucus were held today, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal would get support from about 2 percent of participants, according to the latest poll on the potential GOP 2016 presidential slate. The Quinnipiac University Poll released this week found Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the favorite among likely Iowa GOP Caucus goers in the… Continue reading →

Our Views: Something strange and wonderful in Louisiana? Smart, accomplished governor's candidates willing to debate the issues

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- First 2015 gubernatorial forum sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana. From left at table, John Bel Edwards, David Vitter, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle. Topic was transportation issues.

Something strange — and welcome — is happening in the early days of Louisiana’s gubernatorial race. Although the primary election won’t be held until this fall, the four announced candidates are already vigorously debating the issues. Four rivals for Louisiana’s top political job — Democratic state representative John Bel Edwards and Republican candidates U.S. Sen. David… Continue reading →

Louisiana Democrats call on Bobby Jindal: Come home to fix budget

Associated Press file photo by Charlie Neibergall -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks August 2014 during The Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.

Louisiana Democrats have slammed Gov. Bobby Jindal for focusing on non-state issues and are calling on him to spend more time in Louisiana to help solve the state’s budget crisis. “We need him here in the state of Louisiana,” state Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. “I’m hoping and praying… Continue reading →

New Bobby Jindal op-ed: 'Repeal All of Obamacare? Nah, Just Kidding'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during his prayer rally,

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gives his input Wednesday in an editorial piece on TownHall.com on why overturning the national Obamacare system is unlikely to happen. "Allow me to translate – The smart guys in Washington do not believe you can repeal Obamacare. They have decided that it is not “politically viable.” What’s done is done.… Continue reading →

Jindal: 'No doubt Obama loves America,' contrary to what Giuliani says

President Barack Obama, left, and Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he has no doubt that President Barack Obama loves America, despite recent remarks to the contrary from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. “The president loves America. He loves our country. There is no doubt about that,” Jindal said during a bi-partisian meeting of governors in Washington, D.C. on Monday following… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: President Obama has 'disqualified himself to be our Commander in Chief'

Associated Press photo by MELINDA DESLATTE -- Gov. Bobby Jindal

In an article released Monday morning to news outlets and later during a press conference outside the White House, Governor Bobby Jindal criticizes President Obama for his lack of dealing with the radical Islamac terrorists. Continue reading →

Politics blog: National Democrats talk up potential Mitch Landrieu run for governor

Mitch Landrieu ORG XMIT: BAT1409051835151935

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, the 2015 Democratic Governors Association chairman, told the National Journal on Saturday that he believes New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is considering a run for Louisiana governor. The only Democrat in the gubernatorial race, so far, is state Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite. Republicans running for governor include U.S. Sen.… Continue reading →

Special report: Bobby Jindal spent half of 2014 outside of Louisiana; critics: that the best use of time?

The day one of Louisiana’s levee boards filed an environmental damages lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies, which would become the biggest issue during the last legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a scathing response — from Aspen, Colorado. His first in-depth comments about what impact the collapse of… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal calls Rudy Guiliani to congratulate him on critical Obama comments, ex-New York Mayor tells CNN

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), a potential 2016 GOP candidate, speaks at a APPs State luncheon discussion on Common Core at the Mayflower Hotel on Feb. 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Rudy Giuliani received a call recently from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, congratulating the the former mayor on the critical President Obama comments he made... Continue reading →

Politics blog: Scott Angelle releases TV ads, first to hit airwaves in governor’s race

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Scott Angelle

Scott Angelle, a Republican running for governor, is becoming the first candidate in the race, so far, to show up on TV. Angelle’s gubernatorial campaign has made a $200,000 ad buy in Lake Charles, Houma, Lafayette and Alexandria. See the story here.… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Jindal seems like he’s just passing through, but it didn’t always seem that way

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), a potential 2016 GOP candidate, speaks at a APPs State luncheon discussion on Common Core at the Mayflower Hotel on Feb. 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Not long ago, prompted by a call from a national political reporter seeking to understand likely presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal’s rise in Louisiana, I pulled out an old profile I wrote during his first campaign. And I have to confess that reading it again, after all these years and with so much water under the bridge, was… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal keeps active political spending pace in 2014

Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal continued to use his governor’s campaign account to pay a large chunk of the cost of political consultants and trips around the country. Jindal reported spending $1.47 million during 2014, a year in which many have mentioned him as a potential presidential candidate. The governor’s campaign account still contains $604,400 going into… Continue reading →

Sen. David Vitter not happy with response to his request for info on Obamacare coverage for Congress

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter

Early this month, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., was in a mood to demand answers. Specifically, as chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, he wanted to know how Congress, with its more than 16,000 employees (including elected members and their staffs), qualified as a “small business” under the Affordable Care Act, thus making those employees eligible to… Continue reading →

Mayor Kip Holden beginning fundraising in lieutenant governor’s race

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President  Kip Holden

The two highest-profile Republican candidates for lieutenant governor raised $4 million between them, but Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, who also covets the post, didn’t report any campaign contributions. Holden said he didn’t file a campaign finance report for the lieutenant governor’s race — they were due at midnight Wednesday — because he has nothing to report,… Continue reading →

Gov. Jindal queues up more out-of-state appearances

Associated Press file photo -- Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is considering a run for president in 2016, will be in California this weekend, according to local reports. The Desert Sun and San Francisco Chronicle have details about Jindal’s upcoming appearance at Saturday’s Unite Inland Empire Conservative Conference in Riverside, Calif. Continue reading full story at the Capitol Bureau’s… Continue reading →

U.S. Rep. Fleming endorses U.S. Sen. Vitter for governor

U.S. Rep. John Fleming; U.S. Sen. David Vitter

Washington – U.S. Rep. John Fleming had endorsed his fellow Louisiana Republican, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, in Vitter’s campaign for governor this year. In his endorsement Thursday, Fleming cited Vitter’s objection to the use of the Common Core achievement standards in Louisiana public schools as well as Vitter’s opposition to wasteful government spending and higher taxes.… Continue reading →

Report: Bobby Jindal stands by ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s questioning President Obama’s love of country

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he agreed with the “gist” of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's recent remark that Giuliani didn’t “believe that the president loves America.” Jindal said in a statement shared with The Hill.com: “If you are looking for someone to condem the mayor (Giuliani), look elsewhere. Continue reading full story… Continue reading →

Jeremiah Wright says black people shouldn’t rely on government for help

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The Rev. Jeremiah Wright speaks at Southern University's Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union Thursday.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a polarizing religious leader and former spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama, told a crowd at Southern University on Thursday that black people have historically turned to the wrong direction for help — from Biblical times through slavery, the Civil War and up to modern day. “Our help doesn’t come from government. It… Continue reading →

Former Gov. Edwards can try for real estate broker’s license

FILE - In this March 17, 2014 file photo, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards speaks with reporters at the Baton Rouge Press Club in Baton Rouge, La., after announcing that he would join the race to represent the stateís Baton Rouge-based 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. With enthusiasm and vigor that belies his age, heís running for Congress in south Louisiana in what would be his second resurrection from the political dead. Some say itís a foolís errand. But Edwards says heís encouraged by the warm reception he received when he emerged from more than eight years in federal prison in 2011.  (AP Photo/Travis Spradling, File) ORG XMIT: WX102

Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards won approval Thursday from the Louisiana Real Estate Commission to apply for a real estate broker’s license. The vote was 7-2. The decision came after Edwards, 87, appeared before the commission to explain why it should allow him to prepare and sit for the licensing test. As a convicted felon,… Continue reading →

CBS report: Who’s Bobby Jindal? La. governor at bottom of new poll among GOP nomination hopefuls

Associated Press file photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Sixty-seven percent of Republicans do not know enough about La. Gov. Bobby Jindal to offer any opinion about his pursuit of GOP party nomination for president, according to a recent poll issued by CBS News. Jindal’s unknown standing rated the highest of all potential candidates considered in the CBS survey. Continue reading full story… Continue reading →

Edwin Edwards seeks permission for real estate license

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards won approval Thursday from the Louisiana Real Estate Commission to apply for a real estate broker’s license. The vote was 7-2. The decision came after Edwards, 87, appeared before the commission to explain why it should allow him to prepare and sit for the licensing test. As a convicted felon,… Continue reading →

Donelon, Strain file campaign reports

Agriculture, Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, left; Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain entered the 2015 election year with campaign accounts topping $400,000 each. The Republicans seeking re-election this fall filed required reports on campaign financial activity with state ethics officials Monday. Wednesday is the deadline for filing the annual reports. Continue reading full story at… Continue reading →

Politics blog: London Mayor Boris Johnson says Bobby Jindal's 'no-go zone' comments are 'complete nonsense'

In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

On Friday, London Mayor Boris Johnson said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent claims regarding the existence of so-called “no-go zones” in his city are “complete nonsense.” Continue reading →

Gov. Jindal lines up 2 more events in courting support for possible presidential bid

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), a potential 2016 GOP candidate, speaks at a APPs State luncheon discussion on Common Core at the Mayflower Hotel on Feb. 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has lined up two more events — one in Iowa and another in Florida — as he continues to court support for a presidential run in 2016. Time.com reports Jindal and U.S. Sen. of Ted Cruz are slated to attend one of the Iowa Renewal Project’s “Pastors and Pews” events in Des Moines… Continue reading →

Friend of 3 Muslim college students killed in North Carolina appears to partially blame Bobby Jindal for 'dehumanizing Muslims'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during his prayer rally,

A self-described friend of the three Muslim college students killed in North Carolina this week appears to place some of the blame on Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal... Continue reading →

Budget cut for Bobby Jindal's office will be about $10,000; several elected officials say it's unfair

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during a gathering of Pro-Life supporters the morning of a prayer rally, called

In the latest round of midyear budget cuts, Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a deeper carving knife to the spending of his fellow statewide elected officials than to most agencies under his control, including his own office.

The governor's office will come through the $61 million in slashing largely unscathed, taking a reduction of $10,000 — less than one-tenth of 1… Continue reading →

U.S. Sen. David Vitter accused of opposing attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch just for ‘political gain’ in Louisiana governor’s race

Challenged by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch defends President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally but she said they have no right to citizenship under the law, as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 during her confirmation hearing before the committee. Lynch made her remarks in the opening moments of a hearing into her appointment as the nation's first black female attorney general. It is the first confirmation proceeding since Republicans took control of the Senate this month.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Sen. David Vitter is opposed to President Obama appointing attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch simply so Vitter can use that as part of his strategy in the upcoming Louisiana governor’s race. That’s what two well-known civil rights leaders are claiming, according to the Washington Post. The report cites a screen capture of Vitter’s website that says… Continue reading →

Washington Post: Bobby Jindal higher education-spending comment has 'significant factual error' and, or 'obvious contradictions'

Advocate Photo by ELIZABETH CRISP -- During a ceremony at LSU on June 19, 2014, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation to create the WISE Fund, a $40 million performance-based pot of money for Louisiana colleges and universities that will be linked to research and workforce development.

Gov. Bobby Jindal was not completely truthful when he claimed this week that overall state spending on higher education has increased slightly since he took office in 2008, the Fact Checker column of the Washington Postsaid Wednesday. "The total higher education budget, including means of total finance — is actually a little bit, just slightly, higher than when I… Continue reading →

AG Caldwell reports slow fundraising for re-election campaign

Advocate staff file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is reporting $300,000 in his campaign account for what is expected to be a tough re-election bid this fall. Caldwell had little fundraising activity in 2014, according to his campaign finance report filed Tuesday with state ethics officials. Continue reading full story on the Capitol News Bureau’s politics blog.Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal stumped with LSU tuition question on MSNBC: 'I think it ... I don't...'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal talks about his plan for national education reform at a policy breakfast on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. If he runs for president, Jindal is expected to make education a central part of his message with a focus on his opposition to Common Core.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday to talk 2016, Common Core and the state budget crisis. But the two-term governor eyeing a run for president next year seemed to be a bit stumped by one question from host Joe Scarborough: How much does it cost to attend LSU? “I think… Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal slams Republican party changes to primary system

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says efforts by the Republican establishment to conduct a “kinder, gentler” presidential nominating process in 2016 are misguided and designed to stifle conservative insurgents, Yahoo News reports. Jindal, who is considering a run for the White House, took aim Monday at the Republican National Committee’s decision to officially sanction no more… Continue reading →

Gov. Jindal will travel to Iowa in April for ‘Homeschool Day’

Associated Press file photo by J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be among the possible presidential contenders heading to Iowa in April to court conservative Christians during their annual “homeschool day” at the state Capitol, the Des Moines Register reports. Jindal, who has made several trips to Iowa over the past year while weighing a run for the GOP’s nomination for president in… Continue reading →