Jindal won’t weigh in on Vitter

Gov. Bobby Jindal continued Monday to call for “kissing congressman” Vance McAllister’s resignation. But he refused to weigh into questions about the “double standard” of Republicans who continued to support U.S. Sen. David Vitter after his name surfaced in a prostitution scandal. Jindal said Democrats and others are trying to link the two but … Continue reading →

McAllister scandal opens 5th district race

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013, shows then-newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe. McAllister, in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the

Last week at this time, politicians and their consultants felt U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister would have an easy ride to reelection in November. But that was before the Swartz Republican was caught on a security camera kissing one of his aides — a friend’s wife — in a darkened office. “He’s a dead duck,” said … Continue reading →

Both sides gear up to unseat McAllister

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013, shows then-newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe. McAllister, in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the

Last week at this time, politicians and their consultants felt U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister would have an easy ride to re-election in November. But that was before the Swartz Republican was caught by a security camera kissing his friend’s wife in a darkened office. “He’s a dead duck,” … Continue reading →

McAllister resisting calls for his resignation

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013, shows then-newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe. McAllister, in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the

U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister bucked mounting pressure Thursday from Gov. Bobby Jindal and other Republicans who demanded he resign in the wake of a kissing scandal that has roiled party leaders and threatened to pose a lingering election-year distraction. McAllister, R-Swartz, has become increasingly exiled since surveillance footage surfaced Monday showing him in a lengthy, amorous embrace … Continue reading →

State GOP leaders may urge ‘kissing congressman’ to resign

This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013 shows then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the

Embattled U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister faced flagging support Wednesday within his own political party, as the “kissing congressman” video scandal commanded national attention for a third day and caused growing consternation among state Republican leaders. The Louisiana GOP’s Executive Committee planned a telephone conference for Thursday to address the controversy, and one official said the party … Continue reading →

Monroe voters feel let down by ‘kissing congressman’ Vance McAllister

In a photo taken Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican of Louisiana, waits to be sworn in at the Capitol in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the

In his unlikely bid for Congress last year, Vance McAllister, a political neophyte who had never set foot in the nation’s capital, offered a refreshing promise of change that seemed almost too good to be true for voters like Glenda Morris. A self-described “constitutional purist” from West Monroe, Morris took McAllister at … Continue reading →

Scorned husband: Marriage, life in shambles from McAllister's behavior

A screen grab from a surveillance video shows U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister in a passionate embrace with a woman identified as an aide.

The husband of the woman caught making out with U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister told CNN that the Louisiana republican's behavior has “destroyed his life and marriage.” Continue reading full CNN story here. In an exclusive interview with The (Monroe) News-Star, said McAllister asked his wife, Kelly, and their five children for forgiveness weeks ago, before … Continue reading →

Jindal unveils alternative to the Affordable Care Act

Advocate file photo by Mark Ballard -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks in March with reporters during a press conference in his State Capitol office.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday that the problem of insuring low-income residents with pre-existing conditions could be solved with a $100 billion, 10-year pool of federal funding. States would use the dollars to provide subsidies for health insurance. The subsidies would target families of four getting by on $35,775 or less a year. The governor made … Continue reading →

Feds asked to look into super PAC backing Vitter

U.S. Senator David Vitter

Questions are surfacing about the operations of a super PAC formed by backers of U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Two groups that advocate for campaign finance reform recently asked the Federal Elections Commission to look into the possible solicitation of illegal campaign contributions. The groups are Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21. The complaint deals with The Fund for … Continue reading →

Computer glitch results in debit card refunds

Advocate file photoSecretary of the state Department of Revenue Tim Barfield speaks before the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. Barfieiled said a computer clitch led to some state taxpayers receiving debit cards instead of checks.

A programming glitch resulted in 8,000 Louisiana taxpayers receiving prepaid debit cards or checks instead of bank deposits for their income tax refunds. State Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield said Monday that his agency discovered the problem last week and repaired it. “It was the first year we’ve done this, and we had a programming snafu. … Continue reading →

Jindal blasts Holder, DOJ over lawsuit

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

Gov. Bobby Jindal got U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s attention when he accused Holder of trying to “stand in the schoolhouse door” and blocking Louisiana children’s access to a quality education. The criticism stemmed from the U.S. Justice Department’s legal battle over the Jindal administration’s expansion of a school voucher program. The department wants federal oversight … Continue reading →

Jindal gigs Edwards at New Hampshire event

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Amid the bagpipes and shamrocks at the PLUS Company’s Wild Irish breakfast in New Hampshire on Friday, Gov. Bobby Jindal congratulated “the genius” who invited him to speak at a St. Patrick’s Day event. “A quick Google image search would reveal that I’m not Irish. Worse than that, I don’t even drink,” the governor said. … Continue reading →

N.J. man gets probation for threatening Jindal

NEWARK, N.J. — A northern New Jersey man has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to making a threatening phone call to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. A spokesman for New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said Ronnie McMillian Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Newark. A federal judge … Continue reading →

‘Why are we not out in the streets?’

Advocate Staff Photo by BRYAN TUCK. -- Pearson Cross conducts a state and local government class at Mouton Hall on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.campus in this 2008 Advocate file photo.

Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross doesn’t understand why Louisiana’s higher education community isn’t more up in arms over its situation. Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Legislature have stripped Louisiana’s colleges and universities of roughly $700 million since 2008 in order to balance state budgets year after year. Speaking at a higher education conference … Continue reading →

Flood insurance bill clears House

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Rep. Bill Cassidy is shown in this August 2013 Advocate file photo.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday evening that would save property owners in southern Louisiana and across the nation thousands of dollars in flood insurance premiums, preventing what some call a looming disaster for many homeowners and businesses. The bill has enjoyed rare bipartisan support in Louisiana and in Congress. It now heads to the … Continue reading →

Former Jindal adviser running for Congress

The Jindal administration’s former point man on coastal restoration announced Wednesday that he’s entering the crowded race to represent Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District in Washington, D.C. Garret Graves, of Baton Rouge, stepped down as chairman of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and director of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities last week after six years, … Continue reading →

Jindal disrupts 'harmony' after White House meeting

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, center, speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, following a meeting between President Barack Obama and members of the National Governors Association (NGA). From left are, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, NGA Chair, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Jindal, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The nation’s governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal lashed out first, saying if Obama were serious about growing the economy he would approve the Keystone XL … Continue reading →

Blind vendors, Jindal’s office spar over trust

A legal battle over the delivery of food services at a Louisiana military base has led to $365,000 in attorney bills for the state. It’s also sparked a feud between the Jindal administration and a group of legally blind vendors. Central to the fight is a state-managed trust fund that takes money from vending operations in courthouses … Continue reading →

Filings show term-limited Jindal hired consultants

Timmy Teepell

For a governor barred by term limits from running again in two years, Gov. Bobby Jindal has a lot of political expenses. Jindal’s campaign paid $716,000 in the past two years to political consultants, according to filings with the Louisiana Board of Ethics. The latest report — released last week details campaign contributions and expenses in 2013 … Continue reading →

Schedler draws competition

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler speaks at the Baton Rouge Press Club in this Nov. 5, 2012.

Just a few months into his bid to become Louisiana’s next secretary of state, LSU law professor Chris Tyson’s criticism of the current officeholder is subtle. Tyson — the son of the late Chief U.S. District Judge Ralph E. Tyson — doesn’t even mention Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s name during a brief phone … Continue reading →

Jindal is on the road

Associated Press file photo -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Baton Rouge Press Club on Jan. 8, 2014.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is spending the weekend in Washington, D.C., according to his press office. He’s attending the Louisiana congressional delegation’s Mardi Gras ball and eating at the White House. The Washington Mardi Gras events are one of the more sought-after tickets. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is the captain of the Mystick … Continue reading →

EWE: I haven’t decided whether to run for Congress

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards

Social media lit up like a Christmas tree Wednesday after talk circulated of former Gov. Edwin Edwards launching his campaign for the 6th Congressional District. There was only one problem, and it was big one. Edwards said the reports aren’t true — for now, at least. “I’m looking at it, and we’ll see when I can … Continue reading →

Legislators’ salaries detailed

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

The chairmen of the Louisiana Legislature’s money committees topped their colleagues in compensation last fiscal year. New audit reports show that state Rep. Jim Fannin, House Appropriations Committee chairman, made the most at $65,848, followed by state Sen. Jack Donahue, Senate Finance Committee chairman, at $61,527. Fannin, R-Jonesboro, and Donahue, R-Mandeville, benefit from $28,000 … Continue reading →

Bill offers protection to public employees

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson

State Rep. John Schroder wants to protect public employees from reprisals for providing requested information to a legislator or legislative committee. The Republican legislator from Covington filed a bill that would put the protection in state law along with penalties for violators. The measure is up for consideration in the legislative session that … Continue reading →