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Super PAC to air pro-Bobby Jindal ad in Iowa during Thursday's GOP candidates debate

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal didn’t make it into the prime-time debate for GOP presidential candidates airing on Fox News Thursday, but, as The New York Times reported earlier today, the pro-Jindal Believe Again super PAC will air a 60-second spot in Iowa during the broadcast. Here’s the ad, which highlights how much time Jindal is spending… Continue reading →

Treasurer Kennedy: Louisiana Constitution may need change after legislators approve taxes without two-thirds vote

State Treasurer John Kennedy is proposing a constitutional change in the wake of legislators approving nearly $400 million in taxes without the required two-thirds vote. Legislative leaders ruled that a majority vote would suffice on many of the revenue raisers approved in the 2015 session to help fill a $1.6 bilion budget hole. But Kennedy said if they are right the state… Continue reading →

State Rep. Regina Barrow makes Senate bid official

State Rep. Regina Barrow listed health care, education and economic development improvements as her priorities as she announced her bid for the Baton Rouge-based Senate District 15 seat. Barrow held a news conference Tuesday to officially announce that she will seek the Senate seat held by term-limited Sharon Weston Broome. The district includes the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish. “We… Continue reading →

Massachusetts mayor compares Bobby Jindal to Gomer Pyle in 'sanctuary city' flap

A Massachusetts Democrat slammed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday, comparing him to Gomer Pyle, the simple-minded character from The Andy Griffith Show.

“I love listening to Jindal, because I swear if you didn’t know who he is, you’d swear it was Gomer Pyle on the phone,” Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Joseph Curtatone said after Jindal went on Boston Herald… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal cancels state contract, says Planned Parenthood not worthy of getting public assistance

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday ended the state’s nearly $300,000 contract with Planned Parenthood, saying the organization is not worthy of getting public assistance from the state. Jindal cited undercover videos that allegedly depict the selling of fetal body parts at some facilities outside Louisiana. “In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle helps secure vehicle, escort unconscious driver to hospital

While Friday’s gubernatorial forum at the Cajundome was fairly exciting, for Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, it paled in comparison to the ride home. His opponents headed off to the campaign trail after the Louisiana Municipal Association forum. But, Angelle ended up jumping up on the running board of an out-of-control pickup, stopping it before the vehicle crashed, then accompanied the… Continue reading →

Poll backs up Bobby Jindal’s claims of noticeable Iowa surge

A new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers appears to back up Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign’s claims that he’s gaining momentum there. Gravis Marketing surveyed 227 Republican Caucus participants and found Jindal in fourth place, at 7.2 percent and trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (10%), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (15.4%) and Donald Trump (30.9%). The poll, released… Continue reading →

$1 million donation from Louisiana boatbuilder Gary Chouest boosts Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential run

Washington — Louisiana boatbuilder Gary Chouest contributed $1 million to an outside group backing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a federal fundraising report filed Friday shows. That helped boost the total received by the Believe Again political action committee, a single-candidate super PAC, to nearly $3.7 million in the first half of the year. Although… Continue reading →

Louisiana governor candidates address local government officials at forum — and some hand out personal cell numbers

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle, center, address the Louisiana Municipal Association 78th Annual Convention during a gubernatorial forum Friday July 31, 2015 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.. Seated at he head table from left to right are John Bel Edwards, candidate for governor, Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, US Senator David Vitter, candidate for governor, David Camardelle, LMA President, Carroll Breaux, 1st Vice President LMA, Jay Dardenne, candidate for governor, and Barney Arceneaux, 2nd Vice President LMA.

Two of the four major candidates for governor gave out their personal cellphone numbers to local government officials Monday, saying it’s important to have direct contact with the state’s top elected official. U.S. David Vitter, R-Metairie, did so first, followed by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, R-Baton Rouge, attracting much applause from the audience attending the candidate… Continue reading →

Super PAC backing David Vitter bills state taxpayers almost $70,000 for legal fees

Critics came out swinging Friday against a super PAC backing David Vitter’s campaign for governor that has billed the state for costs associated with its legal challenge of state campaign contribution limits. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman, of New Orleans, had agreed with the Fund for Louisiana’s Future that the state’s contribution… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal: Treat mayors of 'sanctuary cities' as accessories to illegal immigrants' crimes

Gov. Bobby Jindal has called for Congress to pass laws declaring mayors of “sanctuary cities” accessories to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and to subject municipal officials to civil lawsuits by victims of the crimes. Jindal is a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. “My plan will hit these lawless city leaders where it hurts by holding them directly accountable… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal’s financial disclosure shows cash, investment holdings of at least $3.79 million

Gov. Bobby Jindal has investments and money in the bank valued at $3.79 million to $11.3 million, based on a personal financial disclosure the Republican presidential candidate filed with the Federal Elections Commission this week. The nine-page disclosure, which The Advocate obtained from the FEC, shows that for the reporting period, the two-term governor earned more than… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal again outside top 10 in national poll of support for Republican presidential candidates

Washington – Another national poll of support for Republican candidates for president, another rating in the low single digits for Gov. Bobby Jindal that puts him outside the charmed circle of the top 10.

Quinnipiac University released its latest poll Thursday, showing Jindal tied for 11th place in the crowded Republican field with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Jindal’s… Continue reading →

Louisiana pays David Vitter aligned Super PAC legal fees

Donors can make unlimited contributions to a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. David Vitter for governor. But it came at a financial cost to Louisiana taxpayers. The Fund for Louisiana’s Future challenged the constitutionality of a Louisiana law limiting contributions in federal court last year and won. The victory led to Louisiana taxpayers paying $69,336 in attorney fees and other legal… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal, on CBS, bashes rivals for saying 'outlandish things' to get attention: 'We're actually offering specific ideas'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal slammed his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination during an appearance on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, claiming that a lot of his opponents “don’t have the backbone, don’t have the bandwidth, don’t have the experience to get the job done.”

“You have a lot of candidates, they’re willing to say extreme things, outlandish things… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal to take part in South Carolina town hall series for Republican presidential candidates

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is slated to take part in a South Carolina town hall series next month intended to highlight Republican presidential candidates.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, is hosting the series. The event featuring Jindal will be Aug. 20 at Wofford College.

“Tim knows that the best way for the people of South Carolina to make their… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal set to resume presidential campaign, following Lafayette shooting

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is slated to return to the presidential campaign trail Tuesday, after putting his run on hold to respond to a fatal shooting at a Lafayette movie theater last week.

Bobby Jindal campaign resume
Gov. Bobby Jindal

According to Jindal’s campaign, the 2016 hopeful is traveling to New York for a round of media interviews.

Jindal, who has spent… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal struggles in polls, outside top 10 in national survey

Associated Press photo by NICKI KOHLGov. Bobby Jindal speaks to community members during a town hall meeting at the American Legion in Dubuque, Iowa, on Monday.

Gov. Bobby Jindal remains in the low single digits in a CNN national poll of support for candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination, outside the top-10 ranking needed to potentially help qualify him for the nationally televised prime-time debate on Fox News Aug. 6.

Meanwhile, a poll by NBC and Marist College of Republican voters in Iowa put… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal's campaign emphasizing improvement in Iowa polls but national survey shows little change

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

Gov. Bobby Jindal registered at just 1 percent in a recent survey of Republicans on their favorite candidate for the White House in the 2016 election, continuing his lackluster performance in national polls. The Public Policy Polling survey, conducted July 20-21, placed Jindal in a tie for 12th in the crowded Republican field. Fox News has announced it will draw… Continue reading →

Jay Dardenne jabs Bobby Jindal over how much his presidential campaign costs Louisiana, calls Jindal to reimburse the state for expenses tied to his White House run

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne speaks, Friday, July 17, 2015, during a forum hosted by the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) during their 2015 Summer Conference Gubernatorial Candidate Forum at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, La.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican running for governor, is calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal to reimburse the state for expenses tied to Jindal’s run for president. In a letter sent to Jindal and distributed to media, Dardenne says Jindal should pay back the state for the cost of the protective detail provided by Louisiana State Police when he travels to… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal's campaign quotes 'Bill & Ted' film regarding latest poll numbers

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign for president has been plugging non-stop its internal poll that shows Jindal’s support in Iowa on the rise. But in an email to reporters Thursday, Team Jindal made an unexpected reference, linking to a 7-second clip fromBill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. “A week ago, I wrote to y’all noting that something was afoot in… Continue reading →

Poll by Bobby Jindal's team shows big surge by governor in Iowa

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

Gov. Bobby Jindal draws the support of 8 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa, according to a recent internal poll by his 2016 presidential campaign — a rate twice that of his best showing in independent surveys. The poll result put Jindal in a tie for fourth in the crowded Republican field. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Obama's failure to 'call a spade a spade' on radical Islam endangers U.S. security

Democratic President Barack Obama should, for once, “lead from behind” and follow the example of British Prime Minster David Cameron in “calling a spade a spade” by explicitly identifying radical Islam as the enemy of the United States, Gov. Bobby Jindal says in an opinion piece published by Conservative Review. Obama’s failure to invoke the phrase endangers U.S. security, Jindal… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards to hold fundraiser before Louisiana Democrats event

State Rep. John Bell Edwards, the only major Democrat who has launched a gubernatorial campaign, will hold a fundraiser in New Orleans this weekend in the run up to the Louisiana Democratic Party’s major annual fundraiser. Both events will take place at the same location — the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street, with Edwards’ fundraiserContinue reading →

Good news, bad news for Gov. Bobby Jindal in latest presidential poll

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

Washington – The good news for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is that his performance in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll ticked up from the organizations’ May poll of contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — into a tie for 11th place in the crowded field.

The bad news is that he went from invisible to 2 percent,… Continue reading →

New York Times: Donald Trump dismissive of Bobby Jindal, criticism: 'Oh, bah bah. I think he’s at zero'

The New York Times has published “unfiltered” excerpts from recent interviews with GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, in which he blasts Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as being among the candidates he’s “creaming in the polls.”

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

Gov. Bobby Jindal's former executive counsel Jimmy Faircloth's law firm again chosen to defend state

The state is being sued over a government agency’s policies, and once again, the Jindal administration is turning to Jimmy Faircloth, the Pineville lawyer who was Gov. Bobby Jindal’s first executive counsel. Faircloth, Melton & Keiser LLC, his 10-lawyer firm with offices in Alexandria and Baton Rouge, will get paid up to $100,000 to represent the… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal slips below 1 percent in Fox News poll of Republican presidential candidates

FILE - In this June 25, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to students during a campaign stop at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Jindal has raised about $579,000 for his campaign, while his outside allies say they've collected $8.7 million more to help spread his message. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal lost ground in the latest Fox News poll of candidates seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, slipping below 1 percent and into 15th place in the large field. Fox News will use an average of national polls to determine the top 10 Republican candidates to appear in the network’s prime-time debate telecast Aug. 6 — the… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal to make Saturday campaign visit to Iowa church that preaches creationism

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking his campaign for president to an Iowa church Saturday that preaches the earth was created by God 6,000 years ago, the Des Moines Register reports. Jindal, seeking the 2016 nomination, is not the only Republican candidate who has made a pilgrimage to the church. Iowa is home to the Feb. 1 caucuses that kick… Continue reading →

Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson backs Bobby Jindal, urges others to 'chip in,' but Robertsons not listed among contributors

Advocate staff photo by Patrick Dennis-- Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson watches festivities in the first quarter during LSU's  game vs ULM Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Baton Rouge.

Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson has made no secret of his support for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign for president. bobby jindal duck dynasty Photo via A&E: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal presents Willie Robertson with an award on Duck Dynasty. Robertson has talked about backing Jindal’s run in multiple interviews,… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Tennessee shooting ‘underscores the grave reality of the threat posed to us by radical Islamic terrorism’

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal released a statement today saying he doesn’t even though few details are known at this point about the motivation behind the deadly attacks at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left four Marines dead on Thursday, “it certainly looks like an act of terrorism.”… Continue reading →

Interactive map: Which states are contributing most to Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jidnal’s campaign for president filed its first campaign finance report this week. Jindal took in just over half a million dollars from individual donors. Much of the money came from Louisiana. See the full breakdown by state below. Hover over each state to see exactly how much Jindal pulled in from there.… Continue reading →

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise continues to raise and dispense money in style

Washington — U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Jefferson, continued to play the leadership fundraising game in the second quarter of 2015, according to political fundraising reports he filed with the Federal Election Commission for April-June. Scalise, elected to the No. 3 position in the House hierarchy by his Republican colleagues in June 2014, raised $945,350 in the second… Continue reading →

Observers say Bobby Jindal has enough money 'to have his voice heard'; familiar names among direct donors

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to community members during a town hall meeting at the American Legion in Dubuque, Iowa on Monday, July 13, 2015. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP)

Gov. Bobby Jindal has amassed more than $9 million to support his long-shot run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, his aides said Wednesday — an amount that should enable him to make his case to voters in at least the early stages of the campaign, even if it’s far short of the… Continue reading →

AG won’t weigh in on Bobby Jindal’s executive order, despite legislator’s request

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell won’t be weighing in on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “Marriage and Conscience Order.” Despite a formal request from state Rep. Pat Smith, the Attorney General’s office says it won’t issue an opinion on the order, which seeks to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage, because of an ongoing lawsuit.… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal expands probe into five abortion clinics for possible selling of fetal body parts

Louisiana’s five abortion clinics became the target Wednesday of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s investigation into potential illegal sale of fetal body parts. Presidential hopeful Jindal expanded an earlier probe into Louisiana Planned Parenthood current and future activities to encompass privately-operated abortion clinics in New Orleans, Metairie, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Bossier City. He also added state Inspector General Stephen Street to the… Continue reading →

Video: Bobby Jindal on Donald Trump: 'I think he enjoys' controversy

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he doesn’t agree with fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about immigrants, but he doesn’t think that the ensuing backlash has been bad for Trump.

“I think he enjoys it. I think he gets the best of those exchanges,” Jindal told Gwen Ifill on PBS’s Frontline this week. “I think he actually… Continue reading →

Interactive: See who's contributed to Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign, how much they've given

Associated Press photo by NICKI KOHLGov. Bobby Jindal speaks to community members during a town hall meeting at the American Legion in Dubuque, Iowa, on Monday.

Below is the full campaign finance report that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign filed this week with the Federal Elections Commission. The report, which lists names of contributors and amounts contributed, shows the campaign raised $579,000 in the second quarter of the year.… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal amasses more than $9 million for presidential run, mostly from funding groups outside campaign

Washington – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has amassed more than $9 million to support his long-shot run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, campaign aides said Wednesday. Most of that money — more than $8.6 million — has been raised by funding groups outside his official campaign committee. Those groups, which include the Believe Again super PAC… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal's team brushes off lack of bump in presidential polls: It will take a little more time, 'but it's coming'

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Governor Bobby Jindal is cheered at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Wednesday, June 24, 2015 after his speech on the day he declared his candidacy for president. National polls conducted since have not registered any significant movement in the crowded Republican field. He still ranks in the low single digits, with 2 percent his most frequent score.

When Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on June 24, national polls had consistently showed him lagging the large Republican field, with support in the low single digits. His campaign manager, Timmy Teepell, was not dismayed. “If Gov. Jindal runs, he will run to win… Continue reading →