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Louisiana gubernatorial candidates take part in student-led forum Wednesday night; David Vitter a no-show

Three of the four candidates for Louisiana governor fielded questions from college students in the first televised forum of the race Wednesday night. Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republicans Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle all participated in the forum, which aired across the state and online via Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The event featured questions from Southeastern Louisiana University and Northshore… Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signs Grover Norquist-backed anti-tax pledge in presidential campaign

Though its adherence became a political football in the most recent legislative session, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has again signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s no-new-tax pledge — this time for his presidential campaign.

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Gov. Bobby Jindal

ATR, in a Tuesday news release, applauded Jindal’s latest signing of the Grover Norquist-designed “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”

“Gov. Jindal… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal at No. 13 out of 17 GOP candidates on USA Today's college-football-style power rankings

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has come in at No. 13 in the first week of USA Today’s new 2016 GOP Power Rankings.

Inspired by the college football “Coaches Poll,” the GOP Power Rankings rely on a diverse group of analysts, activists and other experts to size up the Republican presidential field.

Unsurprisingly, businessman Donald Trump came out on top in… Continue reading →

Jay Dardenne goes solo for gubernatorial forum; points out his lack of prostitution participation as compared to David Vitter

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne was the only gubernatorial candidate to show for a WRKF forum on Friday night, according to a Twitter posting. Dardenne opted to field questions from the audience which included the topics of education, film production tax credits and dealing with Baton Rouge traffic woes. One question asked of Dardenne was how is… Continue reading →

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal tells President Obama in letter: 'Don't politicize Katrina'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has penned a letter to President Barack Obama in advance of Obama’s trip to New Orleans for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In the letter, Jindal says he’s happy to welcome Obama to Louisiana, but he’s “disappointed” that the Democratic president has made the trip part of what Jindal calls “a tour for (Obama’s)… Continue reading →

Janet Huckabee campaigning for husband in Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by ELIZABETH CRISP -- Janet Huckabee, the former first lady of Arkansas and wife of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, spoke Tuesday to the City of Central Chamber of Commerce. Shes on a statewide tour of Louisiana on behalf of her husbands campaign. She also visited Denham Springs and Lafayette on Tuesday. She is scheduled to appear Wednesday at Louisiana College in Pineville Natchitoches and Bossier City.

Janet Huckabee told a mostly female crowd gathered in Central on Tuesday that her husband, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is the Republican presidential candidate who can steer America in the “right” direction. “If you do your research, you can see he is one to be trusted,” she said during the Chamber of Commerce luncheon. “I don’t… Continue reading →

Planned Parenthood sues over Bobby Jindal's order to yank Medicaid funding

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- From left, Lafayette's Julie Campeaux, Prairieville's Carter LeBlanc and daughter Gabby LeBlanc, 10, and Katelin Arabie, a Dallas resident studying at The University of Louisiana-Lafayette, hold signs at the 'Women Betrayed' rally outside Planned Parenthood Baton Rouge at 3955 Government St. on July 28, 2015.

Planned Parenthood went to federal court Tuesday to try to block Gov. Bobby Jindal’s attempt to yank Medicaid funding from its Louisiana operations. Planned Parenthood estimates more than 5,200 of its patients using Baton Rouge and New Orleans facilities could lose access to health care on Sept. 2, if the court doesn’t step in and stop Jindal… Continue reading →

Wife of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is coming to Louisiana this week to campaign for him

Janet Huckabee, wife of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, will be in Louisiana this week to stump for her husband’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. According to Mike Huckabee’s campaign team, the former Arkansas First Lady will make appearances in Greenwell Springs, Denham Springs and Lafayette on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she’ll head toContinue reading →

'Kissing congressman' Vance McAllister plans to run for state Senate seat

The lawmaker dubbed the “kissing congressman” plans to make a political comeback, according to the Monroe News Star. Former U. S. Rep. Vance McAllister told the newspaper he plans to challenge state Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, and that Walsworth has been too aligned to Gov. Bobby Jindal. “This district needs somebody who hasn’t been in the pocket of a governor who… Continue reading →

'We run lean': Unlike Iowa frontrunners, Bobby Jindal has no official headquarters in state, fewer staffers

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during an education summit, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Gov. Bobby Jindal is hoping that a big showing in Iowa will propel his presidential campaign to new heights, but Team Jindal doesn’t have an official headquarters in Iowa and has only a handful of paid staffers. “We run lean,” Jindal campaign National Coalitions Director Taylor Teepell said… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial candidates David Vitter, Scott Angelle endorsed by area GOP

Two of the GOP candidates for governor – Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, of Breaux Bridge, and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, of Metairie – received the endorsement Thursday of the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish. The organization, which is the state’s largest parish Republican Party group, interviewed the candidates and reviewed extensive questionnaires on the issues, before voting on… Continue reading →

See the scene: Protest pitting Planned Parenthood vs. Bobby Jindal fizzles at Governor's Mansions

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during an education summit, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

A showdown between the Jindal administration and Planned Parenthood supporters over loss of Medicaid funding failed Thursday to live up to publicized expectations. Only about 50 people gathered in a field across the street from the Governor’s Mansion for the protest of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision to stop Planned Parenthood’s reimbursement for health care services.… Continue reading →

Planned Parenthood supporters organizing protest rally at Governor’s Mansion

Planned Parenthood supporters are planning to rally at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion this week, following Gov. Bobby Jindal’s push to eliminate the state’s Medicaid contract with the organization. “At some point, enough is enough,” liberal advocacy group Louisiana Progress Action says in a flier for the protest. “We have to stand up against Bobby Jindal and with the good… Continue reading →

Lt. Gov. forum goes on despite power outage around Baton Rouge hotel

A noon power outage left the area surrounding a hotel on Baton Rouge’s Constitution Avenue in the dark. But it didn’t stop a forum featuring four candidates for lieutenant governor from proceeding Wednesday. A quickly arranged emergency generator provided enough power to run a spotlight and microphones, and the candidates proceeded. The three Republicans, Billy Nungesser,… Continue reading →

Louisiana teachers group gives 'F' to seven state lawmakers for their efforts on education-related bills

Five members of the state House and two senators got “F’s” on their voting records, according to the Louisiana Association of Educators. The LAE is one of two teacher unions in the state, and the group used 10 votes and other issues to come up with its list. Those given failing marks include state Reps. Lance Harris, R-Lafayette; Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, Lenar… Continue reading →

State director of Planned Parenthood slams Gov. Bobby Jindal over the recent cuts to its health care services

The state director of Planned Parenthood Louisiana on Tuesday ripped Gov. Bobby Jindal for a health care policy that continues to reduce services for Louisiana’s needy. The public health system is “already in shambles,” state director Melissa Flournoy said in an opinion piece. “Now with his call to defund Planned Parenthood where will the men and women in Louisiana turn for… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal recommends deep-fried butter, 'bacon-wrapped anything' at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will hit the Iowa State Fair “soapbox” Saturday. Political speeches are a huge part of the fair–particularly just ahead of a presidential election year, but the food is another important part of the State Fair culture.

So what food advice did Jindal offer to a soon-to-be first time fair-goer?

Jindal said the No.… Continue reading →

In ad, black Republican uses N-word, draws criticism

Senator Elbert L. Guillory

The two black candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race are warring over the use of a racial epithet in a commercial that has run in the New Orleans area and is expected to go statewide. Republican state Sen. Elbert Guillory said he’s using the “N-word” in a television spot in an attempt to get the attention of… Continue reading →

Mary Landrieu: Bobby Jindal would make ‘a terrible president’

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu takes a question as La. Gov. Bobby Jindal looks on at a news conference at the University of New Orleans following a fly-over of the Louisiana Gulf Coast Wednesday, July 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)

Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu thinks that some of the GOP 2016 candidates are good leaders — with the notable exception of the governor of her own state, according to a report by Politico.com. Landrieu was speaking on Real Clear Politics’ “Changing Lanes.” “I’ve never said this about any other politician in my… Continue reading →

Iowa official endorses Bobby Jindal, cites his 'strong Christian principles'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign has won a key endorsement from a high-ranking Iowa Republican.
Iowa Speaker Pro Tem Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, said in a statement Monday that he has decided to back Jindal because of his “strong Christian principles” and conservative positions on issues like guns and abortion.
“After much thought, prayer, research and discussions with my… Continue reading →

All three GOP candidates for governor oppose removing Confederate monuments

All three Republican contenders for governor said Friday they oppose moving the Robert E. Lee statue and other controversial monuments in New Orleans. The lone Democrat in the race, state Rep. John Bel Edwards of Amite, said the issue should be left to the mayor, City Council and other officials in New Orleans. “I don’t know why candidates for governor would… Continue reading →

Planned Parenthood to Gov. Jindal: Stop the attacks

Planned Parenthood supporters delivered more than 6,000 postcards and letters to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office Friday calling on him to back off attacks on the Louisiana health care provider. Jindal canceled the state’s agreement with Planned Parenthood to be a Medicaid provider – a move which federal officials have warned violates federal law. Jindal also launched a state investigation into… Continue reading →

Florida taxpayers shell out $19,000 in police protection for Bobby Jindal's frequent visits to Sunshine state

In addition to the thousands of dollars Louisiana paid for Gov. Bobby Jindal to politick in other states, Florida’s taxpayers also put up about $19,000 for security when he visited that state, according to the Miami Herald’s Naked Politics blog. Turns out that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has to compile the expenses and publicly report how much that… Continue reading →

Louisiana Republican Party sues over campaign contribution limits to state political parties

The Louisiana Republican Party has challenged the constitutionality of a provision of federal law that limits individual campaign contributions to state political parties. The party, and its committees in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleging the law illegally restricts state and local parties’ ability to raise funds for… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal seeks way to block proposed removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to find a way to block the proposed removal of Confederate monuments prominently displayed in New Orleans. The New Orleans Historical District Landmarks Commission voted Thursday to recommend the removal of four monuments, including the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its perch at Lee Circle. In addition to the Lee statue,… Continue reading →

Will he go the distance? Bobby Jindal listed among Republicans most likely to exit presidential race early

A Washington, D.C.-based publication has listed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal among the seven Republican presidential candidates most likely to make an early exit from the race. There are 17 candidates currently vying for the GOP’s nomination. On its list of “GOP presidential campaigns that could be over before the Iowa caucuses even get going,” The Hill names: Jindal,… Continue reading →

'So You Want to Be President?' Bobby Jindal mockingly offers book recommendations for Hillary Clinton

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has offered up a reading list for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that manages to knock the former secretary of state as being unintelligent, socialist, unlikable, untruthful and someone heading to prison.

On the “Gift Ideas for Hillary Clinton” that Jindal’s Republican presidential campaign was promoting Thursday: The Middle East for Dummies, U.S. Constitution for… Continue reading →

Federal authorities warn Louisiana not to defund Planned Parenthood

The federal health agency warned Louisiana officials that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s termination of Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider may violate federal law. But the administration countered Wednesday that it used state law that allows contracts to be canceled with 30-day notice by either party. Louisiana is not discriminating against the organization because of the services it… Continue reading →

Analysis: Bobby Jindal not a ‘winner’ in polls following first debate; Plus: The latest in Iowa

A week after the first Republican presidential debates, the political analysts over at FiveThirtyEight have looked at the polls to try to identify the effective “winners” and “losers.” There’s bad and not-quite-so-bad news for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who took part in FoxNews’ afternoon “undercard” debate. His polling didn’t change enough to put him on either list, but as theContinue reading →

Fun tidbits mixed in among familiar lines in Bobby Jindal's Q&A with Huffington Post

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took part in The Huffington Post’s Skimm Your Candidate column, where presidential candidates are given a chance to answer a series of questions that provide insight into their positions and personalities.

Jindal’s answers include long-established positions — he’s anti-abortion and opposes gay marriage, for example. He also repeats some familiar lines from the campaign trail:… Continue reading →

Virginia man pleads guilty to scamming campaigns, including David Vitter’s

A contractor accused of stealing $480,000 from one of U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s campaign funds has pleaded guilty to the scheme, in which he stole contributions to fund his lavish lifestyle. The FBI announced this week that Samuel Pate, of Virginia, admitted to purchasing vacation homes, luxury vehicles and jewelry with the funds he took from various… Continue reading →

David Vitter holding Louisiana campus meetings as part of campaign for governor

U.S. Sen. David Vitter is holding meetings on college campuses across Louisiana this week as part of his campaign for governor.

Tuesday, Vitter was slated to meet with top administrators at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and then hold a round-table discussion with a group of student supporters.

He’s scheduled to hold similar meetings Thursday with leaders and students… Continue reading →

Nancy Reagan invites 16 candidates, including Bobby Jindal, to take part in CNN debate Sept. 16

Of the 17 Republican presidential candidates who participated in the first national TV debates of the campaign Thursday on Fox News, 16 — including Gov. Bobby Jindal — have been invited to join the next round Sept. 16 on CNN, the network announced Tuesday. And the odd man out, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, still could… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal: Media obsessed with Donald Trump, ignoring 'soap opera' in Democratic presidential primary

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is campaigning in Iowa this week, and according to his presidential campaign, he’s adding remarks to his stump speech to target the smaller Democratic slate of candidates, rather than his GOP foes.

At least 17 Republicans already are in the running for the presidential nomination. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary… Continue reading →

David Vitter mentions Bobby Jindal's kids in criticism; wife Supriya swings back

. Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal took umbrage at criticisms U.S. Sen. David Vitter made Saturday about the State Police protection for the Jindal children. Vitter told state troopers that what the state spends on protective services for the governor has become inflated. He said he once saw authorities providing a “caravan” to take two of Jindal’s children… Continue reading →

In lieutenant governor’s race, Kip Holden 'the horse in the race,' but what about Billy Nungesser, John Young?

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker -- Plaqueminbes parish President Billy Nungesser Friday, November 8, 2013.

The big battle in the Louisiana lieutenant governor’s race will be between well-funded Republicans Billy Nungesser and John Young as they fight to gain a runoff spot against Democrat Kip Holden. That’s the word from political consultants, analysts and the candidates themselves assessing the race ahead. Most say Holden is pretty well guaranteed to… Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential quest continues, focus remains on 'early states'

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

With the first national TV debate of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign in his rear-view mirror, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled to Atlanta for a conservative conference Friday before heading on to familiar territory for the weekend. “The governor will go back to doing what he does best — hunting where the… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial contenders back State Police in New Orleans but other solutions need to be found

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Gubernatorial candidates, from left to right, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne participate in a forum hosted by Louisiana State Troopers Association at the Crown Plaza hotel Saturday.  Retired La. State Police Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Mark Oxley, the event moderator, is in background.

New Orleans needs a special contingent of State Police to curb crime but it cannot remain on the state tab indefinitely, three candidates for governor said Saturday. Democrat John Bel Edwards, a state representative from Amite, said the crime-fighting presence makes sense today. “New Orleans is in need right now,” he said. However, Edwards said 58… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal gets standing ovation from RedState crowd in Atlanta

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was warmly received at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Friday. Jindal largely stuck to familiar talking points and catchphrases, working in lines about “hyphenated Americans,” his own “bandwidth” for the presidency, how Democrats want to “turn the American dream into the European nightmare,” and reiterating that “The United States did not create religious liberty.… Continue reading →

Medicaid privatization hot topic during Thursday's Louisiana gubernatorial forum

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Three of the four candidates for Louisiana governor prepare Thursday as AARP forum moderator Donna Britt of WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, reads a question picked out by seniors. The candidates are, from left to right, Democratic Rep. John Bel Edwards, of Amite, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican from Baton Rouge, and Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, R-Breaux Bridge. The fourth candidate, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, did not participate.

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle on Thursday questioned whether his former boss Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Medicaid privatization is working, saying not enough evidence is in yet to call it a success. “Certainly, it’s saving money, but it’s not just about money,” Angelle said. A current Public Service Commission member and ex-top Jindal aide, Angelle said he wants to… Continue reading →