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David Duke: Steve Scalise is a sellout; I might run against him in next election

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, left, and David Duke

David Duke said U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is a sellout and that he might challenge the Republican congressman in the next election. “Steve Scalise, let me tell you something, this is the way I view it now: I mean this guy is a sellout. I mean he’s a sellout. He’s not David. He used to say that… Continue reading →

Campaign cash: La.’s top contributors in 2014

The top political donor from Louisiana last year gave at least $86,362 to candidates over the course of the 2014 election cycle, while the next highest donor — who is closely tied to the first — gave at least $70,000, according to a new report. The Center for Public Integrity, a national non-profit, analyzed campaign finance records… Continue reading →

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former spiritual adviser to Pres. Obama, accepts invite to speak at Southern University

Associated Press file photo / Chattanooga times Free Press, Doug Strickland -- Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a former spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama, is slated to speak at Southern University next month. According to the university, Wright — who has been a lightning rod and controversial figure for Obama critics throughout Obama’s presidency — was invited to give the public speech on campus by College of Social and… Continue reading →

Pro-Jindal super PAC soliciting donors

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

The political action committee that’s been set up to support Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s potential run for president started circulating letters to Republican donors Wednesday, pitching Jindal as a “once-in-a-lifetime leader.” Buzzfeed obtained a copy of the letter, which is signed by former Congressman Bob Livingston, chairman of the pro-Jindal “Believe Again” super PAC. Continue reading… Continue reading →

Vitter aggressively queries AG nominee Lynch on immigration issues during confirmation hearing

Associated Press file photo by The News-Star/Dacia Idom -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

Washington – U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., aggressively questioned attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch about her defense of the Obama Administration’s controversial immigration policy in her confirmation hearing Wednesday. “I have a huge concern regarding what I think is the president’s illegal, unconstitutional executive amnesty,” Vitter said to Lynch in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, “and I… Continue reading →

Carson addresses La. business leaders

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Dr. Ben Carson, right, signs an autograph for John Finan, of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, before delivering the keynote address at Louisiana Association of Business and Industry's Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

Dr. Ben Carson, a rising star on the national political scene who is often mentioned among the GOP’s presidential prospects for 2016, won over Louisiana business leaders with a speech Tuesday that called for less government regulation, lower taxes and an alternative to the federal Affordable Care Act. “People have to be so concerned about all of… Continue reading →

Advocate reporter named one of Louisiana, the country’s top political writers

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Visitors to the Louisiana State Capitol enjoy a spectacular view of Baton Rouge from the observation deck of the tallest capitol in the United States, Monday, Dec. 22. Situated on the 27th floor, the observation deck overlooks the city of Baton Rouge at a height of 350 feet

The Washington Post on Tuesday named The Advocate’s Elizabeth Crisp one of the best state capitol reporters in Louisiana and the country. The newspaper asked readers to name the best statehouse reporters focused on governors and state lawmakers. The results were announced on the Post’s “GovBeat” blog. The Post also named Melinda… Continue reading →

The Hill: Steve Scalise to meet with National Urban League president Marc Morial over speech controversy

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., right, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, rush through a basement corridor to a House Republican Conference on Capitol ill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. At a news conference later, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, acknowledged that there have been

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will meet with the head of the National Urban League in the wake of a revelation that the Louisiana Republican spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002. Marc Morial, a former Democratic New Orleans mayor, publicly questioned this month whether Scalise should remain in GOP leadership. Now Morial will get a… Continue reading →

U.S. Rep. Fleming, conservative caucus select name for ultra-conservative assemblage

Associated Press file photo -- U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-La.

What U.S. Rep. John Fleming, of Minden, and other hard-right House Republicans set in motion a few weeks ago now has a name: the House Freedom Caucus, a group dedicated to advancing a strongly conservative agenda. Although the organizing has been widely reported, the announcement Monday of the group’s name and mission makes it more formal.… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal on ABC: 'I'm proud that in Louisiana, we define marriage as between a man and a woman'

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

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal thinks the Republican party has come a long way since he made headlines in 2012 calling the GOP the “stupid party,” but Republican leaders still have to “earn the right” to lead the nation, he said over the weekend. “I think the GOP needs to earn the right to be a governing party. We can’t… Continue reading →

Capitol Buzz: Poll shows uptick in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s approval

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Jerome Zeringue, Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities, speaks at the Baton Rouge Press Club about coastal issues facing Louisiana.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has seen a slight uptick in Louisianans who view him favorably, according to a new poll of likely Louisiana voters. The poll, conducted by Jindal’s campaign pollster Wes Anderson of OnMessage Inc., found 46 percent approve of Jindal’s job performance heading into the final year of his final term, while 45 percent view… Continue reading →

Thousands turn out for Bobby Jindal's prayer rally at LSU; students, activists protest too

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Pro-life supporters exit busses in preparation of Gov. Bobby Jindal's speaking engagement near the LSU Greek Theatre prior to a prayer rally, called

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s day of prayer went off without a hitch Saturday — and without much commotion. Jindal didn’t make “the big announcement” regarding a presidential run. About 3,000 to 4,000 people prayed, hands lifted to the sky, for reconciliation among the races, the old and the young and men and women. The crowd sang uplifting, contemporary… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally preparing for thousands

Associated Press file photo -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit Sept 26 in Washington, D.C.

Thousands of people are expected to be on LSU’s campus Saturday for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally — either to support it or in protest of it. Jindal, who is considering a run for president in 2016 and is scheduled to speak three times at the prayer rally, will be joined at the event by several conservative… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: The bigger Bobby Jindal tries to go, the smaller he looks in quest to get attention he craves

Gov. Bobby Jindal may have billed his European swing as an economic development mission on behalf of Louisiana, but his primary agenda has been obvious to anyone who’s turned on a television set, logged onto the Internet or followed his PR operation via email or social media. Far more than state business, Jindal’s trip was all… Continue reading →

Gov. Jindal: U.S. at risk of having its own ‘no-go zones’

Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal thinks the United States is at risk of some day having “no-go zones” because liberals place too much value on political correctness and are unwilling to call out “radical Islam,” he said during a Thursday radio interview. “The entire Left doesn’t want to face the fact that Islam has a problem,” Jindal said… Continue reading →

State Treasurer Kennedy gauges support in several La. races

Louisiana state Treasurer John Kennedy

Four-term state Treasurer John Kennedy’s been testing his strength in races for governor, attorney general and U.S. Senate. Kennedy hired Virginia-based North Star Opinion Research to do some surveying and he just got the results. Continue reading full story in the Capitol News Bureau’s politics blog.Continue reading →

Gov. Jindal talks La. budget, taxes, assimilation on Fox News

Gov. Bobby Jindal

While Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was on Fox News Wednesday primarily to defend remarks he made in London this week about Muslims and so-called “no-go zones,” the live interview with Neil Cavuto also touched on the state budget, “hyphenated Americans” and his family’s immigration story, and taxes, among other topics. During the State of the Union, Obama… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal circulates petition against ‘liberal media’ following ‘no-go zone’ backlash

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

Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking supporters to sign an online “petition” and “tell the liberal media to stop their shameless attacks against” him regarding his comments this week on Muslims and so-called “no-go zones. It’s not clear where the petition with its e-signatures would be directed, but such petitions frequently are used by politicians to beef up… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal stands by 'no-go zone' comments: 'You can call them whatever term you want'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during a rally for South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who announced her candidacy for a second term at the Bi-Lo Center, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went on Fox News to defend remarks he made in London this week about Muslims and so-called “no-go zones.” Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal brushing off critics, defending his 'no-go zone' comments

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers a speech for Florida Gov. Rick Scott in Clearwater, Fla. Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Jindal said Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, during a speech in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Gov. Bobby Jindal doubled down on claims he made this week that Europe is home to several “no-go zones” — alleged Muslim enclaves that are ruled by Islamic law and where non-Muslims aren’t allowed. Jindal, who is weighing a run for president and is likely to face a crowded field of Republican opponents if he does, has… Continue reading →

'He's out of his mind': National columnists slam Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal over 'no go zone' remarks in London

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Gov. Bobby Jindal announces his administration's move to pull out of Common Core during a press conference on Wednesday at the Louisiana State Capitol.

Liberal pundits are taking Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to task today over comments he made about radical Islam and so-called “no-go zones” in a speech and subsequent interviews in London this week. Jindal, who is considering a run for president next year, gave a speech Monday to the Henry Jackson Society, a right-wing think tank that has… Continue reading →

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy: ‘Leave TOPS alone’

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- State Treasure John Kennedy.

State Treasurer John Kennedy is sending a message in the ongoing debate over Louisiana’s generous tuition assistance offering: “Leave TOPS alone.” “We can’t afford to diminish what TOPS does for our state,” Kennedy, a Republican, writes in an op-ed the treasurer’s office released this week. Continue reading full story at the Capitol News Bureau’s politics… Continue reading →

Nungesser hires campaign director

Photo provided by Plaquemines Parish Government -- Former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

Lieutenant governor candidate Billy Nungesser has tapped a former campaign advisor to U.S. Rep. Garret Graves as his campaign manager. Nungesser hired Ryan Lambert who just completed a stint last fall as political director in Graves’ successful campaign for the Baton Rouge-based 6th Congressional District seat. Continue reading full story at the Capitol News… Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal holds political meetings during European economic development trip

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office has provided an update on the governor’s 10-day economic development trip to Europe, including details about several meetings he has held with conservative political groups and politicians while overseas — one of which was billed as an education policy discussion. Jindal has faced criticism in recent days over remarks he made about Muslims… Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal not going to Washington D.C. for Mardi Gras event, will be in Baton Rouge on Saturday for prayer rally

Associated Press file photo J. Scott Applewhite -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal won't be attending the annual Washington D.C. Mardi Gras event, his office told The Advocate on Tuesday. The event in D.C. is annually organized by Louisianians. Jindal will be in Baton Rouge on Saturday for his much-publicized prayer rally. Check out our politics blog for more details.… Continue reading →

House Majority Whip Scalise praises Martin Luther King, Jr. during federal holiday despite twice opposing state recognition of MLK in La. legislature

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- U.S. Rep. and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Metairie.

Washington – Although U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise twice voted against recognizing the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a state holiday while serving in the Louisiana Legislature, he praised King on Monday, the federal holiday honoring the murdered civil rights leader. “As we reflect upon the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.,… Continue reading →

Oil executive, college student from Lafayette to rule as King and Queen at Washington D.C. Mardi Gras

Amelia Grace Zepernick; Charles T. Goodson

Washington – A Lafayette oil-and-gas executive will rule as king of the 2015 Washington Mardi Gras this week with a college sophomore from Lafayette serving as his queen, event organizers have announced. The chairman of the 2015 ball, Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, of Lafayette, chose the king and queen. Boustany is the dean of the Louisiana… Continue reading →

CBS Poll: 14 percent of Republicans want to see Bobby Jindal run for president

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- President Barack Obama is greeted by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on the tarmac upon his arrival on Air Force One at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Obama traveled to the Gulf Coast region to visit the Port of New Orleans to make a case that more exports equal more jobs.

Republicans who don’t want to see Gov. Bobby Jindal run for president outnumber those who hope he will, according to a new CBS poll, but most in the GOP said they didn’t know enough about Louisiana’s two-term governor to have an opinion either way. According to the poll’s findings, about 14 percent of Republican respondents said they… Continue reading →

Continuing $1 billion-plus state budget shortfalls projected

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of the new State Capitol building and grounds.

The latest five-year Louisiana revenue vs. budget forecast projects continuing $1 billion-plus shortfalls in the coming state fiscal years. Based on the Jindal administration report, state government is facing a $1.38 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that starts July 1. Continue reading full story on the Capitol News Bureau’s politics blog.Continue reading →

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sticks to ‘No Go Zone’ talking point in London speech; national critics blast him

Associated Press file photo J. Scott Applewhite -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gave a speech to the Henry Jackson Society in London today in which he slammed “radical Islam” and raised a disputed claim about areas in Europe where non-Muslims aren’t allowed and Islamic law rules. The Advocate reported last week on prepared remarks released in advance of Jindal’s speech. Jindal is in Europe through… Continue reading →

Politics blog: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy says 'there is a tide rising' against Obamacare

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Bill Cassidy's election results party on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy senses opposition rising against the Affordable Care Act. "There is a tide rising," Cassidy reportedly told The Hill multiple times in an interview. With Republicans owning a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Cassidy said now is the time to implement an alternative to Obamacare. Check… Continue reading →

La. looking at plan to help state colleges

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. speaks in New York. The presidential contest that's starting to take shape is exposing divisions among likely Republican candidates on the nation's role in global affairs. Among those outlining foreign policy this week: Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, as well as the party's 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The Jindal administration is floating an idea, legislators are saying, of infusing private dollars into state college and universities, which are facing cuts of up to $300 million. Under the scenario, the state would temporarily exchange some business tax breaks for tax credits on donations to higher education institutions. Mentioned are potential swaps involving the enterprise zone… Continue reading →

Statewide elected officials question budget reductions

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. speaks in New York. The presidential contest that's starting to take shape is exposing divisions among likely Republican candidates on the nation's role in global affairs. Among those outlining foreign policy this week: Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, as well as the party's 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Besides making deep cuts to state agency spending, the Jindal administration has adopted the practice of collecting dollars the offices generate on their own to balance the state’s budget. Officials in departments managed by appointees of Gov. Bobby Jindal are being closed-mouthed about what they are being asked to do and the impact it could have… Continue reading →

Gleason to join Vitter at State of the Union

U.S. Sen. David Vitter says former New Orleans Saints player and ALS activist Steve Gleason will join him at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address next week. “Steve and the rest of Team Gleason have been super advocates for legislation that would help folks with disabilities to live fuller, more independent lives,” Vitter said in… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial contenders say voter trust needed before highway boosts

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.

In the opening forum of the 2015 race for governor, three Republicans and a Democrat said state leaders have to restore voter confidence in how state road and bridge dollars are used before any major funding hike is feasible. The key initial step, they said, is to end a wide range of diversions from the fund that… Continue reading →

State fiscal office opposes State Police pay hike

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

The Legislature’s fiscal advisors are recommending against approval of an average 30 percent pay increase for Louisiana state troopers. Action on the pay raise plan is expected at Friday’s budget committee meeting. Continue reading full story at the Capitol News Bureau’s politics blog.Continue reading →

Politics blog: gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle previews transportation plan

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Scott Angelle

Scott Angelle, among four candidates for governor this year, offered a peek at his plans to improve the state’s transportation system. The plan, released in advance of a Friday candidates forum that will focus on infrastruction, includes a call for toll roads and a strategy for maintaining old roads. See the full… Continue reading →

Politics blog: Bobby Jindal to speak to right-wing think tank in London next week

Associated Press file photo -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit Sept 26 in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, during a speech to the right-wing think tank Henry Jackson Society on Monday in London, will note the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and call on Islamic leaders to “stand up and stop” acts of terrorism by radical Muslims. Jindal, who is considering a run for president, is in Europe through Tuesday on what… Continue reading →

MillerCoors chairman the latest to drop out Catholic Business leaders event Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will attend

Associated Press file photo -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit Sept 26 in Washington, D.C.

MillerCoors chairman Pete Coors is the most recent person to announce he has decided not to attend the Legatus Summit, a meeting of Catholic business leaders, in January. Actor Gary Sinise and Bret Baier both decided not to attend the event because of the group's past anti-gay remarks. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said this week… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal will go to event that Gary Sinise and Bret Baier have canceled

Associated Press photo by JUSTIN HAYWORTH -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition fall fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, in September

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will speak at a national meeting of Catholic business leaders later this month, despite criticism that has led at least two other well-known speakers to drop out of the event over the group’s anti-gay views. The Legatus Summit will take place at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida, on Jan.… Continue reading →

Maness sends Rep. Fleming a song; calls out radio comments

Advocate file photo by Michelle Tripp   --  Colonel Rob Maness making calls for his U.S. Senate Campaign during his

Did a still-at-this-point very hypothetical fight for one of Louisiana’s U.S. Senate seats just kick off with a nod to The King? Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness didn’t like remarks that Congressman John Fleming made recently on WGSO’s Ringside Politics, so he sent him a YouTube link to Elvis’ “A Little Less Conversation.” Continue reading… Continue reading →

Group turns out to protest U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise at private appearance in Washington

Aides rush to keep up with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., center, as he and the GOP leadership head to a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in an attempt to thwart President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration by blocking the funding for the Department of Homeland Security Obama's directives in November that gave temporary relief from deportation to about 4 million immigrants in the country illegally, along with permits allowing them to work legally in the U.S. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A small group of protestors lined up on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to protest a private appearance by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise. Scalise has drawn attention in recent weeks for speaking at a 2002 meeting of a group headed by neo-Nazi David Duke. To read more about the protest, Check out our politics blog.… Continue reading →

Two speakers back out, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal remains committed to Catholic business leaders group despite its past anti-gay remarks

Associated Press file photo -- Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit Sept 26 in Washington, D.C.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal remains committed to speaking to a national meeting of Catholic business leaders later this month despite two other speakers backing out because of the group's past anti-gay remarks. The event is Jan. 29-31 in Naples, Fla. Attendance is limited to members of Legatus, a business-cenric group of Catholics, and their guests. Actor… Continue reading →