Dennis Persica: More guns in the hands of good people is just reverting to the wild West

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Sometimes here in South Louisiana we consider ourselves as something apart from modern-day America. We think we have more of a Caribbean feel, and we’re proud of our ties to France and Canada and to Mediterranean nations like Spain and Italy. Our old buildings, the ones the developers haven’t torn down yet, are emanations from a different time and place. But sometimes we find ourselves in what feels like another period that we’d really… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal TV buy in Iowa part of ‘early state’ strategy

Image from video provided by YouTube/Jindal Campaign -- United States Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is seen on his campaign commercial We're All Americans that has been available for veiwing on YouTube.

— In farmhouses, suburban split-levels and studio apartments across Iowa, the image of Gov. Bobby Jindal shimmers on television screens as he talks up his belief in an America where ethnic identities dissolve in the melting pot of assimilation. “I am tired of hyphenated Americans,” Jindal, the U.S.-born child of immigrants from India, says in the ad, scheduled to run between July 13 and Aug. 2. “We’re not Indian-Americans or African-Americans or… 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 decision during the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary is to hear directly from the candidates themselves,” Scott’s office said in a… 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 much of his time out-of-state since formally launching his campaign for president on June 24, had returned to Louisiana on… Continue reading →

James Gill: Why Bobby Jindal is struggling to stand out, is going nowhere with his campaign

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

With Iowa knee-deep in ideologically indistinguishable GOP presidential candidates, standing out from the crowd requires an ability to beat the rest to the punch. Gov. Bobby Jindal has lately been the one with the fast hands. They can all abhor gay marriage, but he’s the one who came out immediately with an executive order to counter the supposed threat to religious freedom posed by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. He stole a march, too, on an… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: August debate between Bobby Jindal & John Kasich could prove interesting

We’re all going to be hearing a lot about Republican primary debates in the coming weeks. About which 10 candidates will be invited to Fox News’ kickoff event on Aug. 6, based on their standing in which polls. About what it would mean for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s candidacy should he, as expected, not make the cut. About how his rivals plan to handle Donald Trump’s disruptive presence on… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: On mom’s bureaucratic check, a great career is built

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hugs his mother Raj Jindal, prior to announcing his candidacy for President in Kenner, La., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Not long ago, an interesting chart came across one of my news feeds. The headline asked: “What makes a presidential résumé?” Published by the National Journal, the chart broke down next year’s presidential field by “primary occupation.” There were plenty of lawyers, of course, a handful of business people and doctors, plus a pastor, a documentary filmmaker/carpenter, and even a farrier (Mike Huckabee, Bernie Sanders and Lincoln Chafee, in case you were wondering).… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Louisiana lawmakers made the best of a bad situation when it came to Bobby Jindal's last legislative session

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed his last state budget and issued his final vetoes. His stops back home in Baton Rouge have become even rarer and briefer now that his presidential campaign is, at long last, official. He won’t move his family out of the Governor’s Mansion until January, but as far as state government goes, the Jindal era is basically over. That’s all true now, but it wasn’t the case… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: On finances, Bobby Jindal counts at-bats as home runs

At least one entry in the “Boring But Important” category has to be the Herculean effort the Jindal administration has put into keeping the influential New York credit rating agencies from downgrading Louisiana’s finances. Complex analysis of high finance doesn’t get a lot of clicks, but how Moody’s Investors Services, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services — the Big Three — rank Louisiana is of utmost importance, not only to taxpayers but to Gov. Bobby… 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 Jindal at 1 percent — less than the 8 percent reported by his campaign last week in an internal poll,… Continue reading →

Planned Parenthood responds to Jindal probe, two Planned Parenthood Louisiana locations do not perform abortions

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s top executive responded Monday to the Jindal administration’s questions about fetal tissue handling at its abortion clinic operations. “Some Planned Parenthood affiliates may help patients who wish to donate fetal tissue, just like other health care providers do. Stem cell research and other tissue research can lead to important scientific and medical breakthroughs, such as the polio vaccine and research into many diseases such as Parkinson’s and diabetes,” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast… Continue reading →

ACLU weighs in on Jindal’s executive order protecting mourners during funerals for theater shooting victims

The ACLU of Louisiana responded Sunday to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order for law enforcement protection against protests at the funerals of the Lafayette theater shooting victims, calling the governor’s action “misguided” and “contradictory” with the potential to infringe on protesters’ rights. Jindal issued the order Saturday after the controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, announced plans to protest the funerals of the two women killed by a shooter at The Grand 16 Theatre in… Continue reading →

Letters: The positions and record of Bobby Jindal will undo his presidential campaign

Our very own Bobby Jindal wants to be president; Hillary Clinton says, “Run, Bobby, run.” Or for that matter, any in the opposition say, “Run, Bobby, run.” It is our hope that he succeeds till his record is fully in view. The Supreme Court just ruled on marriage equality, and Jindal tells his people not to issue licenses and suggests we do away with the Supreme Court. Really? Think we should get… Continue reading →

Washington Watch: Much different outlook for political fundraising

— If there were any doubts about how drastically political fundraising has changed in the last five years, they were obliterated this past week as the presidential campaigns of Gov. Bobby Jindal and other contenders announced how much money they’ve raised for the 2016 election. Not only have the totals increased to staggering proportions but the conduits for the vast majority of the money also are new. Wednesday was the deadline for candidates… Continue reading →

Photos: Check out the scene from Bobby Jindal's presidential rally

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Governor Bobby Jindal is cheered after his speech at the at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal officially kicked off his presidential campaign Wednesday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal lands in controversial gun-control spotlight following Lafayette theater shooting

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  La. Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lafayette city officials and law enforcement officers walk out of The Grand Theatre 16 Friday, July 24, 2015, after touring the scene inside a screening room where a shooter killed two people and injured nine before shooting himself dead Thursday night in Lafayette, La.

The same but different. The aftermath of the horrific shooting in a Lafayette theater Thursday was not the first time Gov. Bobby Jindal provided a public response to a similar tragedy as a player on the national stage. The day after the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, that killed nine people in a church June 17, Jindal said it was not the time to discuss gun control but rather an occasion… Continue reading →

Video: Gov. Bobby Jindal praises Lafayette heroes, first responders after responding to Grand Theatre shooting; Jindal: 'We will get through this'

. Gov. Bobby Jindal thanked the first responders of Lafayette after a shooting at the Grand 16 Theatre left three dead, including the shooter, and seven injured. Soon after the tragic shooting, Jindal arrived on the scene to thank those working to save lives and praise law enforcement agencies for working together. Jindal also expressed his grief for the tragedy. "As governor, as a father and as a husband, whenever we see or hear… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal issues executive order to preserve the peace during funeral protests for Lafayette theater shooting victims

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to reporters in Lafayette after Thursday night's Grand 16 Theatre shooting.

. Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order for law enforcement to protect against protests disturbing the peace at funerals for victims in the Lafayette theater shooting Saturday morning. Jindal's executive order was issued after the controversial Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to protest funerals of the two women killed in Thursday's shooting at The Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette. The gunman in the tragic shooting, John Russell Houser, previously tweeted his support for the… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Jindal's accounting magic just a show of numbers

The campaign for the GOP presidential nomination recently presented one of its most entertaining episodes of the season as Gov. Bobby Jindal tried to tar his opponents with an epithet: “Greece.” As in, Greece has been “cooking the books with complicated financial instruments,” which he says Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and presumably others, would do. But not he. Jindal is known, he says, for overcoming long-standing fiscal problems and… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign after Lafayette theater shooting

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  La. Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during a press 7:45 a.m. press conference about the shooting that left three people dead, including the shooter, and injured seven Friday, July 24, 2015, outside the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette, La.

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday suspended his presidential campaign in the wake of the Lafayette theater shooting tragedy. "He won’t be doing any campaigning over the next few days," Jindal's campaign manager Timmy Teepell said in an e-mail. Thursday night's shooting rampage left three people dead, including the shooter. On Friday, Jindal ordered flags to be flown at half-mast. Jindal just returned Wednesday from another campaign stint in Iowa the first presidential caucus state and was preparing to head out again.… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal and ... twerking elephants? Special animation shows how governor is trying to dance to White House

Here’s the latest animation from Advocate cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman. In Walt's new song-parody animation, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tries to sing and dance his way to the White house.… Continue reading →

Letter: Jindal did the right thing in probing abortion clinics

While Gov. Bobby Jindal’s detractors may think him grandstanding, he has good reason to initiate an investigation into the operations of the state’s abortion clinics in order to prevent potential lawbreaking. Jindal issued this directive after undercover but verified two-hour video footage surfaced of a senior national Planned Parenthood official inveighing over a salad in posh surroundings how best to harvest body parts through abortions to vend them — conveniently quoting prices and… Continue reading →

Video: Supriya Jindal prepares to rappel

Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal prepares to rappel down the side of One American Place Friday afternoon. Jindal was joined by Korie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and both ladies rappelled 308 feet down the side of the second tallest building in Baton Rouge to help raise awareness for Louisiana Family Forum’s “Over the Edge for Adoption” campaign. The campaign helps provide financial assistance to more than 300 adoptable children in the state’s foster program.… 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 on five recent national polls as of Aug. 3 to select the 10 candidates to appear in the network’s debate… 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 campaign in other states. Jindal, already a frequent traveler, has been out of Louisiana extensively since launching his presidential… 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 Iowa because of the large and enthusiastic crowd sizes greeting Governor Jindal across the state,” Jindal campaign communications… Continue reading →