Critics take Bobby Jindal's #AskBobby effort in an unintended direction: 'Did you like Marcia, Jan or Cindy better?'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the crowd at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Believe Again, the super political action committee backing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s run for president, took to Twitter Tuesday, urging people to ask Jindal questions by using the hashtag #AskBobby. As is sometimes the case with these types of brand-directed hashtags, it didn’t go as planned… #AskBobby was quickly taken over by Jindal critics with jokes mocking the 2016 hopeful. With three hours until a town hall meeting in Iowa, where the #AskJindal questions were initially… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal adds more N.H., Iowa events to his town hall series

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will continue his busy travel schedule next month, with more presidential campaign stops planned in New Hampshire and Iowa. Jindal is in Iowa this week, holding a series of town hall-style meetings as he ramps up his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination. According to event details posted online, the pro-Jindal superPAC Believe Again has scheduled a similar event in Rochester, N.H. on July 6, Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal’s executive order challenged by ACLU, other gay rights advocates

The American Civil Liberties Union and other gay rights advocates have filed a lawsuit challenging an executive order that Gov. Bobby Jindal signed earlier this year to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage. Jindal signed the executive directive, dubbed the “Marriage and Conscience Order” in May — just hours after a state House committee effectively killed a piece of legislation that largely carried the same intent. House Bill 707… Continue reading →

After months of controversy, schools chief White says he hopes to keep his job

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK  State Education Superintendent John White announces 2013 ACT results on Wednesday, at the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge.

Despite conventional wisdom that he will quit or be replaced, state Superintendent of Education John White says he hopes to keep his job when a new governor and state school board take office in January. “This has been the greatest job I have ever had,” White said in an interview last week. “And I don’t intend to stop doing it so long as I have the privilege to do it.” White, 39, has held the… 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 →

Bobby Jindal signs Common Core accord, says next step is electing leaders to scrap standards

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed three bills Monday that make up a legislative compromise to help quiet arguments over Common Core. The key measure, House Bill 373, will require the state to hold public hearings in all six of Louisiana’s congressional districts during the review of the revised standards in reading, writing and math. A second bill will change tests on the academic benchmarks for the upcoming school year. The third plan ensures the House and… Continue reading →

Governor Bobby Jindal signs law to ease marijuana penalties, calls change 'compassionate, smart and just'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the crowd at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

. Penalties for simple marijuana possession are decreasing in Louisiana effective immediately. The reduction came with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signing into law of a measure approved during the 2015 Louisiana Legislature. Jindal’s office announced the bill signing Monday. House Bill 149 sponsor state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, called it “a compassionate, smart and just approach to justice reform.” The state’s sheriffs and district attorneys as well as the ACLU and the Catholic Bishops supported the measure. Under the new law, someone caught… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: The unhappy warrior of a lost cause

Gov. Bobby Jindal, a perpetual cellar-dweller in Republican presidential polls, finally managed to best his rivals at something on Friday. The governor was the first GOP candidate to pounce on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex marriage legal across the land. Needless to say, Jindal didn’t take the opportunity to congratulate all the happy couples who can now head to the altar, including more than a few of his own constituents. They,… Continue reading →

Louisiana Spotlight: Bobby Jindal touting his record as governor could get him in trouble on campaign trail

The strategy for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is partly based on a “tell them what you’ve done” approach. But touting his achievements back home could get him into muddy water quickly if anyone decides to look too deeply at the list. Campaign aides made it clear as Jindal launched his campaign that they intend to highlight the governor’s leadership of Louisiana in his White House bid. “This is not a guy… Continue reading →

Our Views: Bobby Jindal’s next move for the presidency means the post-Jindal era has begun in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In announcing his White House candidacy today, Gov. Bobby Jindal will bring renewed national attention to his stewardship of Louisiana during the past eight years. His presidential ambitions acknowledge a world much bigger than Louisiana, an awareness that was a chief selling point in his earlier candidacies for election and re-election as Louisiana’s governor. As a Brown University graduate, Rhodes scholar and policy wonk for the internationally respected McKinsey & Co. management consulting… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: How Bobby Jindal's camp hopes to overcome low poll rankings, dismal approval ratings on campaign trail

Republican presidential candidate, Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to students and area business leaders at Saint Anselm College Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

For months now, Gov. Bobby Jindal has been going about the business of planning a presidential campaign, even as he insisted he was still praying over whether he’d actually run. And for just as many months, I’ve been hearing the same question: What on Earth is he thinking? Well, now that Jindal has finally announced his intentions, the governor’s thought process, and his plan to overcome low poll rankings nationally and dismal approval ratings at… Continue reading →

Letters: Thank you Governor Jindal for keeping your promise with the veto of TOPS bill

I’d like to thank Gov. Bobby Jindal for vetoing the TOPS bill this legislative session. He remarked that he had made a promise to students and families of this state, and he was going to keep it. Thank you very much. Regarding The Advocate’s position on TOPS, I find it disappointing and an embarrassment that a paper published in this state doesn’t believe that an educated and talented society would be in the best interest of all… Continue reading →

Our Views: Bobby Jindal's presidential address 'short on substance,' 'devoid of specifics'

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Governor Bobby Jindal is greeted by his wife Supriya as he arrives at the at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

For a man who rose to Louisiana’s highest office based on his credentials as a policy wonk, Gov. Bobby Jindal formally launched his campaign for the White House Wednesday with a speech that was surprisingly devoid of specifics. Jindal suggested that his critics can’t believe leaders can be both conservative and smart. We don’t ascribe to that notion, but we believe that Jindal is a much smarter man than he demonstrated in his announcement Wednesday… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s lawyer says individuals don’t have to issue same sex marriage licenses

Clerks of courts, justices of the peace and other state officials don’t have to issue same sex marriage licenses if they hold a sincere belief that such an action violated their religious faith, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive counsel stated in a legal memo to the governor that was released Monday afternoon. The governor’s chief legal advisor, Thomas Enright, says the fundamental rights of all citizens must be protected while the courts and state officials figure out how… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal may find Hillary Clinton's politics distasteful, but her recipe for chocolate chip cookies ...

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the media at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a newly declared Republican candidate for president, has been harsh in his criticism of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton. But, in a recent visit to The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau, Jindal found he actually likes her recipe for chocolate chip cookies. The Journal presented Jindal a challenge: Would he prefer the cookies baked from the official recipe of the Louisiana governor’s mansion in Baton… Continue reading →

New Iowa ad touts Bobby Jindal's aversion to 'hyphenated American' designations; T-shirts tout his tan

A political action committee supporting Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign is hitting the airwaves in Iowa.

Believe Again released the “We are All Americans” ad on Monday.

The ad uses clips of Jindal touting his view that the use of “hyphenated Americans” is divisive.

Over the weekend, Jindal’s campaign released its first official T-shirt, which is available for $20 and touts the governor as “tanned, rested, ready” — a nod to Jindal’s Indian heritage and his dislike of “hyphenated American”… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal draws about 1,000 at presidential rally, promises to 'rock the boat'

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

A defiant Bobby Jindal officially launched his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination Wednesday, vowing to a crowd of at least 1,000 supporters that he won’t be the establishment or status quo candidate. “In case it’s not clear by now, I’m running for president without permission from headquarters in Washington, D.C.,” he said, drawing applause from the crowd. “But rest assured — I’m tanned, rested and ready for this fight.” After months of speculation, the two-term… 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 →

Despite months of controversy, John White can't imagine walking away from school chief job

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK  State Education Superintendent John White announces 2013 ACT results on Wednesday, at the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge.

Despite conventional wisdom that he will quit or be replaced, state Superintendent of Education John White says he hopes to keep his job when a new governor and state school board take office in January. “This has been the greatest job I have ever had,” White said in an interview last week. “And I don’t intend to stop doing it so long as I have the privilege to do it.” White, 39, has held the… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal as a high school student: Not valedictorian, nor salutatorian; 'most polite,' Equations team captain

Advocate File Photo -- Yearbook photo of Bobby Jindal.

At a competitive high school filled with Baton Rouge’s best and brightest, he chummed with the brainiest and highest achievers of all. That’s no surprise because Gov. Bobby Jindal is typically described these days as the smartest person in the room. He’s a Brown University graduate and Rhodes scholar, after all. And he scored a 4.62 grade-point average at Baton Rouge Magnet High School when he graduated in 1988. But this may be a… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles in crowd at Bobby Jindal event that raises half a million dollars

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Attendees, including LSU head football coach Les Miles, second from right, listen as Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the crowd at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says his presidential campaign raised half a million dollars at its first major fundraiser held in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Jindal, 44, formally launched his campaign for the Republican nomination for president on Wednesday. On Saturday, an intimate crowd of Jindal supporters mingled under a tent outside the Governor’s Mansion with LSU football coach Les Miles, while sipping on cocktails and listening to New Roads-based band The Neighborhood… Continue reading →

Poll: More than half of Republican voters say Bobby Jindal’s unlikely to be their nominee in 2016

More than half of Republican voters doubt that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the GOP’s nominee for president next year, according to a national poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports in the days since Jindal formally launched his presidential campaign. The poll found just 28 percent believe Jindal has a shot at besting the crowded Republican field and seizing the nomination, to the 52 percent who say he’s unlikely that he’ll be their nominee.… Continue reading →

Sources reveal what macro-manager Bobby Jindal is really like: Intense. Sarcastic. Relentless.

Advocate Staff  Photo by Arthur D. Lauck  --   Thisis a 2008 file photo of  Gov. Bobby Jindal visiting with  the then Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine, left, during a meeting Tuesday of his cabinet at the Governor's Mansion.

As Gov. Bobby Jindal announces his presidential intentions Wednesday, much emphasis will be placed on him being the smartest guy in the room. A Rhodes scholar with an Ivy League education and an impressive résumé, Jindal’s chief argument for leading the country is that as governor, he used his administrative abilities to enact programs long part of conservative Republican bucket lists — expanding school vouchers and charter schools, privatizing the state’s charity hospitals,… Continue reading →

Radical changes to Louisiana public schools under Bobby Jindal, but what have been the impacts?

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks with Stephen Rodrigueze during a campaign stop at Saint Anselm College, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Gov. Bobby Jindal radically overhauled Louisiana’s public schools, but disputes remain on the impact. Jindal, who is touting his education record in his bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, spent much of his second-term political capital in 2012 when he rammed three sweeping bills through the Legislature that changed the way public schools operate in Louisiana. Those and other changes to state government are expected to be part of Jindal’s national campaign pitch that… Continue reading →

Jindal topples status quo in public schools but results unclear

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks with Stephen Rodrigueze during a campaign stop at Saint Anselm College, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Gov. Bobby Jindal radically overhauled Louisiana’s public schools, but disputes remain on the impact. Jindal, who is touting his education record in his bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, spent much of his second-term political capital in 2012 when he rammed three sweeping bills through the Legislature that changed the way public schools operate in Louisiana. Those and other changes to state government are expected to be part of Jindal’s national campaign pitch that… Continue reading →

Jindal, GOP hopefuls caught on horns of Obamacare dilemma

Bobby Jindal and the other three Republican governors running for president face a potentially campaign-defining choice if the Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act subsidies. They can let tens of thousands of people lose their health coverage or the governors can try to create a state health exchange ...and lose credibility with their anti-Obamacare base, according to an article on Politico.com. How the governors handled the issue in the past may… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles, Saints coach Sean Payton to be part of Bobby Jindal's first major presidential campaign events in Baton Rouge

Now that he’s made it official, it’s time for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to hold his first major presidential campaign events in Baton Rouge. As The Advocate first reported, based on invitations it obtained, an invite-only reception will take place at the Governor’s Mansion Saturday evening and will feature LSU Football Coach Les Miles and New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton. A separate fundraiser, slated for the Hilton Hotel in Baton Rouge that same evening encourages donations… Continue reading →

Location, ticket details revealed for Bobby Jindal's big announcement in June

. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s big announcement will take place at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner on June 24. Jindal, 43, announced last week that he would announce whether he will seek the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination on that date but provided few details. Today, Jindal’s top political adviser Timmy Teepell emailed a “special invitation” to family and friends urging them to RSVP to the event as a special guest. General admission tickets will be made available… Continue reading →