James Gill: Bobby Jindal-bashing has got to stop (a sarcastic take, of course)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Time has come to stop the constant Jindal-bashing on the editorial pages. Readers must be growing weary of all the attacks on our esteemed governor’s record, and the pooh-poohing of his presidential prospects. There is a long way to go yet, and we can’t keep sounding the same note. And we can’t just ignore Jindal, although there is a case for it in fairness, as he has ignored Louisiana while he jets around the country… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Gubernatorial candidate Jay Dardenne faces moderate dilemma

Jay Dardenne

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series of columns on the 2015 gubernatorial contenders. Next up: David Vitter. Sometimes it seems as if the word “moderate” is part of Jay Dardenne’s title, so often is it used to characterize both the Republican lieutenant governor’s politics and his niche in this year’s gubernatorial field. It’s not necessarily his term of choice, but he wears it well. “It’s a word I’m… 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 →

Louisiana Spotlight: Bill rejection gives Bobby Jindal a campaign opportunity

By voting down a proposal to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage, lawmakers thought they had put the divisive issue to bed and ended one of the major controversies of the legislative session. The defeat seemed a sharp rebuke to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who championed the religious objections bill as a central plank of his legislative agenda. Instead, lawmakers handed Jindal a way to bolster his rallying cry about “religious liberty”… Continue reading →

Experts: Why Bobby Jindal's executive order surrounding Marriage and Conscience Act could have little impact

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, and Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, talk to the media about the religious freedom bill sponsored by Rep. Johnson.

Gov. Bobby Jindal made headlines Tuesday when he issued an executive order that he said was to carry out the intent of the Marriage and Conscience Act just hours after the proposal suffered a devastating blow in a House Committee. But experts say the order could have little real impact in Louisiana. Rep. Mike Johnson’s House Bill 707 sought to carve out protections for people based on their views against same-sex marriage.… Continue reading →

Our Views: Louisiana's budget remains in state of flux over Memorial Day weekend

Somewhere between a patch and a fix, tax increases or rollback of giveaways, Louisiana’s budget remains in a state of flux over the Memorial Day weekend, with a great deal not settled and the clock ticking toward the end of the legislative session on June 11. But in a Legislature of two chambers, House and Senate, the former argues that it’s done a lot to avoid the damage in the budget proposal from Gov. Bobby Jindal.… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Jindal is right on religious rights — and also astute

Gov. Bobby Jindal may be a long shot for president, but his new campaign commercial is a supremely savvy political move. It also has the virtue of expressing a vitally important truth. The ad continues Jindal’s resolute focus on issues of religious liberty. It’s the right message — and if it’s still possible for him to vault into the top tier of presidential contenders (yes, it is, but not likely, especially… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Jindal trying to squeeze in the clown car

My first professional brush with presidential politics came in the year of the seven dwarfs. It was 1987. I was a new college grad who’d landed at CBS News’ election unit just as the 1988 primaries were gearing up. And then, as now, the impending end of a two-term presidency had set up a free-for-all to replace him. Then, as now, the president’s party had an obvious front-runner, with Vice President George… Continue reading →

Washington Watch: Jindal’s White House bid all but certain

— Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sharpened the focus this past week on a few areas that already seemed to be in his plans for the future, providing yet more clarity for what looks to be his 2016 presidential road map. But it’s not at all certain it will get him where he wants to go. First, he announced Monday he was forming an exploratory committee for his candidacy for the Republican presidential… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Gov. Bobby Jindal’s 'marriage and conscience' executive order makes him look mean-spirited — and weak

The verdict on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “marriage and conscience” executive order is in, and it’s a two-parter. Legally speaking, the order — which Jindal issued hours after a state legislative committee had shelved a controversial bill aimed at protecting businesses that refuse to serve same-sex couples — does very little. In terms of Jindal’s image and that of his state, it does plenty. And none of it’s good. First, the legalities.… Continue reading →

Dueling executive orders: In response to Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mayor Mitch Landrieu touts New Orleans as an 'inviting city that thrives on its diversity'

Photo courtesy of mayor's office -- On Thursday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed an executive order "aimed at clarifying to the nation that New Orleans is a welcoming city where discrimination in any form is not tolerated."

Two days after Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order that critics said could promote discrimination against gays and lesbians, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday issued one of his own that he said would make clear to the rest of the nation that New Orleans “is an accepting, inviting city that thrives on its diversity and welcomes people from all walks of life with open arms.” In a statement that directly referenced… Continue reading →

After House panel effectively kills ‘religious freedom’ bill, Bobby Jindal plans executive order to accomplish the bill's intent

Advocate Photo by MARK BALLARD -- Hundreds of people came to the State Capitol Tuesday to hear testimony proposed Marriage and Conscience Act. Louisiana House security opened three rooms to handle the overflow crowd. House Bill 707 has earned the support of Gov. Bobby Jindal, but faced a sharp backlash from critics, who argued it could encourage discrimination against gay people.

Just hours after a Louisiana House panel overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to effectively kill one of his priority pieces of legislation, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order that he said would continue to give life to the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act’s intent. House Bill 707 had sought to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage. The executive order is much narrower in scope, Jindal admitted, and some opponents of the measure… Continue reading →

New York lawmakers want to enact non-essential travel ban to Louisiana following Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order

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

Two New York lawmakers want to ban all non-essential, state-funded to travel to Louisiana in the wake of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive “Marriage and Conscience Order.” New York Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell and State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Mike Gianaris have urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact the travel ban, which is similar to what New York enacted on Indiana after it passed its religious freedom law. After Indiana revised its law, New York… Continue reading →

Louisiana House to Gov. Bobby Jindal: Pay your own travel expenses

Wearing a Kansas City Royals jersey, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, left, looks on as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, gives a speech at New Steel and Pipe Supply in New Century, Kan., Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Louisiana legislators clipped Gov. Bobby Jindal’s wings Thursday by inserting wording into the state budget that would require the governor’s office to pay the out-of-state travel expenses of his security detail. Jindal spent almost 45 percent of 2014 outside Louisiana attending political events. He has kept up the pace so far in 2015 and since forming a presidential exploratory committee early this week, is likely to continue his aggressive travel schedule. The amendment would move $2.5… Continue reading →

Our Views: Higher education: Near the top of a bad list

After a day of major votes to cut tax breaks and exemptions, the Louisiana House’s Appropriations Committee added the expected new revenues from the bills into higher education funds in next year’s proposed budget. State Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, joyfully tweeted the appropriations as “fully funding” higher education. Although that phrase is correct as far it concerns the original budget proposal from Gov. Bobby Jindal, it is far from making higher… Continue reading →

Letter: ‘Religious freedom’ bill would hurt economy

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has fancied himself a 2016 presidential contender, is now heavily promoting Louisiana House Bill 707 in an effort to be seen as a defender of Christian values. Jindal backs this bill under the guise of “religious freedom” instead of what it really is: the legalization of discrimination. The bill proposes that business owners cite “religious freedom” as a legal reason to discriminate against gay couples. Goods and services… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Common ground on Common Core? The Louisiana Legislature achieves its 'Kumbaya' moment

Is this how the Common Core wars end? Not with a fight to the finish but with a hearty chorus of “Kumbaya” among combatants who seem as surprised as anyone to be singing in harmony? Not with a crushing, as Gov. Bobby Jindal promised at the legislative session’s outset, but with a compromise? If so, well, good. Good for the lawmakers and education officials who negotiated the… Continue reading →

James Gill: Do lawmakers believe what they say? Not likely

Sometimes, it would be a slur on the mental powers of state legislators to suggest they believe what they say. Take, for instance, reports that legislators are “confident” all those tax hikes they approved last week were legal. Perhaps, deep in the bowels of the Capitol, lurks the odd tribune from the sticks who doesn’t know better, but most of them must privately acknowledge they are talking tosh. Copies of… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: All signs point to yes for Bobby Jindal's presidential run and he may not have a plan B

Is Gov. Bobby Jindal serious? That, in a nutshell, is the question I get all the time. Is he really going to run for president? And does he actually think he can win? As hard as it is to fathom from here in his home state, I’m sticking with my original answers: Yes, yes and yes. While Jindal is delaying a formal decision until after the legislative session ends next month, he’s given… Continue reading →

Lanny Keller: How Bobby Jindal can become president

In his hometown, there remain the true believers, those who have followed Bobby Jindal from the near-miss of the 2003 governor’s race to the Governor’s Mansion in 2008 and what many consider his foolish pursuit of the presidency in 2016. Of course, now we’re down to those who are stickin’, as James Carville would say, even as the governor’s approval ratings plummet in his home state and he is overtaken in the single… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace quick take: With executive order, Bobby Jindal 'did just what he often criticizes President Barack Obama for doing'

FILE - In this May 9, 2015, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Freedom Summit in Greenville, S.C. Jindal has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrh

A few quick thoughts on the House Civil Law committee’s decision to shelve a controversial “religious liberty” bill aimed at allowing businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples without government penalty, and on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s subsequent executive order to accomplish the same goal: 1) Tuesday morning’s hearing was something of a watershed for the Louisiana Legislature, in a good way. Other than perhaps Senate President John Alario, nobody has been… Continue reading →

Our Views: Bobby Jindal's attempt to avoid House decision by executive order smacks of desperation as well as politics

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Bobby Jindal talks with Louisiana officials during a press conference at the St. Tammany Parish Government Administrative Building in Mandeville on Wednesday, October 30.

When he called the latest anti-gay bill in the Legislature a “distraction,” Rep. Neil Abramson, of New Orleans, put his finger on a principal reason that lawmakers balked at one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s pet proposals. Facing the largest budget crisis in many years, with complex tax policies under debate in a short fiscal session, the lawmakers really never had time for the bill by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, and embraced by… Continue reading →

Our Views: Bobby Jindal's attempt to avoid House decision by executive order smacks of desperation as well as politics

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Bobby Jindal talks with Louisiana officials during a press conference at the St. Tammany Parish Government Administrative Building in Mandeville on Wednesday, October 30.

When he called the latest anti-gay bill in the Legislature a “distraction,” Rep. Neil Abramson, of New Orleans, put his finger on a principal reason that lawmakers balked at one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s pet proposals. Facing the largest budget crisis in many years, with complex tax policies under debate in a short fiscal session, the lawmakers really never had time for the bill by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, and embraced by… Continue reading →

GOP debate details: Gov. Bobby Jindal might not end up on stage with top tier Republican candidates under Fox News, CNN rules

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

Unless Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal picks up some popularity points in the next couple of months, he’s unlikely to find himself on stage debating the top-tier candidates for the GOP’s presidential nomination this fall. Both Fox News and CNN released information Wednesday on the formats for their debates, and how they plan to whittle down the crowded Republican field. Jindal hasn’t formally announced himself as a candidate, but all signs seem to… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal's butler -- a convicted murderer -- seeks to reduce life sentence; officials testify man not a threat to public

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Azaleas bloom in front of the Governor's Mansion.

Harrison Cage, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s personal butler and a longtime state prison trusty, asked a state district judge Monday to reduce his mandatory life sentence for a 1991 second-degree murder, as a state prison warden and the Governor’s Mansion coordinator testified they believe Cage is no longer a risk to the public. Irene Shepherd, mansion coordinator, testified that Cage handles any duties she asks of him for the Jindal household and is… Continue reading →