Bobby Jindal

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Attorney General Jeff Landry vs. Gov. John Bel Edwards on LGBT discrimination, transgender issues

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards: "Folks running for office seem to forget that we have an obligation to protect all of our citizens."
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards: "Folks running for office seem to forget that we have an obligation to protect all of our citizens."

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, squaring against Gov. John Bel Edwards once again, says the state doesn't have to comply with an executive order protecting LGBT state workers and contractors from discrimination. Landry filed his opinion the same day the Louisiana Senate failed to pass LGBT nondiscrimination laws in the workplace — by a vote of a mere 8 yeas to 25 nays.

Edwards' order, the first statewide measure protecting transgender people in the state, prohibits discrimination on the "basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age," and extends that protection in services provided by state agencies.

Landry's opinion says "there is no constitutional or statutory provision in Louisiana banning discrimination on the basis of 'gender identity'" and that Edwards has overstepped his constitutional authority "by attempting to create new legislation in violation of the separation of powers."

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jindal evolves on Trump: From "narcissist and egomaniac" to "I would vote for him"

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 4:27 PM

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Former Gov. (and former presidential candidate) Bobby Jindal once was one of Donald Trump's fiercest foes in the presidential race — but that was then and this is now, when it appears Trump is likely to become the GOP nominee.

Gone from his website is Jindal's much-touted September 2015 speech slamming Trump:

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... and in is a more pragmatic Jindal.

"If it comes down to a binary choice between Donald Trump, I'm supporting the party's nominee," he told CNN today (as reported by Politico). "I'm not happy about it. I don't think he's the best qualified, I don't think he's the one most likely to be successful, but I would vote for him over Hillary Clinton."

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Suing Big Oil no longer 'frivolous'

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 11:48 AM

JILL MASTROTOTARO/SIERRA CLUB
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Turns out John Barry was right about the efficacy of suing Big Oil to foster discussions about paying for coastal restoration. That’s no surprise to anyone who has followed various environmental lawsuits brought by a few brave coastal parishes and the regional flood protection authority.

Back in 2013, when the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) filed its landmark lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies, then-Gov. Bobby Jindal and other energy industry bootlickers breathlessly denounced the suit as “frivolous.” Barry, who was then vice chair of the SLFPA-E board, predicted the litigation would prod energy companies to help pay for coastal restoration.

Jindal and a compliant Louisiana Legislature frantically passed a ham-fisted law seeking to derail the lawsuit retroactively. Jindal also contrived with egregiously conflicted “reformers” like oil-and-gas bidnessman Jay Lapeyre to purge the SLFPA-E board of litigation supporters. They almost succeeded. Fortunately, the rule of law and a new governor could soon get things back on track.

That is, if Louisiana politics doesn’t get in the way.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Y@ Speak: "street justice rooted in Napoleonic Code"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Brooklyn has voted: New Orleans is over! As the state gears up for its March 5 presidential primary, New Orleanians march for Bernie Sanders, Gov. John Bel Edwards dumps on Bobby Jindal, abortion rights have virtually disappeared, and the state budget is the contents of my couch. Also this week: A rare #NOLAscanner hat trick.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

CSI: Baton Rouge

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 1:17 PM

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  • Graphic by Lyn Brantley Vicknair

A common refrain among some lawmakers in Baton Rouge these days is that we should “look forward” and stop blaming former Gov. Bobby Jindal for Louisiana’s unprecedented fiscal crisis. If those lawmakers were to read the latest annual report by the Legislative Auditor, they’d change their tune.

According to the auditor, the Jindal Administration failed to timely file the vast majority of statutorily required reports on more than $1 billion a year in tax incentive giveaways for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

“We found that three of the six agencies that administer tax incentives submitted reports as of March 23, 2015. As a result, the Legislature only received information on five of the 79 tax incentives administered by these agencies,” the auditor’s report states on page 17.

“In addition, of the 79 tax incentive reports agencies were required to submit to the Legislature by March 1, 2014, 70 (89%) either were not submitted or did not comply with all of the reporting requirements. According to the Department of Revenue’s Tax Exemption Budgets, the revenue loss from tax incentives claimed in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 for which agencies provided no information or did not comply with reporting requirements totaled approximately $1.1 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively.”

You read that correctly: $1.1 billion for fiscal year 2013 and $1.3 billion for fiscal year 2014.

There’s our budget deficit right there, folks.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Y@ Speak: crushes

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 3:55 PM

After a jumbo-sized Mardi Gras Y@ Speak, we're trimming down for the sobering post-Carnival reality of the state's economic Code Red — appropriate for Valentine's Day. Zuck, care to help?

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Remembering C.B. Forgotston, a Louisiana original

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 6:22 PM

C.B. Forgotston, the attorney, blogger, talk show guest and frequent irritant to those in power, died Jan. 3 at 70.
  • C.B. Forgotston, the attorney, blogger, talk show guest and frequent irritant to those in power, died Jan. 3 at 70.


John Adams once wrote, “The love of power is insatiable and uncontrollable. … There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” Those words, penned in the 18th century, infused the more recent writings by Louisiana political watchdog C.B. Forgotston.

For more than 20 years, Forgotston, a Hammond attorney, blogger, talk show guest and frequent irritant to those in power, fearlessly skewered our state’s public officials with Adams-like precision. He died on Jan. 3 at age 70, but his work lives on in the memories of his many readers and admirers.

On his website and his Twitter feed, he took regular aim (and no prisoners) at politicians of all stripes, especially Gov. Bobby Jindal, whom he derided as a charlatan. He often posted copies of Jindal’s campaign promises, juxtaposing them with the governor’s actions, and his website recently featured a countdown clock, ticking off the minutes and seconds ’til Jindal was out of office. Had he lived to see it, Forgotston would have held new Gov. John Bel Edwards accountable from Day One.

Jindal was hardly Forgotston’s only target. He limned former Gov. Mike Foster as “Big Daddy” and a big spender, and he proudly posted the “Louisiana Misery Index” — a list of lists on which Louisiana consistently fared poorly. To those who called him “cynical,” he replied with an entry from his oft-quoted “Glossary” of Louisiana political terms — “Cynicism: The power of accurate observation as commonly called by those who have not got it.”

Forgotston may have been cranky, but he was no crank. An LSU law graduate, he worked for several years as chief counsel to the House Appropriations Committee and later as a lobbyist for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). He opposed both the state lottery and the land-based casino in New Orleans, two battles he lost. If he struck some as cynical, it was because he had served time in the belly of the beast. He saw up close how power corrupted people.

In C.B.’s Glossary, “mullets” were average Louisianans, perpetually suffering under the contemptible rule of self-serving politicians. Among his other definitions:

America: A country that Louisiana would like to one day join.

Ethics: The concept of right and wrong. A concept so unknown to politicians in Louisiana that the leges had to pass a statute to remind themselves of it.

Intaxication: The temporary euphoria one feels when they hear they will receive a tax decrease only to realize that it was their money to begin with.

Statute: A mere guideline for politicians. It is a mandatory law for Mullets.

Statesman: A term used by leges to describe themselves when they turn their backs on the people who elected them.

Like him or not, agree with him or not, Forgotston was exactly the kind of watchdog Louisiana needs. Of the politicians he battled, he told Gambit in 2006, “I don’t know if they respect us as much as fear us, but I consider that a badge of honor.” Rest in peace, C.B. Louisiana misses you already.



A funeral for C.B. Forgotston will be held at 11 a.m. Fri. Jan. 8 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church (600 N. Oak St., Hammond). Visitation from 9-11 a.m.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Jindal's F-word tour

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Here’s a riddle for you: What’s more ridiculous than Bobby Jindal’s campaign for president? Answer: Bobby Jindal’s “Farewell Tour” of Louisiana, now playing in a half-filled auditorium near you.

The notion of Jindal doing a farewell tour of the state he has ignored for most of the past eight years is beyond preposterous. It’s beyond Orwellian, even for a master of doublespeak like Jindal.

Truth is Jindal bade farewell to Louisiana long ago. He traded our future for his delusional ambitions when he convinced himself he could be taken seriously as a presidential candidate.

As a result, he focused his attention on Des Moines rather than on Des Allemands. He courted crowds in Davenport when he should have kept clinics open in Shreveport. He hustled voters in Newton when he should have helped families in New Orleans.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Da Winnas & Da Loozas: A 2015 Louisiana campaign recap

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Jefferson Sheriff Parish Newell Normand, left, and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond were two of "da winnas" in Louisiana's recent elections.
  • Jefferson Sheriff Parish Newell Normand, left, and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond were two of "da winnas" in Louisiana's recent elections.

A friend of mine told me this anecdote about six weeks before the Oct. 24 primary: Months ago, when U.S. Sen. David Vitter was still pretending to care what people thought of him, he asked former Gov. Mike Foster to identify his (Vitter’s) biggest weakness as a candidate for governor. Foster responded, “David, people just don’t like you.”

Leave it to Paw-Paw to tell it like it is.

Several months and millions of dollars later, Louisiana voters gave Vitter the same answer.

As a result, the guy who seemed inevitable last May proved to be unelectable in November — so much so that he announced his political retirement during his concession speech. Vitter lost in a landslide to state Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat from Amite, who decided to run in 2013 while on a fishing trip with his legislative seatmate and close friend, state Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin, which, coincidentally, is also Mike Foster’s hometown.

The end of the David Vitter Era coincided with the end of the Bobby Jindal Era. How ironic that Louisiana’s two leading Republicans, who cannot stand one another, both bowed out within days of each other.

Which brings us to our recap of the political carnage in the wake of Louisiana’s statewide elections, known for more than 30 years as Da Winnas and Da Loozas. For the uninitiated, I focus not on the names that appeared on the ballot but rather on the players and forces that shaped the campaign and its aftermath. For them, the election results mean four years of either exhilaration or exile. Let’s get on with it, starting with …

DA WINNAS

1. Teacher Unions — After eight years in exile, teacher unions (and all unions) finally have a governor again. Edwards made it clear shortly after his victory that he won’t dismantle charter schools or vouchers, but he will help public employee unions survive the existential threat posed by so-called “paycheck protection” legislation, which would outlaw union dues check-offs. He also will put real money back into public education.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Y@ Speak: unpopular

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Bobby Jindal, Rob Ryan and David Vitter pack up their book bags, sling them over their shoulders and scan the cafeteria for somewhere, anywhere, anyone. Also this week: Refugee hysteria, Allen Toussaint, election night and po-boys.

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