Bobby Jindal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mayor Landrieu issues his own executive order in response to Gov. Bobby Jindal

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 3:35 PM

A page from the city of New Orleans' official tourism website, "New Orleans Welcomes All," seeks to reassure LGBT tourists that they're welcome in the city. - COURTESY NEW ORLEANS ONLINE
  • A page from the city of New Orleans' official tourism website, "New Orleans Welcomes All," seeks to reassure LGBT tourists that they're welcome in the city.

One day after Gov. Bobby Jindal issued his "Marriage & Conscience" executive order, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has issued his own executive order, saying "the City of New Orleans appropriately balances religious beliefs of all kinds with civil liberties, including freedom from discrimination."

Jindal's bill followed on the heels of the defeat of a House bill by state Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, and attempted to accomplish the same thing — in the words of Jindal, to "prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman." Critics, including Landrieu and members of the New Orleans tourism community, called the bill divisive and said it would adversely affect tourism and conventions in Louisiana — which it seemed to do when state legislators in New York called upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban all non-essential state travel to Louisiana.

Landrieu's executive order came one day after the city announced it would bid on the right to host the Super Bowl in 2019 and 2020. The city tourism effort New Orleans Will also issued its own statement, saying, "This executive order is largely a political statement by our conservative governor in support of his national position on the issue. That is certainly his right. It is important for those who visit Louisiana to know that its effect in essence is that of a political campaign document." And the city's official tourism website highlighted "New Orleans Welcomes All," a page featuring male couples enjoying the city's tourism attractions. 

Under the jump: Landrieu's executive order.

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Mayor Landrieu, legislators and tourism industry react to Jindal's "religious freedom" order

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order on "religious freedom" has rallied opponents across the country, including New York officials calling for a travel ban to the state.

In Louisiana, legal experts doubt it will have any legal impact in the state, but, as state Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, had warned, it's the perception of the measure and how its reflects the state's treatment of same-sex couples and LGBT people that has city and state leaders concerned. Tourism officials warned that the state could lose millions of dollars in tax revenue from visitors and conventions, as well as businesses who pull out of the city, in the measure's wake. Mayor Mitch Landrieu opposed state Rep. Mike Johnson's measure when it came up for debate last month, and in a statement to Gambit this week, Landrieu reiterated that Jindal's order is "unnecessary."

"We should ensure Louisiana is a state where religious liberty and freedoms are protected and discrimination is prohibited, but Gov. Jindal's unnecessary executive order disrupts that balance," Landrieu said. "New Orleans has always been an accepting, inviting city that thrives on its diversity. Discrimination in any form should not be tolerated, and New Orleans has passed its own laws to reflect that principle."

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New York legislators call for ban on all non-essential travel to Louisiana

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 4:55 PM

One day after Gov. Bobby Jindal issued his executive "Marriage and Conscience Order," two New York state lawmakers have written to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, formally requesting the state put a ban on all nonessential state-funded travel to Louisiana.

New York State Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell and State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Mike Gianaris urged Cuomo to enact the travel ban, similar to travel bans that were set on the state of Indiana after it passed similar legislation. Those bans later were reversed after the law was revised. In his letter, O'Donnell said:
“Our state's employees should not be put in a situation where they can be legally discriminated against or made to feel unsafe, and our state must not support Governor Jindal's campaign against LGBT individuals. We must move our business to places that treat their citizens equally and fairly.”
O'Donnell's complete letter to Cuomo is below the cut.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gov. Jindal to issue "religious freedom" executive order after its failure in Legislature

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 4:25 PM

Within a few hours after the controversial "Marriage and Conscience Act" was voted back to the legislative calendar by a Louisiana House committee, Gov. Bobby Jindal is readying an executive order to "to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman."

In a statement, Jindal said he was "disappointed in the committee's action" to effectively kill the bill as it will likely wait out the remainder of the 2015 legislative session. Jindal's executive order "will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Jindal's rebuttal to the committee vote follows his "religious liberty" ad, released today

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Y@ Speak: disrupting

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Y@ Speak is back from a short break and is ready to disrupt the Twitter industry with sweeping changes in the delivery of great content by continuing to provide the tweets you want, when you want them (on most Mondays, exclusively around noon-ish). In this week's edition, termites are probably still in your shirt, we say goodbye to Monty Williams, Gov. Bobby Jindal does things, and goats go to Bayou Boogaloo.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Carville to Jindal: ‘History will hunt you down’

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Democratic political consultant and LSU alum James Carville plans to give a rousing call to arms to the LSU community about cuts in state support for his alma mater when he gives the commencement address at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communications this Friday.

“I’m not gonna give the usual ‘the world is your oyster’ speech,” Carville tells Gambit. “I can’t do that when my alma mater is in crisis. I’m hoping to challenge the LSU community — especially the students — to get involved and stay involved in LSU’s future. I’ll have some special words, and even some special effects, for Gov. Jindal.”

Among those special words: “History will hunt you down,” Carville says of the governor. “History is unforgiving and unrelenting. You cannot deflect it or stop it.” Carville adds that the LSU Board of Supervisors shares in the blame for standing idly by while Jindal continued to cut LSU over the past six years.

Rumor has it Carville will incorporate videos and other visual effects into his address, which will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at LSU’s Maddox Fieldhouse.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Mitch Landrieu: I won't be running for governor

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 3:42 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu today put an end to speculation that he might run for governor. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu today put an end to speculation that he might run for governor.

In a speech this afternoon at the Baton Rouge Press Club, New Orleans Mayor (and former Louisiana Lieutenant Governor) Mitch Landrieu made it official: He won't be running for governor in November.

The Advocate's Mark Ballard quoted Landrieu as saying:

“I’m only one person and I can’t be in two places at one time. I have been blessed to become the mayor of what I consider to be the greatest city in America at a time when she has the greatest need and she has greatest opportunity to leap forward.”

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Y@ Speak: rained out

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Jazz Fest headliner The Rain killed it on the Everywhere Stage (presented by Mud and A Shrimp Boot Factory). If you somehow did not drown, perhaps you enjoyed a cigarette at your favorite local dive — outside — as the smoke-free ordinance kicked in last week. Also this week: Gov. Bobby Jindal is the "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan-era heel of the GOP, and the New Orleans Pelicans end their bittersweet playoff run.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jindal's New York Times op-ed on same-sex marriage garners plenty of attention — and rumblings of a boycott

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM


Gov. Bobby Jindal is fond of putting his name to op-ed pieces in many national publications, but his guest editorial in this morning's New York Times ("Bobby Jindal: I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage") has already garnered more attention than most.

As the state legislature battles with a projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall and LSU announces it's preparing a preliminary bankruptcy plan, Jindal chose to double down, triple down, quadruple quintuple down on same-sex marriage, conflating "big business and the radical left," accusing corporations of "bullying our state," and slamming Hollywood (and, by extension, Hollywood South).

"Hollywood and the media elite are hostile to our values and they tip the scales to our liberal opponents at every opportunity," Jindal wrote, not explaining why the state continues to give away millions of dollars in film tax credits to "people hostile to our values." 

(Meanwhile, just yesterday the governor was wishing Hollywood and the media elite a happy birthday.)


The timing was odd, considering a Washington Post/ABC News poll released this morning showed support for same-sex marriage among Americans at an all-time high (61 percent) — while a Quinnipiac poll of likely GOP voters found Jindal's support for the 2016 presidential nomination sitting at a firm 1 percent.

Below the cut: a sampling of social media reaction to Jindal's op-ed  ...

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Y@ Speak: market value

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 11:55 AM

The St. Roch Market reopens and @BeingNOLA goes dark after a #marketing goof. Also: French Quarter Fest endures the rain, Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans celebrate a massive win, and Gov. Bobby Jindal's emails are top secret highly classified no-no zones.

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