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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What you need to know about Gov. Bobby Jindal's announcement today

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 11:12 AM

The official "Geaux Bobby" koozie.
  • The official "Geaux Bobby" koozie.


Is Gov. Bobby Jindal going to announce he's running for president today?

Come on. There's even a koozie. And here's the official announcement.

Where will the event be held?

Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. 

Will there be protests?

A Facebook group has been organized for those who wish to protest. As of this morning it had 3,639 members, but no telling how many will show up. They'll gather on the levee across from Pontchartrain Center at 3:30 p.m., and organizers say they've coordinated with the Kenner Police Department.

Are there hashtags?

Need you ask? The campaign has designated #GeauxBobby (see koozie), while the protestors have colonized #NeauxBobby.

Will Gambit be covering?

We'll be livetweeting from inside Pontchartrain Center, as well as from any protests, at @The_Gambit and at our special event tweet stream @The_GambitLIVE.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Watch: Jindal to Wall Street Journal: I'll keep the American dream from becoming the European nightmare

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal told The Wall Street Journal: "We don't just need a Republican in the White House; we need a Republican that's going to make big changes."
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal told The Wall Street Journal: "We don't just need a Republican in the White House; we need a Republican that's going to make big changes."


Gov. Bobby Jindal's "Geaux Bobby" event will be held Wednesday at Kenner's Pontchartrain Center, where he'll end all the suspense and let us in on his decision whether or not to run for the Republican nomination for president. He sat for an interview Friday with The Wall Street Journal's Reid Epstein, and outlined the case he'd make if he does run:

If I run, it'll be to make big changes in D.C. My big concern is President Obama is in the process of changing the American dream into the European nightmare — defining success as government dependence, government spending, government borrowing. We don't just need a Republican in the White House; we need a Republican that's going to make big changes.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

National Right to Life Convention in New Orleans to feature GOP presidential candidates

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 4:24 PM

A screengrab from the National Right to Life Foundation's website, with the four announced presidential candidates scheduled to participate in the group's forum July 10 in New Orleans. - NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE FOUNDATION
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  • A screengrab from the National Right to Life Foundation's website, with the four announced presidential candidates scheduled to participate in the group's forum July 10 in New Orleans.


At least four of the declared Republican presidential candidates will be coming to New Orleans July 10 to participate in a forum at the National Right to Life (NRL) Convention, which will be held July 9-11 at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street.

Dr. Ben Carson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum have confirmed their attendance at the forum, according to the NRL. Their topic will be "Speaking Out and Winning for Life in 2016."

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Monday, June 1, 2015

New Orleans Public Library hours to expand in 2016; some branches to provide 7-day service

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 4:29 PM

The Rosa M. Keller branch of the New Orleans Public Library, prior to its opening in 2012. This branch will be open six days a week starting next year, while five other branches and the downtown main library will be open seven days. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • The Rosa M. Keller branch of the New Orleans Public Library, prior to its opening in 2012. This branch will be open six days a week starting next year, while five other branches and the downtown main library will be open seven days.

New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) hours will increase in 2016, NOPL Executive Director Charles Brown announced today.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Library millage approved overwhelmingly, 75-25 percent; law enforcement millage redirection passes 52-48 percent

Posted By on Sat, May 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM

The main branch of the New Orleans Public Library. - CREATIVE COMMONS/JASON PARIS
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  • The main branch of the New Orleans Public Library.


New Orleans voters today chose overwhelmingly to create a new 25-year, 2.5 mill tax to support the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL). While the library already is the recipient of a 3.14 mill tax, library officials warned that it wasn't enough to support the system long-term and said without new funds branches would shutter and hours would be cut.

With 99 percent of the vote counted, 75 percent of voters supported the tax, while 25 percent did not. The measure is expected to bring $8.25 million a year to the NOPL.  

The measure had wide community support, including endorsements by local newspapers and a number of New Orleans mayor's wives. The major opposition was stated by the Bureau of Governmental Research; officials said they supported the NOPL, but wanted a more detailed plan and urged that it be put on the fall ballot instead.

As of 10:25 p.m., another measure was too close to call — the redirection of a part of an existing millage to pay operational expenses at Orleans Parish Prison. That measure was barely ahead, 52 percent to 48 percent.


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Onion: Bobby Jindal unsure whether he's "willing to put family through 2-month presidential campaign"

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal, right, prays during "The Response," his faith rally held on the campus of Louisiana State University last Saturday. - JULIE DERMANSKY
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  • Gov. Bobby Jindal, right, prays during "The Response," his faith rally held on the campus of Louisiana State University last Saturday.

No one can take the stuffing out of a politician quite like The Onion, which has a Campaign 2016 story today titled "Bobby Jindal Not Sure He Willing To Put Family Through 2-Month Presidential Campaign":
BATON ROUGE, LA — Citing the intense pressures and scrutiny placed on political candidates and the people in their lives, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday that he’s not sure he wants to put his family through the rigors of a two-month presidential campaign.

The 43-year-old former congressman told reporters that while his wife and three young children are tremendously supportive of his political ambitions, he recognizes that a relentless six-to-eight-week run for the White House would be hard on them nonetheless.
It's pretty funny (though not as funny as Jindal's new belt buckle). Read it all.

Friday, January 16, 2015

What Bobby Jindal has stolen

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 11:49 AM

DAVID KROLL
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Term-limited state lawmakers may turn out to be the lucky ones next fall. They won’t have to explain to voters why they went along with Bobby Jindal’s fiscal insanity and cut more than $700 million from Louisiana’s public colleges and universities over the past seven years. Heck, the cuts could exceed $1 billion by Election Day, particularly since Jindal seems predisposed to do nothing in the face of a projected $1.4 billion budget gap.

Well, not quite nothing — he is laying the groundwork for a quixotic presidential run. I’m not sure how he’s going to explain $1 billion in cuts to higher education, especially when he’s touting himself as the savior of public education in Louisiana. Then again, the national media rarely look beyond press releases, and voters in Iowa and New Hampshire have no clue what a liar Jindal is.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Y@ Speak: throwing punches

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM


Even the New Orleans Saints channeled a bit of rage (albeit during a ruthless loss) that New Orleans had stored up all week, from protest marches to elections and everything in between. Also this week: New Orleans remembers Jonah Bascle, and Lil Wayne is now a figurative prisoner.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mary Landrieu defeated in Senate race

Posted By on Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu gave her concession speech  Dec. 6 following a runoff election between the longtime Democrat and Republican state Rep. Bill Cassidy.
  • U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu gave her concession speech Dec. 6 following a runoff election between the longtime Democrat and Republican state Rep. Bill Cassidy.

After 15 years in the U.S. Senate, Mary Landrieu will not return for a fourth term. Following a battle for the seat between the longtime incumbent senior Democratic senator and Republican state Rep. Bill Cassidy, Landrieu congratulated Cassidy on a race that ended in a runoff Dec. 6 with Cassidy receiving more than 56 percent of the vote.

Cassidy, who has represented Baton Rouge's 6th congressional district since 2008, will be sworn in next month. He joins fellow Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

Landrieu’s loss now leaves Louisiana without any women holding statewide elected office (for the first time in several decades) and dips the state further into the red. Landrieu was among the last of the southern Democrats holding statewide elected office in the southern states. Cassidy's win gives Republicans nine more seats (totaling 54) in the U.S. Senate, tipping the scales further into a Republican majority.

In The Roosevelt hotel lobby, lit up with spectacular white lights for Christmas, dozens of people gathered for several events on several floors, and by 8 p.m., a quiet ballroom filled with Landrieu supporters. The PA blasted the theme from Rocky and "Eye of the Tiger." As early voting results rolled in, the PA played "Tell Me Something Good." Thirty minutes later, the Associated Press had called the election for Cassidy.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Early voting begins Sat. Nov. 22: Our recommendations in the races

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Early voting for Louisiana’s Dec. 6 runoff election begins Sat. Nov. 22 and concludes Sat., Nov. 29. There is no voting on Thu., Nov. 27, or Fri., Nov. 28, in honor of Thanksgiving.

Early voting has become increasingly prevalent, according to Secretary of State Tom Schedler, and in some elections it accounts for nearly 20 percent of ballots cast — though overall voting totals remain static. President Barack Obama advocated early voting at a speech last month in Chicago, and First Lady Michelle Obama did the same at a campaign appearance in Florida. But early voting is not a Democrat thing or a Republican thing. It’s about participation.

The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration reports that expanded early voting is popular with voters across the board, regardless of party. Lines are shorter, and voters usually are able to take their time. State law imposes a three-minute limit in voting booths, which usually goes unenforced as long as there’s no one waiting. By voting early, you’re virtually assured of more time with your ballot — and lines tend to be nonexistent. On ballots with a lot of propositions or amendments, taking your time can be important — in the Nov. 4 primary, voters were asked to decide on 14 proposed state constitutional amendments, and the Dec. 6 ballot in Jefferson Parish will have 11 proposed charter amendments.

More than 9 million people across the country voted early in the midterm elections — roughly 245,000 in Louisiana — and political campaigns have adjusted their strategies accordingly. Candidates campaign earlier and stress get-out-the-vote efforts more. “Enabling voters to cast a ballot at a time convenient to them, not the election authority, is the whole point of allowing voting before Election Day,” the Presidential Commission concluded in its report recommending the practice. We agree.

To find your early voting location, check with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, either at www.geauxvote.com or by calling 1-800-883-2805.

Beneath the cut: Our recommendations for the Dec. 6 election.

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