"We can't stop the federal government from taking our tax dollars and subsidizing elective abortions in other states, but at least we here in Louisiana can stand up and protect innocent human life and make sure those tax dollars aren't used that way here in Louisiana." — Gov. Bobby Jindal, in a March 29 address opening the 2010 legislative session. Jindal's statement ignored longstanding federal law, which already bans the use of federal taxpayer funds for abortions. In 1976, the Hyde Amendment outlawed the use of federal Medicaid funds for abortions; on March 24, President Barack Obama signed an executive order related to health care reform, stating, "The Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly-created health insurance exchanges."
"He didn't even touch on coastal erosion issues or hurricane protection. That was disappointing. I think we all know that's our lifeline. We need leadership on these issues." — Rep. Damon Baldone, D-Houma, on Gov. Bobby Jindal's address to the House and Senate last week. The speech weighed in at more than 4,200 words, but the governor failed to address coastal issues even once.
"Cortez! Uh, no. Robideaux!" — The curious response by Rep. Jonathan W. Perry, R-Abbeville, during last week's close roll call vote for the House speaker pro tem job. The No. 2 gig went to no-party Rep. Joel Robideaux of Lafayette, who topped longtime Rep. Noble Ellington, D-Winnsboro. Rep. Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, was never a candidate, but Perry, a self-styled stand-up comedian (he actually has a stand-up DVD), got the desired result with his wise guy routine.
"If I would have known that's all it would have taken, I would have asked." — Robideaux, during his campaign speech for the speaker pro tem position. It was in response to Ellington's remarks that he would have simply dropped out of the race had Robideaux asked him.