You order a lot of stuff online for the holidays and a lot of people are sending you stuff. It will likely come via UPS. Please don't shoot the messenger, er delivery man. This is a hoax. UPS drivers drive UPS trucks. And, just so you know, sometimes they rent U-Haul trucks because they can't keep up with holiday shipping. True story.
Another post-mortem piece on the governor's race offers a lot more meat than previous ones. This one looks at why Vitter's past derailed him in 2015 but not in 2010. It boils down to a little bit of timing, a lot of out-of-sight, out-of-mind.
The question of our economy's future should be number one on everybody's mind. The Conservative Cajun looks at the oil issue and wonders if Edwards will catch what Jindal missed.
John Bel Edwards received a nice endorsement from Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne - himself a failed candidate for governor. Here, The Hayride examines a radio interview with Dardenne that offered a glimpse of his future and whether or not it includes a spot on Edwards' staff, plus guesses about how the new governor will run things.
Need another reason to stay home today and instead go to Small Business Saturday? It might keep a black eye off your face and your butt out of jail. according to this, Louisiana is fourth on the list of states where shoppers will most likely brawl at Black Friday shopping. That Cuddle-me Twilight Sparkle just ain't worth it. Besides, all I really want is a vintage Black Pot T-shirt.
December. 21. Blue Bell. Louisiana.
And realized Morten Andersen and Sam Mills needed to be in the Hall of Fame. Vote now!
Pro tips: no ice whatsoever. Take some hot water to the cavity even if you think it's completely thawed. Heat the grease 25 degrees hotter than your recipe says, because of the temperature drop when the cold bird goes into the pot. If your recipe calls for anything other than three minutes a pound at 325 degrees, you are using the wrong recipe. It is easier to fry two small-to-medium turkeys than one large. While that $40 pot of oil is hot, throw a couple whole chickens in there - you're welcome. And, have your oven preheated just in case. There's no shame in that.
I guess that's an oxymoron in this parish, as now Michael's, the last one open in Lafayette Parish, is under investigation for prostitution. In their defense, dancers from the club took to KATC's Facebook to say that while they may work the pole, they aren't working girls and that the issue stems from a dancer giving an undercover cop her number. Looks like more investigation is needed. Make your tax payments in singles!
And it's ability to move forward through grief. If you missed the re-opening of The Grand 16, here it is.
New Orleans needs to get on the right path. If it doesn't happen soon, what will there be for the next generation?
"The first turkey is placed upside down in a dangling bucket that has a hole in the bottom for his neck to fit through. He is secured in with a clamp." If you are in PETA, stop reading now: here's a look at a day in the life on Gotreaux Family Farms in Scott. A turkey killing day.
Les Miles may not have too much to be thankful for this week, but ESPN is saying Tiger fans might want to put the brakes on his firing. After all, when it comes to winning percentages, he has a better one than Nick Saban. That's no crystal football but it is something.
Two North Webster High School players were arrested - one wearing his high school playoff shirt - last week for misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile (they are 17 and 18 she's 14). Twelve hours later, (after making bail) they were allowed to play a playoff game. John Ware, head coach of the Knights, warned the media he would walk off if asked any arrest-related questions. The only justice here appears to be the loss they took at the hands of Amite High School. Way to go Warriors!
At first, it read like the noose on LSU's campus - looking at a stamp upside down and imagining racism. Granted, not a far leap as the bar in question, Reggie's, flies the Confederate flag. Then, you realize that is not how you spell Reggie's.
Whether you voted for him because you believe in him, because you don't believe in VItter or you couldn't bring yourself to vote for either one, you have to admit it: it is hard to envy this guy. No matter which way he goes, he will be beset with problems. Start the betting now on him being re-elected.
Maybe it's not as Ruby Red as we thought. Or, sometimes party lines fade in the glare of serious personal issues. The Hayride puts it another way, as in Democrat trickery.
Louisiana Voice breaks down the cost of the governor's election. Startling stuff. And it is not just the money spent but something else: according to them there was not a word on turning this state around.
Voter turnout in Lafayette was about the same for the primary - pretty sucktastic at 41 percent. Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court Louis Perret says the weather played a factor. That's not it, but ok.
I'll just leave this here.
Bobby Jindal will spend much of his remaining days in office as he spent much of his days in office: traveling. At least this time it will be in our state. Jindal is taking what you could call a farewell tour or a non-victory lap, stopping all over the state to speak. Did he not hear about how unpopular he is?
Two prisoners in the Lafourche Parish Detention were busted with a gun made of soap and toilet paper. I wonder if they saw the how-to on Pinterest. You know, fake guns never turn out the way they look on Pinterest. They planned to use it in an escape attempt. Brings new meaning to drop the soap.
The Times-Pic dives into the impact of higher education cuts in Louisiana: bigger classes, prolonged time to get a degree and more adds up to a dangerous cycle - our universities are less attractive, which means less money, which means the problems that started it in the first place. Seems like this should be a priority to someone.
Saturday: David Vitter announced he won't seek reelection for his senate seat. Monday: Rep. Charles Boustany announced he will run to take his spot. Damn, can't a brother get a grace period?
UL lost a heart breaker Saturday night. But, Elijah McGuire came out of his slump. Running for two touchdowns (64 and 27 yards respectively), he racked up 164 yards. That second TD run was a thing of beauty, outmaneuvering the defense in two separate spots. Hopefully, McGuire will keep it up for the remaining two games.
Not only is Les Miles about to get wiped out of a job, he got wiped out at Saturday's Ole Miss game. Even if he were to win against A&M, this report says it is not looking good. BTW, Coach Hud would have leveled this guy. Just saying.
Oh man, what a Jerry Maguire moment. Following his firing, Rob Ryan went on NFL Gameday and took the plunge, saying we blame everything on him - even Katrina. Wait, you were the defensive coordinator, right? Our defense sucks, right? Yeaaaaahhhh, that would be your fault. (Then again, in his defense there is this. Get it? Defense?)
Did David, Bobby and John see this before making all that no-refugee flap? If they would have allowed a few in if they would have seen this compilation of “13 Syrian Refugees We’d Take Immediately" by The Daily Caller. Compiled by master stalking techniques, it includes women who are "Syria-sly hot." While the page is still up, the photos have been deleted.
Is David Vitter your governor?
John Bel Edwards - despite covering himself in a coat of Republican red ideas and leanings for the election - maintains that his first order of business on the first day in office will be to sign an executive order to expand Medicaid, covering some 225,000 residents. Look, that's fine and all, but in case you haven't heard our economy just waved a white flag and you aren't exactly perceived as the pro-business guy. So, if you want to keep the Obamacare promise, how about cooking up something pro-business to do on Day 1 as well to keep those on the ledge from jumping? We need a positive omen right about now.
David VItter had never lost an election until last night. It looks like it will be his first and last loss. He announced on the heels of his defeat that he won't seek re-election for his senate seat.
In case you were in doing something - really, anything - better and haven't heard, the governor's race is, at last, over. John Bel Edwards is now our governor-elect, besting David VItter by 12 points. It wasn't the 20 he had polled at, but it was still an impressive victory for a Democrat in a Republican state. Here, Stephanie Grace looks at how he accomplished that. To be honest, though, with Republicans staking out other statewide offices last night, it came down to two words: serious sin. Many could not get behind a guy with VItter's past - even if it meant not voting or *gasp* voting for a Democrat. Of course, it might also have been Bobby Jindal's fault.
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Louisiana's Attoney General Buddy Caldwell may be a Republican, but he's got a touch of Huey Long and Edwin Edwards in him when it comes to zingers. Not only is this race - overshadowed by the governor's race - going on, it is worth watching for Caldwell's quips against challenger Jeff Landry, also a Republican. I'm hoping Caldwell keeps his job so we can be treated to another round of gems like this in four years: "Jeff Landry hides from the truth like Dracula hides from the sunshine."
Reminiscent of the Suspect Device/Snake Oil Days.
Robert Mann calls out Vitter for his warpath on refugees while failing to question his wife about it: she is general counsel for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, which is hosting the whooping 14 Syrian refugees in our state. Speaking of the Catholics and the Syrians: here's a piece form The Advertiser that, well, I don't know. It says the local agency is under no obligation to take refugees. But will you? Readers need to know to sleep tonight! Me, I am not scared, no. Anonymous is on the case.
This week, various outlets reacted to the announcement that Bobby Jindal was coming hoem to govern Louisiana for the last couple months of his term. Much of it wasn't pleasant. Some of it was realllly nasty. This piece looks at what should have been Indian-Americans' Obama moment but was not. It says that was partly thanks to the name change, partly to the religion, partly due to the hyphenated Americans comments.This Atlantic piece looks at his failed candidacy, instead focusing on it as a whole instead of just his race. But, it too claims it comes down to identity problems - Jindal's lack of one and the changing of his identify being a problem. This Salon piece is less polite, asking why it took so long for him to quit and bringing up dubious things he should be remembered for: like a turning a $865 million surplus into a $1.6 billion deficit . But, the least kind is this Deadspin piece - which is loaded with NSFW language, even in the title. It starts out: "Bobby Jindal will no longer pursue the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He also will not pursue Alpha Centauri, or growing a second head out of his left shoulder, or the Elder Wand. Dogs will not shoot lasers from their eyes. The sun will not be a showerhead that sprays grapefruit juice. Many things will not happen; we might as well list all of them, if the end of Bobby Jindal’s 2016 campaign is news." Don't miss Gambit's collection of Twitter reactions to Jindal's campaign drop-out, er, suspension. There's a nice Michael Bolton reference to be found.
The Hayride and Louisiana Voice - on opposite ends of the political spectrum - both point out a bit of weirdness about the Louisiana State Troopers Association endorsement of John Bel Edwards. Turns out that it was a rare, if not unprecedented, move done without member input and not at all allowed under the organization's guidelines. On the Hayride – which is anti-Edwards - the move is drawing conspiracy theories, particularly that Edwards warned them of consequences if they did not. Louisiana Voice - which is anti-Vitter - takes it a step further, noting public servants can't even "like" candidates on Facebook, which it points out the disclosure division director of the state's Board of Ethics has done in regards to Vitter. The feel here is more that the head of the LTSA made the endorsement to secure his job but not at the threat of retribution, but with an eye for political savvy. It’s argued that if Vitter would have been ahead in the polls, they would have endorsed him. So, if you base your voting on the endorsement of state troopers (totally a great policy) you might want to think twice.
New Orleans' own Anthony Mackie - The Falcon from the Captain America movies - went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and talked about going to Saints games, losing Rob Ryan ("Thank God!" he says) and having to get new seats because he was kissing nuns at games. It's a rare highlight for this season. He should head over here and vote whether or not letting Rob Ryan go was a good move. So far, the yeas have it at 70 percent. (That poll probably has a better turnout than our governor's race will.)
Ah, it is that time of the year again. When he weather gets cold and LSU fans start to clamor for the firing of Les Miles. Not only are the fans calling for it, but now reports say the university might pull the trigger if he drops to Ole Miss and A&M. If he survives, just wait until next year: he'll get a few wins under his belt and you'll love him again!
So, you read all the pieces about David Vitter and John Bel Edwards. You watched the debates. You DVR'd the ads. You read up on their voting records. But, how well do you really know the two candidates? The Advocate quizzes voters on the differences between the two. Here's a hint: if you get stumped, pick "both candidates." You will get at least a C. At least it's not one of those "Which type of carrot are you" quizzes that are always on my newsfeed.
Our refugee count is still holding strong at 14. Or maybe it is 13 - we are not sure. Catholic Charities, which received the refugees, admits that one of them left the state to visit family in Washington, D.C., and they have not heard from him or her yet. I smell a conspiracy! (Typically, immigrants aren't tracked in that manner in this country by any agency other than the Minuteman Project and your Uncle Steve with the van.) The organization is also reporting that people have made death threats in regards to the refugees. Well, that is certainly a Christian thing to do. Take that as you may.
In this weekend's election coverage, there was an odd mention of Cleo Fields - who in 1997 was caught taking 20,000 from Edwin Edwards. David Vitter's camp is now calling out John Bel Edwards for having Fields as part of his campaign. Fields was on a plane to a fundraiser James Carville held at his house, but as Doug Williams - Superbowl XXII MVP - points out, it was as his guest and only so Fields could go have dinner with his son.Edwards denies Fields involvement. But, Vitter's camp has found an ad for Edwards from the primary race that features Fields endorsing Edwards. Plus, Fields gave Edwards' campaign $5,000. Wonder if it was in small unmarked bill in a brown envelope.
If you had Nov. 17 as the day Bobby Jindal finally woke up from his pipe dream of being president, congrats! You won the pool.
Looks like the best sack the Saints laid out this season was that of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. This should have been in yesterday's update, but I was waiting it out. I mean, Monday was more of a roller coaster of a news day than the Giants game. First reports surfaced that Ryan was gone or on his way out; then Sean Payton came out and criticized the media for speculating; then, he came out and admitted Ryan had been let go. If you don't know why, you haven't been watching. Can't blame you but I can wonder why this took so long.
Vitter caught hell over missing a vote to honor fallen soldiers minutes before calling an escort service. Now, his phone records bit him in the diaper again. Vitter's calls have been tied to another day where he missed a meeting and made a similar call. This time the topic was developing vaccines to protect soldiers from biological warfare. Vitter: you may not want to skip out on information on vaccines. You might just need one.
Everyone has a right to an opinion but this is down right disgusting. You make a page to honor those injured and killed in the Grand 16 shooting and that's where you leave it. But that's not the case for Prayers For Lafayette. Instead, the Facebook page has come out in support of a Chad Leger, a political candidate running for the office of Lafayette Parish sheriff. Whoever is behind this - and this peiece points out there are odd similarities between the page and Leger's own profile - is essentially cashing in on the two lives lost and the many shattered. Now, it appears the page might have been removed. That's the only good thing about this whole stink show.
In front one of the wildest (debate) crowds in history, David Vitter and John Bel Edwards sparred one last time before the election. The debate itself was pretty rowdy: fists were literally pounded, fingers were pointed, voices were raised. Vitter accused Edwards of supporting the president in accepting Syrian refugees. Edwards countered with assertions Vitter was twisting the truth and that Vitter missed meetings that could have dealt with problems like that. The crowd was the real star: one organizer saying it was the rowdiest bunch in 40 years and an uncontrollable crowd that interrupted the candidates. At one point, the two men almost came to blows as the crowd chanted "World Star." Not really, but one can only dream.
Today's Syrian refugee count in Louisiana is still at 14. Keeping it low is high priority for Bobby Jindal, David Vitter, and John Bel Edwards (although some on the Right say he's not in it to win it and that he previously said he supported efforts for relocation). Vitter is clashing with Mayor Mitch Landrieu over a letter the former wrote. Landrieu says Vitter wrote to parishes surrounding the city and did not address him directly. Vitter put out an ad attacking Edwards' stance on supporting President Obama on the issue. Jindal isn't going to lame duck the issue: he's issued an executive order to block the refugees from our state. Some smarty pants, however, are pointing out that is just not possible. Try telling that to the Bobby "The Raisin" Jindal.
The Cure opens their national tour in New Orleans. Tickets for the May 11 show at the UNO Lakefront Arena go on sale Friday. What did that actor's wife say about us not being cosmopolitan because New Orleans doesn't have kale? TELL THAT TO ROBERT SMITH AND THE CURE!
I don't know what is a bigger crime: the theft of $10,000 worth of meat from the Abbeville Winn Dixie or not inviting me to the ensuing cook-out.
This just in: Bobby Jindal won't endorse either candidate for governor. Well, that certainly just killed this whole thing. How will vitter and Edwards ever finish this thing off without a Jindal endorsement? I guess we should just close the polls and go home now. In other related news, Edwards and Vitter congratulate each other on Jindal's announcement. Not really. But, seriously.
The Advocate goes across the state to catch up with all the glad-handing David Vitter and John Bel Edwards and their camps are doing. It's nothing earth shattering but provides a nice cross section of what voters are thinking.There's also an odd mention of how Cleo Fields is NOT a part of Edwards' campaign.
Ok, so John Bel Edwards says pause, David Vitter says stop when it comes to Syrian refugees entering Louisiana in the wake of the Paris terror attack. Vitter even asked New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (not exactly his pod'nuh) to join him in asking President Obama to stop allowing Syrians into the U.S. You may say they have a point, you may say they are using a tragedy to grab votes in the days leading up to the election, but officials say meh - there's only 13 or 14 refugees in the New Orleans area so far. BTW, that herd of 10,000 refugees you keep hearing about coming to Louisiana is the number that our entire nation is set to take.
Last week a picture of a noose hanging from a tree at LSU went somewhat viral in Baton Rouge. Turns out the person who posted it is likely not in school to be an electrical lineman as it was a part of a power line. At least that's what we wanted you to think.
Looks like the affordable care in the Affordable Care Act is getting a bit less affordable. Rate hikes are driving up costs anywhere from 6.4 to 29.5 percent for some of the 200,000 Louisiana residents with Obamacare. All the while, out of pocket expenses are also going up and less doctors are available. Yet, even with hikes some residents say it is still more affordable than plans outside of the exchanges. So, thanks and you're welcome?
The irony is too much. After the Grand Shooting 16, Bobby Jindal criticized those who responded with cries of gun control - asking for it instead to be a time to mourn. Now, after Paris, Jindal (the child of migrants himself) cries - in the form of a letter to the president - about Syrian immigration. It's great political grandstanding and there is certainly an issue here as the French policy failed ... but, Bobby, that letter isn't getting read.
Seriously? Just a little campaign tip for you, John Bel Edwards: you may want to think about where you go when you no-show a Louisiana Family Forum event, especially when your opponent is David Vitter and you have come out blazing about his serious sin. True, the event you missed was by anti-gay, ultra conservative group but the issue is not missing it. I doubt you really wanted to attend (or that they really wanted you) to attend anyway. The issue the Hayride and other conservative outlets gone wild about is you missed it for a meet-and-greet at Lyve, a New Orleans night club. I know you have to go after the African-American vote, but there's other places to do it at than Lyve - the club looks like a strip club (judging from the repeated, and I mean repeated, viewing of scrubbing the ground and working the pole videos I watched on the club's Instagram) that also books rap acts on the side (or vice versa or maybe both at the same time. I don't know - I'm white and married). If it's not a strip club, the club is guilty of false advertising. Though the club deleted your meet-and-greet flyer but not the enumerable flyers of luscious badonkadonk (and I mean Ba. Donk. A. Donk) the club showcases. I don't know if Cakez or any of the other bad girls of NOLA were making it a clap back the night you were there but it just looks bad when your campaign advertisement is showing up alongside girls who look like Nicki Minaj's less famous but even more under clothed sister. Next time, have someone - say a campaign manager, being that is their job - actually vet the establishment at which you will be appearing. I hear the Hustler Club is nice this time of year. (In grain of salt news, the Hayride is making a thousand a month off Vitter and though the video does show a purple party bus - complete with two stripper poles - that will take early voters to the polls it's not clear what club Edwards entered. The Instagram post does bear similarities to others made by the club.)
Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson is on an ad for David Vitter reminding us that we've all made mistakes and shouldn't hold that against his candidate. You know something? He's right. We shouldn't. I mean, after all, I can't tell you how many times I've called prostitutes - I mean high end escorts - even though I'm married. Sometimes, I even blow off work to do do. Later, I ask them to have my abortion, which is something I'm totally against for you people. Or, I can't tell you all the times I've sent investigators to spy on my opponents. I mean, he totally opened up about it and have made some sincere apologies. He's ready to lead. Let's leave all those mistakes in the past where they belong and vote him into office!
It is hard to tackle LSU's Leonard Fournette on the fottoball field - unless you are wearing an Alabama jersey - but now the NCAA might be giving it a shot. Reports say LSU's investigation into the running back's family came from the NCAA and concern a website and merchandise on which his family reportedly received discount rates. This comes as Fournette is having a Heisman-contender season. But if past indicators hold up, a little investigation for violating the rules or rape or an arrest record might actually help his chances at nabbing college football's top prize.
Two Lafayette Taco Bell employees fought in the parking lot over money. One - a 31-year old, no less - produced a gun and fired into the air. Bruh, you got some shell fragments in your gordita.
CNN looks into the Marksville shooting and examines the strange role of marshalls in Marksville that is said to have started after a feud between the mayor and a city judge. It provides your typical poverty in a small town angle that could be said about nearly any small town in our state. The Washington Post (read it here) also came to Marksville, reporting that the night Chris Few and his 6-year-old son,Jeremy David Mardis, were shot, Few and his sometimes girlfriend (she identified herself after the shooting as his fiancée) Megan Dixon drank beer, shot Tequila and fought at a bar. The Post says she ended their relationship, danced with a bartender and he left angrily. While this does beg the question of where the boy was at the time and why was he in the car with Few, it doesn't matter. The situation in Marksville doesn't change the fact that two officers/marshals/whatever opened fire on an unarmed man and his son, killing the boy.
The facts are in and Bobby Jindal is wrong about two things - we're talking about just in the debate, not about everything else. FactCheck.org calls out Jindal on his claim that Louisiana has more people working than ever (yeaaaaahhh, right!) and his assertion that our credit is has been upgraded (again!). Seriously, with a $117 million deficit even Showtyme Furniture won't give us a bed room set and flat screen TV. We're gonna have to see the Special Man.
After watching the debate earlier this week, Fox News' Jesse Walters said Bobby Jindal looked like a raisin. Walters said Jindal was in attack mode, going crazy on every one on stage and even some not on the stage. Still, he says, Jindal's a like a raisin. "He’s just not very physically impressive, when you look at him he kind of looks like a raisin, a little bit. You know, he’s just small. and wrinkly, and shrunken, and he just doesn’t have an imposing dynamic," said Walters. I see what you did there: talking about his browness without talking about it. Very deft, good sir. No word yet if Jindal is going to own it like he did with his "Tanned. Rested. Ready." slogan.
JR Ball goes after the whole damn thing in this op-ed, or rant, about how sickening the governor's race is. He's sick of it all. ALL. What's the cure? Penicillin, Calgon and Tanqueray.
David Vitter and John Bel Edwards agree on one thing. Too bad they can do little about it. This Times-Picayune piece looks a their view on Common Core and state education Superintendent John White. They want both gone. But, it's not that easy, the piece explains. Governors don't have that power. Sorry guys ... maybe puppies? Do ya'll agree on puppies? #puppiesoverprostitutes
A new study shows that the Deepwater Horizon spill might not have been cleaned up as well as we thought. The University of Georgia's Samantha Joye authored a study that says the bacteria - shaped like a "fat little sausage" - known to eat the oil didn't multiply as it should have and another bacteria - not as hungry of a bacteria - multiplied more. So: where is the oil and what did we really disperse chemicals into the Gulf for naught?
After the 2012 theater shooting during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, The Century 16 Cinema reopened amid complaints from victims' families. The same will not be said of the Grand 16. After four months of being closed following the July shooting that killed Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, the Grand will reopen on Nov. 19. The thinking is that reopening will send a message of our town's healing, our resolve and show that a crazed gunman will not change the way we live. The theater has undegone a massive remodel, all the way from the seats to the exterior paint. Breaux's mother is on board, noting that the removal of barriacades is welcome change. Says Dondie Breaux, “I don’t like driving there and seeing the barricades, it’s like a reminder.”
Here's more than you care to read about the recent arrest of a Vitter campaign worker on spying charges. It looks like Vitter is trying to prove his opponents are out to buy nasty stories about him. There's also video of Vitter operatives trying to discredit claims prostitutes made about him. How bad does he want it? The Vitter campaign has allegedly paid one sleuth $135,000. How many burner cell phones do you think that could have bought? Note to Vitter: that is a better future investment.
David Vitter and John Bel Edwards squared off in a debate that was bound to get hostile after the latter's "Prostitutes over Patriots" ad. Although it wasn't as humorous as Jindal's juice box and flush comments, it was heavy on the hatred. Vitter's rode a white horse to the tune of, “There’s nobody who has been the target of more negative campaigning than me.” Edwards quipped back at comments like that with, “If it’s a low blow, then that’s because of where you live, senator.” Jeff Sadow blogged about the debate, giving a near play by play - so you don't have to watch it - and says because it was about issues not scandals, it went in Vitter's favor.
In this week's Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee, Bobby Jindal shone like a dirty penny in the sun. On the issues, he seemed either confused or overly optimistic about the state of Louisiana's economy. Or, he believes most of us just started working. Jindal pumped our unemployment rate, but moderators pointed out it is higher than the national average. To which he replied, "We have more people working in Louisiana than ever before," Jindal insisted. Uhm, maybe you should check into the state you lead every now and then before making assertions like that. Jindal also seems to be turning to humor to boost his poll results. After sparring with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Jindal offered him a participation ribbon and a juice box. He also took it old school - as in grade school - and went after his opponents (merely just minor obstacles in his inevitable rise to the top of the polls and ascension to the White House) with a toilet metaphor."They give the long speeches called filibusters, they pat themselves on the back, nothing changes when they go to relieve themselves, their cause and the toilets get flushed at the same time and the American people lose," said Jindal. The reaction was pretty flat, as the people who attended were there to see a poltical debate and not the latest Adam Sandler film. You keep it up, Bobby! You gonna crack 3 percent in the polls soon enough!
In case you haven't heard - meaning you have stuck to the news that matters - there is a big "controversy" about Starbucks coffee cups. Seems like they aren't Christmas-y enough. (MAYBE BECAUSE IT IS BARELY NO-FRICKIN-VEMBER). Some Christians - and I mean some, not all - have their jingle bells in a twist about this being a part of some kind of war on Christianity. Todd Starnes, a Fox News blogger, says relax: it's just a cup. Hey, at least it's red and not fuscia, which is the official color of the war on Christianity. Oh wait, forget that last part.
Former LSU Tiger QB - helping them take home the BCS title back in the 2007-2008 season - Matt Flynn is set to be a Saint. Flynn has been all over the league fighting for a starting role and backing up the likes of Aaron Rodgers. His biggest highlight came with the Packers against Detroit in 2012, where he set a single game club record by throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns. He will back up Drew Brees now that Luke McCown's season is over thanks to back surgery. Just don't make any commercials, kid.
Bobby Jindal and a couple GOP candidates - and by that I mean candidates to not win the nomination - are under fire after comments made by Kevin Swanson during a speaking engagement. Jindal,Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee attended the event where Swanson - on stage alone - launched into a diatribe about how homosexuality is "worthy of death." Jindal and crew are being accused of supporting Swanson, which totally isn't fair. I mean they did just show up at the event moderated by Swanson - who is known for such vitriol - and take questions about how Christianity is under attack by the gays and the abortions. No foul there, am I right?
Well, that only took eight years. David Vitter finally opens up about his serious sin, but not really. Here he offers a hit-it-and-quit-it comment on it in a new political ad. Vitter offers a mea culpa on the scandal - which broke in 2007 and saw his phone number showing up on the phone records of a brothel. Says Vitter, “I learned that our falls don’t define us, but rather how we get up, accept responsibility and earn redemption.”
Is John Bel Edwards pro-life or pro-choice? This blog says he is pro choice or, as he allegedly once put it, in favor of “the freedom of choice, between the appropriate parties and their higher power.” Edwards claims he never made that comment but the site is steadfast in its assertion. They also claim he has voted pro-choice and has weakened the language in legislation in favor of abortion. In other Edwards news, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd called his attack ad on David Vitter - calling out Vitter for missing a vote the same day he was gabbing it up with prostitutes - the nastiest ever. Wow, that's saying something. See more here.
Polls aren't always accurate and past leanings don't always predict future voter outcomes. With that in mind, Kyle Kondik of Sabato's Crystal Ball - which grades and predicts nationwide races - is now changing his mind about our governor's race. The site previously put it at a Vitter victory but now says - even in the face of the upset in Kentucky - it is a toss-up.
This just took a nasty turn. According to Megan Dixon, Chris Few's fiancée, one of the officers who shot few and his 6-year-old son had been messaging her on Facebook and even went to her house. Few warned the officer, Norris Greenhouse, Jr., that he would hurt him if he doing it.
Brandon Browner makes you miss Roman Harper. Not only is he leading the league in penalties - as of Sunday's game he was five flags ahead of 2nd place - he is a potty mouthed hothead. After the Saints lost to Tennessee on Sunday, reporters questioned Browner and the team in the locker room. At some point, he became livid and - depends on the source- had to be restrained or at least was advised to leave the room. It's their job to ask questions, just like it is your job to keep the football out of receivers' hands. Get it done without the flags. Personally, I hope your job will soon be making sure the bench doesn't fly off.
According to a report - or really just a Twitter update - the Saints might be open to letting Sean Payton become a coaching free agent if he desires at the end of the season (and some reports say he does). But, it is unclear if they could/would allow him under current Saints management as his contract opens up if there is a change in team control - i.e. Tom Benson no longer being the top banana. Here's a better idea: let go another member of the coaching staff. *Cough* Rob Ryan *cough.*
When one pipeline closes, another electric widow slides open. Although the Keystone XL Pipeline and the jobs it would have created are dead, there is a chance Louisiana could land a billion dollar electric car pant. Faraday Future says it will soon announce where it will build a billion dollar electric car plant. Louisiana is a finalist along with California, Georgia and Nevada.
In response to David Vitter's claim that John Bel Edwards would release "5,500 dangerous thugs," Wayne “Steve” Thompson - a criminal justice professor and retired Louisiana state police officer - puts things into perspective: "To sum it up, a man who threatens to kill a woman so she will not resist while he rapes her is required to do less time in jail than a person with a handful of cocaine or crack cocaine."
This piece in the Times-Picayune goes deeper into the John Bel Edwards ad about David Vitter's phone and voting records. Here, it puts the call to Vitter's working girl at 39 minutes after the 17 minute vote on honoring fallen soldiers took place. Vitter has not responded but sent out a quote from a vet who called Edwards' use fallen soldiers disgusting. This analysis suggests that Edwards is not comfortable with the lead he has in the polls, especially after the recent outcome in the Kentucky governor's race that countered what polls were suggesting.
If you are looking for some kind of rationale for officers opening fire on Chris Few and his 6-year-old son in Marksville, don't look here. According to Few's lawyer - who admits he only heard the description of the body camera video - Few had his hands up at the time of the shooting.
LSU couldn't get it done Saturday night, but Louisiana did defeat Alabama this weekend. In Larose, Guinness Book of Records officials confirmed the world's largest gumbo - a 5,800 pound pot buster. The record was previously held by Tuscaloosa in a previous LSU-Bama related match-up. Yeah, it was big but it wasn't as good as my granny's.
On Saturday, UL's Ragin' Cajuns managed to slip away with a victory over Georgia State in a game that should go down in history for one of the worst decisions and widest field goals in college football. Luckily, both were at the hands of Georgia State. Although they came out hot - driving to a field goal, then recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown on the first two series of the game - it came down to the wire. We received a lot of help on this one. GSU's kicker kicked a field goal that veered so wide the ball went into the stands. In the worst decision of all time, GSU tried a fake punt. In the fourth quarter. Up by one. Needing five yards. On their own 24. Of course it didn't work and the Cajuns were able to kick a field goal and hold on for a 23-21 victory.
At 12.3 percent, Louisiana's pre-term birth rate earned us an F rating. Locally, Lafayette is above the pack at 10.4 percent, earning a strong F+ or D- grade.
When Bobby Jindal challenges Ted Cruz to a debate about Obamacare, it guarantees ratings ... if all the other stations are off the air (and even then, there's always Netflix and chill) . This blogger,however, is quite fired up about the potential of the GOP lower-to-middle carders locking horns. Hasn't he heard? The GOP nod is hanging on Dr. Ben Carson's scholarship non-offer.
LSU fans may have been more upset about this sign than Saturday night's loss. Guess that's reason number 11 to hate 'Bama. In all fairness an LSU frat did hang this one a few years ago.
On Friday, President Obama killed the Keystone XL Pipeline dead, ending its seven-year journey to pump Canadian crude to Gulf Coast refineries. Obama said it was just a symbol and it needed to go because of it not being green and stuff. Secretary of State John Kerry said it compromised national security, 'cause you know, Canadians and stuff. Our future governor - be it Edwards or Vitter - was on board with the pipeline as it could have brought construction and refinery jobs to the gulf coast. Wow, if those two could agree on it ...
The Marksville shooting is attracting national coverage after two officers - working as marshals at the time - opened fire on a pinned-in vehicle on a dead end street. There was no weapon in the car, just Chris Few and his 6-year-old son, Jeremy Mardis. Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr gunned down Few and Mardis, killing the boy and putting Few in critical condition. Initially, they claimed to be serving a warrant but no warrant has been found. Both are now facing murder and attempted murder charges. As for what started it, Few's fiancée tells how a confrontation between the couple at a red light kicked off the pursuit. Also, here's a piece about the officers' past that will make even the most ardent blue backer wonder why they had a job.
Meanwhile Charlie Cook - Louisiana native and political pundit - says if a Democrat can't beat a Republican with Vitter's past, it means the party is dead in Louisiana.
When a politician misses a vote on something key to their party;s platform - say honoring fallen soldiers when you are a Republican - it looks bad. Especially when it can be proven that on the day of the vote you were in Washington, D.C. When it can also be proven that on the same day you were making calls to a brothel, it is very, very damning.But, that's David Vitter. Here's a little closer look at the claim Vitter missed a vote to honor fallen soldiers to chat with a hooker. Maybe he was asking for her opinion on the issue.
Aziz Ansari - you know, that brown guy from that thing - graced us with his Bobby Jindal impersonation on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night. Here he unveils his slogan, discusses his 100 percent surge in the polls, shows off his 25 cent campaign hats and explains the myth of photosynthesis
In case you have't heard, there is some kind of football contest this weekend pitting a team from Baton Rouge against a team from Tuscaloosa. Apparently one of them is undefeated and this scrimmage could be a spectacle worth the ages. Over in Baton Rouge, the local periodical ran an informative list of why fans of one team love to hate the other team. It's top drawer reading.
Searching David Vitter and John Bel Edwards on Google isn't as fun as it might seem. According to the Times-Pic, that is because of cheap Google advertising. However, this piece does uncover an interesting tidbit about the searches: searches for Edwards surged after the election and remain high. It's almost as if Louisiana voters went to the polls without being informed about the candidates. Nah, that couldn't be it.
There's no shortage of good bad carbs in this town. For evidence, look no further than Poupart's Bakery landing on thrillist.com‘s list of 21 Best Bakeries In America. Not too shabby, especially considering it is the only Louisiana bakery on the list. Just don't view this list on an empty stomach. It ain't cheat day yet.
John Bel Edwards - shhhh! - is a Democrat. Says so right by his name. If that doesn't convince you, here's his grade from the Louisiana Family Forum: 51 F. But, again, he is a Democrat and this is a conservative group dedicated to protecting the sanctity of marriage against the gays and other stuff. So, to repeat: Edwards is a Democrat. Liberal, too, I'll bet.
Rev. Tom Watson says New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu should back off on his efforts to remove the city's Confederate monuments. The Times Picayune reports the black leader sees the mayor's efforts as unneeded and a racially divisive smokescreen. It's a shell game in other words, drawing our gaze away from what he says the mayor and the city's people should be focusing on: crime.
There are two elephants in this room: one is Bill Cassidy; the other is what he's not mentioning. Republican Sen. Cassidy (and Same Eagle lookalike) comes out to endorse Vitter in true party line fashion. He outlines some good points for Republicans to vote for Vitter - hard worker, reaching across the aisle, etc. - but, he never mentions the issue that has fellow Republcians turning against Vitter: his serious sin.
Politics sure are dirty. Yesterday, Jay Dardenne - a Republican candidate for governor who didn't make the runoff - threw his weight behind John Bel Edwards. In response, Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere threw the S-bomb at Dardenne. “Today, Jay Dardenne became the Nick Saban of Louisiana Politics," Villere said. Ouch! Edwards, does that hurt worse than being called an Obamaist?
Now, the important news of the day: New Orleans is in the running for the most metal city in 'Merica.
Depending on what side of the pipeline - or aisle - you sit on, the Keystone XL pipeline is either dead or just resting, waiting for the right time to pounce. TransCanada, the company behind it, has requested a delay that will likely push its fate past the 2016 presidential election. For its opponents, this means TransCanada has folded up in defeat. For proponents, they say the company realized it can't happen under the Obama administration and are hoping for a better climate after the next inauguration. Which side is right? Perhaps only time and voter turnout will tell.
Court that young vote, B! Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and danced (emphasis and sarcasm, mine) like most guests do. The show then turned the performance into a campaign commercial where he dances to "Hotline Bling" by Drake (the rapper, not the duck). His dance moves even look Socialist.
In election news, the Louisiana House Republican caucus has stepped out for Vitter, but as the Times Picayune reports, the same might not be true for the Senate. The paper notes that the nod is likely owed to the caucus head, Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris, a Vitter supporter. In the Senate, the recent spying arrest might derail the endorsement. Turns out its caucus is run by by Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, who was the target of Vitter's arrested private investigator. "That certainly didn't sit real well with me," Martiny said.
Bloggers from the Left attacked the Hayride over the thousand dollars a month the conservative site gets from the David Vitter campaign (as per campaign finance records) . Here, Scott McKay fires back saying it is for banner ads on the site and that he has the right to take money for such things. As long as you don't mind losing your objectivity, he's right. Besides, look at it this way: that's one less Nigerian prince to which he has to sell his e-mail list.
Following the Saints' Khiry Robinson's season-ending injury - this Sunday, wrecking his tibia against the Giants - the team has brought in Tim Hightower. Hightower was an offseason running back for the Saints, but he was let go before our opening loss against the Cardinals. For why he's back, check the highlights.
While this is not breaking news or hot outta the blogosphere, it does have some local right-now relevance. This piece - which concerned have shared on social media - looks at problems with elevated highways, focusing on a situation in Syracuse, N.Y. However, it's a warning to places like Lafayette and our proposed Interstate 49 plan. Looking to our east, it mentions the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans, on which the city spent big bucks to determine if it should stay or go.
Only in Lafayette: KLFY reports that the people of Fernwood Subdivision have put their feet down and their signs up regarding thru traffic. The neighborhood is a shortcut between Ambassador Caffery and Johnston that, residents say, draws speeders. To remedy it, they have erected signs warding off non-residential drivers. City-parish government, on the other hand, says to take a picture of the signs because they won't be there long.
In St. Landry Parish, Step-N-Strut was one of the biggest trail rides going. That always brought out the boo-birds who complained about horses in the road and in their yards. Now, it looks like the days of Step-N-Strut being an actual trail ride have gone the way of the fais do do. After the recent weather, it has been moved from Plaisance to Opelousas, which doesn't allow horses in the roads. True, it appears to a a one-time change but these things have a way of sticking. Let's hope that this part of Creole culture makes it back next year.
Seriously, he once got saved by Crawfish-Man. They should have made an exception.
The answer to Angola's Death Row temperature issue is here. And it is apparently swamp coolers and a shower?
Ok. Ok. Ok, ok, ok. Uhm, ok? Though we do need to think of a future without Drew Brees in it - despite these last few weeks having staved off the paper bags - but what is this guy smoking? With the NFL's trade deadline approaching, he argues that a good trade would be sending Drew Brees - yes the Drew Brees that broke records yesterday and continues to have good numbers in seasons that lack great results - to the Jets for a third round pick. Maybe we should use that trade to instead bring JaMarcus Russell out of retirement ... because both those things make sense, right?
Gambit gives it straight up: polls be damned, Vitter is a Republican in Louisiana. Despite Edwards' reddish blue ways - pro-gun, pro-life, etc. - history might just favor Vitter.
Stephanie Grace makes a fantastic point. David Vitter's cynical and false attack against John Bel Edwards undermines bipartisan and much-needed prison reform.
Just when thought it couldn't get crazier, it does. Vitter's spy was spying on a spy.
From the great Charlie Pierce of Esquire. Vittergate is a comedy of errors.
Not surprisingly, David Vitter's latest ad grossly distorts John Bel Edwards's record and his policy positions, writes Tom Aswell.
Sorry, David Vitter, a campaign or SuperPAC employee who follows YOU around with a camera mounted on a tripod is not the same thing as your campaign spending $135,000 to stalk and spy on a lawyer at a coffee shop or a blogger in his home.
Kevin Allman of Gambit curates his own list of the best and most insightful news about the Louisiana governor's election. We, at La La, are going meta. In a list of stories about the election, we're linking to another list. Follow the rabbit hole.
There was at least one other big story over the weekend.
Bob says he was wrong: John Bel Edwards has a pathway to victory in November.
We're going to toss the most important story of the weekend over to one of the biggest newspapers in the state, the Daily Reveille, LSU's student-run publication.
Jeanette Maier, the Canal Street Madam, tells Jason Brad Berry of The American Zombie that three of her employees attended a party with David Vitter and that two of them had a sexual encounter with him.
David Vitter used to get his hair cut across the street from a well-known brothel, claims the owner of the barbershop.
From Mother Jones. What the heck is going on in Louisiana?
If David Vitter hadn't defiantly denied rumors that he had ever slept with prostitutes in New Orleans, the media probavly would have left the story alone, says Gambit's Clancy DuBos. Instead, he raised the stakes, and now, he has only himself to blame.
A poll published on Tuesday shows Scott Angelle within the margin of error for second place. Edwards is still well-positioned as the frontrunner at 36%, but with Vitter at 19% and Angelle at 17%, it looks like we could be in for a big surprise on Saturday night.
A preview of David Vitter's run-off strategy (assuming he even makes the run-off). Today, his campaign posted a video of John Bel Edwards, standing behind Karen Carter Peterson, at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Spoiler alert: Edwards is a Democrat. Vitter has previewed his "Obama, Obama, Obama" strategy before, during a rare debate appearance. Vitter argued that Edwards was not really pro-life because he voted for President Obama, which is pretty specious. It's also hypocritcal. When Rudy Giuliani ran for president, Vitter was his Southern campaign chair; Giuliani is pro-choice.
Tom Aswell wonders if Vitter's advanced knowledge of an interview conducted with his alleged former mistress is the reason he has skipped so many debates.
Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is forming a SuperPAC with other former elected officials in order to support the campaigns of centrist candidates. This should come as no surprise to people in Louisiana. Landrieu, a Democrat, is widely known for her centrist and moderate positions. In her 2014 campaign, Boysie Bollinger, the ship magnate, even filmed a commercial for her; Bollinger is one of the state's top donors to Republican campaigns and causes.
This is why David Vitter missed Monday night's gubernatorial debate. He was busy in Washington, D.C., pushing legislation that would require poor people to show identification in order to pay for their food. Food stamp fraud in Louisiana, by the way, accounts for less than one percent of spending on the program. This is not a real problem. It's about shaming poor people who rely on government benefits to survive.
For several years, the district attorney's office in New Orleans has refused to provide defense attorneys with potentially exonerating information, resulting in dozens and dozens of wrongful convictions. The New York Times editorial board argues that this pattern of unethical and unconstitutional behavior has been propped up and facilitated by the U.S. Supreme Court, pointing to a recent decision authored by Justice Clarence Thomas that threw out a $14 million judgment in favor of a man wrongfully convicted. Justice Thomas, wrongly, argued that the verdict was improper because a pattern of misconduct had not been established. It's absurd. And more importantly, it is also a green light for unethical prosecutors.
Deperate times call for desperate measures.
In attempting to criticize John Bel Edwards for not being conservative enough, Advocate columnist Jeff Sadow unwittingly reveals Edwards to be something else: Compassionate and thoughtful.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter's older brother Jeffrey was named as chancellor of Ol' Miss today. Earlier this year, the former chancellor's contract was not renewed, a decision that prompted widespread protest among alumni and students.
Shortly after the LSU Tigers beat Florida on Saturday night, Gov. Bobby Jindal sent out an e-mail blast, urging people to donate $7 to his flailing presidential campaign, ostensibly to honor the football team.
Over the weekend, investigative reporter Jason Brad Berry published a bombshell interview with Wendy Ellis, a woman who claims to be David Vitter's former mistress. Ellis told Berry that she was once pregnant with Vitter's child and that Vitter asked her to get an abortion. Clancy DuBos of Gambit picked up on the story on Saturday, but by Sunday, he decided to pull his report. The problem? Upon closer inspection, Ellis's story does not completely add up.
This is a blockbuster story, and it will likely completely alter the contours of the governor's race. Jason Brad Berry of American Zombie interviews Wendy Ellis, who alleges the Senator asked her to have an abortion. She eventually decided to put the baby up for adoption.
Times-Picayune columnist JR Ball isn't buying David Vitter's claim that he will end the dysfunction in Baton Rouge. If anything, Vitter is almost guaranteed to make things worse.
Fun fact: Lawrence Lessig raised more money for his presidential campaign than Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore combined.
The Atlantic notes that the Jindal presidential campaign is short on money and on time. It will be difficult, if not impossible, for Jindal to remain in the race until Iowa.
LouisianaVoice recently filed a public request request seeking all correspondence related to the most recent gubernatorial debate at Louisiana Tech. The debate was a complete debacle. It was closed to both the public and the media, only offered on a handful of television stations statewide, and the livestream was beset by technical problems. Many suspect the format was negotiated by the Vitter campaign. It remains to be seen whether these are public records. The Vitter campaign's records are private, and although the debate was held at Louisiana Tech, the organization that actually hosted it is a private entity.
"It's almost laboratory conditions in Louisiana," James Carville tells Salon.
In January, you won't be able to fly without a passport. Thanks Bobby Jindal.
52 to 33 among likely voters. For real.
You should read Stephanie's takeaway, but here's mine: David Vitter has disrespected the entire state of Louisiana and insulted the democratic process in this state by repeatedly failing to participate in gubernatorial debates. According to the polls, he is losing, and for a good reason: He believes it's in the bag for him. He has all of the money and none of the support, and unless he decides to answer the tough questions, he deserves to lose.
Louisiana Progress put together a voter's guide on the issue of mass incarceration, reminding us that the state is the prison capital of the world. It's worth considering when you show up at the polls.
Our pal Lanny Keller wonders if the lackluster governor's race will result in lackluster turnout. There's another reason to think turnout could be depressed. October 24th is an LSU home game.
The good people over at the Red Shtick took to the streets to ask ordinary Louisianians what they thought about The Times-Picayune's endorsement of David Vitter.
Someone obviously had a little time on their hands and created this silly and strange mash-up of clips from 2001: A Space Odyssey and David Vitter campaign commercials.
Apparently, Rolfe McCollister has never encountered a Louisiana Democrat. He's having difficulty wrapping his head around the notion that one can be both pro-life and pro-union, pro-Second Amendment and pro-public education.
This is partly because state troopers received a pay raise, but it's also because Bobby Jindal has spent two-thirds of the year out of state.
The Reveille takes us behind the scenes of the John Bel Edwards campaign.
Ignoring the media? Avoiding the public? Refusing to answer questions? David Vitter is acting more and more Bobby Jindal every day.
David Vitter's decision to skip out on almost every major gubernatorial debate should serve as a reminder: We need a gubernatorial debate commission.
The Republican Governor's Association recently launched a commercial attacking John Bel Edwards for authoring a bill that would expand Medicaid in Louisiana. Curiously, though, Medicaid expansion is also favored by all three of the leading Republican candidates.
There is just one minor problem with Bobby Jindal's genius plan to combat ISIS.
Last night, 60 Minutes featured the heartbreaking and infuriating story of Glenn Ford, the Shreveport man who spent thirty years on death row and was subsequently exonerated.
The Times-Picyayune bizarrely endorsed David Vitter for governor, based on Mary Landrieu's record.
Bob Mann writes the speech that no Louisiana gubernatorial candidate would dare give. I'm not going to spoil it, so check it out yourself. It's good stuff.
Less than two weeks after asserting that he had enough votes to become the next House Majority Leader, Steve Scalise's bid is likely over. Kevin McCarthy's decision to bow out of the race for Speaker of the House means Scalise will probably have to stay put.
The Times-Picayune's in-depth profile of David Vitter includes a surprising detail: The career politician who has served in the State House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate for two decades, believes he is a political outsider.
According to the Republican Governor's Association, John Bel Edwards, the pro-Second Amendment, pro-life West Point graduate from rural Louisiana, is a dangerous liberal intent on continuing Barack Obama's presidency. Or something like that. Desparate times call for desperate measures, I suppose.
Bob Mann recommends a list of hard-hitting, substantive questions for the next gubernatorial debate, which may or may not feature U.S. Senator David Vitter.
In case you missed yesterday's gubernatorial debate, Stephanie Grace gives us her five quick takeaways. The main point is: We actually had a debate yesterday.
The Times-Picayune features this in-depth profile of the frontrunner for Louisiana governor, John Bel Edwards. Edwards, who is not related to the former governor, is campaigning as the "anti-Jindal," and thus far, it's a message that is resonating throughout the state.
Walter Jones, a veteran Republican Congressman, recently advised his fellow members not to run for leadership positions if they have "skeletons in their closets." Gee, I wonder who he could be talking about.
The Economist, a conservative publication with an international readership of 1.5 million, recently called for the removal of the confederate and white supremacist monuments in New Orleans. These are museum pieces, the publication asserts, that need to be in places where they can be studied, not celebrated.
Tyler Bridges blows the lid off of the Angelle campaign, exposing his close and problematic ties with the oil and gas industry. Angelle, who previously served as the head of the Department of Natural Resources, is currently an elected member of the Public Service Commission. During the last several years, Angelle has made hundreds of thousands of dollars from Sunoco Logistics, a pipeline company with extensive business in Louisiana.
This may be the most ridiculous thing Jindal has done so far in the presidential campaign, and that's saying a lot for a man who believed in non-existent no-go zones and arresting the mayors of so-called "sanctuary cities." In his most recent act of faux-outrage, Jindal attacks the father of the Oregon college shooter for speaking out in favor of gun control. His father, Jindal says, is the real problem, along with movies, music, video games, and abortion.
If you're not familiar with Wonkette, be warned: They like to curse.
You read that correctly. Clinton recently sent her Republican challengers a copy of her book Hard Choices. She mailed a copy to Jindal's office, addressing it to "Piyush Jindal." Piyush is the governor's legal first name. He has gone by the nickname Bobby- after Bobby Brady- since the age of four.
John Bel Edwards, the frontrunner for Louisiana governor, and his wife Donna share the story of their daughter Samantha in this new campaign commercial. It's a provocative video and likely neutralizes the attacks against Edwards- made in the last debate by David Vitter- that he is secretly a big supporter of abortion.
Clancy Dubos of Gambit unpacks Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign strategy on WWL. In a word, it's "Iowa." Jindal recently "surged" to six points in Iowa polls, enough to give his campaign some reason for optimism but not quite enough to get him promoted to the big kid's table.
Tom Aswell of Louisiana Voice introduces us to Louisiana state police Lt. John Cannon, who is still making $115,000 despite multiple reprimands, including having sex in the back of his squad car, stealing satelittle television, not filing his daily reports, and ticket fixing. What does it take to get fired from the Louisiana state police?
Kenny Knight's friend Steve Scalise claims he has the votes lined up to become the next House Majority Leader. Scalise has attracted at least one other serious challenger and has renewed attention on his 2002 speech at a white supremacist conference. We'll know soon whether Scalise is telling the truth. Congress is set to vote on leadership in only a few short days.
Elizabeth Crisp received an advanced copy of Bobby Jindal's newest book, American Will. Apparently, the book is about why he should become the next president, which means it has almost nothing to do with his tenure as governor. Jindal's first book, Leadership in Crisis or Crisis of Leadership or something like that, was
ghostwritten co-written by Curt Anderson, Jindal's campaign aide. In his newest book, Jindal thanks Anderson and Timmy Teepell.
Months ago, it looked as if David Vitter was going to run a different kind of campaign than he usually does. He spoke about expanding Medicaid; he took a nuanced position on Common Core, and he demonstrated a robust grasp of other issues. But, as Stephanie Grace points out, that version of Vitter didn't last long. Today, he is running a nasty, subtly racist, and vacuous campaign.
Bob Mann tries and fails to find a gubernatorial candidate who inspires. "The public won't be passionate about our new governor if he is not passionate about us," Mann writes.
Campbell Robertson of The New York Times writes about the recent raft of armed robberies in Uptown New Orleans restuarants and how they've put the city on edge.
Gambit, Louisiana's largest alt-weekly publication, endorsed Lt. Gov Jay Dardenne's bid for governor. On Friday, Clancy DuBos explained the decision to Jim Engster, noting that its editorial board did not consider polling in their decision. Back in 2003, he said, Gambit endorsed Randy Ewing over Bobby Jindal and Kathleen Blanco.
John Bel Edwards, the leading Democratic candidate for Louisiana governor, is now ten points ahead of U.S. Sen. David Vitter, according to a new poll commissioned by NBC33. This is the fourth consecutive poll that shows Edwards, not Vitter, is actually the frontrunner in the election.
James Carville, the dean of Louisiana politics, excoriates WDSU for how they handled last week's gubernatorial debate. WDSU and moderator Scott Walker didn't want to talk about the budget, higher education, and the Louisiana coast. Instead, they spent more than half of the debate grilling the candidates on Kim Davis, Planned Parenthood, and marijuana. It wasn't just a waste of time; it was, as Bob Mann said, "journalistic malpractice."
From The Red Shtick, a satirical open letter by gubernatorial candidate David Vitter, denying a swarm of new rumors.
More fall-out from The Advocate/WWL poll.
Mike Henderson, the head honcho at LSU's Manship Lab, unpacks the most recent round of polls and asks whether it's really possible a Democrat could become the next governor of Louisiana. Spoiler: It's still a long shot.
The anti-David Vitter political action committee, GumboPAC, just released their newest campaign commercial, starring a baby in a diaper.
Jeremy Alford curates a list of the funniest and most notable Louisiana political commercials of all-time.
Should I remind y'all that The Red Shtick is satirical? Or is it?
One more thing from our friends over at the Red Shtick. Their data nerd compiled some interesting statistics about Bobby Jindal.
Remember Blueprint Louisiana? Well, they've never really gone away. Lanny writes about what their approach could mean for the next governor and legislative session.
Kevin Allman of The Gambit writes about what it is like to be publicly shamed on the Internet, using examples most folks in Louisiana will remember.
Yesterday, I sat down with Alan Colmes of Fox News radio to discuss Steve Scalise's desire to become House Majority Leader, David Vitter's campaign for governor, and Bobby Jindal's bid for the White House.
I published this story in Salon this morning.
Despite his denials, Steve Scalise knew exactly to whom he was speaking and why he was attending a 2002 white supremacist conference.
Patricia Haynes Smith, a Democrat from Baton Rouge who was just re-elected without opposition, joined dozens of other elected officials throughout the country in a fundraising effort on behalf of Planned Parenthood. Smith, a Catholic, signed a full page ad published in The Washington Post urging Congress not to eliminate funding for the women's health organization.
Congressman Steve Scalise's bid to become House Majority Leader hit a major snag recently when his rival for the job, Tom Price, picked up two major endorsements: Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Jeb Hensarling of Texas.
John Bel Edwards is perceived as the most capable of putting aside partisan politics for the sake of the state, and David Vitter is considered the most likely to continue the policies of outgoing governor Bobby Jindal, according to a recent poll commissioned by The Advocate and WWL. In addition, 44% of voters are less likely to vote for Vitter because of his prostitution scandal.
Bobby Jindal can't catch a break. His one big celebrity endorsement- Willie Robertson of the show "Duck Dynasty"- recently defected to Team Donald Trump. Why? They're both rich reality TV stars with wives that are signifcantly better looking than they are, Willie says.
The Gambit's Clancy DuBos scratches under the surface of The Advocate/WWL's most recent gubernatorial poll.
Stephanie Grace, the columnist who first reported Steve Scalise's notorious comment ("I'm David Duke wihout the baggage"), unpacks his decision to run for House Majority Leader.
Steve Scalise, who once described himself as "David Duke without the baggage," recently announced plans to run for House Majority Leader.
LSU Manship professor Bob Mann unpacks the most recent poll about the gubernatorial election. Vitter is no longer invinsible, he notes, but a scared David Vitter could be a dangerous David Vitter. This election is about to get much more interesting.
According to a poll released Sunday night by The Advocate and WWL, U.S. Sen. David Vitter would lose in a heads-up run-off against all three of his challengers.
John Bel Edwards has been on a tear lately. Yesterday, two new polls showed him way ahead of David Vitter in a potential run-off election. Today, we learned that Edwards narrowly raised more money than David Vitter during the last cycle, hauling in $841,974 in cash and in-kind contributions.
Campaign finance reports were due yesterday, which means we finally know who is behind the "shady" (according to The Advocate) organization, the Louisiana Water Coalition PAC. Who is it? One Baton Rouge law firm.
Former state representative Derrick Shepherd cannot run for public office because he is a convicted felon, ruled an appeals court. Shepherd believes the law is unconstitutional, and he may be right. But the court did not rule on the constitutionality.
Bobby Jindal's privatization plans aren't working out so well.
Bobby Jindal can't win at anything.
On the same day The Advocate declared David Vitter the frontrunner, a new poll by Public Policy Polling reveals that the Senator has been badly damaged by renewed criticism of his prostitution scandal. Vitter is popular with only 34% of voters and 28% of women.
Ever heard of CODOFIL? Well, apparently, even though he appoints members to its board, neither has Bobby Jindal. As the former Louisiana governor crisscrosses Iowa in his quixotic bid for president, he continues to preach about the need for assimilation, an ironic thing to champion, particularly if you're the governor of the great state of Louisiana.
Yesterday, James Carville delivered a passionate speech in front of 200 people in Baton Rouge about the need for quality political leadership in Louisiana. "Dallas will be here in 75 years. Indianapolis will be here in 75 years," he said. "But there's a chance the Louisiana coast won't be here in 75 yeards."
Former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal believes a Muslim could be elected president, as long as that Muslim is a Christian. Bob Mann laments Gov. Jindal's lack of decency and immaturity, though, to be fair, those characteristics have propelled at least one other Republican presidential candidate to the very top.
Senator David Vitter picks up a key early endorsement in this year's gubernatorial election.
No one thinks he's funny. Except for Woody Jenkins.
Louisiana Rising, the political action committee associated with Republican gubernatorial candiate Scott Angelle, claims Angelle is within the margin of error and in striking distance of overtaking first place from U.S. Sen. David Vtter, and even though they may be self-interested, there's a reason to believe they could be spot on. During the last several weeks, Angelle has been pummeling Vitter on air and on the ground, and Vitter has not handled the criticism well. "According to the survey, the race currently stands at 24% Vitter, 21% Angelle, 20% Edwards, 10% Dardenne, 4% minor candidates and 21% undecided."
Truth be told: If this poll is accurate, Angelle and Edwards aren't really competing for the second spot in the run-off. They're competing for the first spot. Because if 21% of voters are truly undecided, it's difficult to imagine how they'd group disproportionately in favor of the most well-known candidate in the election, David Vitter. Vitter's voters, in other words, have likely already decided, and his numbers continue to plummet.
The former governor of Louisiana continues to be confused on issues of religion, identity, and the Constitution, which clearly prohibits a religious test for public office.
Gov. Jindal's refusal to accept federal medicaid expansion dollars was a disaster that disproportionaly affects poor and working-class minorities, leaving more than 190,000 Louisiana citizens uninsured and un-insurable, Secretary Clinton tells a rally in Baton Rouge yesterday morning. "He put ideology ahead of the well-being of the people and the families in this state," she said, to rapturous applause (this reporter was present at the rally, though I'm linking to the Associated Press coverage via The Times-Picayune).
Former First Lady, former U.S. Senator, former Secretary of State, and current candidate for U.S. President, Hillary Clinton spent yesterday in Baton Rouge. In the morning, Clinton appeared at a rally at an inner-city charter school in Baton Rouge with approximately 1,200 people cheering her on and young members of Louisiana Leaderhip Institutes's 170-person band serenading her with brass music.
SEP 21 Consistency can be comforting. So we'll be comforted that blogger Rod Dreher is back to complaining about the gays. In this post, he's talking about how "American imperialism" is being used to spread the (obscene, apparently) idea that being gay is not a crime. He even trots out the implication that, if you feel gay people shouldn't have to die for being gay, then you can't possibly care about poverty or any other issues. Lawdy.
SEP 21 All that Trump baiting was for naught. Bobby Jindal worked himself into a Twitter lather last week, trying to taunt Donald Trump into noticing (and, presumably, attacking) him. Trump didn't rise to the bait, and attacked another candidate instead. Now she's rocketing to the top of the polls, and Bobby's stuck in the rear, looking at 1 percent on the horizon again. You know what they say - if you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.
SEP 21 We LOVE it when bloggers laud each other. It's nice to see these guys supporting each other, rather than being nasty, mean and butthurt. (McKay, we're looking at you) In this post, blogger Tom Aswell gives props to Bob Mann for weeding out the noise and summing up the governor's race for us all.
SEP 21 Here's a post that will wake you up on a Monday morning. Erick Erickson is writing that it's time to give Bobby Jindal a shot at a big debate (99 percent of GOP voters disagree with ya, Erick, but okey dokey). He says Bobby's willing to be "principled." Huh. Is that like when you take a job running a state and then you're never there, except to hire unqualified people or to sell public property or to dismantled public systems? Because that ain't what it says in our dictionary.
SEP 21 Do you want a say in which poor bastard tries to clean up the mess Bobby Jindal is leaving behind after we quit paying him for a job he never did in the first place? If so, you better get your hiney down to the voter registration office, because Wednesday is the deadline to register if you want to vote in the October election, WDSU reports here.
SEP 18 When you have some time, you've got to take a minute to peruse this website. It's a survey of dancehalls around Louisiana, with photos and info about dancehalls that are still around and those that aren't, plus an option to tell your own dancehall story.
SEP 18 Here's Slate Magazine's take on the GOP "kids' table" debate Thursday night. Bottom line? Santorum and Jindal ranted about Kim Davis, and said rants were "completely insane." This is as opposed to partially insane, which it was our understanding was like being partially pregnant.
SEP 18 This post on Salon takes a look at Bobby Jindal - once a rising star in the GOP and now a fringe lunatic "town crier." When you read it laid out like this, it's kind of striking, the descent he's made. It doesn't seem so drastic to us, because we're too close to it.
SEP 11 Blogger Tom Aswell takes a look at recent activity over at Troop D, where he says State Police Commander Mike Edmonson is bringing down the hammer on the Lake Charles troop. The entire troop is under internal investigation, Aswell reports. Yikes.