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.