Monday, November 17, 2014

Jindal gets some tough questions on 'Meet the Press'

Bobby Jindal was elected Louisiana Governor in 2007, and re-elected in 2011. In 2012 he gave speeches around the country on his version of Republicanism in attempting to build a national profile. He got some mention as a potential Vice-Presidential pick for Mitt Romney, but was not on any short list of which I am aware.

He now seems to be signaling his "availability" as a presidential contender, speaking to Republican groups in Iowa and New Hampshire among other stops. He is considered a longshot at best.

It is my opinion that Jindal has neglected his duties in Louisiana for his barnstorming. In trying to bolster his reputation as a staunch conservative he has sacrificed the state's best interests in favor of his national image. His policies have harmed the educational system of the state and its social programs.

The Daily Beast points out that, among governors: "Jindal has a 35/53 approval/disapproval number, putting him 18 points under water, a figure only better than Illinois’ Pat Quinn and Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee, who are not seeking re-election."

Jindal is the son of Indian immigrants, but has asked Congress to resist President Barack Obama's promised executive action to help parents of children legally in the United States to remain and get work permits.

The following was excerpted from an article by
Bruce Alpert, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune, in The Times-Picayune on November 16, 2014

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gets some tough questions on 'Meet the Press'


On NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd asked Jindal why he's considering a run for president when "a majority in Louisiana disapprove of your job as governor. Why is that a launching pad to Iowa and New Hampshire?"

"Chuck, I don't care at all about poll numbers," Jindal responded. "I never have. The reality is I was elected in Louisiana to make generational changes. Look at what we've done in Louisiana. So now, we've cut our state budget 26 percent, cut the number of state employees 34 percent."

He also said that the state has "the best private-sector economy in a generation," transformed the state's Charity Hospitals and implemented statewide school-choice programs so parents can choose the best school for their children, including private and religious institutions.

Todd also asked Jindal about the state's fiscal problems, including "a nearly $1 billion hole your budget. Every midyear review, your deficit has grown. You did a big tax cut at the beginning of your term as governor. Revenues haven't followed."

"That's not actually true, Chuck," Jindal responded. "The $1 billion is if you assume we grow government next year. Our budgets have been balanced every year."

On "Meet the Press," Jindal again said he hasn't decided whether to run for president.

"First half of next year," he said of his time table for a decision. "We are praying about this. But bottom line is let's restore the American dream for our children and grandchildren."

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Harry Reid shakes down Democrats to help Mary Landrieu


Excerpted from Politico:
By Burgess Everett, 11/12/14 7:16 PM EST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is leaning on Democrats to give cash to help Sen. Mary Landrieu win a runoff race that will be critical if the party wants to reclaim the Senate in 2016 …

Landrieu is being badly outspent in her runoff election against GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy after Democrats lost the Senate, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee slashed her broadcast and cable advertising budget last week. The advantage for Cassidy is stunning: By one estimate, Cassidy and his allies are airing 96 percent of the ads in the race right now, according to Bloomberg.

… some Democrats are questioning the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s retreat from the airwaves after regularly spending as much as $68,000 per week on individual television stations in Louisiana markets to benefit Landrieu, according to ad trackers.

But Landrieu defiantly said she’s not concerned with national Democrats’ or pollsters’ dim assessment of her prospects in a runoff against Cassidy in deep-red Louisiana, where she received 42 percent of the vote in the state’s jungle primary. “Having won two elections in runoffs like this, I wouldn’t count on me being a lost cause,” she said.

Still, Democrats are questioning the DSCC’s decision to cut nearly $2 million in advertising there last week. Several senators said they planned to make the case for investment in Landrieu at Thursday’s caucus lunch, which is the first since the election.

Some of her staunchest allies may be the dwindling number of centrist Democrats in the Senate who, like Landrieu, will be a key voting bloc in next year’s GOP Congress.

Manu Raju and John Bresnahan contributed to this report.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

NOBull is Back!

The New Orleans Bulletin has been dormant for some time. Susan (Howell) and I have been living in Cincinnati for the last 7-1/2 years.

We are moving back next month because New Orleans is home. Susan was born and raised in Cincinnati, but after 31 years at the University of New Orleans she became very attached to the area. We also have long-time friends in NO and a network of friends and colleagues that we have kept in touch with during our many trips to NO over the past few years.

Cincinnati is a great place to live, and we have developed some very good friends. Government seems to work here because city services are excellent. The cultural opportunities are many and varied. The weather year-round is better than that in NO, but winters can be long and uncomfortable.

It is often said that Cinci is friendly but not welcoming. We find that our best friends here are from outside the area. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here, but it’s time to move back.

One thing that has been very different here is that we have been retirees during our stay, which we were not in NO. It will be a challenge to fill our days meaningfully in NO, and your suggestions for activities and volunteer opportunities are welcome.

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