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Jindal watch gets large, frequent focus in Louisiana, US
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bobby jindal 1021Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal ( in part because the State of Louisiana is in a horrible budgetary$ 1.6B hole and in part because he is actively pursuing the White House—despite that hole), is in the news again today.  Better put perhaps, this hour, last hour and seemingly every hour. 

 

Watching Governor Jindal flitter from one topic to the other, addressing one audience and then another, has become a common activity for many in the media and political world.

He has been called transformational.  Indeed he is.  He has put the national spotlight on Louisiana's economic growth, social issues and its budget woes, for better or for worse.  Regardless as to one's feelings about his political policies and priorities, he makes for great and I might add, plenty of media content.

Today, the governor addressed a Summit in Washington DC, his home-away from Iowa and New Hampshire, it seems.

GATED COMMUNITY

The Hill reports on some of his comments on immigration:

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) on Friday said America’s immigration policies must totally reverse course, calling for changes to attract skilled legal immigrants and ensure border security.

“Our immigration system is exactly backwards,” said Jindal, a possible 2016 GOP contender, during National Review’s NRI Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C.

“We have an immigration system with a low wall and a narrow gate,” he continued. “We need one with a high wall and a broad gate.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/240781-jindal-us-immigration-system-backwards

TRANSPARENCY

If the governor is not making news about immigration, healthcare, Obamacare, then try Common Core.  Today, the Advocate reports his administration has blocked reporters from a state panel meeting regarding procurement:

The Jindal administration Friday barred two reporters from attending the meeting of an obscure state panel reviewing plans for new Common Core tests.

The committee, which is called the Procurement Support Team, is part of the state Division of Administration.

The four-member group was set to meet at 9 a.m. to review the state Department of Education’s proposed request for proposals, or RFPs, for the next round of Common Core exams.

Pamela Rice, assistant director of state procurement, told reporters for The Advocate and The Associated Press that they could not attend the gathering.

“This is not a public body,” Rice said.

Rice cited a state law that she said makes it clear the review panel is different from public bodies.

http://theadvocate.com/news/12254251-123/reporters-barred-from-state-panels

SILENT TREATMENT

Stephanie Riegel, editor for The Business Report, has written an article focused upon the recent IBM-Jindal-religious liberty conflict.

IBM was strongly courted by the Jindal administration to set up a major operation in Baton Rouge.

Interestingly, it appears that some business leaders do not want to discuss the controversy.  Riegel wrote:

Local business leaders feel no such compunction. Outgoing Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret did not return requests for comment on the bill and how it might impact future economic development efforts. Louisiana Association of Business and Industry President Stephen Waguespack says LABI has not taken a position on the issue because it does not fall within the scope of the organization’s “program of work.” Visit Baton Rouge’s Paul Arrigo also is staying mum.

https://www.businessreport.com/business/stephanie-riegel-ibm-follows-conscience-marriage-bill

AND CHRISTIE TOO

However, Jindal is not the only governor-presidential hopeful that is getting flack over being awol from state business.

The Times Picayune published today that Chris Christie is not very popular in his home state either:

Louisiana Gov.Bobby Jindal isn't the only potential Republican presidential candidate getting heat back home for frequent out-of-state campaigning.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got an earful Tuesday from New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who said that the governor needs to stay at home and work to fix the state's ailing economy and on getting a budget deal with state legislators, according to the Star-Ledger.

Christie responded one day later, the newspaper reported.

"Listen, here's the bottom line.  Steve had his press conference to prescribe the only prescription that Democrats have ever had for any problem in the state and that's to raise taxes," Christie said. He added, "As for the rest of it, I'm involved, I've spoken to Steve a number of times in the past 10 days and so I heard his press conference and that's fine."


SCOTT TREATMENT

As mentioned above, the governor is quite busy these days, visiting Iowa, Washington DC and publishing columns in various publications.  This week, he came to the aid of one of his allies, Rick Scott, whose chief of staff Melissa Sellers, was the Jindal communications director.

The Governor seized the opportunity to blast President Obama’s administration over the issue of healthcare.  As reported by The Hill:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined the fray of Republicans siding with Florida Gov. Rick Scott in his battle with Obama over Medicaid spending.

Scott filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration this week for allegedly threatening to withhold more than $2 billion in hospital money if Florida refuses to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.  

“I'd call that kind of approach Mafia-style tactics, but to do so would be an insult to TV mob boss Tony Soprano,” Jindal wrote in an op-ed in theOrlando Sentinel.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/240764-jindal-blasts-obamas-mafia-style-tactics-to-expand-medicaid



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