Jindal has some recent defeats which is questioning his agenda and which makes it difficult as he approaches the pending budget and natural disaster crises.
What is left of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s legislative agenda?
Well, let’s see.
Governor Bobby Jindal yesterday sent the below letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior requesting consideration of available assistance and recovery programs for Louisiana recreational and commercial fishing, hunting, and eco-tourism industries as a result of the Mississippi River flood.
Gil Brandt, longtime player personnel expert for the Cowboys and now a columnist for NFL.com believes history will show Saints running back Mark Ingram as one the year's draft steals.
"I think of him in relation to Emmitt Smith in terms of style and I think he will be a successful running back for the Saints." judged Brandt. "He's got great character and that is a big success factor as well. If not for the current group-think that has teams steering clear of tailbacks early in the draft, Ingram would have been a top 15 pick."
The almost universally unpopular red light traffic camera in New Orleans could be taking another hit.
Today, the New Orleans City Council, at the request of the Landrieu administration, will introduce an ordinance calling for reviews of administrative decisions of violations of the Automated Traffic Enforcement System to be filed in the City of New Orleans Traffic Court. Currently, appeals of administrative decisions of violations are handled by Civil District Court. The move to Traffic Court will improve access to and reduce the costs of such appeals for residents as the petition in Traffic Court comes with no initial cost. A $10 court cost could be added if the Traffic Court finds the appellant liable for the violation. The cost and limited access for appeals in Civil District Court was brought to the attention of the Landrieu administration by state Rep. Jeff Arnold (D- Algiers).
Today, the Louisiana Economic Development hit another high note in announcing that LED's director of community development, has been appointed board chairman for the Community Development Council, a national accrediting body.
The jockeying for the 2012 republican presidential nomination is rapidly picking up speed with candidates coming and going almost daily. Arkansas’s former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump, both the leaders in most recent polls, are out of the race. New Jersey Gov, Chris Christy is reconsidering his earlier demurrer. In Louisiana, we have former Gov. Buddy Roemer playing Don Quixote, while current Gov. Bobby Jindal, who protests that he is not in the running, secretly struggles with the role of Hamlet. Since some 45 percent of voters now say they’re dissatisfied with the GOP candidates who have declared, look for more new republican faces to appear in the weeks to come.
One of the persons pleased with Speaker Jim Tucker's decision not to pursue the UNO-SUNO merger was Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans.
The decision by Speaker Jim Tucker to stop pursuing an ambitious attempt to merge University of New Orleans (UNO) and Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) was a momentous day for many in the state. One of the voices speaking strong against the merger came from Democrat Representative Patricia Smith of Baton Rouge, the Chairperson of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.
Today Speaker Jim Tucker informed the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus that he would not continue in his pursuit to merge Southern University at New Orleans with the University of New Orleans because he did not have the votes to do so. We are thankful to the Speaker for notifying the LLBC that he would not pursue this merger. We now stand in support to move UNO into the University of Louisiana System.
Right in the middle of another natural disaster, a legislative revolt, a budget crunch and an upcoming election, Bobby Jindal is facing hurricane season in his final year in what most people are claiming to be his first of two terms in office as Governor.