It is apparent that Bobby Jindal needs to focus more on his main job. Over the next few months, the demands will increase exponentially. Therefore it is necessary for Jindal to give up his sideline position as it may interfere with his goals and ambitions which are all connected to his high profile all encompassing obsession.
Today, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law legislation dealing with the powers of the Department of Education, students’ privacies, government efficiencies and the extraction of gambling winnings to provide child support.
Here are the press statements from Jindal’s office relative to these new laws.
How important is seniority and clout in the U.S. Congress?
That issue is being tested during this 2014 election season in various states and particularly within the Republican Party as the Tea Party candidates are taking on the mainstream incumbents.
In April, shipbuilder Boysie Bollinger announced in an advertisement that he supports Sen. Mary Landrieu. Today, Landrieu announced that $318 million for six Fast Response Cutters (FRC) has been included in a bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for FY15. The six ships are to be built by Bollinger Shipyards. In a press release, Landrieu said: "We must replace the Coast Guard's aging fleet for it to keep carrying out its vital role in protecting our nation. Today's funding will provide the Coast Guard with these exceptional boats, allow the Coast Guard to carry out critical lifesaving, law enforcement, and homeland security missions and support 3,000 jobs in Southeast Louisiana."
Written by Stephen Waguespack, President of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Do you remember where you were on the morning of Dec. 19, 1998?
No doubt about the clout
Louisiana, which seems to be at the top of every bad list and at the bottom of every good list, is doing quite well when it comes to its clout in Congress.
Every session of Congress, Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, ranks the states in what it calls its “Clout Index.”
Today, the US Supreme Court made decisions on greenhouse gas emission regulation, sports betting in New Jersey, and abortion clinics in Wisconsin. The last decision might have consequences for the state of Louisiana, as Gov. Bobby Jindal just signed an abortion clinic bill very similar to the one in Wisconsin on which the Supreme Court refused to intervene.
On Monday, the US Supreme Court refused to intervene in a legal fight in Wisconsin over a new law that requires doctors performing abortions to have privileges to hospital located within 30 miles of his/her practice. Opponents of the law argue that this law will shut down half of the state's abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical services therefore challenged the measure in court. However, the Supreme Court decided to remain silent and wait for the final ruling on the legal challenge.
Never is the disingenuousness of the political left more on display when given something it declares it wants – except that only serves as cover for its true goal that it tries to sneak past the public and policy-makers, as the reaction by some to a bill awaiting Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision demonstrates.