by Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice
That hateful, smugly, self-serving Executive Order 15-8 signed by Grovernor Jindal on Tuesday could ultimately blow up in his face, although his tenure as grovernor will be long over by the time the courts get around to ruling on his license to openly discriminate against gays.
by Jim Brown
This fall’s Louisiana governor’s race has settled down into a four-man contest. U.S. Senator David Vitter is far out front, and conventional wisdom points to a republican-democratic runoff between Vitter and Rep. John Bell Edwards from Amite. But is the current field of candidates set in stone? Is there still room for another major candidate-an Independent?
Republicans have long criticized President Obama for using executive action to enact rules and regulations for an agenda that Congress has not authorized. In effect he creates law where no authority exists for his actions, or he overreaches his authority. Now Governor Jindal is doing the same thing by issuing an executive order to implement the basic intent of HB 707 even though the House Civil Law Committee earlier in the day effectively killed the bill for this legislative session.
Producing both good politics and policy, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order essentially promulgating the contents of HB 707, the Marriage and Conscience Act, also leaves some legislators a bit exposed and less comfortable in this fall’s elections.
by James Hartman
There are bills legislators file to make meaningful policy changes, and bills lawmakers file to make a statement. HB 707 was the latter. It was a solution in search of a problem, but it also was essentially harmless. No one would’ve been hurt by it.
Gotta tell you. If you think Louisiana’s Governor and Presidential aspirant has gotten much from his latest transparent pandering to the religious right of Iowa, New Hampshire and “My religion is better than yours USA”, think again.
On Tuesday afternoon, after a House committee essentially defeated the legislation calling for "religious freedom", Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's office issued this statement and copy of an executive order on the issue:
The Louisiana Democratic Party and a gay-rights group slammed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for announcing an executive order he is issuing after controversial legislation he supported failed in the House of Representatives. Here are the statements:
The liberal media has lost an expensive bet on another biased anchor. Just a few months after the suspension of NBC’s Brian Williams for lying on the air multiple times, ABC is now facing an embarrassment with their star anchor, George Stephanopolous.
While it was named the “Marriage and Conscience Act” and while it purportedly promoted and protected religious freedom, it did so much more more and was for all purposes--defeated, for now.