Clearly, the hottest Republican in the country today is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. After a well received speech to Congressman Steve King’s Freedom Summit, Walker has earned media attention and skyrocketed in the polls. Currently, he is in second place in New Hampshire and is leading in Iowa, while he is gaining ground on Florida Governor Jeb Bush nationally.
Is Governor Bobby Jindal wrongfully being blasted for the astounding $1.6 B looming budget deficit Louisiana is facing? Or is he and the State of Louisiana’s unfortunate mere victims to the cascading price of crude oil?
In the five years we have been posting stories about Bobby’s administration, we have, from time to time, had to backtrack and admit we were wrong or were rash in our judgment. This is one of those times.
Louisiana’s Treasurer John Kennedy found a tough decision of his made somewhat harder by impressive fundraising totals by attorney general candidate former Rep. Jeff Landry, while the incumbent Atty. Gen. Buddy Caldwell by his totals shows he faces a tough road to reelection, increasing the odds of just he and Landry facing off.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of LABI
Can you hear it?
Do you hear that gnashing and grinding noise? You may have to be very quiet and cup your hand around your ear, but if you concentrate for just a moment, I bet you can hear it off in the distance. Take a moment and try it. Quiet your breathing and listen very closely...do you hear it?
by Jim Brown
One of the all time great coaches in college basketball passed away this week. North Carolina’s Dean Smith had retired with more wins than any coach in history, along with capturing two national championships. But to those who knew him, and I consider myself in that elite number, he was much more than a coach. He was a teacher, an innovator both on and off the court, a role model, and a real humanitarian.
It is not pretty.
Call it piling on or Jindal bashing.
Whatever you say and however you want to say it, Louisiana Bobby Jindal is now, for the first time in his career, under great scrutiny nationally.
Naturally, Republican conservative Gov. Bobby Jindal has faced a constant barrage from the liberals and their mainstream media handmaidens for the last dozen years (the latest such, exemplifying both valid points but selectivity, is here), and over the course of his governorship from the less ideologically principled political right as well. Yet more recently some principled conservatives have begun to criticize him, even if more on instrumental rather than on ideological grounds. It’s an outcome less a consequence of executional shortcomings and more concessions to the fundamental challenge his state stewardship has brought to its political culture.
Bobby just keeps on taking hits from the national media.
First it was Politico, then the Washington Post and the New York Times.
With today’s big endorsement of U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) by his colleague U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), the attention of state political insiders will turn to the big race to replace outgoing Governor Bobby Jindal. Paul’s endorsement will give more momentum to Vitter who has gotten off to a strong start in his race for Governor.