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Three Weeks Left In Legislative Session
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SHREVEPORT, La - There are about three weeks remaining in the current Louisiana legislative session; three weeks to balance that $1.6 billion budget deficit—and deal with a variety of other issues. The budget of course dominates everything—and it will until it's solved. But, education concerns like Common Core were also at the forefront during the past week in Baton Rouge. Lawmakers managed to agree on a compromise. Opponents interpret it as a way out; proponents…
Volatile union bill in limbo as legislative days dwindle
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A hotly-debated bill to ban the automatic deduction of teacher and other public union membership dues from paychecks is stalled and may be finished for the session. The measure, House Bill 418, won approval 9-6 in the House Labor Committee and was set for a debate in the Louisiana House earlier this month. But backers asked for a delay — they said too many House members were gone that day — and the
Louisiana State Senator Slams Bobby Jindal For Pushing Religious Freedom ... - Huffington Post
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Louisiana state Sen. Karen Peterson (D) slammed Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) for issuing an executive order "to accomplish the intent" of a religious freedom bill that died in the Louisiana House. Jindal vowed Tuesday to take action on the issue. Peterson criticized Jindal earlier this week for prioritizing the religious freedom legislation over others dealing with the state budget, and said his action seems to be an attempt to "destroy Louisiana's business climate." "It's
Bobby Jindal's sad strategy: Why he needs another freak show to win the GOP ... - Salon
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The Most Shameful Part of Bobby Jindal's Presidential Campaign - Slate Magazine
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I can’t forgive Jindal for signing the creationism law—once, in high school, I was on the same plane flight as Jindal, and my father warned me, “If the governor says ‘hi,’ do not be rude to him”—but the law was not his brainchild. Its language was written by the Discovery Institute, a creationist think tank, which drafted a “Model Academic Freedom Act” that became the Louisiana Science Education Act.
Flat-earth Bobby: Jindal's exploratory committee and presidential bid - bestofneworleans.com (blog)
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click to enlarge ILLUSTRATION BY DAVID KROLL Christopher Columbus was warned that his initial voyage across the Atlantic would lead to him sailing off the edge of the Earth and into oblivion. His naysayers were convinced the Earth was flat. Columbus knew better. I thought of Columbus when I read that Gov. Bobby Jindal had formed an “exploratory committee” to test the waters
Here's where issues stand in Louisiana Legislature's 2015 session
Saturday, 23 May 2015 15:14 Written by
BATON ROUGE -- The 60-day regular session of the Louisiana Legislature has passed its midpoint. With only four weeks remaining, most high-profile issues remain undecided. Here's a look at where things stand in the session that must end by June 11: Budget -- Lawmakers are haggling over next year's $24 billion budget and how to close a $1.6 billion shortfall without devastating cuts to public colleges and health care services. The House has passed a
Just In: Chris Christie blasts Snowden, backs Patriot Act
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BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took another step toward running for president Monday, announcing the formation of an exploratory committee to consider a GOP campaign and suggesting the nation needs a leader with the "ideas to change our country's future." As he has in the past, the Republican governor said he will announce his ultimate decision on a White House bid after his state's legislative session ends in mid-June. In a statement,…
Vitter misses votes to campaign for governor
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Republican Sen. David Vitter has missed 22 votes so far this Congress, in some cases because he was back in Louisiana, where he’s running for governor. Vitter has been absent for 12 percent of the 180 roll call votes taken between Jan. 6, when the 114th Congress convened, and mid-May. For several of those votes, he was campaigning in Louisiana or holding field hearings there as chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee He’s…

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