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How Bobby Jindal will govern Louisiana in next 6 months: Help of cellphone, computer, aides

Republican presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal greets local residents while walking in a Fourth of July parade, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ORG XMIT: IACN112

Even before officially joining the presidential sweepstakes, Gov. Bobby Jindal spent far less time in Louisiana than his predecessors. Since announcing June 24 that he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Jindal has been in Louisiana only one day, according to campaign news releases and the lieutenant governor’s records. And with just… Continue reading →

Feud simmering between four-year and two-year colleges over state funding distribution

State funding for Louisiana’s colleges and universities became a unifying force in the most recent legislative session, but behind the scenes, animosity has been simmering over a disparity in the way two-year and four-year institutions are funded. Leaders on the community college level say the state funds have been distributed to “keep doors open” at four-year colleges,… Continue reading →

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss to step down in August, cites 'major policy differences with a vocal segment of the faculty'

Advocate Photo by April Buffington --  Jack Weiss, chancellor of the LSU Law Center, speaks to the board of supervisors in April 2010.

Jack Weiss, head of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, is stepping down as law chancellor and dean in August in the wake of conflicts with faculty, some of whom had advocated for his ouster. “I am proud of the many positive developments at the Law Center during my eight years as chancellor and look… Continue reading →

State agencies line up to comply with same-sex marriage changes

State agencies quickly started adjusting to the reality of same-sex marriages in Louisiana as the last federal court roadblock came down Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman rescinded his ruling supporting traditional marriage between a man and a woman, citing last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriages the law of the… Continue reading →

State ending program that pays for private insurance for some Medicaid recipients

The state health agency will end a special program under which it has been paying for private insurance for some Medicaid recipients. The Louisiana Health Insurance Premium Payment, or LaHIPP, program serves 1,500 households and will go away Dec. 1 as a cost-saving measure. LaHIPP provides help for a Medicaid-eligible member of a household to be… Continue reading →

5th Circuit Court tells Louisiana to recognize same-sex marriages; Jindal administration still balks

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Douglas Alexander, left, and his partner Erik Bass wait with Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin  to get the first marriage licenses for same sex couples at the Orleans Parish Department of Health and Hospitals Marriage Office Benson Tower in New Orleans, La. Friday, June 26, 2015.

A Federal appeals court, unsurprisingly, ruled Wednesday that Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi must allow and recognize same-sex marriages in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday legalizing the practice nationwide. But while Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration previously had said it was waiting on that 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling before recognizing same-sex marriages, top… Continue reading →

Only slight changes in polling for Bobby Jindal support since presidential announcement

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal doesn’t appear to have seen a significant bump in his polling numbers since formally launching his candidacy for president last month. Jindal, who has repeatedly dismissed his low polling figures as irrelevant, polled at 2 percent among the crowded Republican field of possible presidential hopefuls in a CNN/ORC International survey released today. That’s… Continue reading →

Chemical industry trade association challenges tax exemption rollback

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Rep. Jack Montoucet, D-Crowley, concentrates on work during the last day of the 2015 Legislative Session on June 11. His House Concurrent Resolution 8 was passed in the last minutes of the session. The Louisiana Chemical Association filed a lawsuit July 1 challenging the constitutionality of the legislation that is designed to bring state government about $103 million in revenue.

In what is the first of several expected lawsuits attempting to upset the revenue-raising measures enacted to balance the state budget, chemical manufacturers filed a constitutional challenge in state district court on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed by the Louisiana Chemical Association, could blow a $103 million hole in the $25 billion state operating… Continue reading →

After toying with idea of Louisiana gubernatorial bid, Russel Honore’ says he won’t run

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Retired United States Army Lt. General Russel Honore talks to concerned citizens gathered at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, La. Thursday, June 26, 2014. He was addressing the issue of the Recovery School Districts plans to build a new school on the site of the now mostly demolished Booker T. Washington School which in 1940 was built atop the former Silver City dump. The land still contains toxic materials. The RSD plan calls for closing Walter L. Cohn High School and moving the students to the new school.  Honore is a member of the dnvoirmental activist group The Green Army.

After teasing a possible gubernatorial bid for several weeks, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel HonorĂ© has decided he won’t be entering this year’s race.

In a lengthy statement released Wednesday, HonorĂ© said he wants to continue to be an advocate for Louisiana residents — just not by seeking elected office.

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Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, speaks during the 2015… Continue reading →

Special ed diploma plan unveiled by the Louisiana Department of Education

Students with significant disabilities would have a pathway to a high school diploma under a plan unveiled Tuesday by the state Department of Education. The proposal is in the form of a waiver request submitted by the state to federal officials, who review changes to ensure compliance with federal law. If approved, it would, for the… Continue reading →

'I can’t uphold the oath that I swore' so I resign, says one justice of the peace, as others grapple with same-sex marriage

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Scott Kirkland signs his certificate of marriage to certify his marriage with partner Kenneth Parker at the Clerk of Court's Office on Coursey Blvd., Monday, June 29, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

While a lot of justices of the peace across the state are wondering just what their obligations are under the high court ruling allowing same-sex marriages, one filed her paperwork and quit Tuesday rather than perform a wedding ceremony for a gay couple. “It was pretty black and white for me. I wasn’t going to wait for… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal adds more N.H., Iowa events to his town hall series

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will continue his busy travel schedule next month, with more presidential campaign stops planned in New Hampshire and Iowa. Jindal is in Iowa this week, holding a series of town hall-style meetings as he ramps up his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination. According to event details posted online, the pro-Jindal… Continue reading →

Critics take Bobby Jindal's #AskBobby effort in an unintended direction: 'Did you like Marcia, Jan or Cindy better?'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the crowd at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Believe Again, the super political action committee backing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s run for president, took to Twitter Tuesday, urging people to ask Jindal questions by using the hashtag #AskBobby. As is sometimes the case with these types of brand-directed hashtags, it didn’t go as planned… #AskBobby was quickly taken over by Jindal critics with jokes mocking… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal’s executive order challenged by ACLU, other gay rights advocates

The American Civil Liberties Union and other gay rights advocates have filed a lawsuit challenging an executive order that Gov. Bobby Jindal signed earlier this year to carve out protections for people who oppose same-sex marriage. Jindal signed the executive directive, dubbed the “Marriage and Conscience Order” in May — just hours after… Continue reading →

Governor Bobby Jindal signs law to ease marijuana penalties, calls change 'compassionate, smart and just'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the crowd at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

. Penalties for simple marijuana possession are decreasing in Louisiana effective immediately. The reduction came with Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signing into law of a measure approved during the 2015 Louisiana Legislature. Jindal’s office announced the bill signing Monday. House Bill 149 sponsor state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, called it “a compassionate, smart and just approach to justice reform.” The state’s sheriffs… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s lawyer says individuals don’t have to issue same sex marriage licenses

Clerks of courts, justices of the peace and other state officials don’t have to issue same sex marriage licenses if they hold a sincere belief that such an action violated their religious faith, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive counsel stated in a legal memo to the governor that was released Monday afternoon. The governor’s chief legal advisor, Thomas… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal may find Hillary Clinton's politics distasteful, but her recipe for chocolate chip cookies ...

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the media at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a newly declared Republican candidate for president, has been harsh in his criticism of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton. But, in a recent visit to The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau, Jindal found he actually likes her recipe for chocolate chip cookies. The Journal presented Jindal a… Continue reading →

New Iowa ad touts Bobby Jindal's aversion to 'hyphenated American' designations; T-shirts tout his tan

A political action committee supporting Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign is hitting the airwaves in Iowa.

Believe Again released the “We are All Americans” ad on Monday.

The ad uses clips of Jindal touting his view that the use of “hyphenated Americans” is divisive.

Over the weekend, Jindal’s campaign released its first official T-shirt, which is available for $20 and… Continue reading →

Governor candidate John Bel Edwards says schools chief John White needs to go

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--John Bel Edwards answers questions during the Louisiana gubernatorial candidate forum at the Alario Center in Westwego on Wednesday, June 18, 2015.

Democrat John Bel Edwards said Sunday night that, if he is elected governor, he would oppose state Superintendent of Education John White remaining in his post. “I have no intention of allowing John White, who isn’t qualified to be a middle school principal, to remain as superintendent when I am governor,” Edwards said in a prepared… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal as a high school student: Not valedictorian, nor salutatorian; 'most polite,' Equations team captain

Advocate File Photo -- Yearbook photo of Bobby Jindal.

At a competitive high school filled with Baton Rouge’s best and brightest, he chummed with the brainiest and highest achievers of all. That’s no surprise because Gov. Bobby Jindal is typically described these days as the smartest person in the room. He’s a Brown University graduate and Rhodes scholar, after all. And he scored a 4.62 grade-point… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles in crowd at Bobby Jindal event that raises half a million dollars

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Attendees, including LSU head football coach Les Miles, second from right, listen as Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the crowd at a reception held at the Louisiana Governors Mansion, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says his presidential campaign raised half a million dollars at its first major fundraiser held in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Jindal, 44, formally launched his campaign for the Republican nomination for president on Wednesday. On Saturday, an intimate crowd of Jindal supporters mingled under a tent outside the Governor’s Mansion… Continue reading →

Poll: More than half of Republican voters say Bobby Jindal’s unlikely to be their nominee in 2016

More than half of Republican voters doubt that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the GOP’s nominee for president next year, according to a national poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports in the days since Jindal formally launched his presidential campaign. The poll found just 28 percent believe Jindal has a shot at besting the crowded Republican field… Continue reading →