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Quin Hillyer: In defense of Bobby Jindal, his 'no-go zone' comments are an inconvenient truth based on ton of facts

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to a crowd, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. Gov. Jindal continued to court Christian conservatives for a possible presidential campaign with a headlining appearance at an all-day prayer rally hosted by the American Family Association. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

What is wrong with you people? I mean, really, what is your problem? You people, you media jackals, are having crazy attacks because Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dared say there are areas in Europe, heavily populated by Muslims, which effectively are “no-go zones” because police and other non-Muslims are largely unwelcome.… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Louisiana should tax the rich; current system is 'bass-ackwards'

Share of taxes -- Advocate graphic

Liberals make a reasonable case that Louisiana’s tax system is unfair to the poor. They are right to demand a correction, which is exactly what a group called the Louisiana Budget Project did last week. Now, before all my supply-side friends have conniption fits, let me be clear: This is definitely not a column… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Ease up on Scalise

Context, context, context. That’s what’s missing in the breathless reports about Steve Scalise speaking to a white supremacist group back in 2002. People here in Louisiana, more than others, should understand the context that makes Scalise’s explanation perfectly plausible. I’ll add some background context most people don’t know. The most believable conclusion is that Scalise… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Might Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne make a run at U.S. Sen. David Vitter? Race for governor could surprise

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne leads a town hall meeting on tourism and economic growth Wednesday at Vermilionville in Lafayette.

Unhatched political chickens? Don’t count them, of course. Especially in a Louisiana governor’s race, like the one about to kick into gear early in 2015. In early spring of 1987, a Tulane law student and former intern in Bob Livingston’s congressional office named Bob Eitel produced a thoughtful memo for his friends in Livingston’s campaign for… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Cassidy still owes some answers

Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race is blessedly over, but a few loose ends unfortunately remain. Each camp still should answer for allegations of misconduct. The first allegation — the most serious if true, although the least likely to have led to discoverable, punishable violations — was that Opelousas Mayor Donald Cravins induced voting fraud… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Louisiana should escape the jungle

Regardless of how you feel about what happened in yesterday’s runoffs, this ought to be the final time that Louisiana suffers through another December runoff in a federal election. The Bayou State should return to a regular party primary, leaving behind its “open” or “jungle” primary that makes it a national anomaly. The jungle primary might have… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Seeing Red about Black’s endorsement for D.A. in St. Tammany

Alan Black

Oopsie. The public is sick of two-faced politicians and already skeptical of political endorsements. And the public in St. Tammany and Washington parishes ought to be sick of the ol’-boy network of outgoing District Attorney Walter Reed, now enmeshed in scandal. So the last thing a candidate from that same ol’-boy milieu should want is the endorsement… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Mary Landrieu should cut her losses

When your main campaign sales pitch is based on your “clout,” and you lose the basis of that clout, then your campaign is probably a goner. For that and other reasons, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has almost no remaining path to re-election. Landrieu’s self-proclaimed clout as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Energy always was rather illusory.… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Go vote or we’ll tell on you

In complaining about some innocuous postcards, Secretary of State Tom Schedler has created a Seinfeldian kerfuffle: a controversy about nothing. Indeed, with regard to mailers that list the recent ballot-participation history of individual voters, Schedler should thank the sponsoring group, Americans for Prosperity, not verbally spank them. As Louisiana’s chief election officer, Schedler… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Jindal’s jobs record goes unappreciated

Rarely has American politics seen a governor so unpopular amid so many economic accomplishments. Bobby Jindal’s home-state approval rating has remained mired in the 30s in most polls for more than a year — but by almost every measure of state financial health during the Jindal years, Louisiana has made great strides. Start… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer, John M. Barry: To supplement coastal trust, add a coastal levy

Photo provided by P.J. HahnPlaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management administrator P.J. Hahn said he took a photograph Wednesday, above, of the same section of Cat Island as he took in September 2010. After two years, he found little vegetation left and a shoreline that continues to erode, although birds are still using what’s left of the island. Hahn said oil killed the mangrove trees, which led to erosion that has left the island less than an acre in size.Cat Island photo taken on April 11, 2012

Twenty-five years ago this very day, Louisiana citizens voted by an overwhelming 73-27 percent majority to create a constitutionally protected trust fund for wetlands preservation and restoration. That trust fund has achieved some notable successes but not nearly enough. Much more must be done to save this treasured resource and cradle of life. One of the co-authors… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Jindal goes national while weak at home

Bobby Jindal is doing all the right things, among national Republican and media constituencies, to get into the serious conversation for the 2016 presidential race. But his deep unpopularity at home in Louisiana significantly undercuts those national efforts. On Sept. 30, a well-known survey company, Public Policy Polling, reported horrendous numbers for Louisiana’s governor:… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Legislative auditor misses Common Core’s problems

The latest in useless Common Core disputes involves whether Louisiana’s legislative auditor indicated that the Core “drives” curriculum (Gov. Bobby Jindal’s version) or merely “guides” it (auditor Daryl Purpera’s own explanation). That’s a sideshow. What is more important, and more frustrating, is how the auditor’s report whitewashes Common Core’s true nature… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Is Senate campaign Maness’ mess?

U.S. senatorial candidate Rob Maness might be both a fine fellow and a solid conservative, but there are good reasons why some Louisiana conservatives wish he would exit his race. Most of those reasons involve conservatives’ desire to see incumbent Mary Landrieu finally evicted from office. The peculiar nature of Louisiana’s open primary makes it more likely Landrieu… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Dems treat felon as embraceable EWE

It is long past time for the leadership of the Louisiana Democratic Party to get out of bed with Edwin Edwards. The very day in March that the disgraced former governor announced his candidacy for Congress in Louisiana’s 6th District, state party leaders should have issued statements distancing themselves and the party from him. They should have… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: In McAllister’s quarter, Tarpley campaigns sharply

Ed Tarpley is running for Congress from central and northeast Louisiana. He might not have the highest name identification, but he has serious bona fides as a solid, thoughtful, real-world conservative. When I was active in Louisiana Republican politics a quarter-century ago, very much as a strong conservative, I often was frustrated that too many activists… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: The comfort of shady politics

August is traditionally the slowest month in American politics — especially down South, where even political animals just want to sip lemonade in the shade. Where issues do burble up, like water overflowing a storm drain after a summer squall, Lemonade Guy may avoid full engagement, preferring just to kibitz from his hammock. In that tradition, let’s… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Jindal’s privatization was good medicine

Critics of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s privatization of Louisiana’s charity hospital system should be pulling out the salt and pepper right now, preparing to eat their earlier words. State payments for indigent care through the privately leased hospitals came in under budget this past year, even as services increased and wait times were slashed. Meanwhile, federal government… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Why the wetlands lawsuit is pure poison

Environmental plaintiffs’ attorney Gladstone Jones is taking Louisiana taxpayers for a very bad ride. Author/activist John Barry gave Jones the keys. Even if their intended destination is laudable, their chosen vehicle and operation thereof have both been unconscionably reckless. While serving on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E), Barry led the effort to hire Jones to… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Common Core’s fuzzy math, other problems

From The New York Times, of all unlikely places, comes a story that pricks a pin into the inflated pretensions of educrats, columnists and blathering business lobbyists who sneer at opponents of Common Core as if the opponents are buck-toothed yahoos rather than the collection of think tankers, well-educated parents and eminent educators that they are.… Continue reading →