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  • Poll: In Bobby Jindal vs. Hillary Clinton, Louisiana voters say they want the Democrat

    09/30/2015 10:34:14 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    Louisiana voters would pick Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal to be the next president, a new poll finds — just four years after Jindal sailed to a landslide gubernatorial victory. Louisiana has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996, but the latest poll from The Advocate/WWL-TV found Jindal also is viewed less favorably than President Barack Obama among Louisiana voters.
  • The Investigators: Technical Glitch Leads to Convicted Killer's Release From Prison (32 Years Early)

    09/30/2015 12:31:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    WAFB ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Kevin Frey
    A warrant for arrest has been issued for a convicted killer who was accidentally released from prison following miscommunication and missing paperwork on the part of the Louisiana Department of Correction. Deputies with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, Plaquemine Police Department and the US Marshals are searching for 32-year-old Benjuiel Johnson. He was released on September 23, 2015 from the Dixon Correctional Institute. Officials noticed the error on Monday, September 28, 2015. "We're not trying to make excuses, it's something that should not have happened," said Pam Laborde, spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Correction. According to officials with the...
  • Trump [26%] Steady in NC; Biden Polls Well (Rand and Lindsey now at 0%)

    09/29/2015 11:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 29, 2015
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Donald Trump is holding his ground- at least compared to where he was in the state six weeks ago. Trump leads with 26% to 21% for Ben Carson, 12% for Carly Fiorina, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Mike Huckabee, 5% for Jeb Bush, 4% for John Kasich, and 2% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field are Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul all at less than 1%. Trump's 26% is almost identical to his 24% standing...
  • Bobby Jindal In New Ad: Calls Trump’s Tax Plan Really, Really, Really Ridiculous [VIDEO]

    [Full Title] : Bobby Jindal Channels Zoolander In New Ad: Calls Trump’s Tax Plan Really, Really, Really Ridiculous [VIDEO] ...This is not the first time the Jindal campaign has used a movie reference to make fun of Donald Trump. A couple of weeks ago, “Anchorman” was used to make fun of Trump.
  • Alleged gang member deported to El Salvador to face multiple murder charges

    09/28/2015 3:19:27 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/28/15 | Emily Lane, | The Times-Picayune
    An accused Salvadorian gang member implicated in multiple homicides was flown out of Louisiana last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to face murder charges in El Salvador. Cesar Amauri Cruz-Marin, 42, is accused of shooting three men in the head in December 2009 in El Salvador, according to a press release sent Monday (Sept. 28) by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Authorities say he is a member of the M-16 gang, also known as Mara Salvatruch. The release says the shootings occurred after Cruz-Marin was removed from the United States in November 2009 and sent to El Salvador.
  • Jindal Slams ‘Trumpcare’ – Government Dependence for All

    09/28/2015 11:26:55 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 69 replies
    Bobby Jindal for President ^ | 9-28-15 | Team Jindal
    BATON ROUGE – On 60 Minutes Sunday, Donald Trump made one thing perfectly clear – he supports a new federal entitlement program to give free government funded health care to every American. This is how the Donald described ‘Trumpcare’ on 60 Minutes:Scott Pelley: Universal health care.Donald Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?Donald Trump: They’re going to be taken care...
  • GOP Chairman: Mitch McConnell ‘Needs to Resign’

    09/28/2015 10:38:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 162 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Neil Munro
    A senior Republican official is urging Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to resign from his job as the Republican leader of the Senate. “Mitch is a good and honorable guy, but the base is leaving our party,” Roger Villere, the chairman of the Louisiana GOP... “I’ve worked for 12 years as chairman to build this party, and I just don’t want to see it all go down the drain because the [leaders] aren’t willing to fight for what we believe… Our base is demanding we do something or they’re going to leave us,” said Villare, who also holds a position...
  • Top GOP official seeks McConnell ouster as Senate leader ‘GOP brand is being damaged,’

    09/28/2015 2:08:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 09/28/15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    With John Boehner now departing as House speaker, an influential Republican Party official is now seeking the ouster of another GOP leader who has frustrated conservatives: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “McConnell needs to resign!!” Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote in a Facebook posting. Mr. Villere isn’t just any Republican. He’s the longest-serving state GOP chairman in the nation, with 12 years on the job, and is the vice chairman of the Republican National Committee, the GOP’s national governing body. He also serves on the RNC’s executive committee that makes decisions alongside Chairman Reince Priebus. “Mitch is a good...
  • Top GOP official seeks McConnell ouster as Senate leader (Villere- Vice Chair RNC)

    09/27/2015 3:38:46 PM PDT · by VinL · 58 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 9/27/2015 | Ralph Hallow
    “McConnell needs to resign!!” Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote... Villere isn’t just any Republican. He’s the longest-serving state GOP chairman in the nation...the vice chairman of the RNC... also serves on the RNC’s executive committee... Aides for McConnell...did not return repeated calls and emails seeking comment. {Priebus} was unavailable Sunday. {Boehner resigned] and ideological irony there is that his probable replacement, Kevin closer politically to Mr. Boehner than to the more ideologically passionate members ... The same may hold true for Mr. McConnell... Villere said...“Honestly, I haven really thought of a replacement,” Villere did say what {offends...
  • Top RNC official calls for McConnell's ouster as Senate leader: 'GOP brand is being damaged'

    09/27/2015 2:40:06 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 161 replies
    DRUDGE ^ | September 27, 2015
    Headline only, so far.
  • Jindal questions Trump's Christian faith

    09/25/2015 7:23:34 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 152 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/25/2015 | Jonathan Swan
    Ben Carson once gently questioned Donald Trump's Christian faith, but on Friday Bobby Jindal went much further. The Louisiana governor explicitly and repeatedly ridiculed Trump's faith, effectively accusing him of faking his Christianity before an evangelical conference that had heard the GOP frontrunner speak only hours earlier. Jindal, who is lagging at 0.3 percent in the national polls for the Republican presidential nominee, came onto the stage at the Values Voter Summit in Washington holding a book. Jindal joked with the audience, saying that Trump -- who on Friday morning held up what he said was his childhood Bible before...
  • Who Will Replace John Boehner? 5 Potential Republican Successors

    09/25/2015 1:04:20 PM PDT · by 1010RD · 165 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/25/15 | Christopher Harress
    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Friday he will resign from Congress -- his seat as well as his speakership -- at the end of October after more than 20 years on Capitol Hill. The resignation will likely see a throng of Republicans vie to replace Boehner, who in recent months has faced pressure to step down over internal GOP fighting on issues such as funding for disease research, an education bill and the possible renewal of the Export-Import Bank. Below is a list of the members most likely to replace him. 1. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.: McCarthy has...
  • If You Live in These States You’ll Soon Need a Passport for Domestic Flights

    09/22/2015 2:16:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 87 replies ^ | september 20, 2015 | brittany soares
    If you don’t have a passport already, you may need to get one soon. Residents of certain states are going to need to show their passports — rather than simply their IDs — even if they’re only flying domestic. Yes, it will infringe upon states’ rights handed to them by the 10th Amendment and create unnecessary cost to taxpayers in order to implement the change, but let’s be real — the government doesn’t care about that. From Zero Hedge: To comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, which the U.S. government has been slowly implementing for the past decade, citizens in a...
  • New York Officials Think Common Core Name Change Will Totally Fool Everybody

    09/17/2015 9:41:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/17/2015 | Eric Owens
    The state of New York looks to be the next state with plans to re-brand the Common Core by calling it something else but otherwise making virtually no substantive curriculum changes. New York Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch announced in a public radio interview on Tuesday that education bureaucrats are “toying with” the possibility of a new statewide name for the perpetually unpopular Common Core State Standards Initiative... There is so much politicization about those words — ‘Common Core,'” Tisch said in the interview. “So we can call them the Empire State Standards, or New York’s Higher Standards. The...
  • Jindal hints at leaving the GOP over Planned Parenthood

    09/16/2015 6:02:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/16/15 | Curt Mills
    Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., called on people to consider leaving the Republican Party if congressional Republicans fail to defund Planned Parenthood this fall. "If we can't defund Planned Parenthood now, if we can't stand for innocent life after these barbaric videos, it is time to be done with the Republican Party," he said in reference to the controversial Planned Parenthood videos uncovered and released this summer. "We defunded them in Louisiana, let's defund them in D.C.," said Jindal, who is number 11 in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings. "There's no point in being cheaper Democrats, no point for having...
  • Jindal: 'Jail' mayors for allowing sanctuary cities

    09/16/2015 4:51:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/16/15 | Al Weaver
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal used the Wednesday GOP debate on CNN to rail against mayors in America who allow sanctuary cities and crime by illegal immigrants. Jindal, 11th on the Washington Examiner's power rankings, argued that mayors and council members who allow sanctuary cities should be prosecuted and put behind bars. The Louisiana governor made the remarks while discussing immigration and pushing back against former Sen. Rick Santorum on the issue. "What I have always said is secure the border. I've said after that is done, the American people will deal with the folks pragmatically and compassionately," Jindal said. "And...
  • Chinese methanol project to break ground in Louisiana

    09/16/2015 2:07:06 PM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 16, 2015 | Jordan Blum
    The groundbreaking of a $1.85 billion Chinese investment for a Louisiana chemical plant is slated for Friday with London-based Amec Foster Wheeler newly signed on for engineering services and more. China’s Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co. formed the Yuhuang Chemical Inc. in Houston last year to develop the large methanol plant in Louisiana’s St. James Parish, which is between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Methanol is primarily used to make other commercial chemicals. The project is part of the massive growth of petrochemical projects in Texas and Louisiana as companies seek to take advantage of cheap natural gas feedstocks coming from...
  • Scott Walker Debated David Duke In 1992!? Yep, And There's Video

    09/16/2015 4:06:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    TPM Talking Points Memo ^ | September 16, 2015 | Catherine Thompson
    Scott Walker sits with his hands folded at a desk on the set of a public television news program. He glances at the blonde anchorman across from him, then down at his hands, then back at the anchor. The baby-faced Walker, who's just 24 years old and representing the Wisconsin Republican Party, has spent roughly the last half-hour verbally sparring with former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon and Louisiana state representative David Duke. The Wisconsin residents calling into the program, "Smith & Co," have been berating him, too. Walker is staring down at his hands every other time the camera...
  • Jindal: Trump is a madman who must be stopped- (Jindals's Op-Ed)

    09/15/2015 2:42:07 PM PDT · by VinL · 133 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/15/15 | Gov. Jindal
    President Trump today announced that the first season of "The Apprentice: White House Edition" will air on CBS this fall. Contestants, including Gary Busey, Ted Cruz and Kanye West, will vie for Cabinet positions. The announcement came as the newly renamed "Hair Force One" touched down in South Dakota for the unveiling of President Trump's face on Mount Rushmore. Meanwhile, first lady Melania had reason to celebrate as her White House-branded perfume, Trump, by Trump, hit Macy's shelves ... No, this is not a story from The Onion. It's a vision of our future. The only people who would enjoy...
  • Online Ad for Jeb Bush Paints Dark Picture of Donald Trump

    09/15/2015 2:31:06 PM PDT · by maggief · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 15, 2015 | Maggie Haberman
    The “super PAC” supporting former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida started airing ads on Tuesday promoting his record in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, but making no mention of his top rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald J. Trump. But a minute-long online ad that the group, Right to Rise, put on its YouTube channel contrasts Mr. Trump’s language with Mr. Bush’s. “One candidate is in a dark place,” reads text at the beginning of the ad, which PAC officials said would run only on the web. Mr. Trump’s face emerges, along with many of his most caustic...
  • Jindal: Trump 'a madman who must be stopped'

    09/15/2015 2:27:58 PM PDT · by maggief · 102 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 15, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) said on Tuesday that conservatives could only win in 2016 by abandoning GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. “Sane conservatives need to stop enabling him,” Jindal wrote in an op-ed published by CNN. “They need to stop praising him, stop being afraid of him and stop treating him rationally,” he said. “Conservatives need to say what we are thinking: Donald Trump is a madman who must be stopped,” added Jindal, himself a Republican White House hopeful. Jindal argued that Trump is duping voters by seeking to present himself like former President Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail....
  • Bobby Jindal: ‘Donald Trump’s Never Read the Bible’ Because ‘He’s Not in the Bible’

    09/11/2015 7:59:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 129 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    ( – GOP presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took a swing at GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump during a speech Thursday at the National Press Club, labeling him a “narcissist.” “Now you may have recently heard and seen that Donald Trump said that the Bible is his favorite book. Yet, when asked, he couldn’t even name a specific or a single Bible verse that was important to him, that had an impact on him. Well do you know why? Well it’s clear, Donald Trump’s never read the Bible. The reason we know he’s never read the Bible, he’s not...
  • Jindal: Obama Is Responsible For Syrian Refugee Crisis

    09/10/2015 6:39:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/10/15 | Neal Earley
    With the refugee crisis overwhelming European leaders, Republican presidential hopeful and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal blamed the ongoing problem on President Obama.After branding Donald Trump as a, “narcissist” and “an egomaniac” in prepared remarks, Thursday at the National Press Club, Jindal pivoted his attacks to the President when the topic turned to that of foreign policy.During the question and answer section of the event, the Louisiana governor said he would not support the Untied States taking in more refugees who are fleeing war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Libya.“The reason I say that we shouldn’t be taking in more people today… because...
  • Jindal: Trump ‘looks like he’s got a squirrel sitting on his head’

    09/10/2015 8:14:56 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 168 replies
    Media Equalizer ^ | 09-10-2015 | Brian Maloney
    Among GOP presidential candidates, there’s a race underway to see who can slam Donald Trump the hardest. Their objective: generate as much attention as possible with the most cutting remarks.
  • After Bobby Jindal Went After Him, Donald Trump Fired Back With Two-Tweet Response

    09/10/2015 7:56:49 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 187 replies
    Blaze ^ | Sept 10, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    In a two-tweet response, the real estate billionaire said he only responds “to people that register more than 1% in the polls.” Trump added that since Jindal failed to make the main debate stage during the Fox News face-off, the two “have never met. Jindal also disputed Trump’s claim that the two had never met. “We have met,” Jindal tweeted. “You wrote a check.” “A fool & his money are soon parted. A fool & his dad’s money are parted sooner,” Jindal added.
  • Bobby Jindal Unloads on Trump

    09/10/2015 1:30:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Rush ^ | September 10, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Bobby Jindal. I want to give you a little tidbit with the sound bite. We have one audio excerpt of Bobby Jindal at the press club today, but I got to share with you the entire open to put this in context. Because he launches at Trump, both barrels, and it's clear to me I think what Jindal's objective is here. And I'll say this before I play the sound bite and read to you the transcript of at least the opening of his speech. I think what Jindal's doing... I could be wrong, of course. It's rare, but...
  • Trump on Jindal: ‘I Only Respond to People That Register More than 1 Percent in the Polls’

    09/10/2015 1:17:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 105 replies
    National Review ^ | September 10, 2015 | Alexis Levinson
    Here’s Donald Trump’s response to Bobby Jindal calling him a “narcissist,” an “egomaniac,” and “a carnival act,” among other things, in a speech this morning. He did not make the debate stage and therefore I have never met him. I only respond to people that register more than 1% in the polls. I never thought he had a chance and I’ve been proven right.
  • Bobby Jindal Calls Trump An Unstable Narcissist

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is hoping that a blistering takedown of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump will help lift his struggling campaign out from the bottom of the crowded 2016 field. Jindal called Trump "unstable," "a narcissist," "unserious," and "a carnival act" during remarks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. "I want to say what everyone is thinking about Donald Trump but is afraid to say," Jindal said before ripping into Trump. "He is shallow, there is no substance. He doesn't know anything about policy, he has no idea what he is talking about. He makes...
  • House GOP to postpone vote on Iran after member revolt (fight over secret side deals)

    09/09/2015 1:01:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/15 11:45 AM EDT | Cristina Marcos and Scott Wong
    House Republican leaders are delaying a vote on the Iran nuclear deal scheduled for Wednesday because of a rebellion from rank-and-file conservatives. The House was to hold a procedural vote to begin 11 hours of debate on a resolution disapproving the deal at 1 p.m. Instead, they will gather at 4 p.m. to discuss strategy. "We will continue the conversation on Iran from this morning and discuss strategy for the rest of the week," a GOP leadership aide said. The House subsequently went into recess shortly after noon once leadership called off the procedural vote. GOP leaders had to change...
  • Pastor Outed on Ashley Madison Commits Suicide

    09/09/2015 12:09:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 | Dallas Frankllin
    John Gibson was a pastor and seminary professor. When he wasn’t teaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, one of his favorite pastimes was fixing cars. He was married with two children. His daughter, Callie, was teaching in front of 250 college students when she got the call. Her father had killed himself. It was August 24, six days after hackers exposed the names of millions of people who had signed up for Ashley Madison, the notorious site for those seeking affairs. Gibson’s name was on the list. His wife, Christi, discovered her husband’s body. “It was a moment that...
  • Sowell: I Like Walker and Jindal the Most Out of the GOP Field

    09/08/2015 10:59:05 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    Breitbart Big TV ^ | 9-8-15 | Ian Hanchett
    Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and author of “Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective,” Thomas Sowell said that he likes Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal the most out of all the candidates in the GOP field on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. When asked if there were any Republican presidential candidates that “grabs your attention the most, that you like the most?” Sowell answered, “I guess there are two. Governor Scott Walker, and Governor Bobby Jindal. And my main reason is that they have — they are people who have done things, and have...
  • Pastor And Seminary Teacher Who Was Outed As Member of Ashley Madison Commits Suicide..

    09/08/2015 9:19:57 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 189 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | September 8, 2015 | WILLS ROBINSON
    Pastor And Seminary Teacher Who Was Outed As Member of Ashley Madison Commits Suicide Because He Carried Too Much 'Shame' John Gibson, 56, taught at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminar Was on the list of 32million names released after the huge hack in August His wife Christi said he felt shame, but insisted she would've forgiven him Gibson had also suffered from addiction and depression in the past By WILLS ROBINSON 8 September 2015 A pastor who was outed as a member of Ashley Madison has committed suicide. Father-of-two John Gibson, a teacher at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminar...
  • 2 arrested in Marrero shoot-out with JPSO deputies

    09/08/2015 1:18:38 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/8/2015 | Michelle Hunter, | The Times-Picayune
    A New Orleans man and a Marrero man have been arrested in connection with a Sept. 1 shoot-out with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies, authorities said. Local and state investigators seized four pistols from the suspects, three of them reported stolen. Malcom Hall, 21, of 3150 N. Robertson St., New Orleans, was booked with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of possession of a firearm in connection with drug activity. Terrane Carter, 20, of 1914 James Dr., Marrero, was booked with four counts of possession of a firearm in connection with drug activity, Normand said. The sheriff...
  • Look For The Union Label

    09/08/2015 7:39:10 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 7, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As labor union leaders high five each other this weekend over their ancestors’ creation of the Labor Day holiday more than a century ago, we would do well to remember a bit of their history that neither they, nor their admirers in academe, may want you to know. Forty two years ago, the Supreme Court exempted unions from prosecution of acts of violence. “That exemption stems from the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Anti-Racketeer¬ing Act of 1943, known as the Hobbs Act,” Kevin Mooney wrote in a study published by the Capital Research Center two years ago. “That law forbids...
  • Manhunt ends with deadly officer-involved shooting

    09/06/2015 6:37:48 PM PDT · by kcvl · 9 replies
    SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A manhunt is over after a man allegedly fired a shot at Shreveport police then led several agencies on a chase that crossed into Bossier City? Shreveport police say they were called the Betty Virginia Park just after 3:00 p.m. Sunday after a lady said a man tried to sell her narcotics. When police arrived on the scene, the man had already left the area. The man was described as a white male or middle eastern male who stood about 5'10" tall. Police say it's believed the man was in his 30's. He was last seen...
  • Marist/NBC: Trump +7 in Iowa, Trump +16 in NH

    09/06/2015 11:55:43 AM PDT · by springwater13 · 63 replies
    Meanwhile, in the Republican presidential race, Donald Trump now holds a seven-point lead in Iowa and a 16-point one in New Hampshire. In the Hawkeye State, Trump gets the support from 29 percent of potential GOP caucus-goers, while Ben Carson receives 22 percent. There's a steep drop off after that: Jeb Bush gets 6 percent; Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul and Scott Walker get 5 percent; and Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal are at 4 percent. In July, Walker was ahead of the Iowa Republican field at 19 percent, Trump was second at 17 percent and Bush was third...
  • Debtors Prisons Alive and Well in Louisiana

    09/06/2015 2:02:22 PM PDT · by BBell · 34 replies ^ | 9/2/15 | Bill Quigley
    Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has said it is unconstitutional, Louisiana still puts hundreds of people in prison every year just because they are too poor to pay court-ordered fines, court costs and costs of probation, according to a recent investigative report by the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. This misuse of the criminal legal system, often called "pay or stay" is flatly illegal. As The Marshall Project reported, the U.S. Congress outlawed the use of debtors' prisons -- jails for people too poor to pay off their debts -- under federal law nearly 200 years...
  • Lawbreaker Kim Davis and the lawless Ted Cruz [WaPo Barf-worthy column]

    09/05/2015 6:30:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/05/2015 | Dana Milbank
    What Kim Davis did was troubling. What Ted Cruz did was downright alarming. Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, refused to issue marriage certificates to gay couples. She said she was operating “under God’s authority,” but she now sits in jail for ignoring federal authority. Davis, at least, is facing the consequences of her actions. Not so Cruz, senator from Texas and Republican presidential candidate. “Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny,” he said. “Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. . . . I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally.” Tyranny?...
  • New Labor Day Polls Show Trump Leading in GOP Favorability & Defeating Every Democrat Challenger

    09/05/2015 2:04:00 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 47 replies
    Two Labor Day Polls Portend ‘Splodey Heads For The Anti-Trump Advocates…. Earlier today Gallup released a poll showing that Trump is the most heavily favored candidate (63% Approval Rating) amid Republicans. A devastating defeat for the establishment GOP (GOPe) who are seeking to push their preferred candidate Jeb Bush. Such substantive favorable opinion of candidate Trump puts the RNC/GOPe in a difficult position as they plot to begin their collective assault against the unpalatable frontrunner. But tonight the news for the Vichy Republican crowd is infinite degrees worse. As they plot the best course of Trump’s annihilation – national polls...
  • Jindal to Trump: 'Can't make America great again by throwing Christians in jail'

    09/04/2015 7:49:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 110 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/4/15 | Ryan Lovelace
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hit Donald Trump on the front-running presidential candidate's response to the ongoing debate about the jailing of the Kentucky clerk who refused marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Trump had discussed the punishment Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis faced for disobeying the law on MSNBC. "I hate to see her put in jail," Trump told MSNBC. "[But] the Supreme Court has ruled. That's the law of the land." Sensing an opportunity on the campaign trail, Jindal rebuked The Donald in a series of tweets, exclaiming, "You can't make America great again by throwing Christians in jail.""I understand...
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu held in contempt in firefighter case, judge threatens house arrest

    09/04/2015 1:58:22 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/4/15 | Robert McClendon, | The Times-Picayune
    Civil District Judge Kern Reese held New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in contempt Friday (Sept. 4), but said he would give Landrieu one week to come up with a reasonable plan to pay an outstanding judgment due to the city's firefighters before imposing a house arrest sentence. Reese said he understood Landrieu was constrained by a tight budget, but that did not mean he had the right to shirk a legal judgment. "This is a legal issue," Reese said. "We all have responsibilities and those responsibilities have to be met." If Landrieu didn't have a payment plan in place by...
  • Jeb Bush: Kim Davis Is ‘Sworn to Uphold the Law’

    09/03/2015 9:43:23 PM PDT · by VinL · 110 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/4/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Former governor Jeb Bush said that Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk jailed for contempt of court after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, doesn’t have the authority to defy the courts. “She is sworn to uphold the law, and it seems to me that there ought to be common ground, there ought to be big enough space for her to act on her conscience and — now that the law is the law of the land — for a gay couple to be married in whatever jurisdiction that is,” Bush told reporters in New Hampshire. Davis’s case...
  • Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis will stay in custody

    09/03/2015 2:47:39 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 156 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 9/03/2015 | Madeline Janicki
    Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, a Democrat, will stay in custody. It was a circus in Ashland today, as media, and protesters on both sides of the Kim Davis controversy came nose-to-nose outside the courthouse. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis appeared before U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning at 11:00 this morning, Bunning had her taken into custody finding her in contempt for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Bunning told Davis that she would remain in jail until she complied with his order. Davis said “thank you” and was taken from the courtroom by a U.S....
  • Formosa Petrochemical considering building $9.4B production complex in Louisiana

    09/03/2015 1:41:13 PM PDT · by robowombat · 34 replies
    Greater Baton Rouge Business Report ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 | STEVE SANOSKI
    Formosa Petrochemical considering building $9.4B production complex in Louisiana STEVE SANOSKI SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 Taiwan-based Formosa Petrochemical Corp. is studying the feasibility of building a $9.4 billion industrial complex in St. James Parish to produce ethylene and other chemical products, company officials and Gov. Bobby Jindal announced this afternoon. A final investment decision is expected in mid-2016. If Formosa decides the investment makes financial sense, it would move forward with construction on the first phase of the project in late 2016, with hiring to begin in 2018. The project would create 1,200 new direct jobs paying an average annual salary...
  • Walker, Jindal back Kentucky clerk on marriage licenses: ‘The Constitution is very clear’

    09/03/2015 12:46:32 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 61 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/3/15 | Dustin Siggins
    Two more GOP presidential candidates have chimed in on the issue of whether Rowan County clerk Kim Davis must provide marriage licenses for same-sex couples. While three candidates have publicly supported Davis' right to only provide marriage licenses for man-woman couples, three others have said she must do so or resign. This morning, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Laura Ingraham, "In the end, this is the balance that you gotta have to have in America, between the laws that are out there, but ultimately ensuring that the Constitution is upheld. I read that the Constitution is very clear that people...
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants 50% local hires, 30% disadvantaged for New Orleans contracts by 2020

    09/03/2015 1:14:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/3/15 | Richard A. Webster, | The Times-Picayune
    Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a new policy Thursday (Sept. 3) that would require city contractors to place a priority on employing local and disadvantaged workers. The goal of Hire NOLA is to have, by 2020, at least 50 percent of all work hours on city projects performed by local workers and 30 percent by local disadvantaged workers. "Since launching the Economic Opportunity Strategy, we have made our goal clear -- prepare and connect the people of New Orleans to jobs and our local businesses to strategic opportunities for growth," Landrieu said in a prepared statement. "There is no doubt the...

    09/02/2015 7:04:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 2, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    It's De Blasio Time. Radical leftist pro-crime mayor who decided to wage war on cops. Radical leftist pro-crime president who decided to wage war on cops. Radical leftist pro-crime media which decided to wage war on cops. Now murders are mysteriously rising for reasons they can't explain. It must be Global Warming. Or car insurance rates. Or maybe squirrels. I bet it's the squirrels causing all the murders. Now let's run another #BlackLivesMatter puff piece and more pro-crime propaganda about freeing drug dealers. Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few...
  • 4 arrested in attack on McDonald's drive-through worker

    09/02/2015 4:49:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 50 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/2/15 | Littice Bacon-Blood, | The Times-Picayune
    Three teenagers and a 20-year-old woman have been arrested on charges of attacking a 16-year-old McDonald's worker who was pulled out of a drive-through window at the LaPlace restaurant and beaten. Video surveillance and witnesses to the Aug. 26 attack led authorities to the suspects, the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's office said Wednesday (Sept. 2). Kailin Holland, 17, of Harvey was booked with second-degree battery and released on a $10,000 bond. Misdemeanor summonses for simple battery were issued to Sierra Gregoire, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile, both of LaPlace, and Bradnika Gregoire, 20, of Reserve was issued a...
  • Obama Justice Dept. backs Planned Parenthood against La. Gov. Jindal

    09/01/2015 7:02:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/1/15 | Valerie Richardson
    The Obama administration has sided with Planned Parenthood in its effort to keep its contract with Louisiana, arguing in a court filing that the state’s decision to defund the organization may be in violation of the federal Medicaid Act. The Justice Department filed a “statement of interest” late Monday in favor of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, arguing that “thus far, Louisiana has not proffered sufficient reasons to terminate Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Inc. (“PPGC”) from its Medicaid program.” “If Louisiana terminates PPGC from participation in its Medicaid program without providing any justification related to PPGC’s qualifications to perform or bill...
  • Jindal on CBS: 'Immigration Without Assimilation Is Invasion'

    08/30/2015 9:41:30 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    News Max ^ | 08/30/2015 | Greg Richter
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says all immigrants should come into the country the same way his own parents did —  legally. And they should assimilate. "Immigration without assimilation is invasion that can weaken our country," Jindal said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation."  He made similar comments on ABC's "This Week."