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Bobby Jindal comments on Ferguson, Politico reports

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the potential contenders for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination who sought out comments from on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the announcement that a grand jury opted not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

“A young man is dead — this situation is truly a tragedy and our hearts go out to his family,” Jindal said in a statement to Politico. “Some have used this as an excuse for lawlessness, arson and destroying property, but that is not the answer. The community must come together in the aftermath of this situation, not divide itself by acts of violence. I do not care what pigmentation anyone’s skin is. Justice is color blind, God is color blind, and I believe we all should be color blind.”

The Politico piece notes that Hillary Clinton, the apparent Democratic frontrunner for 2016 at this time, has been silent on the ongoing protests spawned from growing racial tension over Brown’s death (and similar cases) and the grand jury’s decision announced Monday.

Other potential GOP contenders, including Jindal’s fellow Republican Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rick Perry of Texas, called for less violence.

As Politico writes: “The only likely 2016er to opine at length on Ferguson is Rand Paul, a Republican who has made criminal justice reform and minority outreach part of his brand. He told POLITICO on Tuesday that the crisis in the Missouri town highlights the need to reform the justice system, a topic he expanded on at length in a an opinion piece for Time later that day.”

Read the full article, including what other 2016 hopefuls have said about Ferguson here.

Bobby Jindal’s chief of staff makes local ’40 under 40′ list

Kyle Plotkin, who became Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief of staff earlier this year, has been named to the Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” list for 2014.

Plotkin, 32, has quickly risen the ranks in Jindal’s administration — beginning as his press secretary in 2008. A New Jersey native, he previously worked for state Treasurer John Kennedy’s unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign.

Curious about what Plotkin wanted to become as a child (Hint: It doesn’t involve politics), his favorite app or his nostalgia over a certain 90s song and dance? Check out the full Q&A with the Business Report here.

The annual “Forty Under 40″ list — which this year also includes Kia Bickham, who works in Mayor-President Kip Holden’s administration and serves as his chief adviser for the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council; Terrence Ginn, the state Board of Regent’s assistant commissioner for finance and administration; and Triumph Kitchen founder Chef Chris Wadsworth — is meant to reflect the “capital region’s rising stars.”

Check out the full breakdown here.

Conservative group marks Thanksgiving with 2-minute anti-Barack Obama, pro-Bill Cassidy ad

A conservative super PAC is launching a dramatic new Thanksgiving-themed political ad critical of President Barack Obama that also appears to promote Republican Bill Cassidy in his effort to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The two face each other in a Dec. 6 runoff.

Clocking in at two minutes, the ad from the Conservative War Chest touches on several Obama’s actions and policies in office — ranging from immigration to U.S.-China relations.

The ad accuses Obama of “causing resentments for a generation by using one group against the other and dividing the country and weakening the rule of law that protects us all.”

It never mentions aloud Landrieu or Cassidy by name (nor does the narrator even note the Louisiana Senate race), but the ad flashes Cassidy’s picture and name on the screen at the very end during the required political disclaimer.

The Washington Post’s Post Politics blog notes it’s unclear how much money the PAC is spending on spreading the ad. Mike Flynn, a CWC spokesman, told the Post: “We are pleased to have time on NFL football on Thanksgiving Day as well as local news over the weekend.”

Republican Bill Cassidy outpaces Democrat Mary Landrieu in fundraising before Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff vote

Leading in the polls heading into the Dec. 6 runoff for the U.S. Senate, Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, also led in fundraising over his Democratic opponent, incumbent Mary Landrieu, in the latest filing period, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Cassidy reported taking in $2.2 million from Oct. 16 through Nov. 16. He ended the period with $1.3 million cash on hand.

Landrieu collected $1.8 million in the same period, and had $780,000 on hand at its conclusion, her report said.

Cassidy’s report was filed after the deadline for the period.

Landrieu edged Cassidy, 42 percent to 41 percent, in the Nov. 4 open primary, but polls consistently show him winning the runoff.






U.S. News: GOP looks to governors for 2016

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s stature as a state leader could work to be to his advantage as he considers a run for president in the coming year.

A story out today from U.S. News & World Report exmines the perks of being a governor as so many Republicans size each other up for 2016.

Jindal and other Republican governors met in Florida last week.

From that meeting, U.S. News concludes: ” There’s a striking emerging consensus among Republicans from all corners of the country that their next nominee for president should be a governor.”

Read more about that line of thinking here, as well as the theory that governors taking the lead could mean a less blistering primary season for the GOP because “governors largely will remain respectful to each other, even when they’re placed in the grinding primary process as opponents.”

But while Jindal apparently has that going for him, a poll out this week shows he still trails several high-profile senators — including U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz.

The Quinnipiac University Poll found about 2 percent of likely Republican voters would support Jindal if the primary were held today — up slightly from the 1 percent he received in the university’s last poll in July, but still down from the 3 percent he polled at last year.

The latest poll also found Jindal coming in behind several governors and former governors. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all polled higher than Jindal among the respondents. Political novice Dr. Ben Carson, a tea party favorite, also out-polled Jindal.

Jindal’s 2 percent put him even with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It also put him above former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

According to Quinnipiac’s analysis, Jindal’s far-right bonafides could work to his disadvantage.

Tim Mallory, assistant director of the poll notes in a news release that, “It looks like Republican voters are favoring more moderate choices for 2016.”

“Hillary Clinton has no real rival from her own party, but there are challengers galore in the Republican lineup, with Romney and Christie looking especially strong against her,” he said.

Unsurprisingly, the Democratic primary side appears to be more shored up at this point.

Former Secretary of State Clinton polled at 57 percent among likely Democratic voters, followed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Vice President Joe Biden.

You can read the full poll and methodology here.

It’s probably a good thing Jindal doesn’t care about polls.

Recent surveys in Iowa and New Hampshire have both found his popularity lagging.

Media allowed to report Monday’s U.S. Senate debate

WAFB-TV announced Wednesday it would allow reporters into its Baton Rouge station to cover the statewide televised debate between incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., greets Senate candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., before their debate at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., greets Senate candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., before their debate at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Monday, Dec. 1, debate between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., is the only joint encounter in which Cassidy agreed to participate. Early voting is Wednesday and Saturday. The runoff election is next Saturday, Dec. 6.

His campaign announced Cassidy would not answer questions of reporters after the debate. He was unavailable to the media after the two debates that he participated in prior to the primary election.

Landrieu will meet the press after the debate in WAFB’s newsroom.

Initially, the station’s management had said there was not enough room to allow access to outside reporters.

The emailed announcement Wednesday morning stated that media members who apply to the station for credentials would be allowed into the studio for five minutes at 6:45 p.m., then could watch the debate from a viewing room elsewhere in the building, and participate in Landrieu’s press conference.

Media that wish to attend the debate must apply for credentials by 10 a.m. Monday from Monica Craig, WAFB’s executive producer at (225) 215-4801 or

WAFB-TV is part of Raycom Media, which owns or manages television stations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles and Shreveport.

Bobby Jindal to be in Virginia on election day

On  the Dec. 6 runoff election day, Gov. Bobby Jindal is scheduled to speak to the Republican Party of Virginia’s annual gathering of party activists.

That state’s Republican activists meet for seminars and speeches at what is called the Donald W. Huffman Advance. Huffman was chairman of Virginia’s Republicans.

Jindal will be the keynote speaker at the event, according to tweet by the Virginia Republican Party. Ed Gillespie, who narrowly lost his U.S. Senate race to Democratic incumbent Mark R. Warner, also will speak.

His press secretary, Shannon Bates, says the governor plans to early vote Wednesday or Saturday.

The event takes Marriott Westfield near Dulles International Airport in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Jindal has made several trips to Virginia in the past few years.

Tickets run $55 from a single basic entry to $25,000 for the top-level sponsorship, which includes eight tickets.

Bobby Jindal shares family hunting photos on social media

Gov. Bobby Jindal — well, Louisiana’s entire First Family, actually — appears to be enjoying some time hunting this fall.

Over the past month, photos of the entire Jindal clan — governor dad, First Lady mom, daughter Selia and sons Shaan and Slade — have popped up on the governor’s official social media platforms — posing with guns on outings that span from skeet shooting, duck hunting and even target practice at the shooting range.

During a Q&A with the Iowa Des Moines Register earlier this year, the governor described his hunting habits this way: “More duck hunting than deer hunting, and more fishing than anything.” Jindal appeared on an episode of A&E’s Duck Dynasty this summer.

Check out the photos below from Jindal’s Twitter and Instagram accounts:

Fun with Supriya at the range yesterday!


Bonus: Jindal’s first post to Instagram was this shot of Supriya Jindal last year with the caption: “My wife is a pretty good shot.”

My wife is a pretty good shot #firstinstagrampost

Bobby Jindal scores low in New Hampshire, Iowa polls

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a backseat on the stages where Republican Party stars campaign for Bill Cassidy.

Potential GOP presidential candidates U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio, of Florida, along with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and tea party favorite Dr. Ben Carson, of Maryland, have all come to Louisiana to rally voters to U.S. Rep. Cassidy’s effort to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Dec. 6 runoff.

Part of the reason could be found in a poll released this week that shows Jindal has a net favorable rating of 20 percent among New Hampshire voters and net unfavorable rating of 21 percent, according to the survey of 989 likely Granite State voters by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and Bloomberg Politics website.

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, walks with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal during a campaign stop in De Witt, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo)

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, walks with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal during a campaign stop in De Witt, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo)

Of the visiting GOP dignitaries, only Carson had a lower favorable rating at 19 percent but his net unfavorable rating was 10.

Jindal told Meet the Press last week, when asked about his current unpopularity in Louisiana, that he doesn’t care about polls.

New Hampshire holds the first presidential primary vote, Jan. 26, 2016, and if it was held today, Mitt Romney, who the GOP standard bearer in 2012, would be the overwhelming favorite among Republican primary voters, with 30 percent, the poll showed.

Jindal came in near the bottom with 3 percent of the vote, but ahead of Perry, who had 2 percent.

If Romney is not in the field, then Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are ahead at 16, Jindal and Perry trail the field with 4 and 3 percent, respectively.

Tom Rath, a former New Hampshire attorney general and longtime primary watcher who supported Romney in 2012, was quoted in the Saint Anselm press release accompanying the poll as saying the early polling is certain to change in the coming months, as local coverage of the primary is added to the mix of what has been mostly national coverage. Rath said that the “center-right” part of the potential candidate lineup is still unformed.

Jindal’s presidential numbers are only marginally better in Iowa, where the first inkling of voter preference for presidential candidates is found when the parties hold caucuses on Jan. 18, 2016.

Jindal had a 41 percent favorable rating in Iowa and a 14 percent unfavorable, according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of 425 likely 2016 Republican caucus goers conducted in October. He was the first choice of 1 percent of the likely caucus goers and as the second choice for 4 percent.

Next month, Jindal will make his fourth trip to Iowa of the year.


F. King Alexander, Sandra Woodley among AASCU event speakers

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities, a higher education advocacy group, will meet next week in New Orleans, and the event’s speakers include LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander and University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley.

The event runs Wednesday through Friday at the Jw Marriott.

Woodley and Alexander will serve on a panel together on the opening day and “offer strategies for how both college leaders and elected officials can work together to maintain and advance the missions of these institutions to effectively serve students.”

Alexander also will moderate a discussion with Suzanne Mettler, Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University on Thursday.