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Report: Tony Clayton could jump into governor’s race

Tony Clayton, a high-profile prosecutor and attorney, is weighing a run for governor, according to a report from LaPolitics.com.

In an interview with LaPolitics, Clayton laid out the qualities that could make him an interesting candidate in the race.

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Tony Clayton (Advocate file photo)

“I’m a conservative Democrat,” said Clayton, a member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors. “I believe in smaller government, I’m pro-life and I’m for traditional marriage. I hunt, and I believe in the Second Amendment. I also think our oil companies play an important role in Louisiana and I don’t think we should be trying to run them out of the state.”

There are currently four major candidates in the race: U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and state Rep. John Bel Edwards. Edwards is a Democrat; the others are Republicans.

The election is Oct. 24 and a runoff will be held Nov. 21 if no candidate takes more than 50 percent of the vote.

LaPolitics, which notes that retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré also might make a late entry into the race, points out that either entry could have more of an impact on who gets sent to the runoff.

Read the full report from LaPolitics here or via the Business Report.

The Rundown: May 22, 2015

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Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.

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Countdown…
Days until session ends: 20
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 157
Days until the runoff (as needed): 186

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal?  He’s slated to speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City today.

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Bobby Jindal takes to Fox News, MSNBC to slam Obama

As the Louisiana House was gearing up to debate the state budget for the coming year, Gov. Bobby Jindal made the rounds on Fox News and MSNBC, blasting President Barack Obama.

Jinal, who announced this week the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, took Obama to task for his policies in the Middle East, blaming him for the expansion of Isis and threat from Iran on On the Record with Greta Van Sustren Wednesday evening. Bobby Jindal Morning Joe

“Instead of worrying about what happened 12 years ago, why not worry about what’s happening in Iran today?” Jindal said. “He seems so reluctant to engage in the Middle East,”

He continued to jab Obama on Morning Joe early Thursday, though much of the interview focused on his presidential ambitions.

“I think this is the most important election of my lifetime,” Jindal said of the 2016 election “President Obama is turning the American Dream into the European Nightmare.”

“We need a big change in DC,” he added.

Jindal is expected to announce his 2016 intentions “shortly” after the Legislative session ends June 11. So far, he hasn’t managed to rise to the top tier of the GOP’s crowded pool of potential nominees. He may not even make it on stage for the first two primary debates.

But, as he has said in the past, Jindal told the Morning Joe hosts that he doesn’t mind the long list of Republican hopefuls and he still thinks he has the ability to rise to the top.

“I know a lot of Republican leaders like to complain or moan about how many candidates we have running. I think it’s a good thing,” he said.

He said that his policy papers, which he has rolled out through his America Next nonprofit over the past year, demonstrate his leadership ability.

“If I were to urn that would set me apart. We have specific ideas,” he said. “It’s not enough to give a great one-liner or speech or TV ad.”

Watch the On the Record interview here.

Watch the Morning Joe interview here.

On Thursday, as the House stretched into the afternoon debating a spending plan for the state budget that begins July 1, Jindal tweeted criticism directed at Hillary Clinton.

 

The Rundown: May 21, 2015

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Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.

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Countdown…
Days until session ends: 21
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 158
Days until the runoff (as needed): 187

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal?  The governor did not have any reported events outside of Louisiana scheduled today. On Friday, he’s slated to speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

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The Rundown: May 20, 2015

Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.

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Countdown…
Days until session ends: 22
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 159
Days until the runoff (as needed): 188

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal?  The governor did not have any reported events outside of Louisiana scheduled today. Later this week, he’ll head to Oklahoma City for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

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Bobby Jindal committee plans fundraiser, reception next month; Governor’s Mansion event includes LSU coach Les Miles, Saints coach Sean Payton

LSU head coach Les Miles speaks with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during LSU's NFL football pro day in Baton Rouge, La., on March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Sean Gardner)

LSU head coach Les Miles speaks with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during LSU’s NFL football pro day in Baton Rouge, La., on March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Sean Gardner)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential exploratory committee will host a fundraiser and an invite-only reception in Baton Rouge on June 27 — with RSVPs requested within days of when he’s expected to announce whether he’s running for president.

According to invitations obtained by The Advocate, an event at the Governor’s Mansion that evening will feature LSU Football Coach Les Miles and New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton.

A separate event, slated for the Hilton Hotel in Baton Rouge that same evening encourages donations of $2,700 per person or $5,400 per couple. That invitation includes a list of “event hosts” — many of them long-time political allies of Jindal, including LSU Board of Supervisors appointees Scott Ballard, Rolfe McCollister, Jack Lawton, Blake Chatelain and Bobby Yarborough; former Jindal Chief of Staff Paul Rainwater and Phyllis Taylor, of the Taylor Foundation.

Jindal, who has for the past several months been openly weighing a run for president, announced the exploratory committee’s launch on Monday. He’s expected to announce his intentions after the legislative session ends June 11.

NOTE: This post has been updated, per request from Jindal’s political staff, to reflect that the Mansion event is an invite-only reception hosted by Jindal’s exploratory committee and not a fundraiser. 

Poll: Voters not yet engaged in Louisiana governor race

Voters will elect a new Louisiana governor this fall, but few people are paying attention to the governor’s race at this point, according to a recent survey from LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab.

Just 25 percent of the poll’s respondents said they were closely following news on the race, while 22 percent said they have given a lot of thought to it.

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(Left to Right) Vitter, Dardenne, Angelle, Edwards

The four leading candidates in the race are Republicans David Vitter, Scott Angelle and Jay Dardenne and Democrat John Bel Edwards.

As The Advocate recently reported, each has set out on varying early paths to build attention, as voters have seemed less engaged at this point. The election is Oct. 24, with a Nov. 21 runoff slated if no candidate takes more than 50 percent of the vote the first time around.

Based on the LSU survey’s findings, neither party has cornered the market on engagement, though Republicans are paying a bit more attention to the news (29 percent to 22 percent for Democrats), while more Democrats said they had given the race a lot of thought (30 percent to 13 percent for Republicans).

A majority of voters also said they did not know enough about Dardenne, Angelle or Edwards to have an opinion about them. The major candidates are faring well among those voters who have heard of them. Each candidate has a net favorable rating, meaning more people have positive opinions about them than negative opinions.

“We will likely see these numbers change as we get closer to Election Day and voters start paying more attention to the campaign,” Michael Henderson, research director of PPRL, said in a news release. “In the meantime, this is a caution against over-interpreting early polls about who voters might choose to support. Opinions and vote intentions could shift quite a bit as voters start tuning in.”

Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited and cannot seek re-election. On Monday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee for president.

Bobby Jindal responds to House effectively killing ‘religious freedom’ bill

The House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday effectively killed legislation that was among one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s priorities this session.

In response, the governor released this statement to The Advocate Tuesday afternoon:

“We are disappointed by the committee’s action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar.  We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. 

“This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Check back with The Advocate for updates.

The Rundown: May 19, 2015

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Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.

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Countdown…
Days until session ends: 23
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 160
Days until the runoff (as needed): 189

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal?  The governor did not have any reported events outside of Louisiana scheduled today.

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Lafayette company receives national export award

Washington – A Lafayette oilfield services company received federal recognition Monday for its record of sustained export growth, one of four businesses honored this year under the “E” Star Award for Exports program of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

“Expanding U.S. exports is important for building a 21st-century American economy that provides more jobs and higher wages for working families,” U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., said in a statement recognizing the award to Oil Center Research International. Boustany, whose district includes Lafayette, is a prominent House supporter of export trade.

The company started in 1958 producing a drilling lubricant, but has since expanded its product line to more than 1,000 items sold to automotive, marine, petrochemical and agricultural clients. One of its products was initially marketed in the 1960s as Super Stuff by the Wham-O toy company.

The export award program dates to 1961. The Dept. of Commerce this year recognized 26 companies nationwide with an “E” Award for Exports for recording four years of export growth. The Lafayette company received an “E” Star Award for Exports as a previous “E” Award winner that had racked up an additional four years of increased exports.