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Bobby Jindal campaign push includes new ad in Iowa, T-shirts

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 touts the governor as “tanned, rested, ready” — a nod to Jindal’s Indian heritage and his dislike of “hyphenated American” modifiers (as well as a play on the famous Richard Nixon line).

“The liberal narrative that developed this week was disgusting: apparently Bobby isn’t brown enough for them,” Jindal campaign manager Timmy Teepell said in an email revealing the T shirt.

A previous ad running in Iowa highlighted Jindal’s religious views.

Jindal is returning to Iowa this week to hold various events Tuesday through Saturday, including participating in at least two July 4 parades and tours of local factories.

According to a fundraising pitch to supporters this morning, Jindal’s campaign was $6,545 off from its quarter goal — though the email didn’t specify what the total amount was. Such emails are popular among campaigns hoping to solicit some last-minute contributions.

Over the weekend, Jindal told a crowd at the Governor’s Mansion that his first major fundraiser in Baton Rouge brought in more than $500,000 for his campaign.

Meanwhile, the Center for Responsive Politics has profiled Jindal’s “money man” — former Congressman Bob Livingston. Livingston, who was at the Mansion event, is leading the pro-Jindal Believe Again super PAC.

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 and seizing the nomination, to the 52 percent who say he’s unlikely that he’ll be their nominee.

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Of all likely voters — not just Republicans — only 17 percent believe Jindal has a shot, to 58 percent who say it’s not likely to happen for Jindal in 2016.

According to crosstabs Rasmussen provided to The Advocate, likely voters were pretty evenly split between finding Jindal favorable (30%) or unfavorable (32%), but 38 percent didn’t know enough about Jindal to say either way.

Jindal, who is in Iowa Friday, is plotting a campaign that will attempt to woo conservative Christians and heavily focus on efforts in Iowa — the first state to caucus in the primary.

The Rasmussen survey included 1,000 likely voters and the margin of error is 3 percent, with a 95 percent level of confidence.

Bobby Jindal op-ed: ‘Court’s ruling ultimately decides little’ on Obamacare

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, already a fairly prolific opinion piece writer, has penned his latest op-ed for TIME on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling this week.

In a  6-3 ruling issued Wednesday, justices said the subsidies offered through the federal Affordable Care Act, which is commonly called “Obamacare,” apply to people who live in states that haven’t created their own insurance exchanges.

In his TIME column Friday, Jindal not only takes aim at President Barack Obama, but also criticizes his fellow Republicans running for president.

“While we should be shouting our vision from the rooftops, many of my fellow candidates have managed barely a whisper about how exactly they would repeal Obamacare, or what they would do to tackle the main issue plaguing our health care system: rising costs,” Jindal writes.

Read the whole op-ed here.

FEMA taking comments on proposed New Orleans flood maps

Washington — The federal government is inviting homeowners, renters and business owners in New Orleans to review and comment on preliminary flood maps for New Orleans.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency maps identify flood risk areas. The agency will take comments or appeals until Aug. 6.

The Rundown: June 26, 2015

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Today in The Rundown: We look back on the week of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s big announcement, plus other news from the Louisiana political scene that you may have missed.

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Scheduling note: Now that the session is over, The Rundown is publishing at a less frequent rate. But we’ll ramp back up closer to Election Day.

Days until the 2015 primary election day: 119
Days until the runoff (as needed): 147

Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? Jindal is in Iowa today, campaigning for president.

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Bobby Jindal announcement video ridiculed online; campaign responds

Just hours before Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was set to formally launch his run for president, Jindal leaked the news himself via a series of hidden-camera videos featuring his family.

The home movie, shot apparently from a low-quality cameras mounted in a tree above the family and over to the side, shows Jindal and his wife, Supriya, breaking the news to their three children Selia, 13, Shaan, 11 and Slade 8. According to the Jindal campaign, it was the first time the kids had heard the news, and the video, which they agreed to release, shows their authentic reaction.

The poor-quality audio cuts in and out. Jindal’s face is mostly obscured, as are those of his children. They inquire about getting a dog, and Shaan, the youngest, gets distracted by a turtle.

The Internet has mostly responded with ridicule: The videos have been labeled “strange,” “bizarre,” “creepy” and “awkward” — among other things.

Gawker called it “bleak, non-consensual, and mercifully short-lived.”

Rolling Stone described it this way: “Far from being folksy, it looked like the sort of footage the Tooth Fairy from Red Dragon uses to select his next victim.”

FunnyOrDie, a comedy video site, dubbed over the real dialogue to poke fun at Jindal. (Warning: FOD’s video contains language some may find offensive or inappropriate for work.)

Jindal campaign spokeswoman Shannon Bates Dirmann defended the videos on Thursday.

“It’s a fun video that they discussed as a family before releasing,” she said. “The kids knew it was going out and were excited about it. It’s a shame some liberals would attack this fun family moment.”

Watch the series of videos here.

Bobby Jindal campaign to hold fundraiser, reception in Baton Rouge this weekend

Now that he’s made it official, it’s time for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to hold his first major presidential campaign events in Baton Rouge.

As The Advocate first reported, based on invitations it obtained, an invite-only reception  will take place at the Governor’s Mansion Saturday evening and will feature LSU Football Coach Les Miles and New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton.

A separate fundraiser, 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 included 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 officially launched his campaign for the GOP nomination for president during a rally in Kenner on Wednesday, then traveled to New Hampshire to campaign Thursday. On Friday, he’ll be campaigning in Iowa.

PETA addresses Bobby Jindal’s puppy promise

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in a hidden video released by his presidential campaign Thursday, promised his three children that, if he’s elected president in 2016, they can have a puppy.

“If we move to the White House you can have a puppy,” Jindal tells them, after daughter, Selia, inquires.

On Thursday, PETA, the notorious animal rights group, responded with a letter to Jindal, urging him to adopt a shelter dog, if he has to make good on that promise.

In a separate statement, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk urges Jindal to go ahead and take the plunge, and offers help in finding the perfect shelter dog in need:

“Gov. Jindal can make his kids happy right now and set a wonderful example for the country by saving the life of a puppy who may never find a home unless the Jindals make it happen … PETA would be happy to help the governor’s family find just the right dog in need—one whose life depends on being given a second chance—today or in the future.”

Read the full letter: 

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Bobby Jindal responds to Obamacare ruling

Fresh off his official presidential campaign launch, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest ruling upholding the federal Affordable Care Act.

In a  6-3 ruling, justices said the subsidies offered through the federal health care law, which is commonly called “Obamacare,” apply to people who live in states that haven’t created their own insurance exchanges.

Here’s Jindal’s statement, released by his presidential campaign shortly after the ruling was announced:

“Today, the Supreme Court had its say; soon, the American people will have theirs.

President Obama would like this to be the end of the debate on Obamacare, but it isn’t.  The debate will continue because the law has failed to accomplish its prime objective: Containing health care costs.

Republicans must outline a clear and coherent vision for health care to win the trust of the American people to repeal Obamacare.   And right now, I am the only candidate to put forward a comprehensive plan.

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, the debate will grow.   Conservatives must be fearless in demanding that our leaders in Washington repeal and replace Obamacare with a plan that will lower health care costs and restore freedom.”

Later, the campaign sent an email to supporters, with a plea for donations.

“President Obama and Hillary Clinton would like this to be the end of the debate on Obamacare, but it isn’t.  Republicans must outline a clear and coherent vision for health care to win the trust of the American people to repeal Obamacare. I am the only candidate for President who has put forward a comprehensive plan to do it. If you believe we need to repeal and replace Obamacare, then show me you’re with me,” reads the email, which was signed “Bobby” and included links to a campaign donation page.

La. House passes leadership changes, almost

The Louisiana House came close to passing new rules for the election of the chamber’s next leaders come 2016.

It happened as the House took up nearly a dozen resolutions in one fell swoop as its last official action of the legislative session. With no discussion, no debate and “in globo” they were approved. Not even the resolutions’ subject matter was mentioned.

Among the resolutions was one dealing with the nomination process of the next House speaker and speaker pro-tem. The resolution would have established elections by secret ballot.

The Senate had adopted its own version of the secret ballot for its next leaders after lengthy debate a day before the session’s June 11  end. Proponents argued that governors wield too much influence over the selection of legislative leaders. The secret ballot would make senators less subject to retribution if they don’t vote for the governor’s candidates for legislative leaders, they said.

Louisiana governors routinely handpick  Senate and House leaders, sometimes interviewing them for the posts. Both chambers just as routinely go along with the governor’s selections in public votes.

House Resolution 228, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-New Orleans, would have done something similar in the House.

But there was a problem with the resolutions’ approval.

“Through computer records we were able to establish it happened after 6 o’clock” – the mandatory session end, said House Clerk Butch Speer.

So none of the resolutions – House Resolution 219 through 229 ended up passing.

Other resolutions dying along with Arnold’s commended people on their retirements, offered condolences on deaths of constituents, requested action on a blighted property issue in New Orleans and tried to help Grambling State University’s nursing program.

On the House website all the resolutions are now listed as “pending House introduction.”