It’s the first explanation that pops to mind: Someone has kidnapped our governor, who has publicly said he thinks it’s OK to teach Intelligent Design (creationism in a lab coat) alongside evolution in biology class, and replaced him with a politician actually attuned to the fact-based reality the GOP has been slowly and painfully seceding from for two decades.
Yahoo! News’ Liz Goodwin brought to our attention Jindal’s op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal, “The End of Birth-Control Politics,” in which he announces his support for selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription. Again, Gov. Bobby Jindal says he supports selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, after all, threw its support behind same last month.
But after reading Goodwin’s report — you can’t read Jindal’s actual piece unless you’re a WSJ subscriber — we see that Jindal’s reasonableness is motivated more by political maneuvering than rational thought: “I agree with this opinion, which if embraced by the federal government would take contraception out of the political arena,” he writes. “Democrats have wrongly accused Republicans of being against birth control and against allowing people to use it. That’s hogwash,” Jindal writes. “But Republicans do want to protect those who have religious beliefs that are opposed to contraception.”
So it’s really more about countering the Dems’ charge that the GOP has been waging a “war on women,” which was used so effectively against Republicans in the last election cycle, than it is about sound public health policy. But hey, baby steps...
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DEC 20 The Robertson family is playing hardball in their dispute with A&E, the network that airs the wildly profitable "reality" show about their family, Duck Dynasty. Patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended by the network after GQ printed an interview with him that contained his (unedited) comments about gay and black folks. Here's a link to their statement, in which they say they can't imagine the show without papa and announcing that they are in negotiations with A&E about the future of the show.
DEC 20 Blogger Robert Mann (also a journalism prof at LSU and thus an authority on the First Amendment) says something in this post of which a lot of Fox News anchors and internet trolls should take heed: the Constitution says you have freedom of speech. It does not say you can't face consequences for what you say. He also takes a look at what our governor has to say -- and ole Bobby had to drag Miley Cyrus into it.
DEC 20 Blogger Tom Aswell says Governor Bobby Jindal has now had more to say about the comments a "reality" star made about gay and black people than he has had to say about the problems in his own voucher program or the sinkhole in Bayou Corne. In fact, Tom points out, Bobby's all over the Phil Robertson "issue" like "a duck on a June bug."
DEC 20 Here's an interesting post from blogger Katie East in DIG Magazine about celebrity passings. She understands why so many would be sad because of Mandela's passing -- he was an international figure, a political figure, an activist. But there is similar wailing following the passing of people who may not have had the same impact, she says -- like the guy who starred in the Fast and Furious movies. She wants to know: why is that?
DEC 20 Columnist James Gill writes about Louisiana's embattled voucher program in this post. Just because a child attends a private school does not mean he's going to get a good education, Gill writes. Gov. Jindal likes to say the program helps kids get a great education, but whether it does that is open to "considerable doubt," Gill writes.
DEC 20 Gambit's Clancy DuBos writes about the NOLA mayor's race in this post. For a while, it was assumed that it would be a quiet one, given the amount of money Mitch has in the bank. But at the last minute, a (possibly) formidable candidate threw his hat in the ring. The question is, Clancy says, why?
DEC 20 In Louisiana's education system, the state takes over a school that is designated as "failing." The assumption is, that's a good thing and will produce improvement. But is that the case? Blogger Mike Deshotels takes a look at how takeovers perform in one area of testing, the ACT.
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