Gov. Bobby Jindal this week released endorsements in most statewide and legislative races. While none of the endorsements was particularly surprising, Jindal’s decision not to issue an endorsement in several races, including legislative races that will be voted on in Lafayette Parish, is noteworthy.
Starting from the top, Jindal declined to make endorsements in the lieutenant governor’s race pitting incumbent Jay Dardenne against Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and in the race between interim Secretary of State Tom Schedler and his opponent, House Speaker Jim Tucker. All of the candidates in those races are Republican.
Closer to home, Jindal skipped on issuing an endorsement in the newly created black-majority House District 96 race, which has a field of six candidates. He also declined to endorse a candidate in House 42, a curious decision since a fellow Republican, Anthony Emmons, is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Jack Montoucet. U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry attended a fundraiser for and has supported Emmons’ candidacy.
The governor also decided not to make an endorsement in the state Senate District 24 race in which conservative Democratic incumbent Sen. Elbert Guillory is fending off two opponents, most notably Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins who previously held the Senate 24 seat.
House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terry Town, had a some- times rocky relationship with Gov. Bobby Jindal during his tenure atop the House. Jindal declined to endorse either Tucker or his fellow Repub- lican, incumbent Secretary of State Tom Schedler, in the Oct. 22 election.
As anticipated, Jindal endorsed Republican Holly Boffy, the 2010 Louisiana Teacher of the Year from Lafayette, over incumbent Republican Dale Bayard in the BESE District 7 race. Jindal reportedly wants to stack the state school board with reform-minded members, and Boffy’s recent call for ending teacher tenure dovetails with the governor’s desire.
And Jindal evidently has no problem with late-comers to the GOP, endorsing Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, who switched from D to R earlier this year, over Joseph Cao, the Republican former Congressman from New Orleans.
Gov. Jindal’s endorsements in statewide races:
Insurance Commissioner: Jim Donelon Commissioner of Agriculture: Mike Strain Attorney General: Buddy Caldwell Treasurer: John Kennedy
Gov. Jindal’s endorsements in BESE races:
BESE District 1 James Garvey BESE District 3 Glenny Lee Buquet BESE District 4 Walter Lee BESE District 5 Jay Guillot BESE District 6 Chas Roemer BESE District 7 Holly Boffy
Gov. Jindal’s endorsements for Senate:
SD01 AG Crowe SD06 Bodi White SD07 David Heitmeier SD08 John A. Alario, Jr. SD09 Conrad Appel SD10 Daniel “Danny” Martiny SD11 Jack Donahue SD15 Sharon Weston Broome SD16 Dan Claitor SD17 Rick Ward III SD18 “Jody” Amedee SD19 Garrett Monti SD20 Norby Chabert SD22 Fred Mills SD23 Patrick Page Cortez SD25 Dan “Blade” Morrish SD26 Jonathan Perry SD27 Ronnie Johns SD28 Paul “Doc” Miller SD29 Rick Gallot SD30 John Smith SD31 Gerald Long SD32 Neil Riser SD33 Mike Walsworth SD34 Francis Thompson SD35 Bob Kostelka SD37 Jane Smith
Gov. Jindal’s endorsements for House:
HD01 James Morris HD04 Patrick Williams HD05 Alan Seabaugh HD06 Thomas Carmody HD07 Richard T. Burford HD09 Henry L. Burns HD13 James R. Fannin HD14 Samuel P. Little HD15 Frank A. Hoffmann HD18 Major Thibaut HD19 Charles R. “Bubba” Chaney HD20 Steve Pylant HD21 John F. “Andy” Anders HD22 Billy R. Chandler HD24 Frank A. Howard HD28 Kirby Roy III HD31 Nancy Landry HD33 Michael E Danahay HD35 Brett F. Geymann HD36 Chuck Kleckley HD37 John E. Guinn HD38 Julie Harrington HD39 Don Menard HD40 Ledricka Thierry HD41 Mickey J. Guillory HD43 Stuart Bishop HD44 Ricky Hardy HD45 Joel C. Robideaux HD46 Mike Huval HD47 Bob Hensgens HD48 Taylor F. Barras HD49 Simone B. Champagne HD51 Joe Harrison HD52 Gordon Dove HD56 Greg Miller HD59 Eddie J. Lambert HD60 Karen St. Germain HD65 Clifton R. Richardson HD66 Hunter Greene HD68 Stephen F. Carter HD69 Erich E. Ponti HD70 Franklin J. Foil HD71 J. Rogers Pope HD73 Stephen E. Pugh HD74 Scott M. Simon HD76 J. Kevin Pearson HD77 John M. Schroder HD78 Kirk Talbot HD79 Anthony V. “Tony” Ligi HD80 Joseph P. Lopinto HD82 Cameron Henry HD84 Patrick Connick HD86 Chris Broadwater HD87 Girod Jackson III HD88 Johnny Berthelot HD89 Timothy Burns HD90 “Greg” Cromer HD91 Walt Leger III HD92 Thomas P. Willmott HD93 Helena Moreno HD95 Sherman Mack HD97 Jared Brossett HD98 Fenn French HD100 Austin Badon HD101 Harold Williams
MAY 24 Blogger Robert Mann posts this entry about the Baton Rouge Chamber's recent report on Louisiana's higher education system. It's critical to economic development, and yet our system is facing a "funding crisis" with no way to resolve it, the report says. The Chamber says control of tuition and fees must be returned to the higher ed governing boards.
MAY 24 Here's a NBC33 story about Tyrann Mathieu. He has signed with the Arizona Cardinals, inking a $3 million, four-year deal. He gets a signing bonus of $265K, but gets another, larger bonus if he doesn't get cut from the team for doing drugs. The deal reportedly includes mandatory tests and meetings for the player.
MAY 24 Jarvis DeBerry posts here about the redonkulus rhetoric that would have us believe NOLA is a safe city with a murder problem. Maybe the city's crime stats don't compare with its murder stats because you can't manipulate a murder, he says: a dead body's a dead body. It just doesn't make sense, he says, and his readers agree: a poll asks if they believe the city is safe, and more than 90 percent say no.
MAY 24 Jindal administration officials announced Thursday that the privatization of public health care is going to cost a lot more than they budgeted for, the Advocate reports here. "I'm so surprised," said no one. Anywhere. The cost they're projecting now is more than $1 billion - a lot more than the $626 million budgeted for it. And, it's more than it cost the state to operate those hospitals. So why are we doing this again?
MAY 24 Blogger CB Forgotston ridicules the recent PR campaign by the state GOP in the wake of a legislative auditor's request to both major parties. The GOP (apparently unaware that the Dems got the same request) started yammering about being targeted because it had "killed" a tax increase. CB finds that laughable, but it's also pretty funny that the GOP was comparing this episode to the IRS scandal (Because the President has so much to do with our state auditor. Right?).
MAY 24 Politico details some recent fund-raising efforts by Sen. David Vitter, which have raised the question of his future political plans. This time, it is a $5,000 per head "bayou weekend" that includes "Cajun cooking" and an all-caps "alligator hunt," the story reports. Funds raised go to a super PAC that can spend money to support Vitter in federal or state races, the story points out.
MAY 24 The pink building on Royal in the quarter was sold at a sheriff's sale Thursday, this Picayune story reports. An injunction that would have halted the sale wasn't enforced because the family failed to post a $150,000 bond, the story reports. So the owner of the mortgages on the building bought it, for nearly $7 million. Now the feuding family will have to negotiate with that company to get a lease on the building that has housed their business for close to 60 years.
MAY 23 This post in Louisiana Voice tells us about a bill by a Winnsboro lege that would require all public high school students to take at least one Course Choice online class in order to graduate. (What?) Blogger Tom Aswell says it's a monument to "waste and corruption," especially in light of the problems he's exposed with the program in recent weeks. Idaho had a similar program, but voters removed it by a 2-1 margin, Aswell says.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.