Taking aim at red light cameras again
MAR 7 A Baton Rouge legislator is trying again to put the famous (or infamous) red light cameras to a public vote, this WBRZ story reports. One bill prefiled by Jeff Arnold would require voters to approve the money-making operations. Another would require that each ticket be served, instead of mailed, on the alleged violator.
Bobby going to the big dance!
MAR 7 Don't look for Bobby "I've got the job I want" Jindal to be in Louisiana this weekend. As this story in the Los Angeles Times reports, he'll be on the East Coast kissing bu--- er, pressing flesh at CPAC. If you want to see his speech, click here. The conservative love-fest will feature speeches from all the (current) 2016 GOP contenders, with Ted Cruz kicking it off and Sarah Palin wrapping it up. In between, the most anticipated speech is probably that of Chris Christie, the story reports. There's also a straw poll (Rand Paul won last year).
Moseley: commentgate isn't going anywhere
MAR 7 Columnist Mark Moseley writes about "commentgate" in this post on the Lens, mostly to remind us that "we don't know jack squat" about what really happened. Sure, the scandal of federal prosecutors anonymously commenting on the Picayune's website about cases in their office brought down Jim Letten and all of his buds, but we still know virtually nothing about what really happened, and all the prepetrators have not been identified, Moseley argues.
Poll: they like Francis, but it don't mean nothing
MAR 7 Blogger Rod Dreher examines a recent poll that found Catholics sure like the new pope, but it's not having any effect on their behavior. He's a good guy and represents a positive change in their church, but it doesn't mean they're going to Mass more than they used to, Dreher tells us. Why is that? Dreher thinks it is because most American Catholics are just going to do what they want, regardless of who the pope is.
Sabludowsky: what's coming this spring
MAR 7 Blogger Stephen Sabludowsky writes about the upcoming political spring in this post on Bayou Buzz. He's covering Jindal's agenda, education, this year's attempt to repeal creationism in public schools, and Bill Cassidy's Tea Party alignment, among other things.
Mother Jones' Jindal profile
MAR 7 Here's a great read on Mother Jones about Bobby Jindal and how his personal history has shaped the candidate. Again, the concept of personality and charisma (or a lack thereof) is raised, when Tim Murphy writes that Jindal has tried very hard but has "been eclipsed by a succession of shinier objects" like Rubio, Cruz and Christie. His real problem, former Gov. Buddy Roemer is quoted here as saying, is his ambition.
Briggs: stand up for the oil and gas industry
MAR 7 To follow up on dad Don Briggs' recent splash in the headlines, here's a story that reads more like a letter to the editor by Gifford Briggs, vice president of LOGA, the group his dad heads up. It's time to stand up and support the poor, defenseless oil and gas industry, we're told. The "greedy trial lawyers" are trotted out, and we're urged to help him "change Louisiana."
What, exactly, is wrong with these people?
MAR 7 First it was a bunch of federal prosecutors, now an Arkansas judge. A political blogger outed a circuit judge as the same guy making nasty (and possibly racist, sexist and homophobic) comments on an LSU sports message board, the Picayune reports here. The judge, who was running for an appeals court seat up there, has ended his campaign and apologized. Not a good move for someone whose judgment affects people's lives.