Monday, May 11, 2009

Jindal believes in transparency for everyone but himself

Lie1.
A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
2. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.
LiarOne that tells lies.

In last year's inaugural address, Gov. Bobby Jindal vowed to rally Louisianians to build a state "where our leaders and our people set the highest standards and hold every member of our government accountable." At the urging of the governor's staff, House and Senate committees last week killed mirror-image bills by Rep. Wayne Waddell and Sen. Robert Adley that would have eliminated the broad exception for the governor's office in the state's open records law.
The identical measures, House Bill 169 and Senate Bill 278, still would have shielded documents related to ongoing economic development negotiations that are held by the governor, his chief of staff and his legal counsel. That addressed worries about the state's ability to negotiate with private companies. The bills would not have affected exceptions in other laws, such as protections for records involving the governor's safety and security.
Unfortunately, Gov. Jindal and his staff are not only blocking reform -- they are backing a rival measure that would further restrict access to records held by the governor's office and other agencies. Senate Bill 278 by Sen. Jody Amedee extends those exceptions to records held outside the governor's office, meaning other agencies could shield documents by arguing they were "used, held, or prepared on behalf of the governor," according to the Public Affairs Research Council.
Robert Adley served sixteen years in the House and one term in the senate as a Democrat. Just after last fall’s election he switched to the Republican Party because he shared the philosophy of the new governor. At the time, Adley said "I have worked with a number of reform governors and spent years trying to get reform in Louisiana. We've gotten close; we've never gotten there. I really believe this administration has that chance and I want to participate in that."
Adley is singing a different tune now. The Advocate reports that after the defeat of his bill he said "It's so blatantly bad, He's making horrible arguments and the Legislature, because of all the lobbying he's doing, is swallowing the whole thing. Transparency is gone. Checks and balances are gone. I'm beginning to believe I'm sitting in a communist state.”
It’s good to see Adley on the right side of this issue. It hasn’t always been so. Last year, he opposed a bill that sought disclosure from those municipal officials that he depends on for his livelihood. He also was unable to find his conservative values when he voted for the exorbitant pay raise last year which Jindal ultimately vetoed, after promising the legislature that he would not.
Read editorial comments in The Times-Picayune and The Times.
Several references at LaNewsLink.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jindal: The Gathering Storm

With his statewide approval down to 53%, Bobby Jindal should take note that the people are not happy with his traveling all over the country fundraising (for president) while the state suffers.
If he remains oblivious, he may find that he will be defeated for governor in 2011 and won't have his 'stepping-stone' to the presidency.

Deep Pockets: Jindal’s to donors have access to power – and millions of dollars in state work
Jeremy Alford

Jindal’s ‘Gold Standard’ further tarnished
The Advertiser

Jindal’s Pay-To-Play Plan
C. B. Forgotston

Moon Griffon: Obama cut taxes faster than Jindal

The Reduct Box: Jindal uses state helicopter for fundraiser

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jindal Bombs

The guv appeared on the Today Show this morning in an attempt to control some of the damage from his response to President Obama last night.
Jindal, not a particularly effective speaker in any circumstance, really bombed with his first national appearance.
He and the family are at Disneyland or Disneyworld or somewhere 'winding down'. . . . anywhere but Baton Rouge . . .


Friday, January 23, 2009

Jindal gets major Speaking Engagement

From Business Report:

Politico magazine says Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the headlining speaker at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s March fundraising dinner.
For the past eight years, former President George W. Bush was the main speaker at the event, which raises money for GOP Congressional candidates. NRCC officials say Jindal was picked because he's a "rising star" and part of the "new generation of leadership in our party."
Although Jindal says his main focus is on running for re-election in 2011, he's been seen as a possible presidential candidate in 2012.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Jindal not the next Obama

From The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Is Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal the Republican Barack Obama?
A political podcast I downloaded asked that question recently, but it wasn't the first time I have heard it. It likely won't be the last, either.
We can answer the query unequivocally, here and now: No, he's not -- and he doesn't have to be. There are similarities between Obama and Jindal, but Republicans must realize that the 36-year-old Southern governor isn't a miracle GOP answer to the president-elect.
It is easy to see why some people want to cast the Pelican State governor as a conservative counter to Obama -- and it's not only the two men's shared skin tone. Both are reform-minded political and policy whiz kids who cut to the front of the political line, displacing notorious political machines in Chicago and Louisiana, and quickly zoomed to national prominence. Both also show the best of America: Obama, the highly educated son of an African immigrant, won a seat in the U.S. Senate and the presidency with so-called post-racial coalitions; uber-educated Jindal, whose parents emigrated from India in the 1970s, claimed the governor's chair in a region once wary of those who could be branded "outsiders."
The comparisons present a nice package, neatly tied, for Republicans who want to believe they have an Obama of their own ready to reclaim the mantle from the charismatic Democratic president-elect. Before Jindal said that he will not run for president in 2012, some members of the media also liked the Obama-Jindal narrative because they might have had the chance to bill that year's campaign as a clash-of-the-titans election.