“Louisiana has lost the most jobs of any state since Governor Edwards took office, and this new data shows his policies continue to drive away work and workers,” said RGA Communications Director Amelia Chassé Alcivar. “At a time when Louisiana should be taking advantage of a strong national economy to grow jobs and expand opportunity, John Bel Edwards liberal tax-and-spend agenda is moving the state in the wrong direction, and working families are the ones paying the price.”
The following was penned by Gene Mills, President of the Louisiana Family Forum:
I’ve worked with numerous governors over my 30+ years around Louisiana’s political landscape, including Louisiana’s current Governor. Throughout those years, I have tried to hold public officials accountable while personally modeling the respect due to each civil government official as Scripture requires (Romans 13). It is in that spirit that I respectfully offer these thoughts.
Governor John Bel Edwards and I, though often public policy opposites, remain friendly and co-operative when common ground is found. The most recent example of that is Criminal Justice Reform. My involvement was at his request, and I served out of respect for his office and a shared belief that of the 18,000 inmates released each year in Louisiana, that a 42% recidivism rate within five years was too high. I respect Governor Edwards family and his lovely and talented wife. His pro-life and pro-second amendment platform won the Louisiana electorate in 2016, and many had high expectations for this deep-south Democrat going forward.
Last week, while launching his reelection campaign Governor Edwards took a swing at an old foe of his and a good friend of mine – former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. I understand that it is said that “all is fair in love and war… and politics.” However, it is political season predictable to me when one joins the chorus of others - making a ghost of the past argument – which oversimplifies and misrepresents a good man’s tenure. Among other things, Bobby Jindal understood the importance of regularly inviting socially conservative, Evangelical, Protestant, and Catholic pastors to his table to discuss policies which were impacting their cities, their churches and the shared responsibility we have to minister. We prayed together, communicated concerns, and listened to his responses. When hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit Louisiana, the reaction from this conversation was tangible. By our small network’s account, tens of millions of dollars of goods and services moved, at no taxpayer expense, through this group of communicating and cooperating friends who ministered to the impacted families.
I can offer a few additional things Bobby Jindal did very well:
He earnestly supported traditional family values. Governor Jindal refused to extend executive actions from his predecessors affirming the LGBTQ+ agenda and bringing sexual politics into state government. Governor Edwards signed an executive order expanding LGBTQ+ rights. Only Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and three failed court appeals stopped JBE’s executive advocacy.
Governor Jindal was a staunch defender of religious liberty. He supported and signed our state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (2010). John Bel Edwards, as a legislator in 2009, had deep concerns with a constitutional amendment on religious liberty and he voted against the amendment. Then Rep. Edwards did vote for the 2010 version of the bill.
Governor Jindal served as a firewall protecting our state from the incessant encroachment of gambling interests. It was well known in the industry that he would oppose both de-regulation as well as the expansion of gambling. Under Governor Edwards, gambling bills filed and passed has exploded – including new forms of gaming.
Yes, there are significant differences in the governance and ideology of these two men. However, it’s disingenuous for Governor Edwards to oversimplify the past while ignoring the context that the policies of both President Obama and President Trump have had on our economic and political landscape.
I urge Governor Edwards and his surrogates to focus on the present reality. From LFF’s vantage point, much work remains before Louisiana is known as a place where God is honored, families flourish, liberty is cherished, and state government is laser-focused on its constitutional imperatives. Bobby Jindal has not been the Governor for nearly four years. Surely, there are present indicators which assist the Governor in making his case to the voters of Louisiana. In the meantime, I will continue to remind our state of the remarkable legacy of Bobby Jindal.
Louisiana Family Forum
Joining governors from several other states, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has issued an Executive Order blocking Syrian refugees from entering the state. This is in response to Friday's attack by Islamic militants on several targets in Paris.
With this order, Jindal joins governors from Texas, Michigan and Alabama, who have acted similarly in blocking the flow of refugees into their states.
Louisiana Lt. Governor and candidate for the office of Governor in this fall's election, Jay Dardenne, has come out hard against the current officeholder, Bobby Jindal, for his use of Louisiana State Police during his campaign for President. A piece written by NOLA goes into great detail regarding this issue and Dardenne's criticism of this practice. However, videos have recently come out that show Dardenne utilizing the same agency during his campaign for the Governor's office.
And, another video shows that Dardenne readily admits that he utilizes the State Police in political events.
Could this be a mere oversight on the part of Dardenne or could this be a case of blatant hypocrisy? You be the judge.
With the recent announcement by the Westboro Baptist "Church" on their decision to picket the funerals of the victims of Thursday's shootings at the Grand Theater in Lafayett, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order than bans disturbing the peace of these funerals. Per the order, the statement says as follows:
This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until forty-eight (48) hours past the burials of Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, unless amended, modified, terminated or rescinded prior to that time.
A copy the the order is attached.
In what can only be called a sign of desperation and viewed as grasping for straws, the head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, Karen Carter Peterson, used a satirical website in order to promote a false story concerning Gov. Bobby Jindal. In her defense, she claimed she knew it was satirical all along, but nonetheless, this made her and the Party look foolish.
Jason Dore' with the Louisiana Republican Party had this to say about the fiasco in an email last night:
"It's a good day in Louisiana if the Democrats are focused on anything other than trying to keep children trapped in failing schools. That seems to be their mission, so if they want to waste more time attacking Republicans for things we didn't do and for saying things we didn't say, that's fine. A brief look at Louisiana's political environment shows that the voters aren't buying what they're selling any more,"
Not to be outdone, one of the stars in the Democratic Party in Louisiana, Ted James, picked up on this same piece and ran with it later in the evening. He's since deleted it off of his Twitter page, but with the power of screen shots, it has managed to be captured. Scott McKay of The Hayride has written a piece on this issue, which can be found here.
Folks, this is what it looks like when a political party is in the death throws in the State of Louisiana. After losing their brightest star, Mary Landrieu, in the last election, the Democrats are desperate for anything to stick against the wall. Bobby Jindal can be criticized for plenty of things, but this is just ridiculous.
In a rapid response to the SCOTUS decision this morning on the legalization of same sex-marriage, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, presidential nominee for the Republican Party in the 2016 elections, tweeted out several statements. It is apparent that Jindal is continuing his crusade for the nomination with his courtship of the religious right and using this issue to bolster his standings within that demographic.