Monday, July 24, 2017

Bobby Jindal

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that members of Westboro Baptist Church will be arrested if they attempt to protest the funerals of the two women killed in the movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“If they come here to Louisiana, if they try to disrupt this funeral, we’re going to lock them up. We’re going to arrest them,” Jindal said. “They shouldn’t try that in Louisiana. We won’t abide by that here. Let these families grieve.”

John Houser shot 11 people in a Lafayette movie theater over a week ago, before shooting and killing himself. Two women, Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33, were killed–and it’s their funerals that may be picketed.

Westboro Baptist Church–reviled by just about everyone on either side of the aisle–has made an infamous reputation for themselves with their high-profile picketing of funerals, including many for U.S. servicemen and women killed in combat.

The controversial church claims that American troops are killed because of American society’s embrace of “sin,” including the fight for gay rights.

While they have no formal plans to picket the funerals, they have posted a number of things on social media, hinting that they may.

Jindal intends to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to arresting the protesters. He issued an executive order to prohibit protesting at funerals or other memorial services. The order requires protesters to stay at least 300 feet away from all funerals, for a period of two hours before and two hours and the event.

The Americans Civil Liberties Union has criticized Jindal’s order, but Jindal refuses to back down–and, with the funerals coming shortly, it’s unlikely that any legal challenge will make it in time to overturn the executive order before the funerals.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is under attack–from his own Republican Lieutenant Governor, Jay Dardenne.

Dardenne, who is running for Governor to replace Jindal in 2016, has issued a letter calling on Jindal to pay back the state for state police travel expenses, claiming that these expenses were for the benefit of Jindal’s presidential campaign, not the state of Louisiana.

$2.2 million has been spent in the last twelve months on out-of-state police travel expenses. Dardenne has attempted to figure out how much of that has been accrued since Jindal declared his candidacy.

“Despite repeated requests, my office has not been able to obtain any updated numbers from [Louisiana State Police] on those costs since March,” Dardenne wrote in a letter to his boss.

Regardless, Dardenne alleges that Jindal has used those expenses predominantly for his campaign–and tells him that to pay up.

“Louisiana taxpayers should not pay any part of the costs of your travel while you campaign for President,” Dardenne scolded. Including “the cost of your protective services detail provided by Louisiana State Police.”

Jindal, once touted as an up-and-coming Republican Governor with national ambitions–even giving the party’s official 2009 State of the Union Rebuttal–has seen his star fall in recent years.

Deeply unpopular in his home state of Louisiana–where he’s lost the support not just of Democrats, but Republicans and friendly media outlets that previously endorsed him for Governor.

But Jindal’s spokesman, Mike Reed, swatted away the criticism, claiming that Dardenne is just playing politics–trying to curry favor with an electorate that has soured on the incumbent Republican Governor.

“Candidates for governor should not make the safety of the governor and his family a political issue,” Reed said. “We appreciate the work that State Police does for the governor and his family every day and we’re grateful for their service. We leave all security determinations up to the State Police and we trust them to do their job.”


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