Posts Tagged 'Governor PBJ'

Happy 4th :)

Sorry I’ve been out of pocket for a few days…life happens, I suppose.

The heat surrounded the legislative pay raise has, of course, died down since Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill.  Since then, both recall petitions filed against PBJ have been withdrawn.  It appears that the effort to recall Speaker Tucker at www.recallpayraisetucker.com has also been withdrawn.  The www.recallmichot.com site has been turned into a watch-dog organization to keep a very close eye on Mike Michot.  Recall Them All still seems to be up and running, but with the individual recalls withdrawn, I don’t really see much coming out of that.

Congratulations to all the people of Louisiana, and thank you to those who made phone calls, sent angry letters, and made your voice heard to our elected officials.  Though this whole process was stressful and frustrating for most of us, I hope it has shown us all that we can make a difference in our state government…as corny as that sounds 😉

R&R’ing,

-Your friendly neighborhood blogger

VETO!!!

Oh my goodness…I just heard Jindal VETOED the Pay Raise!  We should all be very happy that the Governor has finally aquiesced to the will of the people.  Story developing, but see the following links for now, and check back regularly for updates:

http://www.thedeadpelican.com/2008/JUNE/VETOPAY.HTM

http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=8578662&Call=Email&Format=HTML

 

11 days…

…and the uproar about the legislative pay raise is still not dying down.  The results from a survey conducted by John Roberts (a resident of the West bank and of Jim ‘Payraise’ Tucker’s House District) were released yesterday, and they show that 82.77% of voters in the district disapprove of the pay raise, and that 58.76% of voters are willing to sign a petition to recall Tucker.  Recall efforts have now also been started for Joe Lopinto of House District 80, Steve Pugh of House District 73, and Franklin Foil of House District 70, as well as the already afoot recall petitions for Tucker and Michot.

OH!  THIS JUST IN: An official recall petition has been filed with the Secretary of State’s office against Governor Bobby Jindal…the SOS did not release the name of the individual who applied for the petition.  This nearly impossibly effort would require over 900,000 registered voters’ signatures.  Developing…

I also found it interesting how ‘Payraise’ Tucker suddenly decided to kinda let everyone know that he’d be cool with Jindal vetoing (or not vetoing…or whatever) SB 672…it was almost like he hadn’t threatened to pull all of Bobby’s projects or kill all of the Administration’s bills as soon as the hit the floor.  Hm.  Funny how that works out…or doesn’t.

However, Governor PBJ doesn’t really seem to believe anything that Tucker says.  And I don’t really blame him.  In response to Tucker’s statement, the Governor had this to say:

“The legislative leaders have publicly said that the wheels would come off if I stopped this raise and warned us to stay out of the Legislature’s internal affairs.  Nothing has changed, and we won’t let our reforms and progress be held hostage by giving the Legislature an excuse to stop them.  Politically, the easiest thing for me to do would be to veto the bill, but I’m not going to do anything to stop the process of moving us forward.”

K, thanks, Bobby.  We heard you the first time you sang that pre-written and quite well-rehearsed song.

Ready for the 8th to roll around,

-Your friendly neighborhood blogger

13 days…

…and yes, we plan on dragging this out until July 8!  Governor PBJ (my new favorite nick name…get it?  Piyush Bobby Jindal!) had a nice little press conference yesterday from which we can gather the following gems:

“I would probably be the most popular person in modern polling history if I did that (veto the bill), but I don’t want to give the Legislature any excuse to slow down our reforms.”

-Governor Bobby Jindal

Now, every sane person who heard/read this should say the same thing: Huh?  Note to Melissa Sellers: if you want Bobby to keep copping out of the veto, fine…but for goodness’ sake, please re-write his responses.  They make less and less sense as the days go by…

Bobby also made a trip up to Shreveport for the ceremonial signing of SB 87, which is the bill everyone should be really happy about but we’re all just too pissed off about the pay raise to care.  Thanks to Moon Griffon, about 15-20 protestors showed up holding signs that read “VETO PAY RAISE…YOU PROMISED” and “VETO, and represent the people who cast their vote for you”  (Check out the Shreveport Times pics).  But the picture below is my absolute favorite:

 

Now THAT is classic.

Moving on to other news, State Representative Regina Ashford Barrow has been making news…or rather, her son has.  James Barrow, the 21-year-old son of the Representative, was arrested last week in connection with the fatal shooting of Brent Cole, a church musician from DeQuincy.  One of Mr. Barrow’s friends was arrested too…Michael Smith, Jr., 20-years-old.

 

James Barrow

 

Michael Smith, Jr.

Brent Cole

The wonderful thing about this story, though, is that Barrow’s bond was set, at the request of James Barrow’s family (aka, Representative Barrow and company…) at $100K, while his friend Mr. Smith’s bond was set at $250K.  Hm.  Too bad for Smith that his mommy isn’t a legislator too.  Then, on Friday, Barrow gets released from prison and put under house arrest under certain conditions; one of those being that he has to submit to random drug tests.  Well, he flunked.  Yesterday, in fact.  So now they’re both back in prison.  Story developing…