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  • Exclusive — Jindal On ACLU Lawsuit Against His Religious Liberty Protections

    07/01/2015 6:29:25 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 30 Jun 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, tells Breitbart News exclusively that he’s appalled by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) decision to turn against defending civil liberties. “Their hypocrisy is absolutely stunning,” Jindal said when asked about how the ACLU’s website, and their legal argument history, is filled with defenses of religious liberty. ... Jindal’s interview with Breitbart News came just hours after the ACLU announced it would be suing Jindal over an executive order he issued in the state of Louisiana aimed at protecting religious freedom. The executive order, as Breitbart News reported, tried to protect...
  • Louisiana Court Holds Hearing on Pro-Life Law Requiring Abortionists to Have Admitting Privileges

    06/30/2015 4:39:18 PM PDT · by Morgana
    lifenews.com ^ | Jun 30, 2015 | Louisiana Right to Life
    Yesterday, after six full days of testimony, Judge John deGravelles of the Middle Federal District Court in Baton Rouge brought the trial regarding Louisiana’s 2014 HB 388 / Act 620 to a close. The six days included testimony from both the plaintiffs of the abortion industry and the defendants from the state of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals. Witnesses from both sides includes many doctors, academics, and even Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert. The trial revealed that three abortion physicians in Louisiana currently have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of an abortion facility...
  • MISS USA PAGEANT VOWS: 'THE SHOW WILL GO ON'

    06/30/2015 11:47:48 AM PDT · by drewh · 13 replies
    CBS News WDSU 6 ^ | 6:34 CDT Jun 30, 2015
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —Organizers of next month's Miss USA pageant say "the show will go on," despite NBC's decision to not broadcast the event after splitting with Donald Trump. "We are disheartened by recent events but the show will go on," the Miss Universe organization said in a statement Tuesday morning. "We are moving forward, full-steam ahead as planned for the next two weeks, culminating in the crowning of a new Miss USA on July 12." However, the show currently has no television broadcaster. Before NBC pulled out, Univision, the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the country, decided last week to...
  • Jindal: Protection for govt workers who object to same-sex marriage, though it may be limited

    06/30/2015 6:53:51 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 06/29/2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    [Title shortened for space limitations] The Jindal administration issued a memo Tuesday (June 29) advising state government agencies to respect the religious beliefs of workers who don't support same-sex marriage. "[A]ppropriate accommodations may be made for state employees who express a religious objection to involvement in issuance of same-sex marriage licenses, and judges and justices of the peace may not be forced to officiate a same-sex wedding ceremony when other authorized individuals who have no religious objection are available," wrote Thomas Enright, Jindal's executive counsel, in the memo. All Louisiana court clerks could soon be expected to issue marriage licenses...
  • White people against white supremacy rally and teach-in at Lafayette Square

    06/29/2015 1:49:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 38 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/28/15 | Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A "white people against white supremacy" rally and teach-in organized by the advocacy group European Dissent took place at Lafayette Square on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The gathering honored the nine black people who were murdered in Charleston, S.C. last week. "We stand in solidarity with black communities and other communities of color who bear the brunt of white supremacy and racism, here in New Orleans and across the world," the group said in a statement. "White supremacy is part of the fabric of America. White supremacy works through all of our systems and institutions to marginalize, silence, devalue, undermine,...
  • Walmart Apologizes for Making ISIS Cake for Man Denied Confederate Flag Design

    06/29/2015 12:54:45 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/29/15 | Susanna Kim
    A man in Louisiana is asking for an explanation from Walmart after his request for a Confederate flag cake at one of its bakeries was rejected, but a design with the ISIS flag was accepted. Chuck Netzhammer said he ordered the image of the Confederate flag on a cake with the words, "Heritage Not Hate," on Thursday at a Walmart in Slidell, Louisiana. But the bakery denied his request, he said. At some point later, he ordered the image of the ISIS flag that represents the terrorist group. "I went back yesterday and managed to get an ISIS battleflag printed....
  • Louisiana starts issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    06/29/2015 10:28:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/29/2015 | CBS/AP
    Louisiana officials have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court Jon Geggenheimer confirmed in a telephone interview that a license was issued there Monday morning. It was believed to be the first license issued to a same-sex couple in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, but clerks around the state had held off on immediately issuing licenses after consulting with lawyers. Gov. Bobby Jindal is opposed to gay marriage but has said the state would comply with the ruling.
  • States sue to block Obama's water rule

    06/29/2015 10:14:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi sued the Obama administration Monday to stop a new regulation asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the most controversial regulations from the Obama administration, redefining how the EPA enforces the water pollution protections of the Clean Water Act. In the lawsuit, filed in a Houston-based federal court, the states argue that the rule “is an unconstitutional and impermissible expansion of federal power over the states and their citizens and property owners.” The states’ attorneys general — all Republican — said the...
  • Statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard recently spray painted with 'Black Lives Matter'

    06/29/2015 1:22:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | June 29, 2015 | Kathleen Flynn
    The statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard has been spray-painted with the words 'Black Lives Matter' on both sides of its base. The statue stands at the main entrance to City Park in the circle where North Carrollton and Esplanade avenues intersect, directly in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Beauregard was considered the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. According to New Orleans Historical, it took twenty years to raise the $22,000 needed for the monument, which was completed in 1915....
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Bobby Jindal and Liberals’ Racist Double-Standard

    06/28/2015 11:08:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/26/15 | Kevin Williamson
    Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is, we are informed by all the best people, insufficiently ethnic. Governor Jindal, born in Baton Rouge, is Punjabi in the sense that your average Philadelphian with a surname ending in a vowel is Italian: ancestrally, trivially. Governor Jindal’s speech, culture, mannerisms, politics, religion, habits, and affect are as far removed from Chandigarh, the north Indian city where his parents met, as they are from Bogota or Stuttgart. The governor insistently rejects the tossed salad model in favor of the melting pot: an American is an American is an American, in his view. For his political...
  • Jindal 'not going to evolve' on gay marriage

    06/28/2015 9:42:29 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/28/2015 | Mark Hensch
    Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) said on Sunday that he is not changing his mind on the definition of marriage. “I think marriage is between a man and a woman,” Jindal told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “My position is not going to evolve,” he said. “I want to run a campaign where we do not give up on our principles,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added. “Establishment conservatives do not want us to do that.” Jindal’s remarks follow Friday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. He said on Sunday that Louisiana would not start recognizing...
  • New Orleans police officer remembered as 'real-life hero'(pictures)

    06/27/2015 5:07:23 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/27/15 | By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The New Orleans Police Department and hundreds of civilians gathered Saturday (June 27) to remember officer Daryle Holloway, shot dead a week earlier while driving an assault suspect to jail. Mourners recalled a father and a "real-life hero" who was quick with a laugh and lived to serve his community. Long after the pews had filled at St. Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church, uniformed police officers continued to arrive, lining the back of the nave. Patrol cars from all across the region parked on the Crowder Boulevard neutral ground. Mounted officers stood solemn watch outside under the shade of an...
  • The Stupid Party’s Candidate: Running to the right isn’t working for Bobby Jindal.

    06/24/2015 7:45:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/24/2015 | By ALAN GREENBLATT
    In n 2013 Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal called on the GOP to “stop being the stupid party.” A former Rhodes scholar with serious policy chops, he appeared perfectly positioned to elevate the discussion of ideas. Instead, Jindal has chosen to run in 2016 as the stupid party’s standard-bearer. As Jindal prepares to make his White House bid official on Wednesday, he is struggling to break the one percent mark in national polls. That puts him a dozen places behind the top-tier triumvirate of Walker, Bush and Rubio. It’s possible Jindal will emerge from the back of the pack at some...
  • Washington Post Concerned About Authenticity of Bobby Jindal's Heritage

    06/25/2015 9:35:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/25/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    On the same day that Bobby Jindal announced he's running for president, The Washington Post published an article implicitly questioning why the Louisiana governor indentifies more as an American than an Indian American. Jindal's parents were born and raised in India before immigrating to the United States. "Yet many see him as a man who has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his Indian roots," Annie Gowen and Tyler Bridges reported from Khanpur, India. The article was reminiscent of Mark Halperin's interview of presidential candidate Ted Cruz in May. Halperin, of Bloomberg Politics, asked Cruz a series of questions seeking...
  • Hundreds attend vigil honoring slain NOPD officer Daryle Holloway (picture)

    06/24/2015 3:05:19 PM PDT · by BBell · 3 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/23/15 | Heather Nolan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    At a vigil to honor her slain son, NOPD officer Daryle Holloway's mom asked the hundreds of people gathered to honor her son's life to pray for his accused killer's mom and family. "I can't imagine what that woman is going through," Olander Holloway said Tuesday (June 23). "I have no hard feelings in my heart for them, and I want you all to pray for her." Daryle Holloway, a 22-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, died Saturday after he was shot by a man he was transporting to Orleans Parish Prison. Travis Boys, who escaped after the...
  • Bobby Jindal, a Republican Governor Who Actually Cut Spending

    06/24/2015 1:43:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.24.15 | Nicole Kaeding
    SNIP Jindal took office in January of 2008, and 2015 will be his last year in office. He has scored well on the Cato Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors earning an “A” in 2010, and a “B” in both 2012 and 2014. All three report cards commend Jindal’s resolve to cut Louisiana state spending. Since fiscal year 2009, the first full fiscal year of Jindal’s term, state general fund spending has decreased by 7 percent. Per capita state spending has fallen from $2,089 in 2009 to $1,883 in 2015, a decrease of 10 percent. This spending restraint is...
  • Bobby Jindal to announce presidential plans Wednesday

    06/24/2015 5:11:13 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/24/2015 | David A. Fahrenthold and James Hohmann
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party now struggling to become one again, will announce Wednesday afternoon whether he intends to run for president in 2016. Jindal's appearance -- to be held in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner at 5 p.m. Eastern time -- does not seem much of a mystery. The 44-year-old two-term governor has given every indication that he will run. He has already traveled multiple times to early-primary states -- spending 45 percent of his days outside of Louisiana last year. And this year, some of Jindal's top state-government aides have...
  • DHH clears way for clinic to apply for abortion license (Louisiana)

    06/23/2015 7:33:23 AM PDT · by Morgana
    sfgate.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | staff
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana health department has cleared the way for Planned Parenthood to apply for a license for its New Orleans clinic to provide abortion services. In a letter dated Friday, the Department of Health and Hospitals rescinded an earlier requirement that outpatient abortion facilities, such as Planned Parenthood, provide a "facility need review" demonstrating its services are needed to preserve access before it can apply for a license to perform abortions in the state. Such a review had been required under department regulations enacted in 2012. Since the review is no longer necessary, the department...
  • New Orleans police capture suspect in fatal shooting of officer in police car

    06/21/2015 3:26:01 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 6 replies
    NY Daily Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Joel Landeau
    The man accused of shooting a New Orleans police officer to death inside a police car was nabbed Sunday after he was spotted jumping onto a public bus wearing handcuffs. Police searched for Travis Boys, 33, for 24 hours after he slipped into the front seat of the cruiser while handcuffed and fatally shot Daryle Holloway, 45, authorities said. A police rookie and his trainer saw Boys getting on the bus with broken handcuffs on his wrist. "To my understanding, he got on the bus after spotting the officers. And the officers saw that and then he got off the...
  • A 'bitter day' as manhunt for suspected police officer killer Travis Boys ends

    06/21/2015 12:09:32 PM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies
    ,NOLA.com | Times-Picayune ^ | 6/21/15 | Andy Grimm, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune
    The manhunt for the escapee police say killed New Orleans Police Officer Daryle Holloway, ended when a rookie officer spotted Travis Boys as he boarded a bus in the Lower 9th Ward, his broken handcuffs still on his wrists. Police stopped the bus and Boys, 33, sprinted into the neighborhood. A swarm of officers caught him near Reynes Street and St. Claude Avenue Sunday (June 21), NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said. "We always knew we would catch him," he said at a press conference outside police headquarters, flanked by U.S. Marshals, state police and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "It was just...
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition: Winners and losers

    06/21/2015 10:34:11 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | June 21, 2015 | Katie Glueck and Kyle Cheney
    Ted Cruz dominated, Rick Santorum flopped and Bobby Jindal found his niche. At the latest GOP cattle call, about a dozen presidential contenders rolled through a Washington, D.C. ballroom over a three-day period to tout their socially conservative bona fides at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference. Most of the 2016 hopefuls managed to impress evangelical and other conservative Christian voters by championing religious freedom, highlighting support for traditional marriage and stressing the importance of family and family values.
  • New Orleans police arrest man suspected of killing officer

    06/21/2015 9:57:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 21, 2015
    New Orleans police announced Sunday that they have arrested the man suspected of killing a police officer who was transporting him to jail a day earlier, ending a nearly 24-hour manhunt that left residents on edge. The city’s police department said Travis Boys, 33, was arrested Sunday morning near the intersection of Reynes St. and St. Claude Ave. Investigators said Boys, sitting in the back of the police cruiser Saturday morning, somehow obtained a gun as he was handcuffed behind his back and got through a barrier that separated him from the front seat of the vehicle. Boys then shot...
  • Travis Boys, suspect in NOPD officer's slaying, has history of escape

    06/20/2015 3:28:41 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 35 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | June 19, 2015 | Jonathan Bullington
    he man accused by New Orleans police of fatally shooting Officer Daryle Holloway while inside the veteran officer's police SUV Saturday morning (June 20) has a history of escaping law enforcement, court records show. Travis Boys, 33, pleaded guilty to separate escape and attempted escape charges out of Jefferson Parish in 2005 and in 2000, according to online court records. In September of 2004, he tried to escape from a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy, record show, for which he pleaded guilty in 2005 and received a sentence of two years hard labor.
  • Hunt is on for suspect in NOPD officer's slaying: 'He will pay for what he did,' chief says

    06/20/2015 2:39:01 PM PDT · by BBell · 61 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/20/15 | Jonathan Bullington
    A multi-agency manhunt is underway for Travis Boys, the 33-year-old accused of fatally shooting veteran NOPD Officer Daryle Holloway Saturday morning (June 20) while being transported in the back of Holloway's police vehicle.Boys was arrested for aggravated assault and on his way to Central Lockup around 8 a.m. when he somehow managed to maneuver his hands -- which were handcuffed behind his back -- to his front and make his way through an opening in the cage inside Holloway's vehicle, said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. He and Holloway fought, Harrison said, before Boys managed to fatally shoot the 22-year veteran...
  • BREAKING: NOLA Police Officer SHOT DEAD By Criminal During Transport

    06/20/2015 12:15:42 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/20/2015 | Jim Hoft
    A 22-year veteran of the NOPD was shot and killed after a suspect he was transporting was able to get out of his handcuffs and get a hold of a gun. The incident occurred around 9 a.m. near the intersection of Elysian Fields and North Claiborne. After the shooting, the car crashed. Officer Daryle Holloway, 46, was rushed to the hospital where he died. A manhunt is on for the suspect, 33-year-old Travis Bois, who is now wanted for murder. ​”That prisoner was able to get his hands out of the handcuffs and was able to get a firearm and...
  • Who is the most conservative Republican candidate for president? [CRUZ!]

    06/17/2015 9:45:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16 at 2:00 PM | Pablo Barberá
    The Republican field is crowded, which implies that primary voters have little information about where some of the candidates stand. That is particularly the case this season, with a few relatively unknown contenders who lack legislative experience or a long history of campaign contributions that would allow researchers to precisely identify where they stand on the liberal-to-conservative political dimension.However, one characteristic all candidates share is that they have active and popular Twitter accounts. And as I showed in an article published earlier this year in the journal Political Analysis — now freely available online as an Editors’ Choice article —...
  • Shotgun used in slayings of Metairie father and son was stolen from Orleans deputy, JPSO says

    06/10/2015 4:41:20 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/9/15 | Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com
    The shotgun wielded by a teen accused of killing a father and son in their Metairie home belonged to an Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, a detective in the case testified Tuesday. The shotgun was a personal weapon reported stolen in a New Orleans vehicle burglary about a month before the April 22 slayings of David Pence, 56, and Nicholas Pence, 25, confirmed Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.JPSO detectives recovered the Mossburg pump-action shotgun from the home of 17-year-old suspect Dexter Allen Jr., 2227 Arts St., New Orleans, two days after the shootings, authorities have...
  • Inside the Conservative Movement's Secret 2016 Auditions(It was Cruz who emerged the winner)

    06/10/2015 1:29:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 10, 2015 | Tim Alberta
    Fiorina raises eyebrows on gay marriage, Rubio frames student debt as a moral issue, and Huckabee just bores the crowd.In May, six Republican presidential candidates—Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Perry—had a private audition in front of the country's most influential conservatives. Each spoke for roughly 30 minutes to the Council for National Policy—a secretive nonprofit group populated by hundreds of right-wing activists and donors—and followed up their speeches with question-and-answer sessions with Tony Perkins, the CNP president, who also serves more visibly as the head of the Family Research Council in Washington. Based...
  • Caitlyn Jenner invited as Miss USA judge

    06/09/2015 8:41:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    The Miss USA organization has invited Caitlyn Jenner to judge this year’s beauty pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Scott Walker Backs Constitutional Amendment Allowing States To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

    06/07/2015 2:53:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | June 7, 2015 | Amanda Terkel
    WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday that he supports a constitutional amendment that would bar the Supreme Court from granting marriage equality rights nationwide. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision this month that could grant, for once and for all, same-sex couples the right to wed across the country. But Walker said on ABC's "This Week" that he would support amending the constitution to protect states that still want to ban same-sex marriage. "I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman," Walker, a prospective GOP presidential candidate, said. "If the...
  • Rep. Brown: 3K Died in Katrina – Why ‘Don’t We Support Transportation Infrastructure?’

    06/07/2015 5:43:05 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 88 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 4, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    While debating proposed cuts to Amtrak’s budget, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) argued that the government subsidized train system is necessary, especially during disasters. “What is it - that we don’t support transportation infrastructure?” Brown said on the House floor Thursday. “When we had 9/11 – Amtrak was the only entity that was moving people. When we had Katrina – Amtrak. We had over 3,000 people to die because they couldn’t move around the area.” According to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 1,833 people died in relation to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Amtrak...
  • As he nears a 2016 bid, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal hits political bottom

    06/06/2015 6:49:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2015 | Tyler Bridges
    Just weeks before he is expected to announce his presidential campaign, Bobby Jindal is at the nadir of his political career. The Republican governor is at open war with many of his erstwhile allies in the business community and the legislature. He spent weeks pushing a “religious freedom” bill that failed to pass, while having little contact with legislators trying to solve Louisiana’s worst budget crisis in 25 years. Jindal is now so unpopular in deep-red Louisiana that his approval rating plunged to 32 percent in a recent poll — compared with 42 percent for President Obama, who lost the...
  • Two Members of Boehner’s Leadership Team Openly Refuse to Admit if They’ve Read Obamatrade

    06/04/2015 4:12:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/04/15
    Two members of House GOP leadership—Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)and Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)-refused to admit through spokespersons to Breitbart News whether they have read the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal, but they still support granting President Barack Obama the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to fast track it. What’s more, Scalise and Sessions—and others GOP conference-wide, including even perhaps Boehner—could be vulnerable to serious primary challenges if they continue forward with Obamatrade.
  • I’m a Conservative Tea Party Christian Republican, and I Support Gay Marriage

    06/04/2015 11:49:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/04/2015 | Justin Haskins
    Politics today seems to be dominated by an “either you’re in or you’re out mentality.” If you’re a good Republican, a good Christian, and a good conservative, then you really can’t support gay marriage—at least, that’s what I’m constantly being told. “We can’t redefine an institution that’s been around for thousands of years,” opponents of marriage equality say. “To do so would be to radically transform the way society has always understood marriage. That’s just not what conservatism is all about.” But is that really true? It seems to me the heroes of the modern conservative movement— individuals such as...
  • Mika Miffed 'Jabby' Jindal Dared Mention Monica Lewinsky

    06/03/2015 6:21:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski apparently thinks that when it comes to discussing Bill and Hillary Clinton--those paragons of integrity--certain subjects should be taboo. On today's Morning Joe, Mika took umbrage that about-to-announce Bobby Jindal dared mention that Bill had lied about Monica Lewinsky. Mika was miffed that Jindal thought it was "blase" to bring up Monica. She later called the Louisiana governor "jabby" for having done so. View the video here.
  • Bobby Jindal to announce presidential plans June 24

    06/03/2015 8:28:00 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/03/2015 | Katie Glueck
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to announce his presidential intentions on June 24, according to a top adviser. Jindal, a Republican, is slated to announce his decision in New Orleans, said Timmy Teepell, who has served as chief of staff and is a possible campaign manager for Jindal’s likely bid.
  • Father Fights For Soldier To Be Buried At Arlington Cemetery [LA ARNG]

    06/01/2015 2:47:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/31/15 | Heather Smith
    Former Green Beret Stephen Florich cannot understand why his son, a soldier who was killed during a helicopter training crash, cannot be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.“My son was in uniform. My son was serving in the capacity as a crew chief and a door gunner. And in adverse weather conditions, he accepted a mission to train people for combat in the future. And in that, he gave all and lost his life,” the father told Fox News Channel.Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich was a Louisiana National Guard flight mechanic aboard an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter when it crashed in the Gulf...
  • Dad: soldier son killed in training crash deserves Arlington Cemetery burial

    05/30/2015 2:45:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 30, 2015
    A soldier from the Louisiana National Guard who died alongside Marines in a training accident deserves to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, his father said Saturday. Former Green Beret Stephen Florich told Fox & Friends it is a “travesty” his son has been denied that honor because he was not on active duty at the time of his death. Most active duty or retired military members of military service are eligible for in-ground interment at Arlington. Members of the reserves or National Guard are not eligible unless they have been on active duty. “I think my son was very...
  • The Left Goes Insane

    05/31/2015 8:43:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Fay Voshell
    The fall in to “certain untruth” is almost complete within the ranks of the increasingly mentally disturbed Left. Further, because so much of what the Left is promulgating is in fact certain untruth, it must continually seek to cut off rational debates. It abhors questions about the veracity of its dogma and praxis. Leftists believe it is vitally important to prohibit questions that might undermine them or their system’s credibility. Nothing, absolutely nothing, about the dogma of the Left is to be questioned. It is only to be believed. That is one reason why the Left’s current chief flag bearer,...
  • Baton Rouge Reporter Arrested After Run-In with Police

    05/29/2015 10:00:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    adweek.com ^ | 5/29/15 | Kevin Eck
    WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington was arrested after a run-in with officers at the scene of a burglary investigation Thursday morning. According to The Advocate, the Baton Rouge, La. ABC affiliate’s reporter was booked on counts of interfering with an officer and intimidating a public official. Police placed Buffington in the back of a police unit until the area was made safe, the report says. Buffington was then issued a criminal summons and told he was free to leave, to which he told an officer, “Hope you enjoy the rest of your career.” The report says the officer took the comment...
  • iCarly and the RNC Pseudo-candidates

    05/28/2015 11:18:46 AM PDT · by ifinnegan · 67 replies
    May, 28, 2015 | Self
    iCarly and the RNC Pseudo-candidates I hope people realize iCarly is full on GOPe RNC and her role is to aid GOPe candidates.  As RNC talent, she is better than most. She is articulate,  concise, intelligent.  But don't think we can trust her long term any more than we can trust Prince Rebus, Boner or Mitchie-poo.  iCarly is not the only strategic pseudo-candidate.  Why would Huckabee run other than to dilute support for Ted Cruz.  It's win win win for GOPe, Huckabee and Fox  Huckabee gets to help Cruz lose and then gets to go back to Fox as a...
  • NORTH CAROLINA GOP GOV.GOES MARIO CUOMO ON GAY MARRIAGE AND A CHALLENGE TO RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES

    05/29/2015 4:57:59 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    Vanity | 5/29/2015 | Self
    The words of the former New York Governor and Democrat icon Mario Cuomo rang out loud and clear some 30 years ago. "I am personally opposed to abortion but" would pretty much sum up Cuomo's message. Yesterday that message was echoed on the issue of gay marriage by the Republican governor of North Carolina in a statement entitled "Governor McCrory defends Constitution". Governor Pat McCrory noted his own 'sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman'. But then we got this: "Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no...
  • Obama to warn that climate change means more intense hurricanes

    05/28/2015 7:38:05 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 57 replies
    AP ^ | 05/28/2015
    <p>MIAMI — President Barack Obama is using his annual hurricane briefing to warn that climate change will make these storms more intense and damaging.</p> <p>Obama is getting the briefing on the hurricane season during a visit Thursday (May 28) to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.</p>
  • Mark Levin – We Don’t Need A Governor As President – We Need A Conservative Visionary Leader

    Mark Levin addresses the talk about the type of candidate that the United States needs if we are going to have any chance of extricating ourselves from the overwhelming destruction of the Obama regime. He says it doesn’t really matter to him what the current employment of the individual that would assume the office of President of the United States. What matters are that person’s values, their vision and their leadership ability.He sees an agenda to restore the Republic, respect for the American people, stop ruling by the administrative state and regulation and the infamous pen and phone. He notes...
  • Did GOP create ISIS? Why Rand Paul says so

    05/27/2015 12:00:44 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 28 replies
    CSM ^ | Husna Haq
    Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky, who is a candidate for his party's 2016 presidential nomination, has created a national brand as a man unafraid of challenging party orthodoxy. That was on display Wednesday when Senator Paul credited the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group to hawks within his own party. "ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS," Paul said in an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that aired Wednesday on “Morning Joe.” "They’ve created these people."
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • Gov. Jindal: Rand Paul “unsuited to be Commander in Chief”

    05/27/2015 12:18:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    It didn’t take long for a return salvo to be fired over Rand Paul’s contention this morning that Republican hawks “created” ISIS. Bobby Jindal blasted Paul as “unsuited to be Commander in Chief,” accusing him of “taking the “weakest Democratic position” while Americans are fighting ISIS. Jindal slammed Paul as a superficial, “cocktail party” thinker, and that the real origin of ISIS is the metastasizing cancer of radical Islam: “This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief,” Jindal said in a statement. “We have men and women in the military who are in...
  • In Epps Analysis of Executive Order

    05/27/2015 11:04:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 25, 2015 | Tony Perkins.
    Editor’s Note: University of Baltimore Law Professor Garrett Epps Strikes Out Again Governor Jindal’s attempt to protect individual rights from government intrusion has received the now all-too-familiar slander and cranky response from those who don’t like anything that stops marriage from steamrolling all individual liberties in its path. After the legislature refused to act on the Marriage and Conscience Act — not because of legitimate policy reasons, but simply because of “perceptions” about the bill — Governor Jindal took the step that is within his power, issuing an Executive Order to protect the rights of those who dissent from the...
  • Gov. Jindal Makes Louisiana Ground Zero for ‘Marriage and Conscience’ Fight

    05/27/2015 8:36:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/27/2015 | Rod Kackley
    Stephen Handwerk, the executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, may believe Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order on religious freedom was nothing but a political stunt, but he should not have been surprised.If Handwerk didn’t see this coming, he needs to start reading the New York Times.Jindal vowed in a New York Times op-ed in April he would not be scared off by the “large corporations” that had joined with “left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty” in Indiana and Arkansas.Turns out the Republican wasn’t bullied by the Louisiana Legislature, either....