Archive for June, 2009

Gov. Jindal and the Louisiana GOP say No to health care solutions

June 10, 2009

At the start of the current legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal called for bipartisanship and “Louisiana solutions.” Yet yesterday at the Capitol, the Jindal administration tried three different maneuvers to kill HB 889, the Louisiana Healthier Families Act. The Louisiana Healthier Families Act would reduce our youth smoking rate and generate upwards of $127 million a year for health care – and it enjoys bipartisan support in the Legislature.

That hasn’t stopped Gov. Jindal and Louisiana Republican Party chairman Roger Villere from opposing the bill at every turn, despite offering no alternatives.

“Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Republican Party march lockstep with the national GOP’s “party of no” approach – no new ideas, no leadership and no solutions,” says Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “At a time when Louisiana faces the challenge of serious budget cuts to health care, why is Gov. Jindal so opposed to an open debate and vote on legislation that would reduce teen smoking and secure funding to offset cuts in health care?”

A recent poll done by the Mellman Group shows about three out of four Louisianans support the Louisiana Healthier Families Act. (That included 72 percent of both Democrats and Republicans and 67 percent of independents supporting the proposal.) Today, The Advocate newspaper ran an editorial urging the Legislature to support the Louisiana Healthier Families Act.

Will Gov. Jindal and U.S. Sen. Vitter condemn Newt Gingrich’s offensive remarks at today’s forum with Gingrich?

June 1, 2009

Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. David Vitter are scheduled to attend former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s New Orleans forum today — less than one week after Gingrich called President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor racist.

Last week, Gingrich wrote on Twitter, “Imagine a judicial nominee said ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman’ new racism is no better than old racism … White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”

Gingrich’s remarks have already been repudiated by Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Cornyn told NPR, “I think it’s terrible. This is not the kind of tone that any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advice and consent.”

“Gov. Jindal and David Vitter should condemn Newt Gingrich’s offensive, shameful remarks,” says Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Will they join Senator Cornyn in defending Judge Sotomayor, or will they stay silent in support of Gingrich’s inappropriate and divisive remarks?”