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“You’re cool with my having a wife at home?”

Instagram message from former Louisiana Housing Corp. Executive Director Frederick Tombar, III, to a female employee of his former agency whom he was trying to get to sleep with him. Tombar, a Bobby Jindal appointee, resigned in the wake of an investigation into allegations from two female employees of sexual harassment.

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“I’m leaving Louisiana in better shape than I found it.”

—Bobby Jindal, in an interview with Monroe News-Star editor Greg Hilburn, apparently ignoring the fact that he “found” the state with a $1 billion surplus and today is facing a $1.6 billion deficit.

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“As states prepare their budgets for the coming year, they face the challenge of reinvesting in public higher education systems after years of damaging cuts — the product of both the economic downturn and states’ reluctance to raise additional revenues.”

—From story by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 19, 2013.

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“Jindal has done nothing in seven years. It’s time the Legislature re-asserted itself as an equal partner in governing this state.”

—State Rep. Jerome “Dee” Richard (I-Thibodaux), in discussing bills he plans to pre-file for the 2015 legislative session that begins on April 13.

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“The governor is the top law enforcement official in this state. He is the only one that can order this assist with the state police to come down here. And we need it. We need it very badly.”

—Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, commenting Wednesday on the irony of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s call to arms against Islamic “terrorists” in so-called “no-go” zones in England and France when he is not allowing state police to assist local authorities in fighting what Cannizzaro called “urban terrorists” in New Orleans. A recent survey ranked Louisiana’s violent crime rate as the worst in the nation.

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