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Question: What’s more dangerous than Bobby Jindal as governor?

Question: What’s more dangerous than Bobby Jindal as governor?

Answer: Bobby Jindal with an automatic weapon in his hands.

Question: What’s more dangerous than Bobby Jindal with an automatic weapon in his hands?

Answer: Bobby Jindal as president.

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(From: http://www.thelibertypapers.org/)

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This artist is obviously a state employee or surely he would come forward and take credit for his brilliant work! Perhaps someday, after he retires, he can make his identity known so that we may pay him proper homage.

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Unlike the Jindal administration, we are not transparent when it comes to identifying either our sources or those who support us financially.

Oh, we do report all income to the IRS, but because we are not a non-profit, we are not required to reveal our funding sources—and we won’t, for obvious reasons.

Many of our contributors are state employees and the last thing they need is for a vindictive Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Iowa, R-New Hampshire, R-Florida, R-Anywhere by Louisiana) to learn their names. Can you say teagued?

Our fund raiser continues and we still need assistance to help us offset the cost of pursuing stories the other media continue to ignore. Just as the identities sources for news tips and leads are protected as priority one, so too do we protect the names of donors.

If you are not seeing the “Donate” button, it may be because you are receiving our posts via email subscription. To contribute by credit card, please click on this link to go to our actual web page and look for the yellow Donate button: http://louisianavoice.com/

If you prefer not to conduct an internet transaction, you may mail a check to:

Capital News Service/LouisianaVoice

P.O. Box 922

Denham Springs, Louisiana 70727-0922

 

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Unlike the Jindal administration, we don’t claim to have a mysteriously appearing surplus in our budget here at LouisianaVoice.

In fact, our financial resources are stretched quite thin in our efforts to keep our readers current on events in Baton Rouge that affect their lives every day.

Like many of our readers, I am a retired state employee who is on a fixed income. I established LouisianaVoice as a means of keeping the citizens informed of what really goes on with your state government and the ones you elect to represent you.

Our fund raiser continues and we still need the assistance of our regular readers to help us offset the cost of pursuing stories the other media continue to ignore.

Many of you have responded but we still have a considerable ways to go in order to keep up with our mounting expenses that include gasoline burned traveling this state to meet with confidential sources, to pay for copies of records and for legal costs when they are incurred as we are sometimes forced to call on the courts to help us enforce compliance with the state’s public records laws.

We have had one contribution made in the memory of the late John Hays of Ruston, one of the premier investigative reporters in the history of Louisiana journalism. Another was made in honor of my late journalism professor at Louisiana Tech, Wiley Hilburn. To say I was moved by those gestures would be an understatement.

If you are not seeing the “Donate” button, it may be because you are receiving our posts via email subscription. To contribute by credit card, please click on this link to go to our actual web page and look for the yellow Donate button: http://louisianavoice.com/

If you prefer not to conduct an internet transaction, you may mail a check to:

Capital News Service/LouisianaVoice

P.O. Box 922

Denham Springs, Louisiana 70727-0922

 

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If you like what we do, please help us do a better job by contributing whatever you feel you can afford to underwrite our efforts to report stories no one else will cover.

When we began, our efforts were limited to the immediate Baton Rouge area and there were few issues with which we dealt.

Today, we travel the state, from New Orleans to Shreveport, from Slidell to Lake Charles, from Morgan City to Monroe and the number of issues we’ve tried to address has continued to grow as evidenced by the greater assortment of coverage we provide.

While not every lead or tip that we follow produces a story, we still devote considerable time, energy and expenses in an effort to determine if there is a story. Even though there may be no initial story, we file away the information and often that information surfaces at a later date to fill in gaps in subsequent stories.

Some contributors in our last fund raising effort gave $50, $100 and even more. We’re not asking everyone to do that because we know many of you cannot afford these types of expenditures. We only ask that you please give what you can, even if it’s only $5 or $10.

You may contribute by credit card by clicking on the yellow Donate icon on the right hand side of this page. Then click on Continue immediately above the display of credit card logos. There is an option for you to make an automatic monthly donation, if you so desire.

Some of our readers have complained that the Donate button does not appear on their page. If you are experiencing that problem, click on this link and look for the yellow Donate button: http://louisianavoice.com/

If you prefer not to conduct an internet transaction (and many people don’t like paying online), you may mail a check to:

Capital News Service/LouisianaVoice

P.O. Box 922

Denham Springs, Louisiana 70727-0922

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At the risk of sounding like a televangelist, we are launching our second ever solicitation of financial support from our readers.

In more than four years of our existence, we have done this exactly once before, in June, and the response was both heartening and humbling—heartening that you would respond in such a positive way and humbling to think that there are so many out there who were willing to help us in such a generous manner.

Still, like everyone else, we have growing expenses. When we began LouisianaVoice, our efforts were limited to the immediate Baton Rouge area and there were few issues with which we dealt.

Today, we travel the state, from New Orleans to Shreveport, from Slidell to Lake Charles, from Morgan City to Monroe and it seems that the number of issues we’ve tried to address has grown exponentially.

Because of this, we are again asking our readers to assist us in our efforts to report the stories no one else appears willing to report.

While not every lead or tip that we follow produces a story, we still devote considerable time, energy and expenses in an effort to determine if there is a story. Even though there may be no initial story, we file away the information and often that information surfaces at a later date to fill in gaps in subsequent stories.

Recently, we filed a public records suit against the Division of Administration (DOA) over its slowness to respond to our request. DOA, we believe purposely, drags out its compliance to our requests simply because they can. After we filed our lawsuit, the records were magically made available and while we truly felt that the judge desired to award damages and legal fees and to impose fines against DOA, he said the letter of the law prevented him from doing so. Accordingly, we were forced to pay our own legal costs in obtaining the records.

We want to continue to provide stories like the one that we were first in the state to break regarding the efforts to enhance State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson’s retirement by as much as $55,000 per year. Because of our story, that unconstitutional attempt by our governor and his allies in the State Senate and the Department of Public Safety was thwarted.

Other stories we were the first to break include:

  • Efforts by Gov. Bobby Jindal to force retirees out of the Group Benefits health program with irresponsibly unaffordable increases in co-pays and deductibles, a story that eventually prompted hearings by the House Appropriations Committee;
  • The subsequent revelation that the document cited by DOA and the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) representative as the basis for the health benefits changes in reality said just the opposite of what was testified to;
  • A story about problems encountered by OGB members in getting prescription coverage approved by MedImpact, Inc., a San Diego company that holds a $360 million contract with OGB and which has political ties to Newt Gingrich;
  • A recent story about major pay increases given unclassified employees in the Jindal administration at the same time rank and file state employees have been denied raises for five years;
  • Stories about generous tax incentives, exemptions and other favorable treatment given corporations that are costing the state some $3 billion per year and how repeal of the Stelly plan has cost the state $300 million per year;
  • Stories about widespread abuses by the State Board of Dentistry and its contract investigator who, despite being a private contractor, was provided office space by the state;
  • Bruce Greenstein’s initial refusal in testimony before a Senate committee to name the winner of a $200 million contract with the Department of Health and Hospitals and his eventual admission that the contract went to his former employer—testimony that eventually led to his indictment on nine counts of perjury;
  • The story about attempts by the Department of Education to enter into a data sharing agreement whereby sensitive personal information on students in the state’s public schools would be made available to a company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox News;
  • Funding sources for Jindal’s political organization Believe in Louisiana—sources who have received major concessions and political appointments from the Jindal administration;
  • The real reason for the firing and indictment of former head of the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) Murphy Painter: Painter’s refusal to crater to demands from the governor’s office that favored New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, a major contributor to Jindal’s political campaigns (Painter was subsequently acquitted of all charges and the state was forced to pay his legal expenses of some $300,000).

Some contributors in our last fund raising effort gave $50 and $100. We’re not asking everyone to do that because we know many of you cannot afford these types of expenditures. We only ask that you please give what you can, even if it’s only $5 or $10.

You may contribute by credit card by clicking on the yellow Donate icon on the right hand side of this page. Then click on Continue immediately above the display of credit card logos. There is an option for you to make an automatic monthly donation, if you so desire.

If you prefer not to conduct an internet transaction (and many people don’t like paying online), you may mail a check payable to:

Capital News Service/LouisianaVoice

P.O. Box 922

Denham Springs, Louisiana 70727-0922

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