This week, Governor Jindal praised the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case as rejecting the Obama administration’s assault of religious liberty and affirming that families have a right to conduct their businesses according to their faith.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Praised The Supreme Court’s Ruling In The Hobby Lobby Case Saying It Affirmed The Rights Of Families To Conduct Their Business According To Their Faith.  Governor Jindal: “With today’s Hobby Lobby decision rejecting the arguments of President Obama’s administration and affirming the rights of families to conduct their business according to their faith, the Supreme Court formally recognized what the overwhelming majority of Americans already know to be true: that religious liberty is a good thing. … What this decision affirms is that the American belief in freedom of religion still protects the rights of all Americans to live in accordance with their religion, and that these deeply held religious beliefs are more important than the whims and demands of government.”

The Governor Said In This Case The Obama Administration Went Too Far In Its Assault On Religious Liberty, But Warned Believers To Continue To Stand Up For What’s Right. Governor Jindal: “The Court has made clear today that the Obama administration’s assault on religious freedom in this case went too far – but this assault will not stop, in our courts, in our schools, and in the halls of power. It will take believers who are willing to risk their fortunes and public ridicule and the modern slings and arrows to stand up for what’s right.”

Governor Jindal Correctly Predicted On Twitter That President Obama Would Seek An Executive Order To Get Around The Supreme Court Ruling.  In a news conference today, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stated that while the President will work with Congress to “make sure that any women affected by this decision will still have the same coverage of vital health services as everyone else,” he will also consider possible opportunities to act on his own. Many, including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, predicted this may happen…

RedState Wrote, “Governor Bobby Jindal Wins Twitter And Perfectly Captures Barack Obama’s Almost-Certain Response To The Hobby Lobby Ruling.” 

BuzzFeed Profiled Governor Jindal, Highlighting His Criticism Of President Obama For Infringing On Religious Liberty. On a Friday night in early June, Jindal stepped onto a stage in Columbia, S.C., as the headliner for the state party’s annual Silver Elephant Dinner. … [H]e delivered a rat-a-tat litany of attacks on the Obama administration … “This is an administration that has taken on religious liberties throughout our society … You may remember that this is a president who, when he was campaigning in California, accused the country of clinging to our guns and religion.” He paused, and then smirked as he delivered the punchline: “Now, I know that was supposed to be an insult, but as the governor of Louisiana, I’m proud to report to you that we’ve got plenty of guns and religion.” The crowd went wild.

Governor Jindal Signed A Bill Into Law Expanding Protections For Veterans And Individuals With Disabilities And Protecting Their Ability To Bring Service Dogs Into Public Buildings. Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Shreveport Monday to sign a bill into law supporting veterans and individuals with disabilities and an ArkLaTex woman said that is a great victory for people like her. The bill, SB 432, prohibits any person with a disability from being denied admission to any public facility because of disability. This includes veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury. The bill also prohibits individuals with disabilities from being denied the use of a cane, service dogs, a wheelchair, crutches or other devices of assistance. “This bill builds on our efforts to support individuals with disabilities, including our veterans who have fought fearlessly to protect our freedom,” Jindal said in a news release. The bill was written by Sen. Sherri Buffington, R-La., and supported by the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that raises awareness and enlists help for injured service members. “This is the biggest victory we can have right now, we’re one step closer to never being told no,” said Bossier Parish Resident Helen Pieper, who suffers from severe asthma.  Her service dog, Bandit, plays a big role in keeping her safe.

40 State Lawmakers Wrote A Letter In Support Of Governor Jindal’s Decision To Remove The State From Common Core. Forty state lawmakers (35 state representatives and five state senators) have issued a joint statement regarding the battle between Gov. Bobby Jindal and Education Superintendent John White over Common Core: On this issue, we believe the Governor made the right decision. We also believe the evolution of his thinking on Common Core is sincere. In his travels, he has surely seen the concern about Common Core among teachers and parents all across the country as well as here in Louisiana. This concern can be found across the political spectrum – from Tea Party conservatives, Republicans, Independents and more than a few Democrats. … We thank the Governor for utilizing the tools available to him. We look forward to working with the Governor, our colleagues in the legislature, BESE, DOE and stakeholders across the state to craft standards and testing that work for Louisiana students.

On The Eve Of July 4th, Governor Jindal Announced An American Flag Embroidering Company Would Be Expanding And Creating A Total Of More Than 30 New Jobs In Bogalusa, Louisiana. Governor Bobby Jindal and President Steve Pack of Allied Materials & Equipment Company announced Allied will make a $340,000 capital investment and create 21 new direct jobs at the company’s Bogalusa facility, where it manufactures the field of stars for the U.S. flag. … Governor Jindal said, “On the eve of our nation’s Independence Day celebration, it is truly fitting that we celebrate this expansion by Allied Materials & Equipment Company today in Washington Parish. Not only do the dedicated workers at Allied assemble our national flag, the company’s expansion here in Louisiana is a testament to our strong business climate and skilled workforce. The new jobs the company will create in Bogalusa mean new opportunities for more Louisianians to purse the American dream here at home, in Louisiana.”

Louisiana Was One Of Only Two States In The Nation That Saw A Decrease In The Number Of People Living In Poverty Areas Between 2000 and 2010. The number of people living in poverty grew nationwide between 2000 and 2010, with North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee showing the largest increases. Only Louisiana and West Virginia saw the number of people living in so-called poverty areas decrease, according to the Huffington Post.

The State Will Save $25 Million Because Of A Consolidation Of Technology Services Plan Implemented By Governor Jindal. Computer maintenance work across most agencies has been consolidated into one office. The newly-created Office of Technology Services began operations Tuesday with the start of the new budget year. Lawmakers signed off on the merger plan, pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, in the recent legislative session. This year’s budget assumes $25 million in savings from the consolidation. The savings will come from merging software licenses, hardware maintenance agreements and contract services, from increased bulk purchasing of computer products and from cutting vacant jobs.

Louisiana Saved Nearly $16 Million Over Three Years Because Of Governor Jindal’s Efforts To Privatize A State Office. Louisiana has saved nearly $16 million in the first three years of a privatization contract for the Office of Risk Management, the state’s self-insurance agency, according to an audit released Monday. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration hired Mandeville-based F.A. Richard and Associates Inc., or FARA, in June 2010 to take over much of the Office of Risk Management’s workload.

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This week, pressure ramped up on Louisiana education bureaucrats to follow Governor Jindal’s order and remove the state from Common Core and the PARCC test.  The Governor also signed a bill into law that would ensure student data is kept private and protected from federal government intrusion.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Parents Opposed To Common Core Visited The Capitol To Express Their Support For Governor Jindal’s Decision To Get The State Out Of Common Core. The controversy over the Common Core education standard is heating up, and several Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members have called for a meeting next week about the issue. Last week, Governor Jindal announced plans to scrap Common Core for Louisiana. Jindal claims the State Department of Education violated state bid laws trying to implement Common Core. … A group of parents supporting Jindal’s decision convened at the Capitol Thursday to meet with the governor. “I have four children,” Anna Arthurs said. “I’m opposed to Common Core for so many reasons. There’s the material, data collection and federal intrusion.”

Members Of The State School Board Pressured Louisiana Education Bureaucrats To Stop Dragging Their Feet And Act On Governor Jindal’s Directive To Get The State Out Of Common Core. The simmering debate over Common Core reignited Tuesday, with three members of Louisiana’s top school board asking for a special meeting of the panel to come up with new tests … All the activity surfaced less than a week after Jindal said he is ordering the state out of Common Core, which represents national standards in reading, writing and math. The governor also said he has notified the consortium that oversees the tests that go with the standards that the state is withdrawing, and BESE and the state Department of Education should solicit bids to come up with new exams. Beebe, Smith and Hill said BESE needs “to begin the discussion of how the Louisiana Department of Education will initiate that process. … The three BESE members also suggested that, for the upcoming school year, the state should again use LEAP and iLEAP, both standardized tests, to see what students are learning. They said both tests are familiar to teachers, schools and school districts. Officials of the Louisiana School Boards Association and the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, who met privately on Tuesday, made a similar suggestion.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation That Will Ensure Student Data Is Kept Private And Is Protected From Federal Government Intrusion. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Tuesday that will add significant new layers of security to prevent data about Louisiana elementary and secondary students from being shared without parental consent. Most of the changes related to the new law are expected to take place next spring and summer. “I am proud to sign [the bill] into law, which will ensure student personal information is protected. Our children and parents should not have to fear the exposure of private, personal information when they enroll in school, and this bill helps prevent abuses,” wrote Jindal … Many parents who are concerned about Common Core believe the new academic standards — and particularly a new standardized test associated with them — will lead to the federal government and private companies having too much access to personal information about their children.

Governor Jindal Spoke To The Faith And Freedom Coalition Last Weekend And Warned Of A Growing Fight From The Left Against Religious Liberty. While speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C. Saturday night, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, said President Obama and other Democrats are waging a war against religious liberty and warned that a rebellion is brewing as angry Americans are ready for what he called a “hostile takeover” of the nation’s capital, the Associated Press reported. “I can sense right now a rebellion brewing amongst these United States,” he said, “where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.” According to Jindal, there is a “silent war” being waged against religious liberty, the same liberty he said the country was built upon. “I am tired of the left. They say they’re for tolerance, they say they respect diversity. The reality is this: They respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them,” he said. “The left is trying to silence us and I’m tired of it, I won’t take it anymore.”

Governor Jindal Signed A Bill That Repealed Several State Boards And Reduced The Size Of Government. Governor Jindal announced he signed HB 1013 by Rep. Schexnayder, which repeals several state boards and commissions. This legislation was part of Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package. Governor Jindal said, “I am proud to sign HB1013 into law, which reduces the size and scope of government and makes it work more efficiently for our people.”

For The Second Year In A Row, More Louisiana High School Seniors Scored High Enough On the ACT To Earn Admission To College. The number of high school seniors who scored high enough on the ACT to earn admission to a college in Louisiana rose by 1,427 students this year … The ACT is a test of college readiness. Students must score at least 18 out of a possible 36 points to get into a state college without having to take remedial classes. This year’s increase means that, in the past two years, the number of students scoring an 18 or higher rose by 5,253.

Governor Jindal Urged LSU To Place A Statue Of Former Basketball Star Pete Maravich On Campus. Twenty-six years after he died, Pistol Pete still has a fan following. Count Gov. Bobby Jindal among the adoring crowd who wants to be able to take a selfie with Pete’s likeness on the LSU campus. Jindal gave LSU a pointed nudge Thursday, asking on his official letterhead why a statue of Pete Maravich doesn’t stand outside the Assembly Center that bears the basketball legend’s name. “This would be an appropriate way to memorialize such a significant figure in LSU and Louisiana history, and I offer my full support of such a project,” the governor wrote in a letter to the LSU Board of Supervisors. Jindal sent copies of the letter to LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva, LSU system President and Chancellor F. King Alexander and members of the LSU Hall of Fame Committee.

Governor Jindal Signed A Bill To Help Hold Delinquent Parents Accountable For Child Support Payments. Governor Jindal announced that he signed HB 236 by Rep. Chris Broadwater, which allows the state Office of Debt Recovery (ODR) to offset gaming winnings from casinos in order to collect back payments of child support and other state debts. This bill was included in the Governor’s 2014 Legislative Package. Governor Jindal said, “This bill will provide more options to obtain the payments owed to parents for child support. Sadly, too many delinquent parents are found throughout our state, and today we created another way to hold them accountable for paying the debts they owe to provide for their children.”

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This week, Governor Jindal ordered Louisiana out of the Common Core, stopping the federal government’s overreach into Louisiana’s education standards and ensuring parents and teachers remain in control of what Louisiana children learn in school.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Declared That Louisiana Was Getting Out Of PARCC And The Common Core. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he plans to pull his state out of the Common Core academic standards, announcing an executive order aimed at blocking the testing program in the state. At a news conference, Jindal said he’s sent a letter requesting his state’s withdrawal from the program to the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness (PARCC) – a conglomerate of states developing the standards for students in the subjects of English and math. “It’s certainly no secret that I am opposed to the Common Core. It’s also no secret that many parents are opposed because they’re worried that the federal government in D.C. is trying to mandate education standards for their children in classrooms in Louisiana,” Jindal said.

Governor Jindal Said He Was Very Alarmed With How the Federal Government Was Trying To Take Over Control Of Louisiana’s Education System. “We’re very alarmed about choice and local control of curriculum being taken away from our parents and educators,” he said at a press conference. “If other states want to allow the federal government to dictate to them, they have every right to make that choice.” … “[P]roponents weren’t up front about federal involvement in PARCC and Common Core,” Jindal said. “Now that we understand the federal overreach involved, we need to slow down and make the right decision. Some Common Core proponents suggest that we cannot have high standards without Common Core. That is a false statement.”

The Governor Said, “At The End Of The Day It Really Comes Down To Trusting Parents, Trusting Locals, We Don’t Need The Federal Government Making This Decision.” “Jindal said that he’s also nervous about a federal involvement in education based upon his recent experience with Attorney General Eric Holder suing Louisiana in order to stop their scholarship program.  “We have seen the overreach of the federal government.  We have seen this federal government get involved.  At the end of the day it really comes down to trusting parents, trusting locals, we don’t need the federal government making this decision,” Jindal told Caffeinated Thoughts.”

The Jindal Administration Responded To Attempts By Education Bureaucrats To Continue With PARCC Despite The Governor’s Order By Suspending The Authority To Do So.  White said his agency has followed state bid laws, and plans to use an existing state contract that covers tests for students in grades 3-8 to proceed with the exams developed by PARCC. But a few hours later Nichols took the unusual step of announcing that the state was immediately suspending approval of the contract that White cited, pending review by the Office of Contractural Review. “The Department of Education has suggested it has unlimited authority to use a state contract, paid for by taxpayers, for a purpose for which it was not intended,” Nichols said in a prepared statement.

Governor Jindal Responded To Criticism By The Obama Administration That Louisiana Was Pulling Out Of Common Core By Stating Louisiana Will Not Be Bullied By The Federal Government. Governor Jindal: We will not be bullied by the federal government. The proponents of Common Core claim it is not a federal takeover, but Secretary Duncan’s comments and actions prove otherwise. He has already threatened Oklahoma with a loss of funding, and we may be next. Our Founders came up with the Tenth Amendment for good reason, but the Obama Administration wants to keep ignoring it. We will not let President Obama and Secretary Duncan take over the education of Louisiana’s children.

Governor Jindal Said The Worsening Situation In Iraq Is Occurring Because President Obama Has Played Politics And Projected Weakness. Bobby Jindal thinks President Barack Obama deserves blame for the worsening crisis in Iraq …  “We got here because the president played politics,” the Louisiana governor said in an interview here Saturday, after speaking to the Iowa Republican state convention. “He didn’t listen to his commanders.” … Jindal said Obama has projected weakness, which he said will continue to haunt the United States. “Many of these seeds were sown based on our response or failed response in Syria,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a surprise, and it won’t be the last time … The president’s created the environment we’re in today. I worry about the consequences. I worry about what the Iranian takeaway is.”

The Governor Signed Into Law An Idea He Championed Before The Start Of The Legislative Session, A $40 Million Fund To Encourage Higher Education Institutions To Fully Prepare Students For Louisiana’s Economic Boom. Louisiana colleges and universities will be able to compete for additional funding that’s intended to encourage innovation and commitment to key fields, thanks to a new program … Gov. Bobby Jindal signed House Bill 1033 during a ceremony at LSU on Thursday that drew higher education leaders from across the state. It creates the $40 million Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund, or WISE Fund, an idea Jindal championed before the start of the session. “The WISE Fund will allow our schools to meet the growing demands on our economy,” Jindal said Thursday. “This investment, this $40 million, will help our universities and community and technical colleges train our students for the jobs that are coming to Louisiana.”

As A Result Of Governor Jindal’s Record Of Economic Growth, Louisiana Was Awarded Its 5th State Of The Year Award In The Past Six Years By Southern Business & Development. Southern Business & Development magazine awarded Louisiana its 5th State of the Year award in six years. The publication also named Baton Rouge its 2014 Major Market of the Year award and Lake Charles its 2014 Mid-Market of the Year title. In a statement, Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “Being named State of the Year or Co-State of the Year by Southern Business & Development in five of the past six years is a tremendous accomplishment. But we know that we have more work to do. We are committed to working harder than ever to show the world that Louisiana is the new frontier for business opportunity.”

Louisiana Again Set A Record For The Number Of People Working In May. “A record of nearly 1.97 million Louisiana residents were employed in nonfarm jobs in May. The seasonally adjusted statistics also showed the state’s employment figure last month was an increase of 17,900 workers since May 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday.”

Governor Jindal Announced Another Huge Job Win For Louisiana, A New Project That Will Lead To A Total Of More Than 290 New Jobs, As A Result Of The State’s Improved Business Climate. SB International Inc. announced Wednesday Centric Pipe LLC, an SB International affiliate, will make a $32.5 million capital investment to renovate and expand the former Northwest Pipe facility in Bossier City. The project will create 82 new direct jobs, with an average salary of $50,000 per year, plus benefits. Another 209 new indirect jobs will result, according to Louisiana Economic Development estimates, for a total of more than 290 new jobs in Northwest Louisiana. … “SB International chose Louisiana because of the Bossier City area’s highly educated workforce, the strong work ethic of our people, and Louisiana’s improved business climate. SB International is among a growing list of companies that are investing in Louisiana because we have implemented policies that are strengthening our economy and business climate,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal. “Louisiana now has more people working than ever before and today’s announcement is great news for Northwest Louisiana, but our work does not stop here. We will continue to build a better business climate and attract companies that want to invest and expand, so that we can create even more jobs and a greater quality of life for Louisiana families.”

Governor Jindal Called The New EPA Regulations “A Dangerous Overreach In Terms Of The Potential Threat To Our Economy And Our Ability To Restore” Manufacturing Jobs.  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Monday that there is a “good chance” states will pursue litigation against the Obama administration’s new proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants. “There’s a very good chance of litigation not only initiated by the states, but the industry is another,” Jindal said at a Petroleum Club press briefing in Texas Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle. “This is such a dangerous overreach in terms of the potential threat to our economy and our ability to restore those manufacturing jobs, I absolutely do think litigation needs to be on the table,” Jindal added. … At Monday’s event Jindal, joined by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), and governors from North Dakota and Wyoming, blasted the administration for the rules, claiming it would kill energy jobs.

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Governor Jindal ended his week in Iowa, where he sat down with the Des Moines Register and discussed the importance of the Republican Party focusing on substantive policy issues and being the Party of bold new ideas.  The Governor also signed into law bills in his 2014 Legislative Package that will crack down on human trafficking, align high school students with more career education training, and further protect the culture of life in Louisiana.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Told The Des Moines Register That We Need to Get Beyond The Name-Calling In Politics And Say What We Stand For. Jindal, a Rhodes Scholar and graduate of the Ivy League’s Brown University who wrote 100 white papers while running for governor, said he’s all about policy ideas. “Let’s go be specific. Let’s get beyond the bumper sticker slogans,” he said in a 30-minute interview. “Let’s get beyond the name-calling. Let’s not just attack the other side. Let’s say what we’re for.”

Governor Jindal Answered Questions From The Des Moines Register About What People May Not Know About Him. The Register sat down with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to learn more about the potential presidential candidate who is in Iowa this weekend. … Q. What is your dream job? A. As a child … I absolutely wanted to be starting quarterback for my hometown New Orleans Saints. (But right now, he’s happy being governor of Louisiana, he said.) Q. How do you unwind after a typical day at work?  A. I love to read, and Supriya and I have always enjoyed traveling. … Every free minute I’ve got — I love my job and I spend a lot of time on my job — but every free minute I’ve got I want to be spending it with my kids. (He has a daughter, Selia, 12, and two sons, Shaan, 10, and Slade, 7.)

Governor Jindal Put His Signature On Bills To Toughen Laws Against Human Trafficking And Better Protect Women Who Are Subject To These Heinous Crimes.  Louisiana’s laws against human trafficking are getting tougher and victims’ services are being highlighted under several bills signed into law Monday by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Trafficking victims’ support groups say the measures are an international model. … “These bills help us to speak up for those victims who cannot speak for themselves and help us to further crack down on this terrible industry,” the Republican governor said at an event surrounded by bill supporters. Clemmie Greenlee, a victim of human trafficking who attended the bill signing, cried when Jindal wrote his signature on the first piece of legislation. … “This governor making an announcement like this lifted decades of pain and hurt off of me,” said Greenlee, who works at Eden House, a New Orleans residential program for women who are victims of sex trafficking or other types of violence.

Governor Jindal Penned A Column Touting The 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session As One That Will Continue To Accelerate Economic Growth In Louisiana. In contrast to the slow pace of the national economic recovery, Louisiana has a record of economic growth and job creation the last six years that we can be proud of. By adapting public policies to expand economic opportunity and foster private sector growth, Louisiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the South; the state’s workforce is at its highest level in history; and an economic renaissance rises with the culture of a state where people want to live and raise their families. The 2014 Legislative Session will stand in the history books as one where key initiatives were enacted that set the stage to accelerate the economic growth already at work in Louisiana.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Help Align High School Students With More Career Education Options That Will Lead To High-Paying Jobs. Gov. Bobby Jindal touted recent legislation strengthening the Jump Start initiative as a way to fill the jobs he thinks will continue to flow into Louisiana during an appearance in Winnfield Thursday. Jindal signed House Bill 944 at Winnfield Senior High School. The bill, supporters say, will strengthen technical training at state high schools to provide a stronger workforce more aligned with local industry needs. “This is about making sure we give our students the best chances to get a good paying job here in Louisiana,” Jindal said. Jump Start is the state’s effort to provide high school students with career education that leads to high-wage jobs. HB 944 makes several parts of the initiative into law.

Governor Jindal Vetoed Legislation That Could Have Enshrined Louisiana In Common Core. Jindal cited “widespread opposition” to the bill from both Common Core supporters and opponents and the “gravity of any decision that affects our children” in his veto message. Criticism of Leger’s proposal ranged from concerns that delays would slow education changes enacted over the past four years in teacher evaluation and school performance laws to worries that the bill would tie Louisiana to Common Core. … “The bill sacrifices the important education reforms supported by this Legislature in 2010 and 2012 in order to implement a set of national standards and tests that take away local control and standardize our education system,” Jindal wrote.

Economic Projections Show That Louisiana Is Expected To Experience Job Growth 57 Percent Faster Than The National Rate In The Coming Years. Louisiana’s employment growth rate is expected to be 57 percent higher than the national rate through 2015, according to projections released Tuesday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. … “Louisiana will have jobs available for everyone who’s willing to get the education and training that employers need in their workforce,” Curt Eysink, the commission’s executive director, said after release of the forecasts. Added Eysink: “What these numbers tell me is that we’re going to have really good growth for years to come. We have a wealth of opportunity and a diversity of opportunity. This growth is in different sectors, and we need people at every skill level.”

Governor Jindal Signed Two Pieces Of Legislation That Protect The Health And Safety Of Women And  Prevent Abortion Providers From Entering Our Children’s Schools. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two anti-abortion bills Thursday and praised the bipartisan efforts of the northeastern Louisiana legislative delegation in getting the bills passed. Jindal signed both bills at First Baptist Church in West Monroe. “I’m proud of Louisiana,” Jindal said. “We’ve traditionally and consistently upheld a culture of life that values every human being.” House Bill 388 by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, known as the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, requires that a physician performing an abortion have active admitting privileges at a hospital that is not more than 30 miles from where the abortion is performed. “I’ve been so pleased to work with the governor, my delegation and others across the state to transcend racial and party lines to lead by faith,” Jackson said.

Willie Robertson Gave Governor Jindal Praise For His Appearance On The Season Premiere Of Duck Dynasty. Jindal makes a guest-star appearance on the new-season-opening episode of “Duck Dynasty,” airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday (June 11) on A&E. During a Tuesday phone interview, Willie Robertson gave the governor’s performance a thumbs-up review. “I think the governor must’ve been taking acting lessons somewhere, because he did great,” Robertson said. “You know, the governor is on TV a lot and is used to cameras, so he certainly wasn’t shy in any way. He was able to bring his whole family. I know they watch the show a lot. He’s just a great guy, and I enjoyed being with him. I was honored for him to give us an award for what we’ve done, and that’ll play out on the show.”

Governor Jindal Announced That A Manufacturing Facility Is Expanding In Shreveport, Creating More Than 350 New Direct Jobs And Over 900 Total New Jobs In The Area. A manufacturing facility is expanding and creating more than 350 new jobs in Shreveport. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Module X Solutions CEO Steve Schoonover announced the expansion Monday. Jindal says the company will make a $7.4 million capital investment. Module X Solutions LLC will join existing tenant MB Industries LLC at the Shreveport-owned industrial property, with Module X Solutions chiefly making modular buildings for the telecommunications sector while supporting MB Industries’ production of protective building systems for the industrial, government, commercial and residential markets. … “The Northwest Region offers a quality business environment, and we are thrilled that hundreds of families in the Shreveport-Bossier City area will benefit from the quality jobs created by this expansion for years to come,” Jindal said in a statement.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Strengthen Laws Aimed To Ensure Louisiana Has A Great Teacher In Every Classroom.  Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill Tuesday to revamp the way teachers appeal disciplinary rulings. Under a 2012 law that Jindal pushed, a three-member panel was set up to hear appeals on dismissals and other issues. … “This process will help ensure the best teachers are in every classroom to improve education for Louisiana children,” the governor said in a prepared statement.

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This week, Governor Jindal gave a fiery and well-received speech to the South Carolina Republican Party Silver Elephant Dinner where he criticized President Obama for adopting a catch-and-release policy for terrorists. Also this week, the governor said he was committed to getting Louisiana out of Common Core and advised the state department of education to start coming up with an alternative.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Spoke
To The South Carolina Republican Party And Accused President Obama Of Adopting A Catch-And-Release Policy With Terrorists.  In a fiery and well-received speech to Republicans here Friday evening, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sharply criticized the Obama administration’s handling of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release, and accused the president of cavalierly ignoring U.S. law. Headlining the South Carolina GOP’s annual Silver Elephant Dinner, Jindal recited a litany of critiques of the White House, energizing the crowd with attacks on President Obama’s education policy, and his approach to religious freedom issues. But Jindal, a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, said he was particularly troubled by the administration’s foreign policy. “Apparently, our president has adopted a catch-and-release policy toward terrorists,” Jindal said, referencing the decision to trade five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom. 

Governor Jindal Also Spoke About The Fight Against The Obama Administration For School Choice And Religious Liberty. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke Friday before hundreds of S.C. Republicans of a growing rebellion against personal and religious intrusions by the Obama administration. “President Obama would never send his kids to these failed schools,” Jindal said about his state’s legal battle with federal authorities over school vouchers during the S.C. GOP’s annual Silver Elephant fundraising dinner. His speech touched on themes that will become familiar in the looming presidential election cycle, including the administration’s foibles in its federal health care program and attacks on Evangelical Christians. “America did not create religious freedom. Religious freedom created America,” he said.

Governor Jindal Wrote That President Obama’s Decision To Negotiate With Terrorists And Release Dangerous Individuals From Guantanamo Bay Is A Major Departure From U.S. Foreign Policy And Will Endanger Americans. Let me say clearly, I am personally gratified that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is no longer being held hostage by terrorists in Afghanistan. … I completely disagree, however, with the manner in which the Obama administration achieved Bergdahl’s freedom. This is a major departure from American policy, and one that could generate disastrous consequences for our soldiers, our diplomats, and any American who travels abroad. … Refusing to negotiate with terrorists makes our people safer. Terrorists all over the world need to know that our interaction with them will be limited solely to our effort to destroy them. … The president has swapped the intimidating certainty of “we do not negotiate with terrorists” that deters our adversaries. The president may have swapped our country’s honor and the trust our allies place in us that we really do mean what we say.  And, finally the president may have swapped the assurance that America will do the right thing, every time, even when it is hard.

Governor Jindal Praised All That Was Accomplished In The Louisiana Legislative Session That Wrapped Up This Week. For Gov. Bobby Jindal, the 2014 legislative session was “great” because he got most of what he wanted. “…[W]e have accomplished new achievements for the people of Louisiana. When we began in March, we said our priority this year is building Louisiana’s workforce and growing our economy. We accomplished these goals by passing a budget that will increase funding for higher education, legislation that will crackdown on frivolous lawsuits, and legislation that will prepare Louisiana students to better compete in the new global economy.”

Governor Jindal Presented The Governor’s Award For Entrepreneurial Excellence To Metal Shark Boats In Jeanerette. Governor Bobby Jindal presented Metal Shark Boats with the Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence…. Headquartered in Jeanerette in Iberia Parish, Metal Shark Boats continues to expand production of boats up to 40 feet in length at its original shipyard, filling customer orders for the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, law enforcement and conservation agencies and commercial companies.  Governor Jindal said, “I’m proud to present Metal Shark Boats with this award to commemorate the company’s success and economic growth here in Jeanerette and in Franlin. We’ve now visited Metal Shark Boats three times since 2012, and each time we leave this innovative company is already making plans for further expansion and more jobs. Very few companies illustrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Louisiana like Metal Shark Boats, which has expanded its facilities to create more high quality boats that will better protect the men and women of the U.S. military and law enforcement.”

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation That Will Discourage Frivolous Lawsuits. Governor Jindal signed SB 667 by Sen. Robert Adley, legislation that will improve the legal climate in Louisiana and help deter frivolous lawsuits that delay cleanup of land around the state. The bill is part of Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package. The Governor signed SB 667 to promote the fair resolution of “legacy claims” and the remediation of property, while discouraging the exploitation of lawsuits for money. … Governor Jindal said, “Exploitation of the legal system destroys its purpose and discourages investment by an industry that has continued to grow our economy over the past century. A fair legal system is critical to protecting the rights of our citizens who have legitimate claims, as well as the rights of those who are accused of wrongdoing. This bill will help deter frivolous claims and ensure our legal system is fair for those that need it most. Many have come together to work on this bill, and I am proud to sign it into law.”

Governor Jindal Signed A Bill That Will Ensure Efforts By The State To Restore The Coast Are Not Harmed By Frivolous Lawsuits. Governor Jindal signed SB 469 by Sen. Bret Allain, legislation that will help continue coastal restoration work and stop unnecessary, frivolous lawsuits. The bill is part of Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package. The Governor signed SB 469 to clarify that only entities authorized under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) may bring litigation to assert claims arising out of permitted activities. These parties include parishes and the state. It further requires that dollars recovered through CZMA litigation must be spent on coastal restoration. This law ensures that the state’s coastal master plan and the collaborative work of the state and the parishes on coastal restoration are not threatened with lawsuits. Governor Jindal said, “This bill will help stop frivolous lawsuits and create a more fair and predictable legal environment, and I am proud to sign it into law. It further improves Louisiana’s legal environment by reducing unnecessary claims that burden businesses so that we can bring even more jobs to our state.”

Governor Jindal Pledged To Get Louisiana Out Of Common Core. In his strongest criticism to date, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Friday he wants the state out of Common Core and the tests that go with it. “It is time for the Department of Education to come up with a plan B,” he said. … “I am committed to getting us out of PARCC, out of Common Core,” he said. 

Governor Jindal Penned An Op-Ed For The Heritage Foundation Linking President Obama And French President Hollande’s Disastrous Economic Policies. President Obama continues his European tour today with a stop in Paris. As he and French President Francois Hollande discuss options to resolve the ongoing crisis in Russia, the weakness of the Obama administration on the global stage contrasts strikingly with the bravery shown by the D-Day soldiers, whose heroic actions 70 years ago on the Normandy beaches we commemorate this week. … Sadly, Obama seems intent on exporting this French model of economic malaise and ennui to our shores. … But in Louisiana, we’ve tried to show that there is a better way—one that leads to quality jobs and robust economic growth. While Obama raised federal taxes by more than $1 trillion, we passed the largest income tax cut in state history. As a Democratic Congress rammed through trillions in new spending for Obamacare, we cut the state budget by 26 percent. And even as the EPA proposes new regulations that could decimate critical portions of our energy sector, we’ve worked to create a more predictable legal environment for energy companies in the state. The record shows what that better way can mean for a state—the lowest unemployment rate in the South; 2 million jobs for the first time in state history; economic growth rates nearly 50 percent higher than the national average since 2008; and six straight years of migration into the state after decades of out-migration, as families are beckoned by jobs and the prospect of a brighter economic future to come home.

Governor Jindal Criticized South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s Opponent As A Trial Attorney Who Has Made Money From Defending Criminals. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized Gov. Nikki Haley’s opponent on Friday during a South Carolina appearance, taking issue with him for serving as defense attorney for a sex offender. Jindal said South Carolina voters have a clear choice for governor this year. The first, he said is his friend, Haley, whom he characterized as the successful governor of a state with the fastest growing economy on the east coast. “On the other side they have a trial attorney who has made money from defending those who were convicted of domestic battery and also defending a sex offender,” Jindal said of Haley’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Allow Terminally Ill Individuals To Receive Potentially Life Saving Drugs And Treatments. With his signature, Gov. Bobby Jindal made Louisiana the second state in the nation to allow people with terminal diseases access to potentially life-saving experimental drugs and treatments. The new “right to try” law, which was drafted by a conservative think tank and passed without any “no” votes in the Legislature, would allow terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs for diseases like cancer prior to the drugs’ approval by the FDA. Drug manufacturers, who are not required to participate, would have to agree, and the experimental drug would have to clear Phase 1 testing. “It’s a compassionate thing to do for our families and friends,” Jindal said at a signing ceremony. “This is also about individual freedom and liberty. If individuals facing terrible diseases want to try something, why should the government stop them from doing that?”

Governor Jindal Joined Other Governors In Writing A Letter To President Obama Asking For The States To Have Greater Oversight On Federal VA Facilities.  Six Republican governors sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday demanding immediate reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs and suggesting a number of state-based changes.  The resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki last week is only the first step, the governors wrote.  “Reports from states around the country of wait times in a system manipulated by VA leaders to hide the growing problems are not only inexcusable, they demand your immediate and full attention,” the letter reads. “Serious reform on behalf of our veterans will require much more than a change in management.” … The governors recommended three actions: more leeway for state officials to inspect VA facilities, the end of the current bonus system and expanded care at private facilities. 

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation That Gives State Employees A $350 Annual Increase In Retirement Benefits. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed Sunday legislation that gives the first bump on monthly retirement checks for about 100,000 retired state employees in about six years. …  The increase represents roughly $350 average annual benefit increase, according to the governor’s office. … “This legislation is a fiscally responsible way to give retirees a COLA and to reform the systems to make them financially stable for future retirees,” Jindal said.

The Jindal Administration Launched A Website To Help Louisiana Employers Fill The Thousands Of Jobs Coming To The State. Louisiana’s economic development department is creating a new, free website to help Louisiana employers match their available jobs with the workers whose skills most precisely fit those positions. … Filling jobs that require specific skills, such as industry experience and/or education requirements, is often a time-consuming process for employers and prospective employees. … Gov. Bobby Jindal said that with tens of thousands of new jobs on the way through industrial projects, the website is much-needed and will serve as a resource to employers.

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This week, Governor Jindal spoke to the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans and proudly stated, “I’m against the Common Core.” Governor Jindal also wrote a column for the Washington Examiner about the damage new proposed Obama Administration regulations could have on greater access to higher education opportunity.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Got A Standing Ovation Speaking To The Republican Leadership Conference In New Orleans, Proclaiming, “I’m Against The Common Core.” Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday he’s against Common Core, the academic standards that have many conservatives decrying the program as an overreach of the federal government. “I’m against the Common Core, and I don’t want Louisiana to be in the Common Core,” he said to booming applause at the Republican Leadership Conference – the annual conservative confab, held this year in New Orleans. … “We’ve taken a lot of criticism in this state from folks that have criticized me for being against it,” Jindal said Thursday. “Let me be very clear, I’m for standards and I’m for our kids learning and our kids being able to compete but it seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong when the bureaucrats, when the federal government especially, thinks they know best and they don’t need to listen to parents.”

In His Speech To The Republican Leadership Conference, Governor Jindal Spoke About How President Obama Is Trying To Redefine The American Dream. Jindal spurred the audience Thursday evening to a standing ovation by saying that he believes that President Barack Obama has sought to redefine the American dream. He described how a classic definition of the American Dream would mean that “the circumstances of your birth don’t determine your outcomes as an adult.” He said that Obama had twisted that definition with what he called “redistribution” programs. Obama’s policy, he said, meant that the dream was no longer “about equality of opportunity. It’s about equality of outcomes.” “That’s not the American dream, that’s the American nightmare,” Jindal said to applause from a packed house.

Governor Jindal Said He Would Fight The Assault On Religious Liberty Being Waged By President Obama. Among other priorities ahead for the GOP, Jindal said he would seek to fight what he called an “assault on our religious liberty.” Jindal said he would prioritize a belief our country was founded on. “America did not create religious liberty. Religious liberty created America.” In his defense of what he saw as liberties under assault, he described the right to free speech, invoking speaker Phil Robertson — who had not yet taken the stage. … Jindal said he had become one of Robertson’s “loudest and earliest defenders” because he was “tired of those who say they’re for tolerance…unless you happen to disagree with them.”

Governor Jindal Went On Sean Hannity’s Show To Lambast President Obama For Not Trusting The American People. Governor Jindal: “Sean, first of all, you’re exactly right. Republican-led states are showing the way. The D.C. folks can learn from us. It’s common sense. It just works. We need to change Washington D.C. They’ll tell you in D.C. we can’t cut government spending. We can just slow the growth. We can’t repeal Obamacare. We can just change it. We can’t do term limits. We can’t — we can’t cut taxes. All that’s ridiculous. At the state level, we’ve done these things. In Louisiana, we cut our budget 26 percent. … But that goes back to a basic point. Conservative governors understand. We trust the American people. Listen to this administration. The president doesn’t trust us to choose our insurance product, … doesn’t trust us to choose the best school for our children.”

Governor Jindal Penned An Op-Ed For The Washington Examiner Outlining The Folly Of Proposed Obama Administration Regulations That Will Limit Educational Opportunity. You have to hand it to President Obama: He sure does do a good job of socking it to the folks he claims to be helping. Tuesday marked the end of the comment period on the Education Department’s proposed new “gainful employment” regulations. While the administration says it wants to expand educational opportunities, the proposed rules would target community colleges and for-profit colleges — institutions that educate disproportionately poor, minority, and working-class Americans. But even as the administration imposes new burdens on schools educating non-traditional students, the Education Department would exempt all four-year colleges from the new rules. It creates a very simple bottom line: The proposed regulations will discourage these non-traditional schools from taking chances on students, and programs, that many elite schools wouldn’t even bother considering in the first place.

A State Budget Passed The Legislature That Included Many Of Governor Jindal’s Priorities, Including Increased Funding For Higher Education In Order To Help Better Prepare Students To Fill The Thousands Of Jobs Coming To Louisiana.  A $24.6 billion budget that will increase spending on services for the disabled, higher education and public schools received final passage Friday with a vote of the Louisiana House, which agreed to a Senate rewrite of the spending plans. … The 75-22 House vote sent the spending plan to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who can strip individual items he doesn’t like with his veto pen. But lawmakers gave the Republican governor most of what he sought in his proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. “We appreciate the work of the Legislature on the budget. This budget increases funding for higher education in order to help better prepare our students to fill the thousands of jobs coming to Louisiana. Other of our top priorities, including increased funding for K-12 schools, merit pay increases for state employees, and increased health care funding for individuals with disabilities also made it through the process,” Jindal said in a statement.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Crack Down On Domestic Violence And Protect Victims. Gwen Salley never thought she’d have a law named after her, her father said Thursday. But on Thursday, 27 days after the Grand Cane woman’s death at the hands of her estranged husband, that’s what happened. The new law provides additional protections for women in domestic violence situations. … “Gwen’s Law” requires a contradictory bail hearing for a felony offense against the defendant’s family or household member or dating partner and gives the court the authority to hold the person charged without bail if there’s evidence a danger exists. If bail is allowed, the court could require wearing of an electronic monitoring device. The measure was one of several anti-domestic violence bills Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Thursday in special State Capitol ceremonies attended by legislators who sponsored the bills and representatives of anti-domestic violence groups. … “Domestic violence is a tragedy that has plagued our state for too long,” Jindal said. “We must be vigilant as long as there are other Gwens out there.”

Governor Jindal Signed Multiple Pieces Of Legislation To Support Louisiana’s Veterans. Governor Bobby Jindal signed two pieces of legislation to further support Louisiana veterans and honor them for their service to our nation. Both bills were included in the Governor’s Legislative Package for 2014. … Governor Jindal said, “I am honored to sign these pieces of legislation. These bills build on our previous efforts to help support and honor Louisiana Veterans who fought tirelessly to protect our freedoms. These bills will offer more residential lease protections to military service members and their spouses, and they will make valuable information available to veterans to help improve burdensome health issues that often plague our military men and women as a result of bravely serving our country abroad.”

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation To Allow Terminally Ill Patients To Use Experimental Drugs With Physician Approval, Regardless Of Whether It Is FDA Approved. Governor Bobby Jindal signed HB891 by Representative Julie Stokes into law. This bill allows terminal patients to use experimental drugs or treatments with physician approval, regardless of whether they are FDA-approved interventions. … Governor Jindal said, “I am grateful for Representative Stokes’ hard work on this legislation. Every life is unique, precious and should not be taken for granted.  Those suffering from terminal illness should have every opportunity to live life to the fullest and that is often possible through experimental drugs or treatment.  I was pleased to sign HB891 into law today to make that possible.”

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This week, Governor Jindal wrote about the importance to keep fighting for a repeal of Obamacare despite what the mainstream media, Obamacare supporters, and Washington D.C. insiders might say.  The Governor also penned a column highlighting his efforts to crack down on human trafficking.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Wrote For Fox News That It Defies Logic For Some To Argue That Obamacare Cannot Be Repealed, And Conservative Should Not Give Up The Fight To Repeal And Replace The Law.  According to those in the elite salons of Washington, ObamaCare cannot be repealed. The conventional wisdom on the cocktail circuit contends that once you mandate health insurance for millions, you cannot unmandate it. … The country that won two world wars and put a man on the moon cannot, it is believed, repeal a disastrous public policy. Says who? Why not?   I know a little bit about health care policy, having spent most of my adult life analyzing and implementing policy changes on the state and federal levels.  And based on my decades of experience, the idea that ObamaCare cannot be repealed defies both logic and real world justification, on multiple levels. … Many families struggling with rising premiums and co-payments might believe that they will never see relief. But the notion that we can’t slow the growth of health spending is just as fanciful as the idea that ObamaCare cannot be repealed.  The only reason we can’t accomplish both objectives is political will—because Washington needs a Beltway-sized reality check. Fortunately, there’s a big country out there. We don’t care what they think in Washington, and we are not willing to quit on the idea of America.

The Heritage Foundation Featured Governor Jindal’s Piece On The Need To Keep Fighting For A Repeal Of Obamacare. Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, this week hit back at claims that the health law known as Obamacare cannot be repealed. In an op-ed for FoxNews.com, the Louisiana Republican said the mainstream media, Obamacare supporters and even some conservatives have accepted the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land that cannot be touched.

Governor Jindal Penned A Column For The Christian Broadcasting Network Highlighting His Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking. We’ve been working closely with the Legislature on ways to combat human trafficking. I look forward to signing a bill into law that will create harsher punishments to crack down on human trafficking. It will expand the crime of purchasing sexual activity to include receiving, isolating and enticing another person in order to engage in sexual services or labor. It will also require a person who commits this crime with a minor to register as a sex offender so that we can help ensure these criminals are incapable of committing these heinous crimes again. I also look forward to signing legislation authorizing Louisiana district courts to designate a specific section for human trafficking courts.  This measure will help judges better identify victims of human trafficking, who often go unnoticed or get mistakenly labeled as prostitutes. … We must stop this immoral slavery—in Louisiana, in America, and everywhere.

Governor Jindal Criticized Common Core Saying, “Centralized Planning Didn’t Work In Russia, It’s Not Working With Our Health Care System And It Won’t Work In Education.” Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday compared Common Core to centralized planning in Russia and predicted the national drive to overhaul academic standards will fail. “The feds are taking over and rushing this,” Jindal said in a prepared statement released late Wednesday. “Let’s face it: centralized planning didn’t work in Russia, it’s not working with our health care system and it won’t work in education,” the governor said. “Education is best left to local control.”

AM Agrigen Industries
Announced It Could Be Building A $1.2 Billion Fertilizer Plant In St. Charles Parish That Would Lead To The Creation Of Over 1,100 New Jobs. Fertilizer and ammonia manufacturer AM Agrigen Industries said Monday it is considering building a $1.2 billion plant on the west bank of St. Charles Parish. Feasibility studies have begun, and the company said it expects to make its final investment decision during the first quarter of 2015. … The plant would create 150 new jobs with an average annual salary of $55,000 per year plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project would result in an additional 1,025 jobs, for a total of 1,175 new jobs in the state. … “AM Agrigen’s commitment to our state demonstrates the strategic value of Louisiana’s world-scale industrial infrastructure and our emergence as one of the very best business climates in the U.S.,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said. “From Sasol in southwest Louisiana to Benteler Steel/Tube in northwest Louisiana and Dyno Nobel in southeast Louisiana, global investors are infusing tremendous amounts of capital into our state’s manufacturing sector because of Louisiana’s welcoming business environment and strong workforce. 

A Bill That Would Give Women Stronger Health And Safety Protections, Supported By Governor Jindal, Passed The Legislature And Is Headed To His Desk To Be Signed. Doctors who perform abortions in Louisiana will be required to have the ability to admit patients to a nearby hospital … The Republican governor supports the proposal and intends to sign it into law. Proponents say the measure will ensure women have access to proper care if they have complications from an abortion, describing possible medical problems like hemorrhages, cervical injuries and infections. “This bill will give women the health and safety protections they deserve,” Jindal said on Twitter after it was passed.

Legislation Supported By Governor Jindal That Would Reduce The Number Of Frivolous Lawsuits In Louisiana Passed The State Legislature.  The Louisiana Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would clarify how landowners could file “legacy lawsuits” seeking to clean up years-old environmental damage. Senators voted 27-12 to send Senate Bill 667 to Gov. Bobby Jindal for his signature to turn it into law. … “This was a consensus approach. It’s an easy to understand bill,” said Stephen Waguespack, who heads the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. “Our state’s history on legacy issues has been to sue first, and talk later. That model was flipped on its head today. This legislation will help speed up responsible remediation of property,” Waguespack said.

Governor Jindal Signed Legislation That Toughens The Laws On Sex Offenders And Child Predators. Governor Bobby Jindal signed bill HB 638 into law that toughens the laws for sex offenders and child predators who fail to register with the state. The bill is part of Governor Jindal’s 2014 Legislative Package. Governor Jindal said, “In Louisiana, we need to protect our children and citizens from offenders of the most lewd and vile crimes. This law makes it a criminal offense and will require jail time for convicted offenders who provide false information and who fail to register with the state in the time frame required by law. Hopefully, these offenders will think twice before attempting to skirt the law.”

Governor Jindal Addressed The 2014 Graduating Class Of Louisiana State Troopers In The Senate Chamber. The state Senate chamber turned into a graduation hall Thursday for 46 new state troopers. Instead of caps and gowns, the cadets wore their new, blue uniforms. Gov. Bobby Jindal gave the commencement address and swore them into service. …. “These new troopers, and all state troopers throughout our state, are the men and the women who do not put themselves first. They rush into danger when most people are running away from it,” the governor said.

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This week, Governor Jindal wrote a column for Politico highlighting then First Lady Hillary Clinton’s testimony in 1993 on health care reform and her flip-flop on the need for an individual mandate.  The Governor was also profiled by the Washington Post and discussed the importance of faith in his life.  Governor Jindal also shared the great news that Louisiana hit another record high for the number of people with a job and the unemployment rate remains the lowest in the south.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

Governor Jindal Wrote For Politico Pointing Out How Hillary Clinton’s 1993 Health Care Testimony Foreshadowed The Colossal Failure Of Obamacare.  Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ recent comments doubting that Obamacare’s employer mandate will ever be implemented—he called it “one of the first things to go”—likely caused heartburn among his onetime West Wing colleagues. But there’s one former Obama administration official whom Gibbs must have terrified more than most. Years ago, that famous figure testified publicly that if Congress were to pass legislation with an individual mandate to purchase insurance, “we worry that the numbers of people who currently are insured through their employment will decrease because there will no longer be any reason for many employers” to offer coverage, when individuals can receive government subsidies instead. That figure’s name is Hillary Clinton. … The question neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama will want to answer is why the problems outlined by Clinton in her testimony two decades ago remain unsolved. The reason is that the left keeps coming up with the same wrong answers; it brings to mind that insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing over and over again, hoping for a better result. It’s time for conservatives to propose better solutions—and the America Next health plan is a big step in that direction.

Governor Jindal Announced That Chiquita Brands Is Moving Its Shipping Operation To The Port Of New Orleans, Bringing Up To 350 New Jobs.  Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning to New Orleans from Mississippi after nearly 40 years, bringing up to 350 new jobs. Chiquita, then called United Brands, left New Orleans for Gulfport in the mid-1970s after more than 70 years in New Orleans. It is one of the Port of Gulfport’s top four tenants, according to that port’s website. “This is a huge, historic win for the Port of New Orleans and for trade in our state,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday at a news conference … The move will increase the amount of cargo handled at the port by about 15 percent and bring 270 to 350 jobs, depending on the amount of cargo, according to a statement from Chiquita and the state.

Governor Jindal Sat Down With The Washington Post To Discuss What His Faith Means To Him. A dozen politically active pastors came here for a private dinner Friday night to hear a conversion story …  how Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled from Hinduism to Protestant Christianity and, ultimately, became what he calls an “evangelical Catholic.” Over two hours, Jindal, 42, recalled talking with a girl in high school who wanted to “save my soul,” reading the Bible in a closet so his parents would not see him and feeling a stir while watching a movie during his senior year that depicted Jesus on the cross. “I was struck, and struck hard,” Jindal told the pastors. “This was the Son of God, and He had died for our sins.”

Governor Jindal Argued That Religious Freedom Is Under Attack By The Obama Administration. During a commencement speech at Liberty University last weekend, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) talked about his personal journey from Hinduism to Christianity and his belief that religious freedom is under attack by the Obama administration and its liberal allies in the entertainment industry and elsewhere. While Jindal presented strong views on cultural issues, as described in a Washington Post story Tuesday, he also called for greater tolerance among people with differing beliefs.

Governor Jindal Shared The News
That Louisiana Set Another Record For The Number Of People Working In Louisiana And The Unemployment Rate Continues To Be The Lowest In The South. Following a month when Louisiana exceeded 2 million employed residents for the first time ever, the state reaches the lowest unemployment rate in the 17-state Southern region with a steadied figure from the month prior. …  “Today’s job report is further proof that our workforce is expanding and our economy is growing. The fact that Louisiana continues to lead the Southern region with the lowest unemployment rate is a testament to our hard work fighting to make our state the best place in the nation to start a business and raise a family,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement. “It is amazing to see Louisiana continue to break employment records month after month.  By setting another record for the number of people employed in our state in April, along with 43 consecutive months of over-the-year private sector job growth, we know our policies are working and our future is bright,” Jindal added.

Governor Jindal Will Appear
In The Season Premier Of The Sixth Season Of Duck Dynasty. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is set to appear on Duck Dynasty when the reality show returns to TV next month for its sixth season. Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, defended family patriarch Phil Robertson’s right to free speech last year … The governor has called the Robertson family, whose Duck Commander empire is based in West Monroe, La., “great citizens” of the state. A&E says the Duck Dynasty season premiere on June 11 will feature an appearance by Jindal, who will present Willie Robertson — CEO of the family’s business — with an award. In February, Jindal was at Duck Commander headquarters to present the first Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence to the Robertson family. The award is aimed at honoring “homegrown Louisiana businesses that grow and provide more opportunity, more jobs and more commerce” for the state, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Quin Hillyer Outlined Governor Jindal’s Success Converting Louisiana’s Government-Run Hospital System To Public-Private Partnerships.  Louisiana for decades (in one case, centuries) has run a unique system of “charity hospitals,” and Jindal has been working to reform the system for years. When the feds in 2012 cut the percentage of some federal matching funds, Jindal was faced with a sudden budget shortfall. He responded by leasing out the hospitals to private managers, thereby relieving the state of direct management burdens while bringing in a steady stream of revenue. …  In less than a year, the hospitals opened more beds for the mentally ill and in emergency rooms, provided more advanced technology for cancer screening and other care, and began improving services across the board. Already the Jindal reforms were providing proof of his (and other conservatives’) longstanding contention that state innovation could do far more to deliver better care, more efficiently, than a centrally regulated federal behemoth can.

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Congratulations Graduates!

I have to warn you in advance…I’ve done a number of these graduations…and you will have to bear with your parents today. You may witness them shedding a tear or two. And when you see that, you will think that they are replaying the years in their minds …you will think that they are remembering when you first learned to ride a bike, when you took your first steps, you will think they are sadly wondering where the years went.

But you would be wrong about that. No, those tears you see are actually tears of joy. Joy derived from knowing that the tuition bills from Liberty University will finally stop coming. In fact, because of this, the truth is that your parents are the most genuinely happy people here today.

By the way, this is probably a good time to let you know that I hate giving commencement addresses. I just really do. Because the graduates and their families simply want to get on with it. The only thing worse than having to sit through a commencement address, is having to sit through a commencement address by a politician. All I can say about that is – to use the college vernacular — it sucks to be you right now.

I thought about giving a speech today lecturing you about going out into the world and working hard and all that stuff…but I got bored with that.

I thought about giving a speech telling you of all the great things we are doing in Louisiana, but I knew you would be bored with that.

I thought about giving a speech telling you that if you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan, but I decided I didn’t want to lie to you.

And I thought about giving a speech telling you that debt is good, redistribution of wealth is smart, and personal morality doesn’t matter, but you only need to know those things if you are planning to go to work for the federal government in Washington.

Let me start today by telling you a very few things about my story. My parents immigrated to this country nearly a half century ago. They came without much, but they had heard about the idea of America. And that’s what America really is, it’s an idea, and the central tenant of that idea is freedom.

When my folks arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1971, my mother was already pregnant with me. I was what you would call a “preexisting condition.” So my dad didn’t look around for handouts or for the government to pay the hospital bill…no, he worked out paying for me on an installment plan. In fact, shortly after I was born, he asked the hospital if they would take me back if he failed to make a payment. He was hopeful, but they said no.

My dad grew up dirt poor. He was the only one in his large family to get past the 5th grade. But he knew that the idea of America was that if you work hard and apply yourself, you will be successful. So when he got to Baton Rouge he decided to get a job by simply calling through the yellow pages. He finally wore some guy down on the phone…which is amazing as my dad has quite an accent, and not a southern accent like mine. He convinced a guy to not only hire him, but also to come pick him up for work as he didn’t have a car.

I could tell you a lot of amusing stories about my folks adjusting to life in America, but I want to fast forward to the most significant thing that has ever happened to me, and it happened when I was a child. A friend I knew gave me a rather odd Christmas present, he gave me a Bible.

Some time later, a girl I knew invited me to church. Here I was, looking for a date, and meanwhile she was looking to save my soul. I found the Gospel message intriguing, but I was skeptical. I’m an analytical sort of person, so I decided I would have to investigate all these fanciful claims. So I started reading this Bible, often times in my closet, as I wasn’t sure how my parents would respond.
The short story is this, I read the words of Jesus Christ and I realized that they were true. I used to think that I had found God, but I believe it is more accurate to say that He found me. And it happened because people were brave enough to plant seeds of the Gospel in my life.

Many years later, when I became a candidate for political office, in one of my first debates, I got the question– “What is the single most important moment in your life?”

I had just endured countless hours of debate prep sessions with my political consultants and staff. That’s where you sit around and get savagely grilled by people you pay – your political consultants and staffers. I knew exactly what they hoped I would say – they would argue that I should try to appeal to female voters by offering a touching story about when I asked my wife Supriya for her hand in marriage, or about the birth of my first child. And yes, those were great moments.

But instead, I decided to do something new in politics, I told the audience the truth — that the most significant moment of my life was when I turned it over to Jesus Christ and acknowledged Him as my Savior.

My political consultants then began shifting uncomfortably in their seats…and I have to admit I enjoyed that.

I thought of Matthew 10:33 which says — “whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” And of Romans 1:16 which says – “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…”

It is said that college is an intellectual pursuit, involving reason and logic. I went to Brown University in the Ivy League, a place that prides itself in intellectual reasoning. One of the good things about going to Brown is that I was able to become the President of the College Republicans on campus almost immediately. The other Republican student at Brown was the Vice President.

Some kids go off to college and lose their way, they become convinced that their faith is not an intellectual pursuit.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Reason and logic lead to truth…which means that reason and logic lead to God.

There is a general view among many of the elites in America that truly enlightened folks realize that all this faith and religion stuff is just quaint and antiquated thinking from an earlier era. Or that it is a nice restful place for those who are not as bright or as intellectually curious as they are.

Again, nothing could be further from the truth. True intellectual curiosity will inevitably lead to an understanding of the Creator.

I always noticed examples of this elitist view of faith when national political reporters, usually from places like Boston, New York, or Washington, would come down to Baton Rouge to interview me in my first years as Governor.

Inevitably during these interviews they say something like this – “you are a smart guy, we know you went to Brown and were a Rhodes Scholar, so tell me, how is it that you call yourself pro-life, and you say that you oppose gay marriage, and you say that you oppose gun control? You just say that stuff to get elected in the Deep South right?”

So of course, l liked to have a little fun with it, so I would lean over the desk, and in hushed tones, pretending to confide in him or her, I would say – well…just between us, do me a favor, go tell your editors the bad news, tell them that I absolutely believe everything I say. As you can imagine, those interviews ended rather abruptly.

Let me shift gears for a moment now and talk straight with you about the world we live in, and the culture into which you are about to wade.

Today’s world is increasingly hostile to matters of faith. American culture has in many ways become a secular culture. At a minimum, it is safe to say that you are going into a world that is far more secular than the one your parents entered.

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to speak at the Reagan Library out in California where I talked about the silent war on religious liberty in America today.

The Declaration of Independence says that we are a nation constituted in accordance with the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” and that we are a people “endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”

Let me make this explicit: the source and justification for the very existence of the United States of America is and always has been contingent upon the understanding of man as a created being, with a Creator conferring his intrinsic rights — “among [them] Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

How we understand and approach that Creator is properly left to the hearts and consciences of every citizen. I am a Catholic Christian. My parents are Hindus. I am blessed to know Baptists, Jews, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and so many more in the rich tapestry of American faiths. And I know men and women who acknowledge no denomination or creed, confess to uncertainty about the Divine, yet look to the richness of nature and the majesty of this world and wonder, and inwardly seek, the Author of it all.

These days we think this diversity of belief is tolerated under our law and Constitution. But that’s wrong. This diversity of belief is the foundation of our law and Constitution.

America does not sustain and create faith. Faith created and sustains America. America did not invent religious freedom, religious freedom invented America.

President John Adams, in 1798, wrote to Massachusetts militiamen to remind them that “… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

In 1798, this was simple common sense. In 2014, we are forced to confront a question that would have been unthinkable to President Adams…and President Washington, and President Reagan, and every other American throughout history who believed in America’s founding premise:

What happens when our government decides it no longer needs a “moral and religious people?”

Today the American people, whether they know it or not, are mired in a silent war.

It threatens the fabric of our communities, the health of our public square, and the endurance of our constitutional governance.

It is a war against the propositions in the Declaration of Independence.

It is a war against the spirit that motivated abolitionism.

It is a war against the faith that motivated the Civil Rights struggle.

It is a war against the soul of countless acts of charity.

It is a war against the conscience that drives social change

It is a war against the heart that binds our neighborhoods together.

It is a war against America’s best self, at America’s best moments.

It is a war — a silent war — against religious liberty.

This war is waged in our courts and in the halls of political power. It is pursued with grim and relentless determination by a group of like-minded elites, determined to transform the country from a land sustained by faith — into a land where faith is silenced, privatized, and circumscribed.

Their vision of America is not the vision of the Founding. It’s not even the vision of ten years ago. It’s a vision in which an individual’s devotion to Almighty God is accorded as much respect as a casual hobby — and with about as many rights and protections.

These elites have to this point faced little opposition. But there is a remnant who have the temerity to believe in America and its promises — and to do something about it. Will you be a part of that remnant?

Margaret Thatcher famously said, ‘Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.’ The secular elites understand this just as well as she did. And they know that to take over America, they must make war on this philosophy.

This silent war is the real undercurrent driving politically fractious debates in a number of areas of policy. But why is this war happening? What does it mean for the country and people of faith? Why does it represent such a fundamental challenge to our American identity and the exceptional history that makes our nation great?

Consider three storylines playing out in the states and at the highest courts over the past several years in three different areas, yet all with overlapping effects.

First: the freedom to exercise your religion in the way you run your business, large or small, is under assault.

You have likely heard of the Obama Administration’s case against Hobby Lobby, a mega craft store and a family business whose battle against President Obama’s contraception mandate will end up as a Supreme Court decision. The national chain filed suit after being told they would be fined $1.3 million per day if they didn’t pay for abortifacients through their insurance.

Hobby Lobby is nothing less than an all-American success story. The family owned company was launched in Oklahoma in 1970 with nothing more than a $600 loan and a workshop in a garage.

Today they have 588 stores in 47 states. They have more than 13,000 full-time employees.

They expanded, branching out to create a Christian supply shop to sell Bibles and craft supplies, opening another 35 stores in 7 states, with almost 400 more employees.

This is entrepreneurship at its best, a family owned business that went from $600 and a garage to two companies that employ almost 14,000 people full-time across the country.

Through it all, Hobby Lobby has retained the guiding principles of its devout founders. Their statement of purpose begins with a Bible verse, and they are closed every Sunday. They’ve committed to honor the Lord by being generous employers, paying well above minimum wage and increasing salaries four years in a row even in the midst of the enduring recession.
None of this matters to the Obama Administration. The argument they have advanced, successfully thus far, is that faithful business owners cannot operate under the assumption that they can use their moral principles to guide the way their places of business spend money. According to the Administration’s legal arguments, the family that owns Hobby Lobby is not protected by the First Amendment’s “free exercise” of religion clause.

That’s the part of the First Amendment which states that “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise” of religion.

The Obama Administration and Attorney General Eric Holder argue that, “Hobby Lobby is a for-profit, secular employer, and a secular entity by definition does not exercise religion.” A federal judge agreed: since Hobby Lobby is a “secular” corporation, they have no right to be guided by the religious beliefs of their ownership.

Keep in mind that Hobby Lobby wasn’t arguing that so-called morning-after pills should be illegal, or banned, or doing anything to prevent their employees from paying the small cost of such pills. They just had a serious moral problem with paying for something they viewed as inherently against their deeply held beliefs.

The Obama Administration’s argument ignores these beliefs and treats them as little more than an inconvenience to its ever-expanding regulatory state. The Administration’s argument strikes at the core of our understanding of free exercise of religion. This case could have enormous ramifications for religious business owners across the country.

Under the Obama regime, you have the protection of the First Amendment as an individual, you see – but the instant you start a business, you lose those protections.

And that brings us to the second front in the silent war: the assault on our freedom of association as people of faith, to form organizations where we work alongside others who share our views.

This brings us to the Hosanna-Tabor case, which revolved around the ability of a Lutheran academy in Michigan to fire a teacher. Here, the Obama Administration advanced another extreme argument, claiming that job regulations prevented the academy from being able to fire anyone over a difference in beliefs.

The lawyers for the Obama Administration went far beyond the issues of the case to instead advance the legally absurd position that there is no general ministerial exception, arguing that religious groups don’t even have the Constitutionally protected right to select their own ministers or rabbis.

Thankfully, here, the Administration’s extreme position was rebutted by the Supreme Court in decisive fashion, with a 9-0 decision opposing its perspective.

So for the time being at least, the government doesn’t get to decide who can preach the Gospel. But the important thing to note is that the government wanted to make that decision. That is truly offensive and frightening.

The Administration advanced that extreme argument because it is consistent with the view of many on the Left, particularly elite liberal legal scholars, that the god we must worship first is government, and that our rights are doled out by Washington as they see fit.

But those cases are only the beginning – there is a bigger threat, the assault on your freedom of expression in all areas of life.

Illinois shows us a preview of what this looks like. In legislation they proposed altering the definition of marriage, they would have required churches and other congregations to essentially close their doors to outsiders, stop providing services to the community, and close off their facilities to other non-profits or church groups in order to avoid being required to host same sex ceremonies.

They would not allow religious bodies to rent their facilities to non-members for use in weddings. They would drive churches to have to eliminate classes, day schools, counseling, fellowship hall meetings, soup kitchens and more.

In other words, this law and others like it would require believers to essentially choose to break with their deeply held theological beliefs, or give up their daily activity of evangelism, retreat from public life, and sacrifice their property rights.

This is the next stage of the assault, and it is only beginning. Today, an overwhelming majority of those who belong to a religious denomination in America – that’s more than half the country – are members of organizations that affirm the traditional definition of marriage. All of those denominations will be targeted in large and small degrees in the coming years.

Will churches in America even be able to remain part of the public square in a time when their views on sin are in direct conflict with the culture, and when expressing those views will be seen as hiding hateful speech behind religious protections?

This war on religious liberty – on your freedom to exercise your religion, on your freedom to associate, on your freedom of expression – is only going to continue. It is going to continue because of an idea, a wrongheaded concept: that religious freedom means you have the freedom to worship, and that’s all.

In this misbegotten and un-American conception of religious liberty, your rights begin and end in the pew. This is ridiculous. We have the right to practice our faith and protect our conscience no matter where we happen to be.

We must also keep some perspective on this silent war. It is a challenging time to be a believer in America, yes. But consider the plight of believers around the world today. In nation after nation, Christians are being slaughtered by radical Islamists for their beliefs.

It is a time of enormous upheaval in the Middle East, where your beliefs can lead to your church being burned, your children being kidnapped, or put you on the wrong side of a gun.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote that “The cross is laid on every Christian. It begins with the call to abandon the attachments of this world…When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” And today, around the world, many Christians are living out that calling.

That is a shooting war over religion, not a silent one.

So here, in America, we should be grateful that the laws and principles put in place by the Founders, men like George Mason and James Madison and Patrick Henry who understood the importance of religious liberty, have endured for so long. They are the reason America has come so far, and it is those same principles that should guide us farther still – principles that understand that power is derived from the people, not the government.

Calvin Coolidge understood this, in his own time: “We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp.”

The things of the spirit do come first. We must act, and act now, to protect them. The temptation in some corners is to ask for a truce in these fractious battles – but in practical terms, a truce would only amount to those who value religious liberty laying down their arms. Our religious freedom was won over the course of centuries of persecution and blood, and we should not surrender them without a fight.

Make no mistake: the war over religious liberty is the war over free speech, and without the first there is no such thing as the second.

Though this is not a battle any of us would have chosen, it’s one we’re called to join, and we should do so gladly, with our hearts and minds set on things above.

Our religious liberty must in no way ever be linked to the ever-changing opinions of the public. To the contrary, we must understand that our freedom of conscience protects all Americans of every persuasion — however those persuasions may evolve.

Second, it is unmistakable that most of the Obama Administration’s attacks on religious liberty are aimed at conservative Christians. But the fact is that our religious liberties are designed to protect people of all faiths.

And I will note, that while I am best described as an evangelical Catholic, my extended family is quite diverse when it comes to matters of faith. And our liberties in America demand equal protections for all.

Third, for those of you who follow pop culture, you may have taken note of the recent flap between the Robertson family, of Duck Dynasty fame, and the A&E Network that produces and broadcasts the Duck Dynasty show. And you may have further observed that the one of the loudest and most aggressive defenders of the Robertson family was the Governor of Louisiana.

You may think that I was defending the Robertsons simply because I am the Governor of their home state, the great state of Louisiana. You would be wrong about that.

I defended them because they have every right to speak their minds, however indelicately they may choose to do so. Of course, A&E is a for-profit business, and they can choose what they want to put on the air.

But there was something much larger at stake here. There was a time when liberals in this country believed in debate. But that is increasingly not the case for the modern Left in America. No, the modern Left in America has grown tired of debate.

Their new strategy is simply to try to silence their critics. So these leftists immediately mobilized and did all they could not to debate the issues, but rather to attempt to silence the Robertsons.

And the same thing happened again just this week, with another demonstration of intolerance from the entertainment industry. HGTV was working on a new show featuring the Benham brothers, twin brothers who graduated from right here at Liberty University in 1998. But HGTV cancelled the show this week, allegedly because they learned that one of the brothers protested at the Democrat Party Convention, and the other had protested at an abortion clinic. Think about that for a minute. If these guys had protested at the Republican Party Convention, instead of cancelling their show, HGTV would probably have given them a raise.

There was a time when the Left preached tolerance. And they are indeed tolerant, unless they disagree with you. To paraphrase William F. Buckley, a liberal is someone who welcomes dissent, and is astonished to find there is any.

The modern Left in America is completely intolerant of the views of people of faith. They want a completely secular society where people of faith keep their views to themselves.

Remember this quote from President Reagan: “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation.”

To be clear, churches in America are not being burned to the ground, and Christians are not being slaughtered for their faith. There is really no comparison to the persecution of people of faith inside our borders and outside.

So…we’ve established that our culture has taken a secular turn, we’ve established that persecution of Christians is on the rise throughout the world, we’ve established that religious liberty here in America is under siege, we’ve established that the Left no longer wants to debate, they simply want to silence us.

Now what? What do we do about it? What should you do about it?

First of all, you should be optimistic and be of good cheer. This is an exciting time to be a believer.

It is true that Christians are the last group that it is ok to discriminate against in America. But so what? If God is with us, who can be against us?

Don’t see yourself as a victim, America has enough people who see themselves as victims.

You should go out into the world and be salt and light.

And most of all, you should be bold in your faith and embrace opportunities to stand up for the truth. You never know when you might be planting a seed that will change someone’s life forever.

Thank you, congratulations, and may God Bless you.

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p class=”p1″>This week, Governor Jindal wrote two separate columns highlighting Louisiana’s recent economic success as one of the fastest growing job markets in the nation.  Also, several major media outlets previewed Governor Jindal’s commencement address to Liberty University’s graduates where he will criticize the Left for trying to silence conservatives and talk about his personal faith journey.

Here Is A Quick Recap Of The News About The Governor’s Week:

The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody Previewed Some Of Governor Jindal’s Address To Liberty University’s Commencement.  Governor Jindal: “I could tell you a lot of amusing stories about my folks adjusting to life in America, but I want to fast forward to the most significant thing that has ever happened to me, and it happened when I was a child.  A friend I knew gave me a rather odd Christmas present, he gave me a Bible. Some time later, a girl I knew invited me to church. Here I was, looking for a date, and meanwhile she was looking to save my soul.  I found the Gospel message intriguing, but I was skeptical. I’m an analytical sort of person, so I decided I would have to investigate all these fanciful claims. So I started reading this Bible, often times in my closet, as I wasn’t sure how my parents would respond. The short story is this, I read the words of Jesus Christ and I realized that they were true. I used to think that I had found God, but I believe it is more accurate to say that He found me. And it happened because people were brave enough to plant seeds of the Gospel in my life.”

In Governor Jindal’s Liberty University Speech, He Will Criticize The Left For Trying To Silence Conservatives For Their Religious Beliefs. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), in a speech Saturday at Liberty University, will attack HGTV for cancelling a show. … According to advance excerpts, Jindal will say in his commencement address Saturday that the decision to cancel the show is the latest example of liberals trying to silence conservatives for their religious beliefs. “Think about that for a minute,” Jindal will say. “If these guys had protested at the Republican Party convention, instead of cancelling their show, HGTV would probably have given them a raise.”

Governor Jindal Wrote A Column For Local Papers On How Louisiana’s Economy Is Growing, And Becoming More Diversified. Thanks in large part to our policy reforms and business development efforts, Louisiana has economically outperformed the South and U.S. since January 2008. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Louisiana’s private-sector job growth since January 2008 ranks second best in the South and sixth best in the U.S. At 4.5 percent, our unemployment rate is the lowest in the South; in fact, it has remained well below that of the South and U.S. every month since January 2008. … Additionally, leading tech companies like CGI, CenturyLink, CSC, EA, Gameloft, GE Capital, IBM, and others recently have announced major projects that collectively will create more than 4,500 new, direct tech jobs in our state—most of which will be filled in the next three years. Indeed, in our entire state’s history, there has never been a better time than today for our college graduates to secure high–tech jobs right here at home.  Not only has Louisiana economically outperformed the nation since January 2008, but we are also positioning our state to continue to do so in a diversified fashion in the future. The best is yet to come; economists predict the next few years will bring unprecedented investment and job growth. However, we will continue to work hard every day to make Louisiana the best place to raise a family and get a job, so that our children and grandchildren can pursue their dreams right here in Louisiana.

Governor Jindal Wrote An Op-Ed For Forbes About How Louisiana Has Achieved Its Recent Economic Surge. A different kind of rising tide is hitting Louisiana—a surge of economic growth, and more and better-paying jobs. The data speak for themselves. Louisiana has the lowest unemployment rate in the South, tied for 7th lowest in the nation.  Since January 2008, economic growth that is 50 percent higher than the nation, and one of the best records of private-sector job growth in the country. And expatriate Louisianians coming home, returning to raise their families and build a better future, both for themselves and our state. After more than two decades of more people leaving Louisiana than moving into the state, Louisiana has experienced six years in a row of population in-migration. … While I’d love to say the federal government was a great partner in our efforts, in most cases our accomplishments came not because of Washington, but despite it.  … And the policies coming out of Washington only seem to get worse.  Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that Obamacare will reduce the labor supply by 2.3 million workers—nearly three times an earlier estimate.  The report found that Obamacare contains an “implicit tax” that discourages work, yet the White House attempted to portray this policy—taking away insurance subsidies for those who work hard and increase their income—as a good thing. Stop what you are doing and think about that for a moment.  The President of the United States of America says it is a good thing that the law he passed will discourage people from working.  Let that sink in for just a moment, but then get back to work.

Louisiana Received Its Highest Ranking Ever On Another Survey Of Best States In The Nation For Business. CEOs nationwide ranked Louisiana 9th in the U.S., in Chief Executive magazine’s annual ranking of Best & Worst States for Business. The Pelican State showed the greatest improvement of any state in the U.S. over the past fours, jumping 31 spots in the survey from 2010 and breaking into the top 10 for the first time to achieve its highest ranking ever. In a statement issued Thursday (May 8) by Louisiana Economic Development, Gov. Bobby Jindal attributed the high ranking to Louisiana’s continued economic development initiatives, legislative action, preparatory education and the state having more people employed than ever before. “Since we took office in 2008, we’ve made economic development our top priority, creating a business environment where companies want to invest and create jobs for our citizens. We’ve reined in government spending, eliminated job-killing taxes on businesses, created customized workforce training programs, overhauled our governmental ethics laws, and passed game-changing legislation to give every child in Louisiana an opportunity for a great education that prepares them for jobs in the 21st century workforce,” Jindal said.

The Washington Post Previewed Governor Jindal’s Address To Liberty University. Bobby Jindal, Rhodes scholar, conservative intellectual and Louisiana governor, travels this weekend to Lynchburg, Va.-based Liberty University, to give a commencement address at the conservative Christian school founded by the late Jerry Falwell. …. He insists that Republicans need to offer substantive ideas to counter the Democratic initiatives they complain about. Jindal has formed a new think tank, America Next, to support and distribute those ideas, including prescriptions for new national energy and education policies.

Governor Jindal Announced That IndyCar Will Be Bringing A Major Race To New Orleans That Will Bring Increased Tourism And More Economic Investment. The red racing Ferrari parked to the left of the stage at the NOLA Motorsports Park Event Center looked fast. And if you think that updated version of Thomas Magnum’s ride projects an image of excessive street-illegal speed, imagine open-wheel, 650-horsepower land rockets zipping along at up to 180 mph on the straightaways. That sort of awesome automotive power will be coming to the New Orleans area on three undisclosed dates in 2015 for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, although speculation has it that June of next year is being targeted. … But, Jindal said, the return to Louisiana — the race is guaranteed to be held at the Avondale facility from 2015 through 2017, with the promise of making the arrangement permanent if all goes well — is significant: 80,000 visitors pumping $100 million into the region’s economy over the course of three-day festivals that will be culminated by the big race on a Sunday. … Jindal noted that the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana would be “another nationally known event” and “another reason for folks to come to have a great time in Louisiana,” along with visitor magnets like the recently concluded New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Zurich Classic golf tournament.

The IBM Technology Center Development In Baton Rouge Was Named One Of The Top North American Deals By Site Selection Magazine. After being in Baton Rouge for about a year, IBM’s new technology center under construction downtown has been named by Site Selection magazine as one of its Top North American Deals of 2013. Additionally, Site Selection ranked the Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and New Orleans regional economic development groups among the top 11 in the U.S., and the magazine named LED one of the top five best performing state economic-development agencies in the U.S. IBM’s announcement to build an 800-job technology center in downtown Baton Rouge became official in March, 2013. The center is one of 10 projects with placement in top North American deals of 2013. … “Since we took office in 2008, our top priority for Louisiana has been retaining and attracting great jobs for our people so that our children will no longer need to leave Louisiana to pursue a rewarding career,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in a statement.  ”Over the last several years, Louisiana’s economy has outperformed the South and the U.S. We continue to work aggressively to keep our state’s economy headed in the right direction, and this latest recognition from Site Selection validates our efforts. Louisiana ranks among the very best places for businesses to invest and create jobs, and we will not rest until our state is the best place to raise a family and create good paying jobs,” Jindal added.

Governor Jindal Spoke To Northeastern Louisiana Business Leaders About The Economic Renaissance Occurring In Louisiana. Elected officials and business executives from northeastern Louisiana flocked to the State Capitol on Tuesday to get a first-hand look at state government and to let lawmakers know their needs. The annual Northern Exposure trip draws a number of state officials to brief those attending on happenings in state government and offers an opportunity to exchange opinions in a social atmosphere. … Gov. Bobby Jindal … complimented companies and higher education institutions for forming partnerships that can benefit both parties, including Century Link with the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Benteler Steel with Bossier Parish Community College, CGI with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and IBM with LSU. Creating jobs and skilled workers to fill them is one of his top priorities for the legislative session, the governor said, so his proposed budget includes $140 million in additional funding for higher education, $40 million of which is in the WISE Fund created to help universities meet job demands.

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