Pollster Bernie Pinsonat talks about President Donald Trump's popularity in Louisiana and how Republican lawmakers in the state might still be reluctant to challenge initiatives from an embattled president.
Governor Bobby Jindal is making the rounds one last time, continuing his “farewell tour” of the state this week. After speaking engagements in Shreveport and Monroe last week, he’s speaking in New Orleans today and Lafayette tomorrow. Yesterday, he faced the Baton Rouge Press Club, and touted his accomplishments of eight years in the Governor’s Mansion.
“Our work’s not done, but we did what we said we were going to do. We made the big changes that had to be made,” Jindal said.
This week the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana put out a commentary on state ethics policies.
PAR President Robert Travis Scott says tweaks are needed to require officials to disclose their reasons when they recuse themselves from a debate or vote. And he says the state needs to be careful not to create an environment ripe for corruption by allowing even modest gifts worth up to $25, as is being considered by the legislature this session.