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View Diary: Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu starts off the 2014 campaign in unexpectedly good shape (90 comments)

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  •  Here is one theory this Louisiana resident has... (7+ / 0-)

    Jindal has been unswavering in his (largely successful) agenda to downsize and privatize much of our state's government and services. He has gone beyond coopting Republican legislators to dictating his agenda, and he's even gotten Republican allies mad. Northern LA evangelicals still seem to love Jindal but otherwise it seems that even many conservatives are onto him because he has been so self-serving and downright monarchical in pursuing his legislative agenda.

    He's also gotten LSU alumni mad because of how he has taken over the LSU board and forced it to downsize to the point to where SACS (our regional accreditors) have taken notice.  The accreditors for our med schools (also run by LSU) have also placed them on notice, since Jindal has cut our public hospitals to the point where they have just the minimum amount of beds open in order to claim they are still physician training hospitals.

    If it weren't for LSU athletics LSU would be in much worse shape.  Say what you like about big-time college sports, especially SEC football, but LSU athletics are completely self-supporting and have donated funds BACK to the academic side just to keep the institution from completely imploding.

    BTW, I work for another university... the rest of higher ed is in much worse shape financially, but Jindal hasn't tried to take us over either like he has LSU. That's the prize they get for being the one institution that must survive no matter what. He's just tried to starve the rest of higher ed in the state into silence and submission.

    But rule #1 in our state... DON'T MESS WITH LSU.

    •  And one more thing about Dardenne... (3+ / 0-)
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      luckydog, Neon Vincent, NM Ward Chair

      ...he has not been a loyal Jindal ally, at least not publicly. He has openly complained about budget cuts to fund tourism and tourist marketing, which is what our Lt. Governor is primarily responsible for in our state. The only reason why he hasn't been fired like others who have similarly complained about budget cuts to their agencies is because he is an elected official.

    •  Not only the schools and LSU (2+ / 0-)
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      Neon Vincent, NM Ward Chair

      but he's decimating the health care programs in the state as well as programs for seniors. He was bad enough before he was re-elected (we Dems didn't even field any opposition) but he acts like he's the Emperor and it's his way or the highway with anyone who disagrees with him. Some of the legislators have finally started to wake up and make some small attempts to challenge his "ream it through" policies, but don't expect much to come from it.
      Even in super-conservative North Louisiana I don't think you can find too many people who say they like or support him.

      "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

      by gritsngumbo on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 03:00:00 PM PST

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