Jindal Reelected

Missed this. Bobby Jindal was re-elected governor of Louisiana yesterday, dominating the primary so thoroughly — in a Democrat-dominated state — that they are skipping the general election. The reason?

Within months of taking office, he won approval for laws prohibiting public officials from holding state contracts and requiring them to disclose information about their personal finances.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune endorsed Jindal for re- election this month for those efforts as well as for his management of hurricanes, including Ida in 2009 and Lee in 2011, and the 2010 BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jindal has cut taxes and supported outsourcing government services to private companies. Louisiana’s jobless rate of 7.2 percent ranks below the national average of 9.1 percent.

Competent governing. Good economy. It’s a recipe. Of course, to the Keynesians, the real reason Louisiana is doing well is because Hurricane Katrina broke so many windows, stimulating the economy.

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  1. AlexInCT

    Competent governing. Good economy. It’s a recipe.

    AH-MEN!

    Of course, to the Keynesians, the real reason Louisiana is doing well is because Hurricane Katrina broke so many windows, stimulating the economy.

    The sad thing is that you where saying this to make fun of them, but they really, really believe it.

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  2. davidstvz

    7.2 vs. 9 looks good on paper, but this economy is still far from good. My brother still has his job, but he’s making maybe half what he’d make at that job in a good economy, and yet he’s clinging to it because there are no other jobs. My job is under threat from a proposed merger (I work at a university) that I can honestly say is a bad idea. Administration is trying to take advantage of what they see as an easy mark rather than make deeper cuts to big difficult targets.

    That said, if I know anything about politics and economics, then Jindal is definitely helping not hurting. Hopefully we’ll get some real recovery in the next 4 years so he can take credit for some great times instead of slightly less than terrible times.

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  3. Seattle Outcast

    I have a friend on Facebook that believes the government actually creates jobs. Government jobs, of course, but those are “real jobs” and the government needs to create more of them to help the economy.

    I hadn’t realized until yesterday that he was an idiot…

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  4. InsipiD

    dominating the primary so thoroughly — in a Democrat-dominated state — that they are skipping the general election.

    How is that legal, even in Louisiana?

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  5. Mississippi Yankee

    Louisiana operates largely under Napoleonic Law, unlike any other state. I know it sounds crazy but it’s a fact (google it yourselves)

    If you notice the primary election was held on Saturday. That’s a Louisiana ‘thang’ too.

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  6. Biggie G

    According to the article and Wikipedia, there is an open, non-partisan primary. The top 2 vote getters face each other in the general election. Unless the top guy gets a majority, not a plurality. Since Jindal beat his next closest opponent by almost 50 points, I think it’s a true majority. Therefore, no general election needed for Governor.

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  7. davidstvz

    Yeah, it’s nothing too crazy. If one guy gets 50% or more votes, he wins outright. If no one gets 50%, you take the top two and have a run off a month later. This prevents the Ralph Nader effect and gives the state the possibility of saving money by skipping the run-off when it’s not necessary. Is there a better system?

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