Florida taxpayers paid $4,423 to provide security for Louisiana first lady Supriya Jindal during a four-day personal trip earlier this year.
A Miami newspaper last week detailed what the state of Florida paid to protect dignitaries such as Jindal between July 1, 2010, and June 30.
“The single most expensive dignitary visit was by (Gov. Bobby) Jindal’s wife, Supriya,” The Miami Herald reported.
Gov. Jindal also added to Florida taxpayers’ expenses. He made a campaign swing through Jacksonville last year in support of now-Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The expense of assigning Florida law enforcement officers to protect Jindal totaled $3,137, the paper reported.
“We leave all security determinations up to the (Louisiana) State Police,” said Kyle Plotkin, Jindal’s spokesman.
Louisiana State Police spokesman Lt. Doug Cain said he does not know why Supriya Jindal traveled to Florida for four days in April.
He said using other states’ law enforcement agencies to protect and transport the governor’s family reduces Louisiana’s costs.
“We’re thankful for those resources and we reciprocate,” Cain said.
Caldwell wants oil, gas revenues
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell used a line from “Jerry McGuire” when asked about the likelihood of Louisiana pressing its case with federal officials for more offshore oil and gas revenues.
“Send me the money,” Caldwell told a group of East Baton Rouge Republicans.
A new state law, sponsored by state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, extends Louisiana’s Gulf boundaries and where the calculation begins for offshore mineral revenues.
“That’s going to bring a lot of oil and gas leases in. Now you have the power of the federal government coming down on you,” said Caldwell.
“Frankly, it’s expensive to do those things,” he added.
State Democrats scrap panel meeting
The Democratic State Central Committee had to scrap its meeting scheduled for Saturday.
“(We) didn’t have a quorum,” said party executive director Renee Lapeyrolerie.
The meeting was scheduled for the same day as the party’s big fundraising event — the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
“Seems it created a ‘choice’ scenario, J-J or DSCC meeting,” Lapeyrolerie said.
Lapeyrolerie said the DSCC meeting would be rescheduled, likely for August.
Jindal in Colorado for GOP meeting
Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled Thursday to the Rocky Mountains, where the high temperatures were in the upper 70s.
The governor’s press office announced Thursday that Jindal attended events for the Republican Governors’ Association in Aspen, Colo., Friday.
From Colorado, Jindal planned to travel to Cleveland to speak at a dinner for the Ohio Republican Party Friday, his office said.
Tucker thinking about secretary race
House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown, said he still is mulling whether to run for Louisiana secretary of state this fall.
Tucker’s mother fell seriously ill after he ended a busy legislative session in June.
He said he plans to make a decision on his candidacy by the end of the month.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler, a Republican; state Rep. Walker Hines, R-New Orleans; and lawyer Caroline Fayard, a Democrat, have said they are running for the job of overseeing elections and some museums.
Campbell sorry for calling Jindal ‘boy’
Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, of Bossier Parish, raised the ire of a radio listener last week by referring to Gov. Bobby Jindal as a “boy.”
During an interview with WRKF host Jim Engster, Campell criticized Jindal as being too cozy with big business, saying “this boy never would vote against big oil companies.”
A caller scolded Campbell for calling Jindal a boy.
“I apologize. He’s a 40-year-old man,” Campbell said.
Campbell, a Democrat, unsuccessfully ran against the Republican Jindal for governor in 2007. Campbell said he has no plans to jump into this year’s race.
Sen. Marionneaux discusses campaign
State Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Grosse Tete, jovially talked during a gaggle with news reporters Thursday about possibly running for governor.
Marionneaux stepped out of a meeting of the State Bond Commission for the impromptu news conference.
One issue Marionneaux did not want to tackle is the presence of his private airplane in a Baton Rouge Police Department hangar at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White is investigating why the plane remained in the hangar months after it was parked there for repairs.
With a shake of his head, Marionneaux declined to discuss the issue.
Schedler defends voting compliance
Secretary of State Tom Schedler said the U.S. Justice Department and the NAACP are using inaccurate numbers to allege that the state is not doing enough to comply with the National Voter Registration Act.
The two groups have filed suit claiming that state employees dealing with Medicaid, food stamp and disability eligibility aren’t advising people they can sign up to vote at the office.
The Justice lawsuit said of those seeking public assistance during the last decade that the number of people who registered to vote in public assistance offices ranged from 4 percent to 1.1 percent.
“If I come into the social services office 10 times this year, I’m 10 people,” said Schedler. “What if I come into the office and I’m already registered to vote?”
Schedler said 78 percent of Louisiana residents over age 18 are registered to vote — the fourth-highest of any state.
“I’m not going to be intimidated by this,” he said.
Holden to talk bond at Press Club
East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden will be the speaker for Monday’s meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge.
Holden is scheduled to discuss the $748.45 million capital improvements bond package he hopes to ask voters to approve this fall.
The Press Club meets at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and members of the news media are allowed to ask questions.
Compiled by The Advocate’s Capitol news bureau. Contact email is email@example.com.