Haynesville schoolteacher Tara Hollis is taking a break from the classroom to run against Gov. Bobby Jindal this fall.

“I am doing more good for my school, my parish and my state out on the campaign trail, than in the classroom,” Hollis said in a prepared statement.

Hollis, a Democrat, is one of the few challengers to the Republican governor’s re-election bid.

She had less than $1,000 in her campaign fund last month, compared to Jindal’s nearly $9 million. The primary is Oct. 22.

Texas governor boosts Jindal

In taking a swipe at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry paid Louisiana’s governor a compliment.

Perry, a possible contender for the GOP presidential nomination, characterized Romney’s state health-care program as a failure.

“I can promise you when Bobby Jindal over on my eastern flank comes up with a new way to deliver health care — because he is just a brilliant guy when it comes to policy issues dealing with health and human services — we’ll go over there and snitch that in a minute and implement it in our state,” he said on Christian Broadcasting Network News.

EWE to bartend at watering hole

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards will serve up drinks in New Orleans later this month.

Edwards, who does not drink alcohol, will serve as a guest bartender Aug. 23 at Molly’s at the Market in the French Quarter.

It won’t be the first time for Edwards to tend bar at the watering hole.

Edwards served as a celebrity bartender at Molly’s in October 1985 while he was in New Orleans on trial on racketeering and fraud charges during which he was acquitted.

Joining him at the time were three of his defense lawyers and a co-defendant in the trial that involved health-care licenses.

Dardenne visits Quebec festival

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne traveled to Quebec City last week, where he was a guest of honor and speaker at the Les Fetes de la Nouvelle France.

Quebec City is in the French-speaking part of Canada, from where some ancestors of Louisiana residents came.

His mission was the promotion of Louisiana seafood, recreation and travel opportunities.

Dardenne said he hoped to entice some festival-goers to head to Lafayette this October for Grand Reveil, a festival where people go to find out more about their French family heritage.

Dorsey defends Spanish Town vote

State Sen. Yvonne Dorsey sent a letter out to Spanish Town residents recently, explaining why she decided not to push a bill during the recent legislative session that would have created a crime prevention district in their area.

The issue has pitted factions in the neighborhood. Dorsey wrote of her eagerness to help once residents and property owners came to a consensus.

Dorsey, D-Baton Rouge, is up for re-election Oct. 22 and has at least one announced opponent, state Rep. Michael Jackson, D-Baton Rouge.

Members of Spanish Town’s civic association had proposed the move to augment security and improve the historic neighborhood near the State Capitol. The legislation would have allowed, if approved by voters in the district, the levy on property owners of a fee of up to a $200 per parcel.

In her letter, Dorsey said opponents “argued that adding an expensive fourth layer of protection on top of all the existing patrols was unnecessary. …”

Harrison to head legislative group

State Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, is the new state chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The appointment occurred during ALEC’s Aug. 3-6 meeting in New Orleans.

ALEC is an organization of legislators and corporate interests that, according the group’s website, promotes principles of free markets, limited government and federalism.

Roemer to appear on ‘The Daily Show’

Former Gov. Buddy Roemer, who is running for president of the U.S., will soon appear on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” according to his daughter, Caroline Roemer Shirley.

Roemer recently appeared on “The Colbert Report.”

The GOP contender has an apartment in Manchester, N.H., because of the time he is spending there for next year’s New Hampshire presidential primary.

Edwards defends gambling stance

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards said his reputation as a gambling governor isn’t quite accurate.

“I’m responsible for only one gambling situation in Louisiana and that’s the casino in New Orleans,” Edwards said at a news conference before his 84th birthday party.

He said only New Jersey and Nevada had serious gambling establishments in 1983, just before his third term as governor.

Edwards said he predicted at the time that gambling would be a revenue producer for states.

Today, he said, only Utah and Hawaii have no form of legal gambling.

LSU professor to appear on C-SPAN

LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Professor Bob Mann is participating Sunday in C-SPAN’s “Lectures in History” series.

The C-SPAN crew visited the Manship school earlier this year to record one of Mann’s political communication classes.

Mann’s lecture discusses political advertising, including the iconic 1964 “Daisy Girl” spot produced by Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential campaign.

The program airs on C-SPAN 3 Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The show also is available online Monday at www.c-span.org/History/.

May given award by college group

Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Joe D. May was named the 2011 Southern Regional Chief Executive Officer Award recipient by the Association of Community College Trustees, called ACCT.

ACCT annually recognizes five regional community college chief executive officers for their work in promoting two-year secondary education.

Noted accomplishments include a 61 percent enrollment growth, new and innovative programs such as LCTCSOnline and the Day One Guarantee, and May’s policy work with the Legislature.

May will be officially recognized during the Annual ACCT Awards Gala on Oct. 13.

Wildlife official gets job clearance

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Secretary Randall Pausina got clearance last week for a plum Civil Service job once he leaves his politically appointed post.

Pausina was an agency biologist project manager — $77,292 a year Civil Service position — before he took the assistant secretary’s job which pays $93,360 annually.

Pausina wanted to be able to move into the job of deputy assistant secretary when his appointment ends and he returns to the Civil Service ranks.

“It would be a rollback position for him,” said Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham.

The deputy assistant secretary’s job pays $88,108 annually.

House speaker to speak at Press Club

House Speaker Jim Tucker will speak to the Baton Rouge Press Club at noon Monday.

Tucker, R-Terrytown, will discuss the recently ended legislative sessions and proposed constitutional amendments.

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 during the question-and-answer portion of the program.

BR MoveOn group to hold jobs rally

The Baton Rouge Council of MoveOn.org will hold the “Jobs Not Cuts Rally” Wednesday at 4 p.m. outside the Baton Rouge office of Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

The group argues that Congress needs to focus on new stimulus initiatives, not cutting the deficit.

Cassidy’s office address is 5555 Hilton Ave., Suite 100, in Baton Rouge.

Further information on this event can be found at http://civic.moveon.org/event/jobsnotcuts/119841

GOP groups to host BR lawmaker

State Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, will be the guest speaker at the Capital City Republican Meeting on Thursday.

He will discuss education issues.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

The public is invited.

Chamber SWLA holds annual event

The Chamber SWLA is holding its sixth annual Legis Gator awards luncheon at L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles on Aug. 19.

The deadline to R.S.V.P. is Friday.

The luncheon will recognize members of the Louisiana Legislature and of the U.S. Congress who supported the southwest Louisiana chamber’s agenda.

A representative from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a lobbying group of large corporations based in Washington, D.C., will present the “Spirit of Enterprise Award” to members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation who supported the group’s agenda.

The cost is $45 for Chamber SWLA Members and $55 for nonmembers.

Contact Lynette Clark at (337) 433-3632 or lclark@allianceswla.org to reserve seats.

Compiled by The Advocate’s Capitol news bureau. Contact email address is mballard@theadvocate.com.