A gubernatorial candidate who is a teacher by profession is questioning Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign contribution to her classroom.

Jindal’s campaign donated $5,000 in May to allow Tara Hollis to purchase special reading software for her Haynesville classroom.

Hollis, a Democrat, is running against the Republican governor in the Oct. 22 primary.

The governor’s campaign spokesman, Aaron Baer, said Jindal knew Hollis was an opponent but wanted to show that a small contribution to a classroom can make a big difference.

Hollis’ campaign countered that Jindal singled out Hollis’ classroom for a donation.

“Is it remotely possible that he hoped she would take the $5,000, and decide to return to her classroom this fall, rather than continue challenging his record on the campaign trail?” the Hollis campaign questioned in a prepared statement.

N.Y. marriage law incites prayer call

The Louisiana Family Forum is praying for marriage in America after New York state’s “radical decision” to legalize same-sex marriage.

The organization urged followers in a weekly bulletin to “pray for the children and families impacted by this decision.”

The Louisiana Family Forum also encouraged followers to “praise God that we live in a state with a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman!”

The Baton Rouge-based organization characterizes itself as presenting biblical principles and defending the traditional family.

More ‘friends’ than Facebook allows

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards is at the maximum capacity for friends on Facebook.

The 83-year-old Marksville native hit 5,000 friends Monday on the social networking website. Facebook allows a person to accept only 5,000 friends to see posts and other personal updates.

“Thank you all for your support and let’s switch to my fan page. I hope you will all ‘like’ it and communicate with me there. Now let’s go! Sorry to the 350 other requests that I could not accept on this page!” the former governor posted.

Edwards’ fiancée, Trina Grimes Scott, created a fan page for those shut out by Facebook’s rules.

Jackson reinstates party affiliation

State Rep. Michael Jackson is back among the Democratic Party ranks.

The Baton Rouge legislator recently told radio talk show host Jim Engster that he quietly switched his political affiliation back to Democrat in May.

Jackson signed up as “No Party” for a failed congressional bid.

He told Engster on WRKF that he still embraces the Democratic Party’s principles and that he plans to run for the state Senate.

Billing continues for House legal aid

The legal bills keep coming in from attorneys that shepherded the Louisiana House redistricting plan to U.S. Justice Department approval.

Holtzman Vogel PLLC submitted a bill of $24,500 for its May work on behalf of the House. Another bill is coming for June activity.

The House received word June 20 that the plan for redrawing its 105 election districts had received the Justice Department’s OK.

The new districts will be used in fall elections.

Pugh to receive kidney from son

State Rep. Steve Pugh is scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant later this month at a New Orleans hospital. The donor is his son, Christopher.

Pugh, a Ponchatoula Republican, expects a recovery period of four to six weeks, The Associated Press reports.

Pugh, who is a diabetic, said he began experiencing kidney problems earlier this year and went on dialysis.

The surgery is scheduled for July 11 at Ochsner Hospital.

Pugh’s district covers southern Tangipahoa Parish. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2007.

Democrat dinner honors La. mayors

U.S. Sen. Christopher Coons, of Delaware, will be the keynote speaker for the Louisiana Democratic Party’s annual major fundraising event on July 23.

The Thomas Jefferson-Andrew Jackson Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.

Coons won election to the Senate in November — beating tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell. He describes himself as “a social progressive committed to responsible fiscal moderation.”

The event will honor Louisiana’s Democratic mayors.

Holiday pre-emptsPress Club meeting

The Baton Rouge Press Club will not meet Monday because of the July Fourth holiday.

The Press Club usually meets on Mondays at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St., downtown Baton Rouge. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

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