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This is a very critical time for our state and the upcoming election matters.

When Bobby Jindal took office in 2008, the Louisiana unemployment rate was at 4%. It is now 6% and that is above the national average and the 3rd highest in the nation.

During his time as governor, Bobby Jindal hired cronies for exorbitant salaries, signed expensive contractors to replace state employees, gave tax cuts to corporations while cutting higher education and left the state for more than 165 days in 2014 while running for President without ever notifying the Lieutenant Governor. He refused to expand Medicaid and has closed hospitals. He has resisted efforts to hold companies responsible for the environmental damage they caused (Deep Water Horizon/BP, Coastal Wetlands Lawsuit, Bayou Corne sinkhole, etc). His abstinence only education stance (and fights against Planned Parenthood), is a contributing factor for Louisiana leading the nation in the rates of cases of gonorrhea and syphilis. Louisiana also ranks third in the rates of Chlamydia cases and 4th highest in AIDS cases.

It goes without saying that his fighting against marriage equality has cost the state but did you know the cost to taxpayers is over $370,000? How about the costs for his attempt to close all the clinics providing abortions ($750,000) or against Planned Parenthood (who served 2,100 well-woman exams, 1,200 pap smears, and 11,000 STI tests, and it administered long-lasting contraceptives 4,100 times, to 5,200 patients last year).

What do we have to show for it? We are almost at a $2 billion dollar budget deficit and with a midyear $50 million budget shortfall.

Can we afford to continue Jindal’s destructive legacy and bad policies? That’s exactly what we’d get if we elect David Vitter (Jindal on steroids), Jay Dardenne (Jindal lite) or Scott Angelle (Jindal incarnate). (hat tip JBE)

I beg my fellow Louisianians not to elect Vitter. GumboPAC‘s slogan Anyone But Vitter is a rallying call we should all heed.

David Vitter broke the law and castigated President Clinton for his infidelity while being guilty of adultery himself. He claims to be a family values/marriage protecting candidate, albeit his values come with a string of prostitutes. He has been labeled the most corrupt member of Congress, 3 times running (and for a Louisiana politician that is saying a lot!). He is supremely hated by his colleagues and Bitter Vitter has a lot of anger issues, especially toward women. He, along with Scott Angelle, even support legislation to block the removal of Confederate statues. (Sinkhole Scotty has his issues, too – he quit DNR after his failure of oversight contributed to a horrible sinkhole that has displaced more than 350 people and consumed more than 32 acres.) Here is a further breakdown of Vitter on the issues.

I’m for John Bel Edwards because of his record in fighting for the people of Louisiana.

In his own words:

I have been serving in the Legislature as a State Representative for the last eight years and have a reputation as an honest, open-minded policy maker who values stakeholder input and opposes Unconstitutional legislation no matter what interest groups are supporting it.

During my time in the legislature I have supported Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Legislation. I led questioning in the Civil Law Committee that exposed Mike Johnsons so-called religious freedom bill as a Trojan Horse plagued with constitutional issues. I filed legislation that would have required insurers to accept Ryan White funds. Both before and after I became a candidate for Governor I met with LGBT groups around the state. I will continue to keep an open dialogue with the LGBT community as governor.

As Governor I will sign an executive order which prevents discrimination in against LGBT people.

In addition to his fighting for the LGBT community, he has worked to expand health care access for all by introducing bills and voting for Medicaid expansion. He also supports raising the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.

Go visit his website at www.johnbelforlouisiana.com to learn more.

I work with a couple of organizations who, after candidate forums, survey’s, interviews and member discussion have made the following endorsements:

For more information on the candidates and amendments:

Vote like your life depends on it!

Early voting is from October 10 through 17 (except Sunday and holidays) from 8:30 am to 6 pm for the October 24th primary election. Election info here.

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The title of this blog post comes from both Bobby Jindal talking about the GOP needing to stop being the stupid party but also from Maple Street Books (the shop’s popular slogan “Fight the Stupids” was printed on countless bumper stickers and t-shirts), which is unfortunately closing at the end of this year.

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