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This context of apparent corruption is especially important in the context of Governor Bobby Jindal’s reported attempts to kill a lawsuit by the SLFPAE [Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East] against around 100 oil, gas and pipeline companies. We can’t say enough about the importance of this lawsuit and potential landmark nature of it as far as holding companies responsible for external costs (environmental damages). Not only have pipelines and canals broken up and destroyed marsh (wetlands) which protect Louisiana from hurricane winds and storm-surge but pumping oil out has contributed to subsidence (sinking). Note that when the terms of John Barry, who spearheaded the suit, and two other board members of the SLFPAE expired earlier this month, Governor Bobby Jindal replaced them “with appointees who promised to try to get the board to kill the suit.” http://www.johnmbarry.com/bio.htm See also: http:/​/​jonesswanson.com/ http://jonesswanson.com/oil-gas-and-pipeline-companies-sued-for-louisiana-coastal-land-loss-and-flood-risk-according-to-slfpa-e/ Please also see all of our other related reblogs. These articles are all especially important as Governor Bobby Jindal postures himself to move from being a Louisiana problem to being a National and by extension an International problem. As for the comment in the comment section comparing Jindal to the Longs — maybe they meant Earl Long. As for Huey Long at least he got some crumbs from the oil companies to give the schools free textbooks and to build roads and bridges. He was the first to decide that they should be taxed to give something back. Huey Long came from a poor sharecropper background. When you think Huey Long, as far as oratory and people skills, think Bill Clinton who is from the same neck of the woods (Winn, Louisiana for Long; Hope, Arkansas for Clinton). Bobby Jindal, on the other hand, from an apparently well to do background wants to get rid of public schools so that poor kids will have no opportunity to improve themselves. Does he aspire to impose the Indian caste system on Louisiana? Perhaps more importantly, without studies in biology and chemistry, they will not recognize or question the dangers of bathing or drinking phenol, heavy metals or other “nasties” dumped into their water by corporations. It was Karen Silkwoods’ High School Chemistry classes which gave her the knowledge to realize that Kerr McGee was doing things wrong and to challenge them. This article mentions that Jindal goes out of state for appointees. No surprises there: Louisiana, like some other southern states, is still undergoing “reconstruction” and northerners and foreigners want to warm up and exploit to the max, while drinking bottled water, as in Haiti. Then they can go home, leaving devastation in their wake. But, it is important to remember that Louisiana and Haiti do not have the monopoly on corruption. They are just more overt and even there much still remains hidden.

Louisiana Voice

For eight months, from Oct. 16, 2012, until June 28, Gov. Bobby Jindal had a director of his re-election committee on the state payroll overseeing state boards and commissions, according to state records.

The duties of Kendal Melvin, director of the Department of Boards and Commissions, was reassigned to Kyle Plotkin, communications director for the governor’s office, according to an announcement by Jindal on Friday, June 28. Plotkin was promoted by Jindal to Assistant Chief of Staff at that time and was given the supervision of state boards and commissions.

Plotkin was given a pay increase, from $90,000 to $110,000 to assume the additional duties, according to Jindal press secretary Sean Lansing.

Melvin, a Vermont native, was initially hired as Director of the Department of Boards and Commissions on Oct. 16, 2012, at a salary of $70,000 per year.

But records provided by the Secretary of State show that she…

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