Bobby Jindal drops out of United States presidential race

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Edit Bobby Jindal didn’t get to the White House, but he’s probably going to get his kids a dog anyway.

Bobby Jindal’s children, Shann, Slade, and Selia, the most disappointing part about hearing that their father was dropping out of the race for president might have been that it called into question the puppy they were promised. Five months ago, when Jindal secretly filmed himself telling his kids he was running, part of the deal was if the family made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they’d get a dog. “You have to take care of the puppy better than you took care of the fish, or all those frogs […] How many fish have you killed in this house?” Jindal says in the video. Last week a 2-1 majority of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court ruling that granted the Justice Department pre-clearance review of Louisiana vouchers. Perhaps 13-year-old Selia had some idea that her father was a long shot, because according to, she preempted the election results by joining a school club that allowed her to temporarily bring foster dogs to the Governor’s Mansion. “This is a very good but clever program: One of her nine clubs in high school is a club where they place shelter dogs,” Jindal said during a news conference Wednesday (Nov. 18). “These kids in these clubs bring home shelter dogs for several days and then they try to encourage the kids to place the dogs in other people’s families.” The rule in the club is that the students who bring home the dogs are not allowed to adopt the first animal, no matter how much they love it.

The “burdensome, costly, and endless” process imposed “a vast and intrusive reporting regime on the State without any finding of unconstitutional conduct,” wrote appellate Judge Edith Jones for the majority. The rebuke punctuates a sordid, two-year case in which the Obama Administration sought to deny poor, black kids better educational opportunities under the pretext of promoting integration. In August 2013 Justice sued to block Louisiana’s vouchers, which the Administration claimed appeared “to impede the desegregation progress” of public schools under federal desegregation orders dating to the 1960s and ’70s. According to a study by Boston University political scientist Christine Rossell—who has analyzed desegregation plans for more than 25 years—Louisiana vouchers “had no negative effect on school desegregation in the 34 school districts under a desegregation court order.” Justice produced no evidence to the contrary.

Switching tactics, Justice in November 2013 asked the court to allow federal oversight of Louisiana’s vouchers under a 1975 desegregation order that banned public funding of discriminatory private schools. Justice demanded that the state, prior to issuing vouchers, hand over racial data for each public school as well as applicants’ names, addresses, race, previous public school and private school preference.

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