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Words of the week: 2.19

“We have to find a governor that prioritizes higher education. The governor is the key … we have an opportunity as a group to make sure the candidates who run for governor list higher education as a top priority.”

House Education Committee Chairman Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, criticizes Governor Bobby Jindal’s inaction in reforming the The Taylor Opportunity Program. TOPS provides thousands of college students across the state with the money they need to pay for tuition and fees, but is becoming astronomically expensive and unsustainable.

“Everybody in political office should probably go to prison, just so you can come back to the people and humility. I’m tired of seeing gloating political people and then you see they have weaknesses, also … We got too many halo-shiners in the world.”

Former New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas comments on former Mayor Ray Nagin’s corruption conviction. Thomas sees this as Nagin’s opportunity for reflection and repentance. Thomas speaks from experience, seeing that he served three years in a federal prison for a bribery conviction in 2007.

“We do not care about poll numbers. Here are the types of numbers that matter — jobs created, graduation rates, student test scores, and number of kids formerly trapped in failing schools who are now getting an equal opportunity for a good education.”

Mike Reed, Governor Jindal’s deputy communications director, after a poll revealed that the Governor is one of the most unpopular in the country. Meanwhile, Republican Senator David Vitter is enjoying a bump up in approval ratings. Vitter announced that he is going after the Governor’s chair this election year.

“The only people on earth who are probably going to hold perfect (winter) Games are people from Scandinavia. They are going to be green, sustainable, be under budget and all of the buildings and services are going to be used afterwards. A perfect Games isn’t someone who blows the budget through the roof for no reason, has people suffer, shuts people up. How is that a perfect games? Spends ungodly amounts of money and then we are all going to watch it rot over the next 10 years.”

Canadian Snowboarder Michael Lambert speaks his mind on the Winter olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“Hopefully the Legislature will have more of a level head and see it’s an unconstitutional law, regardless of your beliefs about gay and lesbian rights.”

State Representative Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, comments on the bickering in the Metro Council over removal of anti-sodomy laws from the books.

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