Governor Bobby Jindal

seems to be having a tough time pushing his political agenda this legislative session. UL political science professor Pearson Cross says legislators are not as willing to give in to the governor as they have in past sessions. He says the House, as a whole, is generally more conservative than Jindal is. The UNO/SUNO merger, college fee hikes, and the selling of state prisons are examples of Jindal backed legislation that failed to pass. Cross says that Jindal was elected before the tea party movement and is not considered a Tea party member. Some lawmakers have said they feel the governor is ignoring them, but Cross says Jindal has always operated a little hands off. Cross says the fact that Jindal's policies are not moving forward likely won't affect him in the upcoming election.