by Marion Marks
Voters can only make more informed choices when mayoral candidates are required to address issues related to how these candidates are qualified to serve and the platforms related to serving as the next mayor. Two recent forums allowed candidates to address issues and all were invited to participate. Here is a recording of each that I hope gives insight into those who were prepared to discuss the issues.
I found it unfortunate that major candidates chose to not participate in all forums, as these are the best opportunity to communicate transparently with citizens. Patrick Williams skipped both the October 21 and Oct 23 forums. Williams can be seen in the Oct 21 forum coming ito the hall at the end and immediately leaving without comment. Ollie Tyler chose to skip the October 23rd forum. Jim Crowley sat in the audience but failed to participate in either forum.
Add comment October 24, 2014 10:58 am
by Marion Marks
One candidate question opens doors that voters may see & question the character and responsiveness of an incumbent. City Marshal, Charlie Caldwell obviously had strong feelings about the deputies he terminated. Some of the fired deputies have successfully sued Caldwell and were paid damages that they cannot discuss. Caldwell’s office is not the only one where this recently occurred, but the only contested race. Interestingly, Caldwell has not one, but four challengers seeking his office, including two fired former deputies.
Add comment October 24, 2014 8:52 am
by Marion Marks
At first blush, the KTBS 3–Shreveport Times mayoral poll seems to shed light on the mayor’s race. However, after examination I believe there is a major variance between their sample and who will vote in this election. Numbers will be far different from their suggested results when votes are counted.
Immediately the numbers in the racial, age and party mix should not center around their sample values. Black and white voters should be far closer in numbers. The age values, although trending older, should be probably 5-7 years younger, and Democrats should more closely approximate Republicans.
It appears the sample is based upon traditional land-line polls that are older, whiter and more female based. Shreveport, never consistent with other demographic bases pollsters want (more…)
Add comment October 23, 2014 11:29 am
by Elliott Stonecipher
The (relatively) hot news leading into this column is that some 36,000 Louisianans have registered to vote since August 1st, presumably in preparation for voting in our November 4th elections. The most interesting thing about them is that one-half did not register as Democrats or Republicans. They registered as independents or other party affiliates.
Here’s why this may be important. One-in-four – 25.1%, to be precise – Louisiana’s voter registrants have heretofore signed-up as independents and others, or more to the point, not Democrats or Republicans. So, in this particular season of our voter discontent, two times as many people are checking it to the major parties and striking out on their electoral own.
More and more of us here and elsewhere in America have learned that our two-party system is unable to do anything about how bad “things” are, and how (more…)
Add comment October 23, 2014 10:57 am
Patrick Williams, Crowley NON-Participants
by Marion Marks
The October 21st Young Professionals Initiative Forum may have shaken up some of the Mayoral candidates as Anna Marie Arpino challenged the record of Ollie Tyler as Superintendent of Caddo Parish Schools claiming waste, inefficiencies and that Tyler authorized the payment of over a million dollars the system acknowledged it didn’t actually owe.
The forum lasted over an hour and twenty minutes and candidate Patrick Williams stuck his head in at the end and backed out almost as quickly. Jim Crowley never made an appearance, still a phantom candidate of questionable motives. The give and take was often heated, as (more…)
Add comment October 22, 2014 12:41 pm
by Marion Marks
Obviously law enforcement officers see something offensive the average citizen only reads about in a few headlines. Certainly there were challenges to incumbent Marshal Caldwell during his six years since first being elected. And litigation against Caldwell was not uncommon. But the Broadmoor Neighborhood Association Forum brought a few issues to the surface.
Moderator, Assistant District Attorney Jason Brown kept the meeting on course and came within seconds of completing in the scheduled sixty minutes. However, the few questions that were edgy from challengers were handled well as Caldwell deflected most criticism by simply saying (more…)
Add comment October 21, 2014 9:20 pm
A number of citizens have asked lots of simple questions about what is on the ballot. And, we are only suggesting that you make up your own mind, based on research, some of which we have tried to investigate. Here is information for ALL Louisiana voters that may help you better understand what is on the ballot and the meaning of the constitutional amendments that seem to confuse most voters.
Louisiana Voter Information:
“What’s on my Ballot” – Once you fill in your address, the Secretary of State Website allows you to click the tab, “Ballot Information”, and determine the exact ballot you will have for your precinct. With this, you will be more speedy getting through the voting line!
Public Affairs Research: Explanation of Constitutional Amendments.
Read, Study the issues, Vote & Participate!
Add comment October 21, 2014 6:50 am
by Rob Broussard
I read two articles in The Times on Sunday October 19, 2014, that left me to wonder whether the Citizens for a Better Caddo were racist, sexist, elitist, or manipulative. I suggest readers ponder, for a moment, how I arrived to that conclusion based on the comments made by guest columnist Ed Crawford, Zazell Dudley, and, while not a columnist, the chairman, Philip Rozeman as identified by Denee Locke in the Broadmoor Neighborhood Forum October, 2014. Two of those comments, (1) “Some of our board members have yet to embrace the structural reform necessary to address these concerns and have allowed too many of our schools to continue to fail…”. And, (2)“We represent a grass root organization…” are of major concern.
Is it racist that the Pac selectively chose only whites as targets as their “chosen” candidates? (Note that black candidates in other districts were given cursory interviews but none received money to date and none of the three targeted incumbents received interviews.) Are we to believe that only “whites” have voted, as board members, for policies that have led to our schools failing? Can you please support your accusations with data and documents? Are we to (more…)
Add comment October 20, 2014 12:39 pm
Everyone who has lived in Shreveport for a few years – – well almost everyone – – knows of the Barnwell. Officially it is the R.S. Barnwell Memorial Garden and Art Center, and for many many years it was the focal point of the Clyde Fant Parkway. Until the arrival of the casinos, it was the only structure on the east side of the parkway, immediately adjacent to the Red River.
The center was named after R.S. Barnwell, a Louisiana magnate; half of the original 1970 construction cost was donated by the Barnwell family. The main attraction is (or was) the large plexiglass domed botanical conservatory in which palm (more…)
Add comment October 17, 2014 2:30 pm
by Marion Marks
As reported by KTBS, campaign finance ethics complaints were filed and delivered against mayoral candidates Ollie Tyler (copy of draft complaint) and Patrick Williams (copy of draft complaint) on Thursday at state ethics board in Baton Rouge. The detailed complaints, with supporting data, were complete and covered material that I believe was scrutinized by at least five attorneys who are familiar with the related election laws.
One local political consultant, familiar with the changing laws and interpretations, indicated this was the worst blatant violation he had seen in over thirty years. Another well-known expert on elections was clearly taken by the casual disdain shown for established law that is the first item in a candidate packet at filing for the November election.
Response by candidates cited and opponents has been quiet, other than to note that those whose campaigns have (more…)
Add comment October 17, 2014 10:19 am