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By Elliott Stonecipher
It is now much easier to make the case that Governor Bobby Jindal knows his chances of winning the presidency in the 2016 election are securely in his past. In fact, given the record he is now so feverishly and self-destructively building, it is difficult imagining the governor winning another – any – statewide election in Louisiana. In making that case, Exhibits #1 through #50, at least, are on display in Jindal’s bafflingly deliberate and long-running defiance of orders issued by Baton Rouge state district court Judge Janice Clark in a key public records case.
Over five months ago, on April 25th, Judge Clark emphatically ruled in favor of plaintiff newspapers, the Advocate and Times-Picayune, and ordered the LSU Board of Supervisors to “immediately produce” the documents identifying all those who sought the combined job of LSU President and Chancellor. F. King Alexander was selected for the job, and Jindal does not want citizens to know who the other candidates were. Thus he directed his go-to lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, to burn a trainload of taxpayer money by stiffing the citizenry and Judge Clark … repeatedly … and proudly.
The rarity of observing such a months-long political train wreck was underscored by Lori Mince, the attorney representing the two Louisiana newspapers, in an article yesterday by Mike Hasten of Gannett News. Ms. Mince noted, “This is the first public records case I’ve had when the public body refused to comply.” No one else with whom I have spoken or emailed can remember another such instance, either. Such makes sense because once a public records case goes all the way to court, and a judge orders the documents produced, public officials have every reason and need to, well, produce the documents. That is precisely what happened when a group of us in Shreveport sued the highway department for documents, went up against Jindal / Faircloth’s initial opposition, and headed to Judge Clark’s court. When our hearing came up, the requested documents appeared as Faircloth did the opposite.
To grasp how bizarrely foolish the Jindal / Faircloth / Board of Supervisors argument is, it began with Faircloth arguing that the only word in the related law which mattered was “applicant,” and that there was only one of those, the winner, F. King Alexander. Note that Faircloth made this (more…)
Add comment September 11, 2013 3:48 pm
SINCE THE FIRST REPORT ON THE ORGANIZATION BELOW WAS SENT OUT, A MEMBER OF THE “TEAM” LOCATED THE CORPORATE INFORMATION. THE NAME REGISTERED WAS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. THE NEW INFO IS IN RED.
This is the 14th in a series of reports by the Crack Mullet Research Team (“Team”) on 36 Non-governmental Organizations (“NGOs”) that are on State Treasurer John Kennedy list of those that have failed to comply with the law.
According to Kennedy, the MARTIN L. KING, JR. NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION IN SHREVEPORT owes the Louisiana taxpayers $100,000.
Address: 1422 MLK, Jr. Drive, Shreveport, LA 71107
It is duly incorporated with the Secretary of State and is in good standing.
Registered Agent: CLARINDA HENDERSON, 1422 MLK, JR. DRIVE, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
President: BENNY RAY DOTIE, 748 BOOTH DRIVE, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
Treasurer: GUY HAMILTON, 1140 N. MCDANIEL SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
Vice President: GRAY YOUNG, 3205 SIDNEY, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
Secretary: LILLIAN WADE, 1422 MLK, JR. DRIVE, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
Officer: CLARINDA HENDERSON, 2028 ADDITION, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
990 IRS Report: NOT (more…)
Add comment August 20, 2013 4:04 pm
Since Cong. Rodney Alexander announced the deal with Bobby Jindal and Neil Riser to fix the election for Riser to replace him in Congress, I’ve been trying to get Alexander’s email address.
I’ve asked each member of his staff for his address -twice. They don’t even have the decency to respond. I’ve asked other Congressman and other Congressional staffers and they don’t have it.
The lack of availability of Alexander’s email address, coupled with his staff’s refusal to respond makes me wonder what Alexander has to hide.
The email address is furnished to Alexander by the U.S. Taxpayers. It should not be a secret.
Therefore, I conducting a contest to see to get Alexander’s REAL email address; not the generic one that has been suggested to me. I know some parts of Alexander’s address, but not the complete address.
The first person to send me Alexander’s email address will be awarded 5,000 points. Points are redeemable at any business that accepts points for goods and services.
Member of Alexander’s staff are included in this announcement and are eligible for the prize.
Let the contest begin!
Add comment August 20, 2013 3:30 pm
Before Tuesday, July 16, is over, a record of conduct of Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell and some of his deputies will be publicized that we believe warrant serious consideration for prosecution in both State and Federal jurisdictions. The posting is an attempt to gather public awareness of the story we expect will break on KTBS by reporter Gerry May on either the 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm news. (Previous KTBS News)
We know that many documents have been offered previously to prosecutors. However, these did not reveal activities that “rose to the level authorities felt warranted prosecution.” After the most current activities are revealed, all documents noted (more…)
Add comment July 16, 2013 9:25 am
Arriving new in Shreveport today, a visitor might believe Shreveport is Dog Heaven! With the Mayor, city council and public input, along with today’s lead newspaper story on dog parks, what could be more important? The sad issue seems to be that Mayor Glove, losing in court and in the city council, finds it necessary to divert public attention from pressing issues to minutiae. When the mayor realizes he lost this battle and signs the cooperative agreement allowing others to build the dog park, the city, and especially the governing process, may refocus on issues that deserve our serious attention.
Add comment July 1, 2013 8:24 am
by CB Forgotston
This morning as I was checking the lege website, it dawned on me how fortunate we are in Louisiana to have such transparency in the Legislative Branch of state government.
There is not a better, more user-friendly, governmental website in Louisiana and probably not in the nation. It does everything, but ring one’s phone to announce a bill one is tracking is being debated. They will probably add that soon.
If you haven’t used it yet, check it out here. You will get your money’s worth for your tax dollars spent on it.
Contrast with Executive
The lege site should be an embarrassment to the Jindal Administration which has gone backwards in the last 5 years in terms of transparency on every website in the Executive Branch. On many of their websites one cannot (more…)
Add comment April 22, 2013 9:16 am
By C..B. Forgotston
A member of the Crack Mullet Research Team was busy putting in some overtime this morning when he received an email from Bobby Jindal.
Among other things in Bobby’s message to his “friends” was this startling statement: “The folks in Washington could take a page out of our playbook in Louisiana and make government live within its means instead of taking money out of the private sector economy to grow government.”
In other words, Bobby is suggesting that the people at the U.S. Capitol emulate, fiscally, what he has done at the Louisiana Capitol.
Here’s what Jindal has (more…)
Add comment March 2, 2013 5:19 pm
If attorneys representing Mayor Cedric Glover, the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments (NLCOG) and Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LDOTD) succeed, the court action into the termination of the Hwy. 3132 Extension to the Port of Caddo-Bossier will be moved away from Shreveport to the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.
Glover’s attorney Ron Lattier, NLCOG’s attorney Jerry Jones, and LDOTD’s attorney, Jimmy Faircloth, have filed a long list of lawsuit “Exceptions,” including the request for change of “venue,” the location of any court proceedings. The subject WKHS and Coalition lawsuit asks the Caddo Parish court in Shreveport to stop any further development in a possible new route for the 3132 Extension until so-called “feasibility” studies are completed according to the requirements of all state and federal law.
Documents obtained over the past 18 months by the Coalition – and presented (more…)
Add comment October 16, 2012 6:06 pm
When the poverty rate increases from 18.7% to 20.4% of the population you better start watching which side of the 20.4% line you live. Hearing Mitt Romney discuss the 47% we consider where we fall in terms of relying on public benefits to “get by.” However, there are many more than the 20.4% who rely on the public services just to be in the 47%.
The full story of the 9% increase in Louisiana’s poverty rate in one year is only the tip of the problem. These numbers are actually rather old – ONE YEAR OLD! See the full story here
Full Story: Share of Louisianans with health insurance remains steady, median income continues to fall
By Steve Spires
Add comment September 20, 2012 4:20 pm
First, that belief is a myth and is not based on our state constitution. The only power in our constitution that all governors in America don’t have is the power of line-item veto of “money bills.”
The rest of our governor’s power comes from abdication by the leges of their power over the purse.
The primary thing that the governor has by which to lord over the leges is money. Not money to run the state, but (more…)
Add comment June 2, 2012 4:22 pm