Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bossier Clerk says no to re-election

Bossier Parish Clerk of Court Cindy Johnston has said that she will not run for re-election this year. I have heard a couple of rumors of people who are interested in the job. We'll take a look at it this weekend. 
Going to be an interesting election cycle.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Phantom School

There is a very complete website out there describing Hudson Heights College Prep Academy in North Bossier. It sits on 80 acres smack in the middle of Legacy subdivision.
The only problem - it doesn't exist. Here's a picture from the website.

They have a football team and everything. Funny how their uniforms look like Benton High School's and they happen to be the Tigers.
Here is part of their 'history' from the website:

According to that website, the school opened in 2009 with 1,260 students in grades 9-12. The principal is one Aaron B. Jenkins. I'm unable to find Mr. Jenkins through any research. The website also has complete listings of staff and faculty. I've also been unable to find any of them. Oh, and the phone number listed answers as a disconnected number.
Go to the website and check it out for yourself (plug your ears, the music is pretty bad).

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Day 2014

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Luke 2:1-20King James Version

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ollie Tyler New Shreveport Mayor


Ollie Tyler has been elected to replace Cedric Glover as Mayor of Shreveport. 
Shreveport Marshal Charlie Caldwell was also re-elected. Both won by landslide margins.
Not unexpectedly, Bill Cassidy was elected to replace Mary Landrieu in the Senate, ending 18 years of service.
Cassidy and the new Republican Senate and the Republican House have promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it, and to secure the southern border without any amnesty program. I think I'll save my kudos for the actual accomplishments. To date, they are just campaign promises, and we all know what that is worth.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Schuyler Marvin re-elected

Schuyler Marvin was re-elected to another 6 year term today by a heavy Webster Parish vote. 
Total Vote:
Marvin - 23,791
Graves - 21,215

Webster Parish:
Marvin - 8,835
Graves - 4,315

Bossier Parish:
Marvin - 14,956
Graves - 16,900

Remember what I relayed last week about the tail wagging the dog? Yeah, that just happened.
Lo Walker came out with an endorsement for Marvin. It appears that he has longer coattails in Webster Parish than in Bossier.
Jim Whitman was easily elected Bossier City Marshal, carrying 70% of the vote.
Foster Campbell had an easy ride back to his seat on the Public Service Commission.
In the School Board races, Eric Newman had a landslide win over incumbent Eddy Ray Presley. 
Frank Kelly won over Tammy Armer Smith, 2,123 votes to 2,087. 
Onward and Upward folks!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Frank Kelly - School Board District 3

Frank Kelly, Current District 3 Bossier School Board Member
And Candidate for Re-election
When District 3 voters first elected me last year I ran on the principles of transparency, accountability, and fiscal conservatism.
My opponent likes to talk about her 8 year record on the Board.  I examined her record.  I have campaigned only on the issues, my qualifications and my opponent's record.  Some of her supporters think I have been 'mudslinging' when I point out my opponent's actions and record. Every School Board member's actions and voting record should be transparent and we should all be able to discuss them and we should hold them accountable.
This is how I differ from my opponent:
1.  She ran as a Democrat twice in District 4 which is 40% Democratic, 35% Republican.  She became a Republican to run in District 3 which is 53% Republican.  I have been a Republican since I was 18.
2.  She voted twice for the Superintendent's $50,000 pay raise and the $1,000 per month car allowance: on 8/13/13 in the Finance Committee and at the School Board meeting on 8/15/13.  Two problems with the raise: 1). It came at a time when no employee had a raise in 6 years.  We should take care of employees before management.  2). In my opinion, the $50,000 raise and $1,000 per month car allowance are excessive.  
3.  She always votes with the Superintendent and Administration (3 exceptions in 8 years 5/1/08, 4/15/10, and 5/3/12).  Our Government and our school system need Checks and Balances.  Only the School Board provides oversight of the Administration.  I have opposed the Administration 3 times in my first 8 months.
4.  She voted for a resolution to expand Pre-K in public schools.  This means sending 4 year olds to school.  I voted against this.  There is credible research that shows gains achieved in Pre-K are lost by the 4th grade.  Adding Pre-K in Bossier would add about 2,000 4 year olds.  That would require about 100 more teachers ($7m) and about 100 new classrooms ($45m).  Furthermore, Louisiana's Dept of Education has already developed educational standards for kids ages 0-4.  Once a new 'grade' is established for 4 year olds, what do you think is next?  3 year olds and so on.
5.  She voted for the SRO Agreement on June 5, 2014. I voted against it.  I did not vote against school security, SROs, the SRO program, or the Sheriff.  In my opinion, the Board and the Administration should have prepared a better agreement to send to the Sheriff.  The agreement is poorly written and doesn't specify what the Board will get for the $2.5 million we are paying.  My vote was to protect the Board and the taxpayers.  See the agreement and my letter on my web site:  
6. She was President of the Board in 2012 when the Board purchased 33 acres on Benton Road.  The adjoining land is owned by BBS Properties LLC-a commercial real estate development company.  My opponent's husband is an owner of BBS and my opponent is an officer of the company, BBS.  What do you think happens to the value of land when the School Board buys 33 acres next to the land?  Do you think BBS benefitted from her actions on the Board? 

I have confined my campaign to the issues, my qualifications, and my opponent's record.  Furthermore, I have researched the issues and most of the documentation (deeds, Financial Disclosure statements, etc.) is available for your review on the home page of my web site   

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Predictions Anyone?

Tuesday is election day, and while there are very few people who are undecided at this point, the candidates are pulling out all of the stops in order to get their message out until the very last moment.
I'm neither an expert nor a prophet (unless my predictions turn out to be true and then I'll claim both titles). This is how I see several of the elections, just based on what I've observed and on discussions I have had with a number of people. Please post your opinions and predictions in the comments section.
School Board
Three seats are in play. 
District 3: Incumbent Tammy Armer Smith was redistricted out of her District 4 seat and is running against incumbent Frank Kelly for the District 3 seat. It's an unusual situation, but I believe that Tammy has the edge.
Winner: Tammy Armer Smith
District 4: The seat being vacated by Tammy is being contested by three people, Richard Phipps II, Elizabeth Foster and Bill Lott. It appears that all are good candidates, but I don't have enough input or intuition to make a call in this one.
District 9: Incumbent Eddy Ray Presley is being challenged by Eric Newman. This one had possibilities, Presley offended a lot of people last year with his remarks about 'the morons in South Bossier'. With lawsuits and a lot of talk about bullying in South Bossier schools, this could have given Newman a platform to work with. From what I can tell, he hasn't taken advantage of it and appears to be a 'me too' candidate.
Winner: Eddy Presley
Bossier City Marshal
Will the Fox get into the Henhouse? Carl Wayne Richard is making another run for the office, this time against Marshal's Captain Jim Whitman. In the beginning, I would have given Richard the edge simply because of name recognition. Whitman, who was not that well known, has introduced himself and presented himself well to the public. Considering that he has some powerful backing, and that Richard has some baggage, I think Whitman has caught up.
Winner: Jim Whitman
District Attorney
This is a fascinating campaign. When Whit Graves first announced, he knew it was an uphill battle. At that time I would have predicted that incumbent Schuyler Marvin would carry 60% of the vote, but there are a couple of things that factor into the race. First, this is a two-parish Judicial District, consisting of Bossier and Webster Parishes. Webster Parish, where Schuyler is from, comprises about 20% of the District. Bossier, where Graves lives, is 80%. As one person who is very familiar with the system and with both of the candidates observed, at some point the tail will stop wagging the dog. It is an interesting dynamic and one that might come into play. Second, Graves has run an aggressive campaign, and from the people I've talked to, has drawn points with his attacks on the DA's Investigator, who was convicted of a misdemeanor in the past. (I apologize for originally calling this a felony, it wasn't). 
This same investigator was a close friend of confessed killer and convicted robber Larry Thompson. This has caused concern to a number of people that I have heard from and sent that race into topsy-turvy mode.
Winner: Too close to call
Shreveport Mayor's Race
A small part of Shreveport is in Bossier Parish, certainly not enough to make a difference in this election. I am only posting this because at this point I'm glad that I don't live in Shreveport and glad that I don't have to deal with it.
This race has taken a very ugly turn, with accusations of mental disabilities and a 50 year old domestic abuse/murder case coming into play. 
I look forward to election night and seeing what the results are. As I said in the beginning of this post, I would love to see how you all see things. Please comment.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Unfortunate Incident with SPD Upsets Household

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I'm linking to the full account of this so you can get it from the original source. Suffice it to say that the people involved are upstanding, law abiding citizens (a teacher and a retired BCPD Lieutenant) who were doing nothing but sitting in their living room watching the World Series.
Here's the story:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bossier election 2014 - Where's the Money?

Candidates have filed the reports that are required 30 days before election by the Louisiana Ethics Board disclosing contributions and disbursements.
I checked out the ones affecting Bossier's two big races, for DA and for City Marshal.
As expected, incumbent Schuyler Marvin has a huge financial advantage over Whit Graves. Schuyler went into the election with a hefty war chest of $282,396.87. He has received contributions of $166,665.27 and has spent $189,397.60, leaving $250,837.70 on hand.
During the reporting period Whit has $28,454.63 in contributions, has loaned himself $15,000, and has disbursements of $16,152.77, leaving $24,747.23 on hand.
In the race for City Marshal, Jim Whitman has collected $107,105.97 in contributions plus a $6,950 loan to himself. His disbursements are $77,654.95 leaving $25,710.05 on hand.
Since the incumbent, Lynn Austin, is not running, Whitman is the de-facto incumbent. He works for the Marshal and has his endorsement. During the special election to replace Johnny Wyatt, at this point in the race Austin had $90,800 in contributions compared to Whitman's $107,105.97. Equally interesting is the fact that Carl Wayne Richard, in that election at the 30 day out point, had only $7,700. This time around at the same point he has contributions of $36,431.79 along with a $23,000 loan. He has disbursements of $41,686.40, leaving him with a total of $18,173.51.
In the 2011 election, Lynn Austin won outright with 54% of the vote. Carl Richard had 30% and Sam Wyatt 16%. Lynn Austin is a former police chief and city CAO. Jim Whitman is an employee of the Marshal's office and doesn't have the high profile that Austin enjoyed. This race is also much more financially balanced between the two candidates.
I won't make a prediction, but I do believe that it is a squeaker.