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So glad to see a good man win - congrats Mr Austin - you ran an honorable campaign - thank god another good ole boy wins
Ha... honorable is questionable, but he did garner the most votes. Que sera....
God loves the good ole boys and so does Bossier City! Congrats Lynn!
This is great news for Bossier City!
Right on! Love Bossier City and the Gold Ole Boys!!
I always knew the best man would win! This is a great day for Bossier City! Go "good old boys"! Who would want a "bad boy" to take over?
All this talk about wanting "change" I see is just that "talk"
The deputies should be able to sleep easy now. They can continue building the reputation of a top notch Marshals office without a hiccup.
Ms springer loses another one - matt sciba proves he has absolutely no ability to sway a single vote - and their collective tea party knock off endorsing Richard proves they can deliver absolutely nothing - love to see them predict - make bold accusations and deliver no results - bring it on - I can't wait to see these goofy people make predictions in the Sheriff's race - just like the last school board - just like this race - naysayers do nothing but complain - they don't organize - they don't contribute money - they don't get their friends motivated to vote - all they do is make bold predictions on this blog, vote the record, sadow's goofy blog (he thought the police jury renewal was the Sheriff's - how freaking uninformed for a blow hard college professor) - get ready naysayers - good ole boys are going to kick butt in the fall as well - so bring it on - bring it on
its obvious the citizens of bossier just dont care. so i think they should do away with elections and hand it down to whoever. congrats to everyone involved.
The sign of a true crazy person that believes that everyone is wrong but them. Go figure. Congratulations Mr. Austin. The "good ole Bossier citizens" are delighted.Good ole Bossier citizens 1Kool Aid drinkers 0Big winners - Bossier citizens.
The NWTPA needs to start swinging bells for Matt Sciba's defense fund. The lawsuit will be more entertaining than the race. By the way - I think the Salvation Army won't loan their Santa suits.
The saddest person tonight is Shreveport Marshal Charlie Caldwell. He thought he was going to get the opportunity to unload Richard of on us. Sorry Charlie, he is still your headache! Congratulations Marshal Austin.
Re: springer/sciba predections.Anon, I don't think you will be hearing from these two misguided individuals during the sheriff's race. I think they will be too busy trying to defend themselves in a up-coming lawsuit.
I'd say the citizens of Bossier can make their own minds up without the help of this or any other blog. And anyone that knows Lynn Austin knows he did indeed run an honorable campaign. If he is considered a "good ole boy" then we need lots more of them.
I just don't understand how folks are so negative - I don't live in the city limits so I guess I can't make much more than observations - but 1. why's this a "good ol boy" win?2. What's wrong with Austin?3. Calm down folks - in the end, how did it affect you?
Lawsuit? what did they say that was not true. They better be careful about that. A lot of things can come out in depositions that did not come in the election
Watch and see Gomer. A lot will come out in depositions. I am sure Matt is well healed and can hire a top notch defense team. By the way, did you hear Lynn Auston won. Get you Sciba pot and bell. The Mall opens in a few hours.
I seem to recall last fall so many people declaring that Bossier City would not forget about how our city leaders so irresponsibly ran our city and spent our money. Only in Louisiana can a city government suddenly "lose" $6million dollars, lay off employees, and then "miraculously" find those millions...and the people keep voting them back into position. Did everyone forget Austin had a major role in that fiasco? You see, I'm sure that Austin is perfectly capable of running the Marshall's office, but I don't want the same 10 people running the city who have continually embarassed our citizens as these gentlemen have. Secondly, why would you want someone in office who so obviously is using it as a stepping stone for the Mayor's office? Don't you want someone dedicated to the job? I suppose that doesn't matter now. But forget the reasons why Austin shouldn't be in office in our city. What really galls me is that our citizens care so very little. There were approximately 3000-4000 votes total. In a city this size that is shameful. I was embarassed for my city when I voted at 1:30 and was only the 60thperson to vote. Finally for those who supported Mr. Austin, congratuations. Why the need to gloat and rub the other candidates' supporters noses in it? Your candidate won. Why such vitriolic comments? That's more embarassing as a Bossier City citizen than the voter turnout. Shame on you. I suppose I shouldn't hold my breath during the city council and sheriff's races to come.
I guess we gloat because we have to read your unimformed venom. It is obvious that you know nothing about Bossier government. Maybe the low turnout is because you and a handful of your friends need to go start your own city and leave ours alone. After the unfounded attacks on Mr. Austin that continued on your post, I don't see anyone backing up. We will continue to back and step up for Mr. Austin.
Just because your candidate won the election doesn't keep you from being the pot calling the kettle black.....shame on you...you are a poor winner....i had rather be a loser than a poor winner....you have a good day sir.....
Is Lynn Austin's election to the Marshal post only effective until the end of Johnny Wyatt's term wich expires in Decemeber. If so does that mean we will be seeing another Marshal race later in the year. Just curious
CM, Don't forget Austin was either chief or a high ranking member of the police deparment in the late 1980's when they also laid off police officers.
Bossier voters have never cared, unless the establishment wants more tax dollars to support the kingdoms built by the elected officials.
Webster has it wrong . . . they need to change the definition of "honorable" in the dictionary.
I bet he doesn't take a 40 percent pay cut like he said he would. But who cares? I know the citizens of Bossier don't. Approximately 4,000 people voted. Pathetic. Oh and by the way, Matt, keep your uninformed opinions to yourself next election PLEASE. The only thing you seemed to have managed to do was fire up your opposition.
The voter turnout was pathetic! Austin did win with 2719 votes. But he also had 2317 vote against him. That is surely not an overwhelming victory.
Anything over 50% was an overwhelming victory considering the low voter turn out. It was the voters who had the most faith in their candadate that turned out to vote, and that's obviously Lynn. I am surprised that Sammy Wyatt fared so poorly. I knew Lynn would win without a run-off, but thought there would be about 2% difference between the other two.
anon @ 3:01: It was the voters who had the most faith in their candadate that turned out to vote, and that's obviously Lynn. So what you're saying is Austin's faithful turned out to vote and there are only 2700?
@April 3, 2011 2:49 PM-with your reasoning, that also means that Richard had 3143 people vote against him and Wyatt had 3810 vote against him. I think it is the winner that counts, isn't it?
to 3:16 anon: 2700, 3700, doesn't matter the number. It's still more than yours! GO LYNN!!
For the Anons (whose First Amendment Freedom I will always defend)I make no apologies for my desire to work toward more openness, transparency, and accountability from elected officials. I also make no apologies for asking questions that no one else seemed interested in asking regarding campaign finance reports. What you probably aren't aware of is that Lynn told me he was GLAD that I (yep, Evodna Springer)asked him the questions about those reports, and he further stated that he wished someone would have asked the questions prior to my conversation with him.Lynn ran a high-visibiity masterful campaign. He was the victor and I hate to disappoint you guys (maybe gals?) but I lost no sleep over it, and I wish him (& Rick Ware & the other deputy marshals)the best. You may think I'm being facetious, but he knows better. For me the most important thing in this election is that had it not been for my efforts to learn about the Marshal's Office, I doubt anyone would have discovered that upwards of 70% of the sex offenders arrested by the ICAC are STILL WALKING free. Someone needs to ask the prosecutorial authority (aka District Attorney), "Why?" If I have to stand alone and ask such questions, I'll do it. It's not unfamiliar territory for me. But, I would hope that this appalling statistic is something that you Anons and I could find as common ground on which to work together to find out why our District Attorney is not prosecuting these child predators. If you wish to help, please let me know. I'm not hard to find. And I won't stop until I get answers.Thanks,Evodna
to 3:16 anon: 2700, 3700, doesn't matter the number. It's still more than yours! GO LYNN!!April 3, 2011 4:49 PM Yes Austin won and congratulations to him but you're missing the point. If all of the voters who had "faith in their candidate" turned out to vote that means only 2700 of the 30,000+ voters in the city had faith in Austin because that's all that turned out to vote for him. But I think everyone will agree for around 11% of the voters to decide for 100% of the voters, those not voting should be ashamed for not exercising their right to vote and the apathy shown.
Evodna, I'm with you. The problem, if you haven't noticed, is that people around here don't seem to care about right or wrong. They dont care about questions or answers. They just want to pick a side and sling mud. As you can tell, you question the powers that be and you got attacked. How to change that is by voting but you saw the turnout so good luck in your search.
to E.S.: Thanks for your last post. The harsh comments you and Matt have received on this blog is probably said more in frustration than anger. Johnny Wyatt loved this city and this city loved Johnny. The office and deputies just wanted to carry on Johnny's legacy and work and they sought out Lynn because they felt he had the same vision as them and had the most experience. They also knew his style of "bossing" and had worked with him on joint projects. They asked around city employees, school board employees and police officers who had worked for Lynn. They felt that had confirmation for what his style of management was and sought him out to lead them. Some people will never believe it was just that simple and arms were not twisted, but those deputies are not politicians and do not play politics. We felt you and Matt endorsed a candidate that you did absolutely no homework on. I feel that at the end you probably realized that you had been fed a lot of untruths and had endorsed a candidate that was a real threat to the ICAC taskforce. He had no idea how it worked or understood the importance of that taskforce. I am so glad that you did have the opportunity to get to know Lynn and establish a dialouge. I can tell by your posting on the meeting with Rick Ware you walked away with a clearer picture and perhaps understand the love and dedication that office has for Bossier. They learned it from the best, Johnny Wyatt.
ya'll mght want to check with the clerk of court for official facts on this. there are some people doing 20 plus years for internet crimes from judges stinston and robindon
Ms springer never worries about the facts - she just asserts conclusions with absolutely no basis - how can she make a statement that 70 percent of the people arrested by te task force are still walking the street - that is a complete lie and she has absolutely no basis to make such a statement. Her pattern is an absolute travesty - first she attacked the police jury (truck stop), then the school board (capital projects), then the sheriff (roll forward), then the city of bossier city (curb cuts for her buddy Linc Coleman) then Lynn Austin (living and breathing) and now the da (for a completely bogus made up 70 percent of child predators still walking free) - she is a cancer on our area - does not serve a valiant purpose as she alleges - because she is completely making stuff up - and when you say it enough - some people believe it - shame on her
11:28,I dont see aproblem with her questioning those things. 1) the truck stop still is not built because the citizens didn't want it. 2) the school board had some corruption involved in some projects. Something like over a million dollars. 3) Larry Dean rolling taxes forward. Do I really need to expand on that. 4)Curb cuts: I agree there shouldn't be any but if the city promised him those curb cuts then they should honor there word. 5) Lynn Austin: Your not allowed to question the power bosses? 6) How do you know her figures are not correct? Im glad she questions this stuff. Its funny how they never seem to have intelligent answers for some of the things they do. They just assume we are all gonna go along with the program. I would suggest you quit being such a follower.
If I am not mistaken, the task force makes cases in other parishes, too. You'd have to check with those DAs to get the complete picture and correct statistics. I remember the task force sending someone to south LA when they found a pervert there.
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To Anon 7:39I could not have said it any better. While this was a victory for the ICAC team and the Bossier Marshal's office it was certainly a bittersweet one. This city will never have another Marshal like Johnny Wyatt and many, many of us will never have another friend like him either. The good that he did will continue on through the people who were part of the vision. The Marshal's office has and will continue to make Bossier City proud.
Anon at 8:32 - what does that have to do with the subject at hand?
To all of the nimrods arguing about Austin only having 2700 supporters and calling us hypocrites, take a step back... That means that you didn't support him which means you support a man that has either 1,493 or 834 supporters... So, good job in laughing and pointing out that Lynn only has 2,719 supporters. To Evodna - Good for you for questioning Lynn and all the other things you patted yourself on the back for but the problem here is this, you clearly stand beside Sciba, NO MATTER WHAT, which is good for the two of yall. But don't ever expect anyone to credit you for what you do as long as you're hanging beside him. He's a Bossier City laughing stock, especially after all of his (non)research on Austin and friends. I don't care how many voters showed up, I care that enough voters showed up for a single candidate to win, and he won by more than 50%, so maybe it's time for Sciba to move along to a new profession because this digging and ratting out phase he's going through just isn't working for him or anyone else he involves. It's probably just something he's going through, he'll grow out of it eventually Im sure.
There needs to be more people that question our government on all levels (local, state and federal). We are not "sheeple" (sheep people) where we follow the lead sheep arbitrarily without question. We are free thinkers, and being thus, we adhere to a different form of hierarchy. This is the difference between leaders and followers. Leaders will always question authority and good authority figures will always welcome questions about the decisions they make. This is the checks and balances within an organization. Our Government officials need to be aware that we are holding them to standards higher than ever before. We live in a Democratic society where we value our First Ammendment right of Free Speach. From the inception of our great country, our American Soldiers have given the ultimate sacrifice so we all are able to practice it. It is disheartening that only some practice it and not all. The people of Bossier City have spoken and I send out a message to Marshal Austin: you have big shoes to fill...good luck.
questions are not presented as fact - ie - Austin has ethics violators for supporters; Austin is in bed with the unions; the DA has allowed 70% of child predators to walk the streets. All of this is presented as true - not asking questions. Get off your high horse - admit you are a spin master - just like obama and team - just on the other side. Springer and Sciba did nothing but attempt to tear down Chief Austin during this campaign with nothing but half truths, innuendo and bald face lies. I have seen a pattern in Ms. Springer. She takes off half cocked - immediately forms an opinion and spews it on anyone who will listen and then says if you dont agree with her - you must be on the take. Same stunts she pulled in south Louisiana. As I said above - she is a cancer on our area and should be treated as such. She does not care about the truth. She only cares about tearing communities down with her distorted view of the world. She would be better off forming her own country and ruling with an iron fist of virture and self righteousness.
Anon@4/3 7:39pm The only time I made any sort of endorsement was the night before the election in response to a question from a friend who wanted to know who I supported. You can read it on my FB page, but in a nutshell Carl was the one I felt who was the most committed to a constitutional view of strict fiscal conservatism, & belief in following the limited statutorily defined role of the City Marshal. But, he also told me that he would continue the ICAC Task Force, and yes that did become very important to me. I don't know who you are, but you have insight that is rare in this comment section. Thank you for seeing my heart.Anon@ 4/3 9:11 p.m. Thx for the suggestion. Would you like to help?Anon 4/4 8:21 You are right, and I apologize for the implication that that the only prosecutorial authority in the ICAC was a singular D.A. I'm well aware that multiple prosecutorial authorities must be querried in regard to the fact-finding on task force arrests versus convictions. But I should have made that clearer. Maybe there is an explanation for the lack of convictions versus arrests. But I won't really know until I get additional data.To the others whose disdain for me knows no bounds - You may not like me or respect me, but I would hope that you could put aside any differences you have with me to support these ICAC Task Force officers who are literally sacrificing their souls to make these ICAC cases. I would work with any of you in this cause. You have an open and sincere invitation from me.Thanks,EvodnaBTW Anon 4/4 1:52 "Self-righteous" and "virtuous" ...just ask the Lord, He'll tell you I am neither. But with all my faults, He still loves me, just as He loves you.
anon on April 4, 2011 12:40 PM: I don't care how many voters showed up, I care that enough voters showed up for a single candidate to win, and he won by more than 50%,I think many people are very disappointed with such a low voter turnout and many of us DO CARE how many voters showed up, we're tired of voter apathy and a low percentage of people deciding for the majority. And last I heard you if you have three people running for the same position a single candidate would need to have 50%+ to win.
No the people of Bossier City have not spoken and shame on them!
@ 4/4 9:00 - "I think many people are very disappointed with such a low voter turnout and many of us DO CARE how many voters showed up, we're tired of voter apathy and a low percentage of people deciding for the majority. And last I heard you if you have three people running for the same position a single candidate would need to have 50%+ to win."Thanks for the wonderful insight, you've made my day better. But next time you pick and choose what you want to copy and paste from my comment, don't pick half of what I've said to use to your benefit. Read the entire comment and see what else I said after that. Also notice in my first paragraph that people were laughing about Austin only having "2700" supporters because of his vote count, which makes absolutely no sense when the candidate they "supported" had less votes. I simply called them out on their liberalish hypocrisy. Pay attention to what you read next time. In response to the turnout, it seems to me that most people sit around and wait for a winner. There should have been 45,000 to 60,000 voters show up.
To Ms. Springer,It was obvious you had your sights set on discrediting Lynn Austin from the beginning. I have no idea why nor do I care. However, had you done your due diligence and investigated Carl Richard, you would have found things that are unquestionably unethical. Those who have known about him through the years certainly would not have embarrassed ourselves by supporting him.
@ 4/4 9:00 - "I think many people are very disappointed with such a low voter turnout and many of us DO CARE how many voters showed up, we're tired of voter apathy and a low percentage of people deciding for the majority. And last I heard you if you have three people running for the same position a single candidate would need to have 50%+ to win."Thanks for the wonderful insight, you've made my day better. But next time you pick and choose what you want to copy and paste from my comment, don't pick half of what I've said to use to your benefit. Read the entire comment and see what else I said after that. Also notice in my first paragraph that people were laughing about Austin only having "2700" supporters because of his vote count, which makes absolutely no sense when the candidate they "supported" had less votes. I simply called them out on their liberalish hypocrisy. Pay attention to what you read next time. In response to the turnout, it seems to me that most people sit around and wait for a winner. There should have been 45,000 to 60,000 voters show up.I only used the 3rd paragraph because the 1st was addressed to "nimrods" which I am not one but you may be. The 2nd paragraph was addressed to Evonda, again that does not apply to me. The 3rd seemed a general comment so I used that paragraph which I inserted an extra "you" in by mistake. It should read: And last I heard if you have three people running for the same position a single candidate would need to have 50%+ to win." That lasr sentence is for your information since apparently you didn't know that. Have a nice day.
it is clear to me from reading this blog (i had an interest in the marshall race but not involved in most politics) that Ms. springer does not know much about what she talks about. she would do well to keep her misinformation to herself. That is all i have o say about that. F. gump
@ April 5, 2011 5:24 PMIf you want me to explain why I said what I said and where then I will, otherwise, thanks I believe I'll take your advice and have a nice day...
@ April 5, 2011 4:20 PMBut, but, but... But Matty said if there were any chance of finding something worth telling on the other candidates then he "guaran-damn-tee's" all of us that he will write a story about it... Of course, nobody took him seriously... The same reason we don't take his cougar, Evdonald, seriously... They try to use big words to sound smart but not everyone buys into it...
Which one of the "Good Ole Boys" will Evonda and/or her lil puppy dog Matt try to attach or discredit in the upcommimg elections or will they be to busy trying to defend there previous actions. I see he has been so quite, cat got your tongue?
@ April 6, 2011 10:09 AMHehe, with cougars being considered cats, I think you're right... I'm sure she's told him by now to keep his mouth shut because he's only making it worse... I can hear them now, just like Pinky and the Brain,Matt: Hey Bwain, what do you wanna do tonight?Evodna: The same thing we do every night, Pinky - try to take over the city!
To April 6, 2:09. Cat doesn't have Matt's tongue, his attorney does. It is a shame someone couldn't shut him up before he made a total fool out of himself. Richard says he is running again, lets see if he backs that bankrupt crook again.
I have never met Matt nor ES, but I like their devotion to delving into issues without prejudice or another agenda. They, unlike some of the posters here, do not resort to name calling nor threats. I hope they have the heart to keep working towards finding answers, asking questions,and to continue to be brave enough to identify themselves. It is our critics who keep us on our toes. There are many who admire you regardless of the negative posters. Thank you for a too often thankless endeavor...
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