- Elliot Stonecipher
- Elliot Stonecipher
UPDATE: Commissioner Abuse of Abstentions in Voting
Last Saturday, I wrote an article about our Caddo Commission’s running battle against the rule of law, published online via social media, as well as a post by Will Broyles on his go-to Shreveport / Caddo news site, RealShreveport.com (article here).
That article reported on my research into the abuse by some Caddo Parish Commissioners of abstaining from official votes. As I explained, my deep study in recent years of Commission practices revealed unequivocal evidence that Commissioners, for political cover, hide behind and beneath the privilege of abstaining … rather than a man-up or woman-up vote of “Aye” or “Nay.”
My research for the article last weekend began, as per my usual, by asking for documents from the Caddo Parish attorney, Donna Frazier. She forwarded to me the Commission “Rules and By-Laws” necessary to substantiate my argument.
Yesterday, Ms. Frazier contacted me again. She wrote to buttress the argument of the President Matthew Linn regime that everything going on was perfectly legal and above-board. In the process, Ms. Frazier added this paragraph:
“However, in my response to you, I inadvertently attached the wrong version of the Commission by-laws when I sent them to you per your request. Attached is the version adopted in September 2015, which does specifically allow electronic voting. I apologize for any confusion I may have caused.”
First, I thank Ms. Frazier for accepting responsibility for the error. Second, the key document merely proves that the Commission has taken after-the-fact action to justify what they had illegally been doing for years. Thus, my point stands: Commissioners have long abused voting procedures, to the detriment of the citizenry, and will continue to do so.
Showing that it has corrected its rules to justify voting abuse only compounds this open violation of public accountability and transparency.
UPDATE: No CPERS Vote … No Reform
Today is the 53rd day since the much ballyhooed new Caddo Parish Commission took their oaths of office. Still, we await the supposed “reform” some were expecting.
Yes, there are some Commissioners who most people believe to be honest. But, like praying for “a little bit of God, but not enough to change my ways,” we still await the straight-up vote on a Commission Resolution to disavow CPERS corruption. That resolution would necessarily direct the repayment to taxpayers of our money thus stolen, and an end to paying the three outside lawyers we have already paid over $88,000 to preserve the corrupt haul of most Commissioners.
In an important sense, the number of Commissioners casting that vote pales in comparison to the identification of those who do. Only Commissioners voting that way deserve to be called “reformers.” As it stands, we have none.
I will note for the record, as many others have done, as long as we have a CPERS offender / malfeasor serving as Commission President – Matthew Linn has over $20,000 of our money in his CPERS account – reform there has zero chance. And, lest we forget, some of Shreveport’s wealthiest, self-anointed “leaders” saw to it that Linn was Commission President and Steven Jackson the Vice-President.
We await evidence necessary to prove how and why they did so, since such was provably not for “good government.”
(Elliott Stonecipher is in no way affiliated with any political party, and has long been a registered “Other,” or Independent. He has no client or other relationships which in any way influence his selections of subjects or the content of any article. His work is strictly in the public interest, with no compensation of any kind solicited or accepted. Appropriate credit to Mr. Stonecipher in the sharing – unedited only, please – of his work is appreciated.)