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NEW REPORTS FROM KTBS-TV

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  • Elliott Stonecipher

NEW REPORTS FROM KTBS-TV:

SHON GABLES: The Notable Back-Story on Shreveport City Councilman Jerry Bowman … AND

JEFF BEIMFOHR: The Sadly Inept Louisiana “Ethics Administration”

…. Tuesday, January 3, 2017 … 9:08 A.M. ….

In her new – and again excellent – report, professional journalist Shon Gables tells most of us far more than we ever knew about first-term Shreveport City Councilman Jerry Bowman.

Hot on the heels of her two-part report on Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch, Ms. Gables deftly provides probing and important information about this would-be, someday, mayor of Shreveport.

In her work, Ms. Gables reminds many of us that journalism is no less honorable – or important – than in the past … especially to communities like ours which are so damaged and challenged by public corruption.

I thank Councilman Bowman for his candor, and especially thank Ms. Gables, once again, for her willingness to do this crucial work:

http://www.ktbs.com/…/confessions-of-shreveport-city-counci…

Also on the KTBS website is a report, dated yesterday, by KTBS’ Jeff Beimfohr. Mr. Beimfohr points out in his report the sad and unfunny joke which is our state’s Ethics Administration.

(In 2007 and 2008, I consulted with and for the “old,” pre-Bobby Jindal, Ethics Administration … which was the real thing.)

I thank Mr. Beimfohr – new to our area, as is Ms. Gables – for his work and reporting.

He did not know, we may safely assume, that Caddo Parish Commissioner Matthew Linn is one of our most ethically challenged public officials (at a minimum), tracing to his leading role in the still-underway Caddo Commission self-pay scandal.

The Commission’s lawbreaking extends back to at least 1993, and Linn has more than once been exposed as a key doer in more recent years, most specifically in illegal travel takings, the CPERS (retirement) haul, and illegal salary increases.

Linn is at the core, as well, of our loss of some $140,000 – so far – in additional taxpayer money paid to three outside attorneys who are working feverishly to politically manipulate our court system to “save” for guilty Commissioners what they have stolen from us.

Here is Mr. Beimfohr’s report:

http://www.ktbs.com/…/failure-to-pay-ethics-fines-follows-p…

© 2017 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Elliott Stonecipher

Elliott is a freelance contributor to RealShreveport.com and any other locally interested publications. Importantly, Elliott has several first-hand experiences in almost every aspect of the best and worst in local politics of Louisiana, particularly Northwest Louisiana. For several years and at great personal risk, Elliott has worked as a watchdog in local politics by writing and exposing numerous subjects that every other media outlet has refused to touch.

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