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Has Matthew Linn Cut Off His Limb?

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sawing_limbby Marion Marks

Matthew Linn has raised more issues in his first month as President of the Caddo Commission than any commissioner in modern memory. One of three possible results will probably be the end product of issues raised.
#1 – An embarrassed Linn will reverse course, perhaps even step down, because his actions were based on erroneous interpretations of the law.
#2 – The Caddo Commission will have to reverse course because illegal actions have been “business as usual,” because they have broken or they ignored the law and have illegally conducted business in this manner for years. Or,
#3 – NLCOG, as well as other bodies, have ignored or failed to recognize the law as Linn and other attorneys are now interpreting it, and their prior actions will be under the microscope for years to come. Failure Counts

Linn has taken the position that commissioners have delegated the parish’s obligation far too much to the parish administrator, Dr. Woody Wilson, and that Read more

CADDO COMMISSION PRESIDENT LINN STARTS OFF WITH POWER GRAB FOR NLCOG SEAT

John Settle-Opinion-May 2015In less than 2 weeks as the new president of the Caddo Commission, Matthew Linn has caused quite a stir—as well as a wave of embarrassment for the Commission—by his actions, both as a Commissioner and as the president of the Commission. The first was an attempt to use his office as a Commissioner to unduly influence (and apparently successfully so) to have Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator have an investigator chase down the writer of a Facebook post that Linn did not like. Now Linn, and perhaps the Commission as well as the Sheriff, face a possible civil rights suit by a local attorney claiming that the email and subsequent actions of a Sheriff’s deputy violated her rights to free speech, unlawfully threatened her employment by a public agency and racially slandered her clientele.

Commissioner Matthew LinnLinn’s latest antic is to replace Parish Administrator Dr. Woody Wilson on the NLCOG (North Louisiana Council of Governments)—who is serving as chairman this year. Linn first sent a letter to Read more

NEW CADDO COMMISSIONERS SET THE TONE FOR NEW LEADERSHIP IN FIRST COMMISSION MEETINGS

John Settle-Opinion-May 2015Its always exciting to have new faces in public offices, and even more so when newcomers immediately jump in and tackle the “bull by the horns”, so to speak. And that is exactly what happened at the first work session, and then the first meeting, of the newly sworn in 2016-2120 Caddo Commission.

The presence of 4 newbies—John Atkins, Mario Chavez, Steven Jackson and Mike Middleton—on the Commission made the difference between night in day on this 12 member body in the first 2 meetings. During the initial work session on January 19 Steven Jackson offered 3 ordinances to be put on the agenda for the January 21 agenda. The first was to delete the Commissioners from participation in the highly contested and now being litigated retirement plan (CPERS). The second was to stop automatic pay raises for Commissioners for cost of living adjustments (COLA), and the third was to reduce the annual unmonitored expense allowance for Commissioners from $15,000 per year to $8,000.session-cutting-back-like-citizens 

Out going president Johnson tried to de-rail the CPERS and COLA ordinances by making substitute Read more

Can 2016 be the Year Caddo Parish is Proud of the News?

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by Marion Marks

January should be a hopeful month, yet early Mardi Gras celebrations and the MLK memorial activities seem to temper the new year, particularly with losses of those we have buried long before we felt their time had expired. Our frenetic pace and electronic networks make it difficult to just sit back and absorb life. It is appropriate to take personal stock, without too much commentary, even when it hurts to see others’ mistakes, because we just can’t fix everything all by ourselves.

The boisterous social media and blogging stories about Caddo-Shreveport failing to recognize needs of interstate commerce, I-49 corridor routing and inner-city growth neglects a history of the city that has been stagnant far too many years according to a clear record of demographers and analysts who Read more

CADDO COMMISSIONER MATTHEW LINN ATTEMPTS TO USE OFFICE TO FILE COMPLAINT OVER SOCIAL MEDIA POST

John Settle-Opinion-May 2015The question for the day: When is a Facebook posting a threat to life and limb? Does a posting under a picture of a person holding a fishing rod saying that “I know him personally and it bothers me that that rod is not shoved down his throat” a threat? The picture was of Caddo Commissioner Matthew Linn.

Linn signed an email to Caddo Sheriff Prator  as “Matthew Linn Caddo Commissioner” complaining about this posting. Linn said the posting “by Kathryn Bloomfield would not be as bothersome if she did not work as an attorney for the Public Defender’s Office/Caddo Parish. In her role as a public defender she is in constant contact with people who may feel they owe her a favor for her representation of them in court…My only concern is that someone she represents may want to do her a favor…”Commissioner Matthew Linn Read more

NEW CADDO COMMISSIONER MIKE MIDDLETON SETS THE BAR ON COMPENSATION FOR OTHER COMMISSIONERS

John Settle-Opinion-May 2015Its one thing for wantabe political candidates to make campaign pledges, and another for them to actually follow upon them once elected. Such is not the case with Mike Middleton, who will be sworn in as the new commissioner for District 8 at high noon on January 11.

Middleton, a retired Caddo deputy sheriff, ran a hard fought race against incumbent John Escude and Lea Desmarteau. He finished first in the primary and won by a good margin in the runoff election against Desmarteau. Middleton campaigned the old fashion hard way– by constantly pressing the flesh, knocking on doors, attending civic gatherings and personally calling voters. And he made campaign pledges that he intends to keep.

Commissioner Mike Middleton-smallMiddleton’s campaign push cards listed his priorities—REDUCE pay by 20%, REPEAL retirement insurance and travel, and RESTORE citizen’s trust. Mike was not happy that Caddo Commissioners are the highest paid part time elected officials in the state of Louisiana and that they have a $15,000 per year unmonitored travel/expense allowance. Middleton was also familiar with the litigation filed by Elliott Stonecipher against the Commission challenging the participation Read more

The False Cape of Invincibility (Invisibility)

Embrace the KoolAid
Embrace the Kool-Aid

by Marion Marks

Louisiana citizens have been guilty of drinking far too much Kool-Aid from the Republican Party Boss’s water cooler prior to this fall’s election. Proof of the disastrous effects were the utter melt down of formerly invincible David Vitter during the course of the governor’s election.

No sooner than Vitter announced his run for governor than the pundits named him the odds-on favorite to salvage the state from the wreckage of Jindal’s administration. The issue pundits neglected was the impact of Democrats, other Republican hopefuls and a few serious journalists who believed that Vitter had many skeletons the voters didn’t really Read more