The December 6th election was a milestone for Louisiana and Caddo/Shreveport that will require evaluation for quite a while. Mary Landrieu’s defeat will be calculated by factions in many ways, but her shadow and the repercussions throughout the state will probably be re-measured for years.
Along with the election of new faces and the return of old ones, I expect the Landrieu defeat to reverberate through the system in all three branches of government, particularly with law enforcement and the prosecutorial system around the state. Political forces work on more than two levels, and the written and unwritten codes of enforcement and prosecutions seem to rely of backing and backbone at higher levels. Some Read more
Defeating City Marshal Charlie Caldwell Saturday Shreveporters will make a change to improve Shreveport’s image both inside and outside of our community. Shreveport City Court and processes of the legal system of the Marshal’s office require transparency, clear policies & procedures in an open marshal’s office to serve citizens and businesses alike. Too privileged “deals” exist with the Marshal Caldwell that violate good government. Recent Caldwell FuelMan revelations are only one example of abuse that skirts the law.
FuelMan, a system designed to save taxpayer money and avoid abuses has been drastically shorted by the manner the Marshal allows cards to be abuse. The policies are actually very clear in the rationale for FuelMan.
However, Caldwell seemingly is unfazed by Read more
It’s four years sincefirst rumblings to “reign” in Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell first began. Initial internal complaints pertained to deputies who were rogues, improper terminations, document obstructions, but now finally a runoff may result in cleansing the truly destructive element in the marshal’s office.(several other candidates who didn’t make it would have been far better than Caldwell!) Most deputy marshals work diligently to hold decorum in city court and keep leadership failures from affecting the business required from the marshal’s office. Yet the public has not been spared the costs affiliated with mismanagement Marshal Caldwell has dragged taxpayers through.Read more
The runoff for Shreveport City Marshal on December 6 pits incumbent Charlie Caldwell against the last candidate to enter the race, Crime Stopper coordinator Jim Taliaferro. A novice to Shreveport politics would see this as a white Republican against a black Democrat in a majority black constituency, and make an easy call for the incumbent. Seems to be an especially easy call, since Caldwell led the first primary with 38% of the votes from the five candidates in the race.
Other candidates who didn’t make the runoff include Joey Hester, a white Republican, with 22%; Don “D.D.” Otis, a black Democrat, with 15%; and Anthony “A.J.” Johnson, a black Democrat, with 5%. Voter turnout was 43.5%, a somewhat anemic number. But the more anemic number may be the Read more
Observing political races gives voters a rush on election day, but the inevitable letdown follows those who lost or required to reboot for a run off. The Shreveport City Marshal race was a special charge of energy as four newcomers took on incumbent Charlie Caldwell, a daunting task!
Yet the incumbent record was challenged often during his first term. Caldwell, the appointed successor by Jimmie Dove, faced litigation and claims of personal improper conduct by some of his officers before he took office and throughout his first term. FOUR challengers filed to run against Caldwell!
Caldwell was sued for improper conduct while serving as an off-duty security guard at a Shreveport night club and the case settled for an undisclosed Read more
MUD or sleazy advertising messages is all that I expect to see in the media and on the streets between now and the end of the day November 4th. I only hope voters see this demonstration of disrespect to voters by handlers of the candidates as a sign that the message results in votes against the mud slingers.
Certainly the MUD has stuck in many past elections, and it does move some voters who have failed to educate themselves of real issues on the election process. If voters have spent time learning about issues and candidates before now, even though the vetting process in some races is suspect, the mud slinging will not be a major influence to them. Unfortunately too many voters have such busy lives, and they vote based on last Read more
One candidate question opens doors that voters may see & question the character and responsiveness of an incumbent. City Marshal, Charlie Caldwell obviously had strong feelings about the deputies he terminated. Some of the fired deputies have successfully sued Caldwell and were paid damages that they cannot discuss. Caldwell’s office is not the only one where this recently occurred, but the only contested race. Interestingly, Caldwell has not one, but four challengers seeking his office, including two fired former deputies.
Obviously law enforcement officers see something offensive the average citizen only reads about in a few headlines. Certainly there were challenges to incumbent Marshal Caldwell during his six years since first being elected. And litigation against Caldwell was not uncommon. But the Broadmoor Neighborhood Association Forum brought a few issues to the surface.
Moderator, Assistant District Attorney Jason Brown kept the meeting on course and came within seconds of completing in the scheduled sixty minutes. However, the few questions that were edgy from challengers were handled well as Caldwell deflected most criticism by simply saying Read more
Stainless steel is not generally considered to be an exotic metal. Yet, it’s exotic in the same way we think of ethical public officials. The majority of public officials are ethical, and they work for the public good. Yet, Louisiana was still tenth in the most convicted officials in this report in the Washington Post. Locally we find incumbents who violated our trust and must be voted out of office.
The term “stainless steel” like “ethical politician” is responsible for notable myths. Contrary to myth, stainless steel does rust. And, ethical people, insert “politicians”, can and do make ethical errors of judgement – they RUST!
Candidate identity was thought to be the job for a marketer sending out post cards, planting yard signs, seeing the candidate at a forum, or even face-to-face at neighborhood meeting. Political brand messages have become more intrusive and generally less effective with blanket advertising on infinite channels and mediums that seem a torrid beauty contest. Voters learn little about the candidate, much less about substance of the candidate. Voters generally learn who has the most money and power to throw at winning office. Too many voters fail to look below the surface of the candidate’s campaign message.
Political Branding has never been anything you could trust, but most voters made their choice based on a hunch, name recognition or the “team” the candidate had in a supporting role. Branding is a confusing concept. The “secret sauce” of marketing and branding a candidate has created media legends we see during political seasons. They speak of capturing ingredients of the secret sauce along the difficult path of winning public office.
Branding that captures votes is often as simple as a logo on the cup, but it’s really so much more. True brand identification is both seen and unseen; it’s something you often know when you see it, yet it may be undefinable. A Candidate Brand is an accumulation of all Read more