It was a valiant effort by the Southern Hills Homeowner’s Association to have a forum for announced Shreveport Marshal candidates; unfortunately the event fell flat for many reasons. Surprisedly the event was well attended (approximately 150) despite the scheduling on a Monday night after the long 4th of July weekend and relatively poor publicity; the number of attendees non committed was probably very low. Those who entered without a favored candidate probably left the same way, and maybe even disenchanted with the slate. The event was really more about the potential candidate who was not there and the hard questions not asked to those that were in attendance.
The announced candidates in attendance included the Marshal himself (Charlie Caldwell), D.D. Otis, Joey Hester and Anthony (A.J.) Johnson. Jim Taliaferro, the unannounced candidate who has formed a steering committee, was conspicuously absent; he is still working for the Shreveport Police Department and can not announce until he retires. Reportedly one or two of his inner circle were present to monitor the event.
The questions posed to each candidate were basically all the same; they should have been significantly pared down. Having each candidate answer 5 questions along with opening and closing statements by each contributed to an overly long program that was short on specifics, long on overlap, and heavy on repetition. The format did not allow individualized questions, and hopefully others will allow for discussion of why Hester and Johnson were fired (from both perspectives), why Caldwell paid in excess of $150,000 to resolve a lawsuit with a former employee, or why he has spent more than $400,000 on legal fees while in office less than 6 years. Additionally, the challengers should be queried on their specific platforms and credentials that make them the best candidate for the job.
Being the political season (qualifying for many many offices is Aug 22-24), the audience was filled with candidates for other offices. A partial Read more
One would hardly believe that Shreveport has an incumbent City Marshal with the number of announced candidates lining up to qualify for this race. The names in the mix as of this writing are five – Charlie Caldwell (the incumbent), Don Otis, Joey Hester and Richard Johnson. Qualifying for this post ends in August 22nd, – – so there is plenty of time for additional candidates to qualify. So far,most voters are not excited about any of these candidates.
The election really is for Ward 4, which encompasses almost all of the Shreveport voter precincts and a few split precincts. The total number of registered voters in Ward 4 are 128,514 (Shreveport has 128,356): 52.6% are black, 43.3% are white and 4.1% are other races. The primary is November 4 and the run off election will be December 6.
Voter turn out should be very heavy, as far as voter turnout goes, for the primary. There is little doubt that this race will be decided in the run off due to the number of candidates. Voter turnout could be substantively less in the runoff, depending on a large Read more
Summer Brain: the state that a child’s brain slips into during the months out of school.
Shreveport Summer Brain: the state that most citizens, particularly voters, find themselves during the months prior to campaign filing dates when various political interest groups jockey to take money and oxygen out of the community.
In the last few months Shreveport has experienced several waves of Summer Brain designed to garner a fall election consensus coalition for the November election. Jockeying and cajoling within the business community we have observed various factions roll out both Patrick Williams and Ollie Tyler as their best successors to the failed Glover administration.
Behind the scenes coalition builders have tried to cobble together racially diverse elements who previously seldom would be seen in the same room together. The Tarver and Glover/Landrieu camps have barely talked on common issue since Tarver‘s victory for state senate seat over Lydia Jackson.
White East and West Shreveporters have even been eagerly affiliating with these, recognizing the Read more
Louisiana’s Public Records Act sets forth simple guidelines that allow for transparency by governmental bodies. A written request (letter, fax, or email) to a public body requesting public records is to be complied within three business days. The public agency can make available the requested records for review, or as is more often the case, provide copies of the documents at a reasonable charge. Some public bodies readily comply with public records requests (PRRs) and some unfortunately do not, – as experienced from sending over one hundred (100) PRRs in the last two (2) years.
The City of Shreveport is always very slow in responding to PRRs. (One notable exception was a recent request regarding pension plans that was promptly answered by CAO Dale Sibley). Seemingly the standard operating procedure of Mayor Glover’s office (and City Attorney Terri Scott) is to wait until one or two follow-up requests have been sent before document production.
Initially the City would provide the documents at no charge by email or fax as explained in this post; now it is often necessary to go to the City Attorney’s office to pick up the requested documents and pay a copy fee. Additionally, the City adopted a policy of redacting substantial portions of invoices for legal services on the dog park litigation, claiming attorney client Read more
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
~ Isaac Asimov
Interpretation: we have immense volumes of knowledge and yet we lack the moral compass to interpret it in light of values we were taught or know to be consistent with our “better selves.”
This past weekend we were able to see the Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras parade, thick with good citizens and parties, intent on enjoying the climate and festive atmosphere. Most came to celebrate in different ways, but most felt there was a good party atmosphere.
However, I feel the messages, both overt and unintended, sent by one of the participants was clearly, “I’m an elected official, and there’s nothing you can do to touch me as long as the enforcement officials have no stomach for prosecution of politicians!” It was as if we all being “Flipped Off.”
Elected Shreveport City Marshal, Charlie Caldwell, paraded with the Read more
In Shreveport and any other city particularly afflicted by more or less open official malfeasance, it is certainly true that such cesspools are kept full to overflowing by both the official malfeasors and the absence of an outraged citizenry. It is just as true, though, that the citizenry cannot act against that about which it has no knowledge, or insufficient understanding.
At tomorrow’s Shreveport City Council meeting, anyone who cares to attend or watch the live broadcast on our local access channel (Channel 6) will be able to see precisely how our city’s poisoned governmental sausage is made these days. I particularly invite – well, urge – all investigative agencies to pay very special attention.
The headline of this glob of nasty city business is Mayor Cedric Glover’s political blackmail of city council members to force the re-hiring of Calvin Grigsby as the “city’s” financial adviser. In truth, Grigsby was never the “city’s” financial adviser, he was Glover’s, hired with Read more
Two voters stated clearly to KTBS that Richard had aggressively denied their right to support an opposing candidate. KTBS has gone so far as to ask the U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley of the Western District of Louisiana for an interpretation of the federal voter intimidation law. The response seems to leave no room for interpretation, as written by the technical legal writer for the U.S. Attorney, Henri Lejeune:
“U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley stated that voter intimidation is Read more
Although the November 2014 primary is still some 14 plus months away, political hopefuls are starting to explore their options, and various trial ballots are being floated. With virtually every elected office in Caddo Parish (and several in Bossier/Webster) coming up for re-election as well as the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, election hopefuls will need to get into gear much earlier than usual in this election cycle.
Shreveport’s Mayor Cedric Glover will be out of a job come next year, and his employment resume only reflects political office positions. The latest rumor about Big “G” is that he will be the standard bearer for the Democratic Party to challenge Dr. Fleming for the fourth (4th) Congressional District.
The Shreveport City Marshal race will be a heated election, with incumbent Charlie Caldwell to probably face at least two opponents. Don Otis, a former SPD officer and Joey Hester, a former Shreveport City Marshall deputy and SPD officer, are setting up their Read more
Serial criminal or civil violations by Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell make him the model target for prosecutors. Failure of previous revelations should not mean that new prosecutions will not result.
KTBS reporter Gerry May reported today that Caldwell utilized intimidation and threats from deputies in an attempt to control employees and outside authorities who would not support his policies or iron-fisted control from his office. Those who spoke out or questioned his authority in any manner were summarily fired or a paper trail of violations were created in their records allowing Caldwell to terminate the employment of any offender.
Caldwell and previous Marshall Jimmy Dove had several federal cases for wrongful termination, to the extent that the office did create new policies to support severing uncooperative employees. However, a case is now challenging these policies as being used in an arbitrary or capricious manner to punish and were never designed for employee evaluation.
Before Tuesday, July 16, is over, a record of conduct of Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell and some of his deputies will be publicized that we believe warrant serious consideration for prosecution in both State and Federal jurisdictions. The posting is an attempt to gather public awareness of the story we expect will break on KTBS by reporter Gerry May on either the 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm news. (Previous KTBS News)
We know that many documents have been offered previously to prosecutors. However, these did not reveal activities that “rose to the level authorities felt warranted prosecution.” After the most current activities are revealed, all documents noted Read more