The last three seats on the Shreveport City Council will be decided on December 6th along with the next Shreveport mayor. Although not receiving the media attention (collectively) as the mayoral runoff, the winners of these elections will undoubtedly set the tone for the next Council – and maybe for Shreveport’s government for the next four years.
During the last two years the current Council has exercised more independence from the Mayor than any council since the inaugural mayor-council when Bill Hanna was elected Mayor. The Council audited billings of Glover’s financial advisor Calvin Grigsby and thereafter sued Grigsby for alleged over billing the City for services – – over the objection of Glover forcing him to hire a new firm for the sale of the remaining bonds. And at their last meeting the Council rejected a $76 million plan to issue revenue Read more
An out of state visitor to Shreveport would probably be surprised to learn that Shreveport voters will elect a new mayor on Saturday, December 6. Yes, the Saturday after Thanksgiving ends the current election season for Shreveport voters who will elect a U.S. Senator, a City Marshal, three city Council representatives, 3 school board members, and yes a new mayor.
Since the November 4 primary, the mayor’s race has been as exciting as watching paint dry – – or grass grow. To date, the “big” news, which was expected by knowledgeable politicos, is that Ollie Tyler will not appear in any more debates or forums, televised or not. Thus Victoria Provenza’s days of free TV time and well covered press events are over; reportedly she declined a recent interview request from KTBS.Read more
Shreveporters who care may have learned little from our current mayoral election, but most of us have at least noticed that some top players in these campaigns act as though there is gold at the end of this dim and discolored election rainbow.
In fact, as some of us know and many of the rest of us fear and suspect, such may well be exactly what is in it for those players: bucks … beaucoup bucks.
As one commentator recently reminded me in a social media message, Shreveport deserves better. Cities, we might take a moment to remember, are their people. Here, that refers to tens of thousands of good, decent and hard-working people. They may be fairly chastised for having, by default, handed the governance of the city over to a cabal of self-dealers, but such are sins of omission. These do not participate in the practiced and systemic raiding of local tax coffers.
Just in case anger is rising among readers who are also supporters of the remaining candidates, note that I do not Read more
For those who may have found and read the piece, please afford me a few minutes of your time to respond to a “Letter to the Editor” in the Shreveport newspaper today. The letter is signed by a woman named Earleen Bergeron, further identified only as a Shreveport resident. I have never met her. I did not know she lived here. As to the lady and her friends and family, I have no awareness … at all.
In pertinent part, her is what Ms. Bergeron offers us:
“Ollie Tyler and Victoria Provenza are my heroes. Women who go through horrendous abuse from a spouse, whether physically, by beatings or verbally and mentally in the courtroom by a vindictive spouse and come out of it stronger people are simply heroes and deserve respect and admiration.These women are strong, courageous people who have not only overcome situations that most of us would break under, but they have become better for it. They have made something special of their lives with their wisdom and energy and success. Those who would like to tear them down — the John Settles, the Elliott Stoneciphers, the Ken Antees — by spreading rumors and half truths, I would Read more
Since 2007, it has been one of my passions to explain how the enforcement of state governmental ethics laws was eviscerated by Governor Jindal and our legislature in their 2008 “ethics reform” ruse.
As a pro bono consultant to the last real Louisiana Ethics Board, I watched and understood how that “ethics gold standard” political op – born of Governor Jindal’s blind political ambition – virtually negated the very purpose of our ethics regime. This article I wrote in 2013 includes a bit of pertinent data.
The latest chapter in this work is assisting a premiere team of Louisiana journalists as they contribute their Read more
After Tuesday’s vote, one thing is known – Shreveport’s next mayor will be a woman. And they are as different as night and day – – so voters have a clear choice.
Ollie Tyler is black; Victoria Provenza is white. Tyler will be 70 on January 6 of next year; Provenza will be 54. Tyler spent several years in New Orleans and Baton Rouge before coming back to Shreveport. Provenza spent most of her adult life in Colorado before returning to Shreveport.
Tyler is a life long Democrat. Provenza was a Republican state delegate in Colorado; she ran as a no party candidate for mayor. Tyler ran a traditional mayoral campaign with the backing of Mayor Glover. Provenza ran a social media/electronic campaign with the guidance of Read more
Tomorrow Shreveport and Caddo citizens vote to elect officials for mayor, city council, city marshal and other important offices, and most of the screaming, shouting and abundant deafening noise for the cycle will be behind us (until the run offs). So where are we in determining who might lead us “through the valley,” so to speak?
It’s not a clear answer, and even the Shreveport Times has chosen to not endorse a single candidate for readers. I liken it to the fact that, up until now, we have been paddling around in the shallow water near the bank, but are about to have to tread the deep water with a storm on the horizon. We need to pull up the hip waders and slog through muddy water, AND VOTE!
I feel like the school teacher who has to assist all the students by grading on a curve and throwing out some of the tough questions that Read more
Now, having been held for many weeks by some in the news media, the story of the 1968 shooting death of mayoral candidate Ollie Tyler’s first husband is out.
Shreveporters who care are now able to know and consider the information. Many, many questions have been asked of me, and concern, on many fronts, is being expressed and shared.
The official report, prepared then by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO), is now available. I read it for the first time last evening, as did many of you. Although it is the Shreveport Times which finally published a story about these events, many of you cannot access it on their website.
KSLA Television (www.ksla.com), however, does have the story on its website, and within the article is the link which accesses the CPSO report. We thank KSLA for providing this important public service.
As things have been arranged, our logical and expected questions about the event are, sadly, unlikely to be answered.
To, and About, Our Shreveport News Media, Particularly Read more
Tuesday (November 4) will be the day of reckoning for Shreveport voters – – and especially those running for political office. For many Tuesday will be a holiday, and predictions of possible showers could dampen (literally) plans other than voting. For others it will be just another work day other than voting.
For the candidates (and their families and ardent supporters), Tuesday will be a day of high anxiety. Last minute “get out the vote” pushes will be made, and depending on the sophistication of the campaign machinery everything from robocalls reminding people to vote, rides to the polls, and the checking of voter records with specific calls to known supporters will be made during the long day.
The polls close at 8 p.m., and serious TV reporting of voter totals should begin around 9 p.m. Some campaigns may have volunteers at each Read more
As you read this piece, you will first find the need to read the one in our local newspaper from and by mayoral candidate Ollie Tyler, here. In many ways, she has very specifically picked the wrong target for her anger. I hope to explain that here. Along the way I will report much more of consequence and importance to all of us in Shreveport.
By way of Ms. Tyler’s carefully controlled use of our local newspaper, Ms. Tyler tells the reporter what she wants us to know. It is notable that the newspaper wrote and published this piece without ever reaching out to me, though they often otherwise do.
Ms. Tyler, too, blames me for “pushing the story.” I have done no such thing. I have, however, lobbied our local news media to examine all the candidates for mayor. The truth is obvious in articles I have written, all in the public record.
The reporter notes that police reports and other Read more