History repeating itself Thursday, Mar 19 2015 


The Wheeler-Dealer

State Treasurer John Kennedy reports that Bobby Jindal is in active negotiations to sell the State Lottery to raise one-time cash to fill the $1.6 Billion (and growing) revenue shortfall.

I’m supposed to be a world-class cynic, but this one floored me.

Tuesday, I saw a Tweet from the State Treasurer’s that Jindal was going to sell the lottery.  I just grinned because I thought it was just a clever way of pointing out how desperate is our fiscal mess.

History of lottery

If the leges allow Jindal to get away with this, it will mean that the lottery has gone full-circle.

In the 1866 the leges created the first state lottery.  Two years later the lege authorized a private corporation called the Louisiana State Lottery Company to operate it.

The operation was so corrupt that under Governor Murphy Foster (Gov. Mike Foster’s grandfather) a constitutional amendment was passed to prohibit a state lottery.  It was not until Buddy Roemer became governor that the prohibition was repealed in 1990.  That opened the flood-gates of legalized gambling in Louisiana.

Three quotations come to mind about Jindal’s proposal to sell the lottery:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana, philosopher.

Albert Einstein supposedly defined “insanity” as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

“This is like deja vu all over again.” Yogi Berra

You can’t make this stuff up!


“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

Request for legislation Wednesday, Mar 18 2015 

Jay Dardenne

Won’t you hep him get credit.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is running for governor based on his record. Because Jay is so modest, I’ve been trying to assist him in getting out the record on which he is running.

Prior to Monday, I thought that one of Dardenne’s biggest accomplishments was his vote for $1.41 Billion in taxes in a single year.

On Monday I learned from Dardenne another of his accomplishments.  In his own words posted on Twitter:

Jay Dardenne @JayDardenne ·

We need diverse jobs, so years ago, I created the community and technical college system here in Louisiana. # jobs # lagov

Yes, folks, Dardenne created our community and technical college system. That’s a huge accomplishment by one person.

By this email to the leges, I’m suggesting that they pass legislation during the 2015 Regular Session to name the state’s community and technical college system for Dardenne.  Thus it will be forever known as the “Louisiana’s Jay Dardenne Community and Technical College System.”

Any lege wishing to sponsor this legislation please let me know.  The first one to respond can be the lead author; all others will be co-authors.


“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

Stonecipher protects state constitution Tuesday, Mar 17 2015 

Elliott Stonecipher
Elliott Stonecipher stands up!

Some of you may be under the impression that the Attorney General of Louisiana enforces the state constitution.  That’s how it should be, but the AG is a statewide elected official, i.e. politician.

Louisiana remains a government of men, not laws.  In the “good ol’ boy” system it has always been and still is about who you know, not what you know.  Yeah, I know that Bobby Jindal said it would no longer be “who you know.”  But like all his promises, that never happened.

My friend, Shreveport demographer Elliott Stonecipher has taken it upon himself  as a private citizen to stop the Caddo Parish Commission (Governing authority of the parish.) from violating the state constitution, the parish charter and numerous state statutes.   The following are excerpts from an announcement sent out Monday afternoon by Stonecipher:

“A lawsuit filed today in Louisiana First Judicial District Court in Shreveport asks a judge to “recognize and declare” that elected Caddo Parish Commissioners are prohibited from participation in “CPERS,” the Caddo Parish Employee Retirement System.  The suit also seeks a judicial order for the return of all public funds, including cumulative legal interest, Commissioners have received over the years from participation in the retirement plan.

The lawsuit ( here) pleads for a like declaration from the Court that no compensation to Caddo Parish Commissioners other than “their salary proper” is legal.  The Commission has acted to award itself salary increases, life and health insurance benefits, and lucrative travel allowances in direct contradiction to provisions of the Home Rule Charter of Caddo Parish, the related legal research has determined.

The suit, a Petition for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, was prepared by Whitney Pesnell of the Pesnell Law Firm.  I am Plaintiff, and named defendants are the Parish of Caddo, the Caddo Parish Commission, each of the twelve elected Commissioners, administrator Dr. Woody Wilson, and Finance Director Erica Bryant.  Commissioner John Escude was serving as President of the Commission when, in March 2000, participation in CPERS by elected members was voted in.

My services, and those of the Pesnell Law Firm, are provided without any compensation of any kind, strictly in the public interest.”

If we want the state constitution enforced in Louisiana it’s up to us.  Otherwise, it is nothing to our elected officials.  The Louisiana leges treat it is like a mere “speed bump” in the lege lawmaking process.  They and Bobby Jindal dare us to sue them as they ignore not only the spirit, but the letter of the law.  They know that most of us don’t have the resources to litigate.  Others are simply apathetic.

Action needed

If you agree with Stonecipher that the constitution ought to mean something, it’s time to take action.  There will be an election for Attorney General this fall.  If you know or talk to anyone running, please demand that they publicly commit to enforcing the constitution a top priority.

It’s likely a waste of time dealing with incumbent Buddy Caldwell because he has already violated his Oath of Office for failing “to support the constitution…of this state….”

Additionally, I urge you to demand the same from the gubernatorial and legislative candidates.

Elliott and Mr. Persnell are to be commended for their efforts to do the job that those elected to do will not.



“King of Subversive Bloggers” – James Gill

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