Author Archives: Elliott Stonecipher

Elliot Stonecipher
25 Feb
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Caddo-Bossier Port Tax Re-Up Likely to Kill 3132 Extension

February 25, 2016 Almost unbelievably, the Port of Caddo-Bossier plans to ask voters to re-up its 2.50-mill property tax – three years early – on April 9th. Approval would very likely kill any chance of completing the La. Hwy 3132 ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
22 Feb
1

CPSB Tax Package Screams A Loud Refusal To Learn

February 22, 2016 The first article in this series (here) detailed the bad news: almost two-thirds, 63%, of Caddo schools are failed or failing according to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). That number is higher now than ten years ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
19 Feb
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Caddo Commission Meeting, and Our $88,002 CPERS Hit

February 19, 2016 For the first time in several years, yesterday’s Caddo Parish Commission meeting netted us some gains. It is too bad that some rotten Commission news hammered us last night, too. First, let me dispatch that bad news. ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
17 Feb
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The Spectacle Which Is the Caddo Commission

February 17, 2016 It’s too late to write this, but I am going to, so please bear with it. My oh my oh my, can things at the Caddo Commission get worse? How – goodness gracious, HOW – do we ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
16 Feb
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Edwards Induced Hysteria is Shameful

February 16, 2016 For the first time since Governor Edwards and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne decided to scare the heck out of the people of Louisiana, a bit of calming push-back is surfacing. I encourage everyone to read this article ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
14 Feb
3

The Undeclared State of Emergency in Caddo Public Schools

February 14, 2016 Taxes, taxes, taxes … ‘all over us, and more coming. Our new governor changes “tax it if it twitches” to “the hell with twitches, tax it!,” while our local taxers rev up for their own attack come ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
05 Feb
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Caddo Commission Meeting: Good, Bad and Mainly Ugly!

(NOTE: This first-hand report is in no way arranged at the request of anyone. Some media reports apparently have been.) February 5, 2016 In what easily qualifies as the most bizarre meeting of a governmental body I have ever witnessed, ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
30 Jan
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Dear Louisiana Tax Man: “Know why Rice plays Texas?”

January 30, 2016 To a government thus inclined, as Louisiana’s now is, raising taxes is a one-step dance of picking winners … which leaves the losers: folks who pay taxes. A real, just and lasting solution – a long overdue ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
18 Jan
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New Caddo Commission Plan Quadruples Down on Self-Pay

Early last month, a new Caddo Parish Commissioner contacted me as he worked on a plan to “correct” policies at the heart of the Commission self-pay scandal. I quickly saw that the work was another guarantee of Commissioner self-pay, tracing ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
17 Jan
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A Personal Message to Sheriff Prator and Our News Media

For those yet unaware, Shreveport’s newest website on the block is also easily its best. Will Broyles, the leader of the team that brought us their powerful Shape of Shreveport documentary, is working with his wife Chelsey, his brother Jim, ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
12 May
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An Unveiling at Caddo Commission Meeting

Pictured: Elliott Stonecipher By: Elliott Stonecipher May 12, 2015 As many readers are aware, I have been continuously researching our Caddo Parish Commission since 2013, focusing particularly on its financial management and the bountiful compensation with which members reward themselves. ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
16 Mar
1

Lawsuit: No CPERS, Other Caddo Commission Benefits

Originally published: March 16, 2015 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 ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
13 Feb
1

Commissioners in CPERS: La. Legislative Auditor Says “… Appears Unconstitutional”

Originally Published: February 13, 2015 At the same time Caddo Parish Commissioners yesterday sued taxpayers to somehow keep their Caddo Parish Retirement System (CPERS) haul, Louisiana State Auditor Daryl Purpera notified the Commission of his determination that such “… appears ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
07 Feb
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Caddo Commission Looks to Court to save CPERS Take!

Originally Published: February 7, 2015 Caddo Parish Commissioners unanimously voted in their Thursday meeting to seek “a permanent judicial resolution” to questions concerning the constitutionality of their participation in “CPERS,” the Caddo Parish Employees Retirement System. Rather than depend on ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
02 Feb
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Caddo Commission: Stunning Self-Dealing

Originally Published: February 2, 2015 Last week I posted the first in a series of articles about Caddo Parish Commissioners’ unconstitutional participation in “CPERS,” the Caddo Parish Employees Retirement System. To understate the case, the article struck a nerve with ...

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