Author Archives: Elliott Stonecipher

Elliot Stonecipher
17 Feb
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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
0

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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Elliot Stonecipher
27 Jan
1

Commission Caught Abusing Tax Dollars

These are a series of stories originally published by Elliott Stonecipher.  Our intention of re-publishing them is to make people in the community fully aware of the timeline of events that led to today’s scandal. January 27, 2015 It was ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
07 Jan
0

Part III. Commission Hits Us Again… Hard

[Previous articles in this series can be read here and here.] The formula for good government is simple and direct:  the governed commit to battle as necessary for transparency in all elected officials do in the public interest.  Holding officials accountable for their ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
31 Dec
0

Part II. Caddo Commission Hits Us Again, and Hard

by Elliott Stonecipher The last time Caddo Parish Commissioners took a specific, publicly recorded vote to give themselves a pay raise, Bill Clinton had been President for less than a year … December 8, 1993. If that strikes you as ...

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