Author Archives: Elliott Stonecipher

Elliot Stonecipher
11 Mar
0

A Personal Message … Our Culture of Corruption

Such is classically Dickensian, we know. Today in Caddo Parish there is the awful loss uniquely born of natural disaster, and the feel-good of a supposed victory in a public corruption skirmish. The combination of forces nets, lopsidedly, damage of ...

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10 Mar
4

UPDATE: Allegations of Theft & Coverup at Woodlawn High School by Informant

Information Requested: 9:25AM. Thursday, March 10, 2016. Theft at Woodlawn High School? I have received a report from a person who wishes to remain anonymous of a theft of $20,000 by unnamed employees in the administration of Shreveport’s Woodlawn High ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
01 Mar
2

Caddo Schools Bosses Are Their Own Worst Enemy

March 1, 2016 When voters last year defeated the Caddo Parish School Board’s $108,000,000 plan to build more stuff, nothing proved as consequential as the refusal by top bosses to accept and respond to citizen questions. That has become the ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
27 Feb
1

Caddo Commission Disdain for Law Again Spotlighted

February 27, 2016 As the new Caddo Parish Commissioners settle into their jobs, I offer this sobering article. I take no pleasure in writing it, just as I doubt any good and decent citizen will take any in reading it. ...

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Elliot Stonecipher
25 Feb
0

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
0

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
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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