Saturday, November 16, 2019 … 10:38 P.M.

Yes, Governor John Bel Edwards won re-election to a second term in office today.

Here at home in Caddo Parish, he did so with 58% of the vote to Eddie Rispone’s 42% … not even close.

What were the odds, then, that all three bond propositions put on the same ballot by Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, with the backing of a City Council majority and a LOT of other “leaders,” would be defeated?

Answer: the odds were almost unthinkably small. Still, complete / unofficial totals from the Louisiana Secretary of State confirm the facts:

Proposition No. 1, a $32,000,000 Water and Sewer 20-year debt load for Shreveport taxpayers went down 51% No to 49% Yes.

Proposition No. 2, a $76,100,000 flood of money to Perkins, Inc., for Police, Fire and Park services failed 52% No to 48% Yes.

Proposition No. 3, a $77,900,000 whopper for Streets and Drainage failed by only 66 votes … a basic split.

For this incredible rejection to occur, a bi-racial groundswell was necessary.

Historically, many of us can attest, these bond issues in Shreveport always pass.

When Perkins rushed this thing through and to a City Council vote, and when Council members Willie Bradford, James Flurry, James Green and Jerry Bowman, Jr., blessed it and him with a 4-3 Council approval, plenty of us pled for a sane delay … to no avail.

Regardless, we all had to expect, the $186,000,000 outrage would pass. No city leadership orgs opposed it, of course.

Had it passed, Shreveport’s debt load would total a staggering $1.2 BILLION.

For now, at least, sanity prevails.

Maybe now our city’s leaders – elected and otherwise – will momentarily wonder how citizens of all races saw this thing the same, and voted accordingly.

… more later …

© 2019 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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