Greed by public officials is not a new phenomenon, especially in our state. The Caddo Commission, which generally enjoys a good government reputation, has put a new spin on “public service” by a ballot proposition to extend their terms for up to 20 years.
Although the election in Senate District 36 is more then a year away, the battle for voters in Senate District 36 has already begun between State Reps. Henry Burns and Jeff Thompson. This will be a “take no prisoners race,” and even by Bossier standards it promises to be an ugly, no-holdsbarred election.
If anyone thinks that Detroit is the only city going broke, then they need to look closely at Shreveport’s financial crisis. Getting a straight answer on the city’s finances from the Glover administration — and, for that matter, — on anything that Big G considers controversial — is like looking for buried bones in Shreveport’s dog park.
Like it or not, race is a factor- — a major factor — in Northwest Louisiana politics. The upcoming 2014 election for Shreveport mayor will most likely result in the election of Shreveport’s second black mayor, if for no other reason than a strong white candidate has yet to surface.
The current race between Mike Miller and Brady O’Callaghen is, to date, a real yawner, with the exception of a possible public ethics violation by the Caddo DA’s staff. Calls were made last week from the appeals division of D.A. Charles Scott’s office urging attorneys to attend a fundraiser for Caddo Assistant District Attorney O’Callaghen.
The out-of-town “escape” did not, unfortunately, slow down the happy birthday parade of calls, texts and e-mails that followed the obligatory office “birthday party” a day early (Thursday). And, yes, the mailman did bring the usual assortment of birthday cards from.
The most closely watched election will no doubt be the one to fill the shoes of State Sen. Robert Adley, who is termed out. Early names for this race are well established Bossier politicians – State Rep. Henry Burns and State Rep. Jeff Thompson. Rickey Jackson, another Republican, is being mentioned, and reportedly former State Rep.
Although the November 2014 primary is still some 14-plus months away, political hopefuls are starting to explore their options, and various trial ballots are being floated. With virtually every elected office in Caddo Parish (and several in Bossier/Webster) coming up for re-election as well as the U.
Maxine Sarpy, a long-time political activist, may be a mayoral candidate in 2014. Sarpy, who is 71, was a key player in Greg Tarver’s successful election against the incumbent state senator Lynda Jackson in 2010. Perhaps not surprising, Sen.