LSPC declares that LSP violated rules entailing LSP longevity pay raises but leaves remedies for adversely-impacted LSP Troopers unclear and unaddressed.

LSP Master Trooper Dean Coates

On October 17, 2019, LSP Master Trooper Dean Coates appeared before the Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC) requesting an investigation into why he and numerous other LSP Troopers were not afforded their longevity pay raises.  As the feature makes clear, Coates sued LSP the day after he procured the assurance from LSPC that an investigation would be conducted.  The suit essentially alleges that, unless troopers are in the “chosen class” (which the vast majority of troopers are alleged not to include), the longevity pay raise would be denied.

Regarding Coates’ lawsuit, LSP has responded by filing exceptions of prematurity, lack of standing to sue, as well as a dilatory exception (essentially a statement that the cause of action has not been sufficiently succinctly stated).

At the February 13, 2020 LSPC meeting, the results of the investigation were discussed by the LSPC, and the following video captures what its members had to say on the matter:


LSPC discusses results of investigation requested by LSP Troopers Dean Coates and Kevin Sulcer

If nothing else, Troopers Coates and Sulcer deserve praise for being willing to pursue their rights using funds from their own pockets.  As is obvious from the preceding video, a clear-cut indication of rules violations by LSP has now been stated in no uncertain terms on the record by the LSPC.  Whether eventual remedies for Coates and Sulcer (along with the reported vast majority of other LSP troopers who were left out in the cold on their longevity pay raises) are ever available or not, these two gentlemen can, if nothing else, spike the football now that they have essentially forced the LSPC’s hand to admit that the LSP rules violations did in fact transpire.

 

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Attorney General Jeff Landry appears poised to continue separating wheat from chaff among GOP legislators as he gears up for his own gubernatorial run in 2023.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry

We’re pleased to announce that, after an extended hiatus (as warned of in our HNY post) made even longer by Dell’s delivery time for our new computer and the fact that Microsoft no longer supports Windows Movie Maker (thus forcing us to have to dive head-first into a crash course on its new video-editing program, Photos), we’re finally back up and running!

As we committed in the HNY post, our first priority upon receiving our new computer entailed a total overhaul of a key website that we maintained throughout Gov. Edwards’ first four years in office.  That overhaul is at last complete, and we welcome all subscribers to visit the newly-overhauled site:

JBE Fraud

The contents of the new site are self-explanatory, so we’ll only state here that it has been repurposed to have two functions:  #1) provide a permanent monument to the disastrously-run gubernatorial campaign of Eddie Rispone in 2019 (made possible by outstanding post mortem features by The Hayride’s Scott McKay), and #2) provide vote itemizations (complete with photos) of GOP legislators for certain key votes such as the upcoming tort reform votes in the 2020 legislative session, especially since tort reform is going to dominate the upcoming session.

For the remainder of this post, what we’re going to do is replicate the very first vote itemization complete with photos which we’ve just uploaded to the newly-overhauled JBEfraud site (see the link at the bottom of the homepage).  The feature focuses on the turbulent environment among Republican lawmakers surrounding the vote for the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives:

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Itemization of Republicans Supporting Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales) for Louisiana Speaker of the House:

After Gov. Edwards’ successful bid for re-election became official on Saturday, November 16, 2019, all eyes focused on the Legislature’s leadership positions.

With minimal fanfare, the Senate quickly settled on Sen. Page Cortez (R-Lafayette) as its new President.  We at Sound Off Louisiana were pleased with Cortez’s selection because he certainly has demonstrated a firm grasp of the excessive and burdensome impacts of needless occupational licensure in Louisiana.  Let’s take just 14 seconds to watch Cortez openly question the need for individuals wishing to practice interior design in Louisiana to possess an interior design licenses:


Cortez, speaking at the May 31, 2017 Senate Commerce Committee meeting, openly questions the need for interior design licensure.  For a very in-depth examination of that subject, visit the abolish IDB website.

In sharp contrast to the Senate’s smooth selection of Cortez, selection of the Louisiana House Speaker was, to put it mildly, quite a bit more cantankerous.  One previous candidate, rock-solid conservative Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport), recently stated on  KEEL radio that, “my quest for Speakership ended the moment Eddie Rispone conceded defeat to John Bel Edwards on election night.”  When the hosts of the show pressed Seabaugh for why that had to be the case, Seabaugh responded, “because John Bel Edwards will move Heaven and earth to ensure that I am not elected the next House Speaker.”

With the landscape of “viable” candidates obviously altered dramatically with Gov. Edwards’ re-election win, a significant number of Republicans decided to negotiate with members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus (LLBC) to maximize the probabilities that both groups (the LLBC members and the Republican “Fraud Squad” — RFS as they became affectionately known by conservative talk-show host Moon Griffon) would obtain significant individual power.

Edwards, recognizing the impossibility of a Democrat being elected Speaker, actively lobbied for Rep. Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales) to get the position, and Schexnayder became the candidate supported by the LLBC and the “RFS.”  In short, the group (LLBC and “RFS”) sought to unify against whomever the conservative wing of the Louisiana Republican Party supported, who happened to be Rep. Sherman Mack (R-Albany).

Griffon was so livid about this development that he went on an absolute tirade for days about it on his daily show.  Griffon openly stated that much of the hard work in which Attorney General Jeff Landry and U. S. Sen. John Kennedy engaged to oust problematic Louisiana State Senators in 2019 would be largely negated if the actions of the “RFS” succeeded and Schexnayder became the next House Speaker.

Griffon openly called upon then-House GOP Delegation Leader Lance Harris to convene a meeting of the Delegation and conduct a vote for House Speaker.  Griffon has made his sentiments known quite emphatically that the election for Speaker should have been decided by Republicans alone since they control 68 of the 105 House seats and could therefore elect the Speaker without the need for any Democratic votes whatsoever.

Griffon succeeded in his call for a GOP Delegation meeting, and the result of the vote during the meeting was Mack, 39; Schexnayder, 17; and Raymond Garofalo, 1.

Griffon next invited Attorney General Jeff Landry on his show for his take on the developments.  Landry did not mince his words when he stated on Griffon’s show that, “I think many of the Republicans involved here may soon find themselves without jobs.”  Landry’s statement seemed intended as an obvious thinly-veiled threat to those Republicans seeking to circumvent the will of the majority of Republican legislators that they may find themselves on the receiving end of campaign attack ads in 2023 similar to those run by Landry’s PAC in the 2019 legislative races.  Such ads would likely run simultaneous to Landry pursuing his own quest for Governor in 2023.

Here’s a brief video clip of the nominations of Mack and Schexnayder for the Speaker position, and we would note the angry tone of Rep. Stuart Bishop (R-Lafayette), who was reportedly livid that he wasn’t given more serious consideration for House Speaker himself:


One-minute video highlight of nominations for Louisiana House Speaker (CLICK HERE for the election video in its entirety).

When the vote for Louisiana Speaker was final, the results were:  Schexnayder, 60; Mack, 45.  Schexnayder prevailed with 23 Republican votes (i.e. those whom Griffon dubbed as the “RFS”) along with all 35 Democratic Representatives and two Independents.  Mack, meanwhile, received the support of 45 Republicans, or 66% of Republicans serving in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

We want to now shift our focus to our take at Sound Off Louisiana regarding the race for Speaker of the House.  We produced a feature on August 13, 2019 outlining the nine (9) prospective candidates for the position.  Being perfectly blunt, neither of the two gentlemen who were subsequently chosen as finalists (or who were deemed to be able to cobble together enough votes to prevail), Schexnayder and Mack, were very appealing to us at all.

As many Sound Off Louisiana subscribers are aware, the issue about which we are most passionate is occupational licensing reform in Louisiana.  We have literally heard the stories of dozens of license holders (including Sound Off Louisiana‘s founder, Robert Burns), who have been harassed by the occupational licensing boards and commissions (in Burns’ case, it’s the Louisiana Auctioneer Licensing Board (LALB), with many being forced out of business as a means to lessen competition.  No board has been more egregious in that arena than the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry (LSBD).

On May 16, 2018 both Schexnayder and Mack had an opportunity to vote for a measure to provide license holders with the fundamental right to have any administrative hearing called against a licensee of these abusive state agencies adjudicated by an administrative law judge rather than the body issuing the license.

There has been no single piece of legislation that we have ever monitored that is more important to us than that measure!  NONE!  How did Schexnayder and Mack vote?  They both voted “no.”  We stated then that we could NEVER support any Republican candidate (they are highlighted at the preceding link, and we carry jpegs of that vote on our iPhones) who voted “no” on the measure, and that is EXACTLY what we meant!  Hence, in our eyes, both Mack and Schexnayder were nonstarters entailing being Speaker of the House in Louisiana.

With that disclosure out of the way, many of the Republican legislators for whom we have great admiration, such as Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath) , who was recently elected Chairman of the GOP Republican Delegation in the House, Alan Seabaugh, Rick Edmonds, Julie Emerson, and others made known their active support for Mack.  Out of respect for them, we itemize the 23 Republicans (i.e. the Griffon-labeled “Republican Fraud Squad”) who opted to join with Democrats and vote for Schexnayder for Speaker; however, we want to emphasize that we are so unimpressed with Mack that we make the analogy of walking into a fine restaurant like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse only to be told the only items on the menu are bologna sandwiches and spam, and we particularly hold no fault entailing Rep. Garofalo’s vote for Schexnayder since, when Garofalo authored a tort reform bill with teeth in 2014, Mack very actively opposed it!!:

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Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall
District 7
Phone:  (318) 925-9588   bagleyl@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Gerald “Beau” Alphone Beaullieu IV, R-New Iberia
District 81
Phone:  (337) 373-4051   hse048@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette
District 43
Phone:  (337) 981-7409  bishops@legis.la.gov 

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Ryan Joseph Bourriaque, R-Abbeville
District 47
Phone:  (337) 893-5035  hse047@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Dewith Carrier, R-Oberlin
District 32
Phone:  Not yet published.  Check back later.  hse032@legis.la.gov 
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette
District 45
Phone:  (337) 262-2400  coussanjp@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge
District 69
Phone:  (225) 362-5301  davisp@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles
District 35
Phone:  (337) 491-2315 dwights@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Les Farnum, R-Lake Charles
District 33
Phone:  Not yet published.  Check back later.   hse033@legis.la.gov 
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Raymond Garofalo, Jr., R-Chalmette,
District 103
Phone:  (504) 277-4729 garofalor@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, R-Metairie
District 94
Phone:  (504) 885-4154 hilfertys@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge
District 46
Phone:  (337) 332-3331  huvalm@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Central
District 65
Phone:  (225) 261-5739  iveyb@legis.la.gov 

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma
District 53
Phone:  (985) 858-2970 mageet@legis.la.gov 

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Wayne McMahen, R-Minden
District 10
Phone:  (318) 371-3092  mcmahenw@legis.la.gov 

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Greg Miller, R-NORCO
District 56
Phone:  (985) 764-9991  millerg@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Buddy Mincey, Jr., R-Denham Springs
District 71
Phone:  (225) 667-6088 hse071@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Vincent “Vinney” St. Blanc III, R-Franklin
District 50
Phone:  (337) 828-7778  hse50@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales
District 81
Phone:  (225) 473-6016  schexnayderc@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  No (but may attempt to jump over to Louisiana Senate).

 

Rep. Joseph Stagni, R-Kenner
District 92
Phone:  (504) 465-3479 stagnij@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. John Stefanski, R-Crowley
District 42
Phone:  (337) 384-8999  stefanskij@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

 

Rep. Chris Turner, R-Ruston
District 12
Phone:  (318) 251-5038  hse012@legis.la.gov
Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

Rep. Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma
District 52
Phone:  (985) 876-8823  zeringuej@legis.la.gov

Eligible for re-election in 2023?  Yes!

It’s great to at long last be back producing features with our brand new computer, and we look very forward to itemizing key votes of Republican legislators to be permanently memorialized on JBEfraud during Gov. Edwards’ second term as Governor of Louisiana!

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Happy New Year as Sound Off Louisiana stays on hiatus until at least mid-January….Here are our most popular posts of 2019!

 

The day after we posted our last feature on Billy Broussard continuing to travail to recover funds that he asserts he was cheated out of in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, we began working on another post which included updating a couple of stand-alone websites we created during the race for Louisiana governor. 

As we were making those updates, Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns was incorporating all six of Hayride publisher Scott McKay’s outstanding postmortem features on the abject disaster that was the Eddie Rispone campaign for Governor.  At the point we were linking Scott’s third installment, Sound Off Louisiana’s computer crashed, and it was a total and complete crash!  If we didn’t know better, we’d swear that Austin Chambers (those who have read Scott’s features will know who he is) was behind our sudden crash! 

At any rate, Burns contacted his computer guru friend with whom he worked many years ago at the FDIC (and who remains to this day a very high-ranking FDIC official overseeing much of its computer operations), and his friend and former colleague recommended the exact computer for Burns to order (to include a “15th generation Intel Pentium processor.”)  Burns did so on December 9, 2019, and Dell confirmed the order with an indication it would arrive by January 8, 2020.  We guess computer crashes are never well-timed, but the timing couldn’t be worse than a crash during Christmas holiday season. 

For now, we’re making do with a Google Chromebox (which has facilitated this admittedly-primitive post), which seems to be all the rave of the younger generation of computer users.  Actually, it’s pretty unbeatable if all one wants to do is surf the web and utilize Office 365 applications.  Nevertheless, we’re “old school” and still crave a PC (especially for video editing since Sound Off Louisiana is, after all, a video blog). 

So, we’re figuring by the time the computer arrives and Burns bumbles on getting it all set up and ready to go to work, we’ll remain on hiatus entailing Sound Off Louisiana posts until mid-to-late January. 

In the meantime, we’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and just for kicks, here are the Top 11 posts by viewership for 2019 (a few of the top features are likely to come as surprises – they certainly did to us!!): 

  1.  With 2,843 unique views, is Dr. Dantzler’s initial indication he’d enter the race for Louisiana Governor.
  2. With 1,456 unique views, is Broussard’s filing of multiple ODC complaints.
  3. With 1,421 unique views, is Louisiana lawyers’ preparing to anoint an “ethically-challenged” attorney to a position of high honor. (They ultimately voted to do so).
  4. With 1,292 unique views, is AG Candidate Ike Jackson’s interesting claims about data on his cell phone.
  5. With 1,179 unique views, is our Brain Scratch feature on the unsolved murder of Bruce Cucchiara.
  6. With 1,136 unique views, is our feature on Gov. Edwards’ “$70 million man” on the Louisiana State Police Commission. (This entry was a REAL surprise given that it was originally posted in early 2017.  Hence, it’s one of only two  “non 2019” posts to make the top 11).
  7. With 1,119 unique views, is  our feature on Louisiana Legislative testimony entailing alleged corruption on the Louisiana Dental Board.  (This is the other “non 2019” post to make the top 11).
  8. With 1,041 unique views, is  our feature of LSP Troopers who’ve confided in us their beliefs that Col. Reeves engaged in nepotism entailing a prized transfer of his son to a Detective position.
  9. With 975 unique views, is our feature of Attorney General Jeff Landry handing convicted felon Larry S. Bankston’s head to him on a platter in court.
  10. With 912 unique views, is our feature of Billy Broussard’s meeting with officials with the Legislative Auditor’s Office at which false representations were made regarding FEMA employment status.
  11. With 744 unique views, is our feature on Gov. Edwards demanding the re-hire of convicted domestic abuser Stephen Holliday.

Now, for anyone who may openly question why we didn’t just make our list the “Top 10,” the answer is because, being blunt, # 11 chaps our rear ends more than any other one.  We’re going to have more to say once we obtain the new computer, but to say we were utterly frustrated beyond belief at the ineptitude of BOTH the Rispone and Abraham camps about not exploiting easily-demonstrative examples of Edwards’ horrendous record entailing high-level appointees of his is literally GALLING TO US BEYOND OUR VOCABULARY TO EXPRESS!!!

We anxiously await having a permanent monument to the abject disaster of the Eddie Rispone campaign for Governor and, trust us, computer crash notwithstanding, we WILL get it up with permanent stand-alone websites; however, for now we simply rely on the wording Scott McKay utilized near the very end of his first installment entailing why Rispone lost, and we deem that wording worthy of special emphasis to close this feature out:

The campaign presented its candidate in a light that didn’t suit him because it’s all they knew how to do based on sloppy and lazy research and the sheer arrogance of thinking they were smarter than the local yokels, and when that failed they had no choice but to burn Abraham down and chase off his voters. All it took was 40,000 of them too irritated to turn out for Rispone in the runoff, and he was cooked.

The only words we can add to Scott’s wording above are these:  “and $14 million less well off.”

So, Happy New Year to all our subscribers and viewers, and we look forward to being back up and running at full steam in mid-to-late January of 2020!

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