JBE: “I’m looking for 3 percent. Mr. Rispone is looking for 23 percent;” Lays bare strategy to tie Rispone and “corrupt puppet master” Lane Grigsby at the hips as chief runoff strategy.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-Amite), who was the lone partipant at the Baton Rouge Press Club’s forum for Louisiana Governor on Monday, October 28, 2019 as his opponent, businessman Eddie Rispone (R-Baton Rouge) opted to pass on attending.

Controversial Louisiana political power broker and businessman Lane Grigsby, whom Gov. Edwards laid bare his campaign’s intent to tie to the hip of his challenger Eddie Rispone as being Rispone’s “corrupt puppet master.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-Amite) served as the lone participant at the Baton Rogue Press Club (BRPC)’s meeting of Monday, October 28, 2019.  He was the lone participant because his challenger, businessman Eddie Rispone (R-Baton Rouge), took a pass on attending.  Let’s take a look at a few highlights of Gov. Edwards’ presentation:


Edwards responds to a question of his “chances of winning over Ralph Abraham’s supporters.”


Edwards takes a few jabs at his absentee rival Rispone and emphasizes that he (Edwards) should not bear the responsibility for outlining Rispone’s position on redistricting.


Edwards teletypes his campaign’s very obvious strategy of tying controversial political power broker Lane Grigsby and Rispone at the hips in referencing Grigsby as a “corrupt puppet master.”

Former Republican (he withdrew from the GOP last week) and U. S. Senate candidate (2014) Col. Rob Maness has been the most outspoken critic of the Rispone-Grigsby connection; however, he’s far from alone as this article by The Advocate’s Tyler Bridges (a/k/a “The Twit” per conservative talk-show host Moon Griffon) makes clear.

The reality is that the Grigsby-Rispone connection has for a protracted period been known to be a weapon readily available at Edwards’ disposal should Rispone make the runoff, which he obviously now has.

What’s not known is whether, in deploying a scorched-earth approach (which is the only approach Grigsby knows and was likely the motivating factor behind Rispone’s own scorched-earth approach entailing Abraham) will have so alienated enough folk like former BESE member Lottie Beebe and former East Baton Rouge Parish Councilman and LSU Economics professor Dr. Pat Culbertson to sway enough voters off Rispone to give Edwards the win:

“I’m a Christian,” Beebe said recently. “It’s wrong what he’s doing.” (Grigsby, who calls himself a life-long Christian, was raised Methodist but worships at the multidenominational Grace Life Fellowship.)

Beebe added that she won’t support Rispone in next month’s runoff because of his connection to Grigsby. “He will more or less rubber-stamp Lane Grigsby’s education policies.”

In 2007, Grigsby created Our Louisiana PAC, which targeted at least six legislative candidates. One mailer tarred Pat Culbertson, a Republican member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council, as “a tax-and-spend liberal.”

“I’m all about freedom of speech, but it amazes me that people could just lie and distort my record,” Culbertson told The Advocate then, adding that he didn’t know why Grigsby attacked him.

At any rate, Grigsby’s close association with Rispone most assuredly won’t be an asset for Rispone, and our advice would be get ready to be peppered with both attack ads and debate questions Wednesday night regarding Grigsby and have some good explanations.  Obviously, “The Twit,” as Griffon is fond of reference Bridges, clearly saw the benefit of strategically exploiting former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal by making sure he appeared on prominent display on the photo of the feature linked above!


Edwards is asked if he’s “concerned at all” by the support of President Trump and Vice President Pence for his opponent Mr. Rispone.


Edwards responds to a question by BRPC Secretary-Treasurer John Hightower entailing Louisiana’s high automobile insurance rates.


Edwards is asked to respond to Rispone’s support of a Louisiana School Voucher Program implemented under the administration of former Gov. Bobby Jindal.

For the record, Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns, who never refrains from posing a question at a BRPC meeting, intentionally refrained from even raising his hand for today’s meeting.  He is choosing to keep his reasons for doing so to himself, but he’s making it crystal clear there was no avoidance whatsoever on the part of Gov. Edwards in not calling on Burns for a question as Burns never even made that a possibility.

CLICK HERE for the “forum” in its entirety.

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LSP Master Trooper Dean Coates sues LSP one day after procuring LSPC commitment to investigate claims of haphazard implementation of 3 percent longevity pay increases.

 

LSP Master Trooper Dean Coates, who appeared before the Louisiana State Police Commission on Thursday, October 10, 2019 to request an investigation of LSP having failed to uniformly implement longevity pay increases, sued LSP the following day, October 11, 2019, seeking to be awarded his longetivity pay retroactively to October 12, 2016.

Louisiana State Police (LSP) Master Trooper Dean Coates sued LSP on Friday, October 11, 2019.  The preceding lawsuit is self-explanatory but, in a nutshell, it asserts haphazard implementation of a 3 percent “longevity pay increase” which was awarded only to “chosen commissioned troopers” when Coates asserts the pay raise is applicable to all troopers, the majority of whom Coates asserts in his litigation have not been awarded the pay increases.  The following table illustrates the timeline of events outlined in the petition:

DateEvent Transpiring
October 9, 2014New pay grid approved by LSPC.
February 5, 2015New pay grid signed into law.
November 12, 2015Jason Starnes proposes amendment stipulating 3% longevity raise not merit-based but instead is applicable for all commissioned troopers. LSPC approves pay grid with Starnes' amendment included.
October 12, 2016Pay grade with amendment signed into law by Gov. Edwards.
June 19, 2017LSPC Executive Director Jason Hannaman confirms 10/12/16 as applicable date and indicates Coates entitled to longevity 3% increase prospectively from 10/12/16 forward.
September 9, 2017Coates, for the first time, receives 3% longevity pay increase.
March, 2018Coates transferred from Troop A road detail to Internal Affairs. Salary increase thus allegedly due Coates but he has not received that salary increase.
July 8, 2019; July 11, 2019; July 15, 2019; August 28, 2019; September 20, 2019; October 3, 2019Coates makes repeated demands for payment (see highlighted paragraph below).
September 20, 2019Coates asks LSPC to investigate implementation of longevity pay increases across the system.
October 10, 2019LSPC votes to have Executive Director Hannaman investigate the longevity pay matter (see video below).

Paragraph 10 is the critical allegation contained within the litigation, so we put it front and center at this time with some highlighted critical words within the paragraph:

One day prior to suing LSP, on Thursday, October 10, 2019, Coates succeeded in obtaining an “investigation” of the alleged selectivity of the pay increases by the Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC).  We now present Coates’ appeal for just such an investigation before the LSPC in its entirety:


Coates and his attorney, W. Brett Conrad, Jr. (an associate of the Craft law firm) state the case for an investigation into the longevity pay increases matter to be conducted.

We’re not even going to bother with linking all of the features in the last week regarding negative LSP publicity.  Instead, we’ll just point out that the stench of nepotism and cronyism, when combined with an apparent increasing likelihood that criminal acts transpired entailing the ouster of LSPC Commissioner Calvin Braxton, are now manifesting the core nature of LSP which should leave any objective LSP observer with one unmistakable impression.

That impression is that the entity is infested with an insidious cancer that has inflicted severe damage to both its actual health and its perceived health.  As a result, nothing short of a new statute permitting an outsider willing to serve as Colonel and overhaul the entire agency’s upper brass, combined with the total loss of classified job protection, are going to have a shot at curing this badly-sickened state agency!

We have heard specifics entailing paragraph 10 highlighted above; however, in fairness to LSPC Executive Director Jason Hannaman, we are going to refrain from publishing those specifics at this time and will instead anxiously await his investigative report, which we commit to provide to our subscribers.  It should make for a very interesting read!

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Has EBRP Coroner Beau Clark committed “malfeasance in office” by approving the cremating of 134 homicide victims since he took office in direct contradiction to Louisiana Revised Statute 13:5716?

EBRP Coroner Dr. Beau Clark, who was grilled on his office having approved the cremation of 134 homicide victims in East Baton Rouge Parish since he was sworn into office in apparent violation of a Louisiana statute prohibiting such cremations.

Toward the middle of this past week we at Sound Off Louisiana were provided with some pretty alarming material pertaining to East Baton Rouge Parish (EBRP) Coroner Beau Clark.  Moreover, we are disturbed by what we have been informed has been the stand of Attorney General Jeff Landry entailing the matter.

Specifically, we were first provided with the link for a forum which transpired about five days before we were contacted.  We were told the exact point to go to in the meeting, so we did, and we captured the next 3:12 of the meeting, which featured an unspecified employee of the West Baton Rouge Parish (WBRP) Coroner’s Office directly confronting Clark about his practice of cremating homicide victims in apparent violation of LA R. S. 13:5716, which specifies that when the coroner’s investigation reveals “suspicious circumstances or the reasonable probability of the commission of a crime,” the coroner “shall deny the (cremation) permit.” (Emphasis is ours).  Let’s take a look at the confrontation:


Clark is confronted about his office’s cremations of homicide victims in apparent violation of the above-cited statute prohibiting such cremations when a crime has been committed.

The statute link is provided above, but let’s force it to stare everyone (including Clark) directly in the face, shall we?:

Now, clearly “homicide” is a crime, no?  So, a homicide victim surely must meet the test of “reasonable probability” of a crime, no?  We would submit that homicide victims are evidence far beyond “reasonable probability” and represent as close to certainty of being evidence a crime has been committed as one can ever obtain in our way of thinking.

With the preceding logic in mind, the WBRP Coroner official poses the question to Clark about his acts, and he states that Clark has engaged in this practice (of cremating homicide victims) in excess of 150 times since he took office.  We sought to confirm that number, and we found it to be only slightly off.  Clark was first elected in 2011 and was sworn into office in early 2012.  The following table illustrates the number of homicide victims who were cremated in EBRP from January 1, 2009 through August 14, 2019:

By our math, the actual total of homicide victims cremated since Clark was sworn into office is 134, which we derived by simply adding the numbers from the year 2012 forward on the above table.

Now, understandably, funeral homes are going to be reluctant to discuss any coroner’s practices; however, we did obtain one instance of correspondence entailing Clark having approved a cremation, and we were also permitted to examine (though not obtain a copy of) the death certificate of that same homicide victim.

While we wish we could provide a copy of the death certificate, we can’t; however, what we can do is attest to the fact we examined the death certificate, and it is the same individual for the cremation permit notice of approval we are about to provide.  Furthermore, the manner of death was declared to be “homicide” by Clark’s office, and the specific cause of death stated on the death certificate was “multiple gunshot wounds,” and specified that the disposition of the remains was cremation.  Let’s provide the EBRP Coroner’s office’s approval of the cremation of that homicide victim (with identity of that victim and the funeral home intentionally concealed) at this time:

Notice the wording “no legal or medical reason to act otherwise…..”  Apparently, LA R. S. 13:5716 fails to meet Dr. Clark’s definition of a “legal reason to act otherwise” (i.e. deny the permit application).  For a medical doctor, Clark seems to be sorely lacking in basic common sense to us in using that wording!

What’s troubling about the video above is that, as the WBRP official indicates, Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office told him he was “wrong” regarding the cremation of homicide victims being impermissible.  The preceding statute could not possibly be clearer, so how Landry’s office could claim the WBRP official was “wrong” certainly escapes us.

Bear in mind also that, as he clearly states on the video above, the WBRP official claims it is Clark who sent the link for the news segment to Landry’s office (Clark clearly denies any knowledge of having done so on the above video).

Upon being told he was “wrong” by Landry’s office, the WBRP official sought a meeting with Landry’s office, after which Landry’s office conceded that he was and is correct about cremations being forbidden entailing homicide victims.

We’ve also been informed that Landry’s office would prefer this matter to just “go away.”

As our subscribers will recall, we formally endorsed Landry for re-election; however, we expressed frustration that material we provided to his office was not acted upon in any manner whatsoever.

In just one such instance, our material resulted in KLFY getting Landry to publicly state that an investigation by his office would ensue when (even after Lafayette Parish District Attorney Keith Stutes agreed an investigation was in order and agreed to recuse himself), in reality, Landry’s office never performed any investigation whatsoever of the matter!

Landry certainly is a great cheerleader for obtaining a conservative majority within the Louisiana Legislature, but in our opinion, his diligence toward actaully doing the job he was elected to do, especially in terms of pursuing non-headline-grabbing corruption in Louisiana, certainly leaves more than just a little to be desired!

We would have aired this matter prior to yesterday’s election; however, we did not obtain the material until the middle of last week and were already busy with other features.

In wrapping up this feature, we want to emphasize that Dr. Clark’s opponent in yesterday’s election was not responsible for any of the material we obtained, nor did he or his campaign have any knowledge that Clark would be grilled by a WBRP Coroner official at the meeting as he was in the video above.

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