EBRP Mayoral candidate Bodi White: “I don’t need Darryl Gissel to speak for me on a St. George breakaway city.”

EBRP Mayoral candidate and Louisiana Sen. Bodi White

At the mayoral forum conducted at the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday, October 17, 2016, candidate Bodi White (R) made it clear that he doesn’t need fellow candidate Darryl Gissel (I) to articulate his stand on the prospect of a St. George breakaway city:   

White, after stating his position on a potential St. George city breakaway, makes it clear that he doesn’t need fellow candidate Darryl Gissel to speak for him on the matter.


All EBRP mayoral candidates respond to Ike Jackson’s question entailing their stands on a potential St. George city breakaway and whether they have any “no new taxes” pledge to the voters.


EBRP mayoral candidates address Sound Off Louisiana’s Robert Burns’ question entailing whether they agree with some prominent Baton Rouge attorneys who’ve cited wasteful abuse in the Parish Attorney’s Office and what their stands are entailing attorneys working in the office simultaneously having private law practices.  CLICK HERE for an in-depth article by Burns outlining alleged historical waste and the controversy surrounding the EBRP Metro Council’s termination of long-time Parish Attorney Mary Roper.


EBRP mayoral candidates address the issue of the EBRP prison and state whether they believe a new prison is needed (at a cost purported to be in excess of $300 million).

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Will JBE and his appointees reverse the “tragedy” Bobby Jindal’s Cosmetology Board appointees bestowed upon instructor Nelda Dural and her school?

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Nelda Dural & Gov. John Bel Edwards

 

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Nelda Dural & Vice President Joe Biden

 

On Thursday, September 8, 2016,  Sound Off Louisiana engaged in an extensive conference call with Ms. Catherine Brindley, Head of the Louisiana Register within the Division of Administration.  Ms. Brindley did not mince her words in saying that the Louisiana Board of Cosmetology (LSBC), in revoking the cosmetology school license of cosmetology instructor Nelda Dural, permitted a “tragedy” to occur.  In the following Sound Off Louisiana feature, Ms. Dural sounds off entailing the LSBC under former Gov. Bobby Jindal, and she openly inquires of current Gov. John Bel Edwards as to whether his appointees are going to overturn the “tragedy” that Ms. Brindley referenced on September 8, 2016:


Dural, with assistance from Burns making a presentation to the LSBC on
October 3, 2016, openly poses the question of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards
entailing whether he is going to have his own LSBC appointees overturn the
tragedy Ms. Brindley says transpired in former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s appointees
revoking Nelda Dural’s school license.

Supporting Document
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CLICK HERE for the FULL package provided to EACH of the LSBC Members in the above video.

Notes:

Page 6 of the document linked above shows the minutes of the April 13, 2015 LSBC meeting during which the LSBC granted an “exception” to the two-instructor STATUTE merely six weeks before seeking to revoke Dural’s license over her nonconformity with the two-instructor mandate.

Page 7 of the document linked above outlines the staggering $43,000 in administrative expenses which the LSBC assessed against Dural as a condition of her license being reinstated.

Regarding our reference in the video about our willingness to compliment Gov. Edwards when appropriate, all anyone has to do is examine our post of praise over his appointment of Rev. Freddie Phillips to the Auctioneer Licensing Board.  We had no way to know that Gov. Edwards would cave to the auction licensees across the state, comprised largely of elderly, white, males who bombarded Edwards with requests for him to rescind his appointment.  Consequently, only 16 days later, Edwards rescinded his appointment of Phillips to that Board.  Phillips is the first and only African American auctioneer in the State of Louisiana!


June 13, 2016:  Public school cosmetology instructor Raynetta Frazier pleads with
the LSBC not to close her school by enforcing the same two-instructor mandate
they used with Dural to close her school in March of 2016.


September 26, 2016:  Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White
is questioned about the friction between the LSBC and public schools and
the two-instructor mandate.

We want to strongly praise Ms. Catherine Brindley.  It is very, very rare to encounter a public servant so willing to take such an adamant stand and be so willing to make that stand public.  We think that speaks volumes as to the recklessness of the LSBC and, without her invaluable knowledge and guidance, this feature would not have been possible!  Furthermore, Ms. Brindley even advised Ms. Dural to file a complaint with the Louisiana Office of Inspector General’s Office over the actions of the LSBC in shutting down Ms. Dural”s school  Immediately upon concluding the conference call with Ms. Brindley and after she readily volunteered that she would be more than happy to work with Inspector General Stephen Street entailing any investigation of the actions of the LSBC, Ms. Dural filed the complaint with the Inspector General’s Office just as Ms. Brindley suggested.  Again, it is very rare to find a public servant of the caliber of Ms. Brindley, and Sound Off Louisiana appreciates very much her assistance in providing the substance of this feature!

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Comite River Diversion Canal Project is a boondoggle for District taxpayers but a bonanza of cash for JBE’s “buddy” Larry Bankston and others.

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JBE’s newly-appointed Contractor Board attorney, convicted felon Larry S. Bankston

 

 

Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns provides the following highly-detailed evidence that, while the Comite River Diversion Canal Project has been a boondoggle for local district taxpayers, it’s been nothing short of a bonanza of cash for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ close friend and political ally, convicted felon Larry S. Bankston and others.


Burns lays out the case for local taxpayers having been fleeced entailing
the Comite River Diversion Canal project, while the politically-connected,
including JBE’s close ally, Larry S. Bankston, have benefited mightily
from the floundering project.

Supporting Document (Article) Links:


CLICK HERE for ARBC salaries.

Note:  According to the Legislative Auditor Report for the FYE 6/30/15 (see link below), Mr. Rietschier’s salary on the link above is outdated, and should in fact be $101,000 rather than $93,000.

CLICK HERE for $536,000/year of “general government” ARBC expenses and $2.7 million PER YEAR in
local property taxes.

CLICK HERE to see Mr. Rietschier’s TOTAL benefit cost of $145,000/year!!

CLICK HERE for the $44,000/year RETIREMENT COSTS ALONE for the ARBC’s MERE TWO EMPLOYEES!!


CLICK HERE for video of “hearing” of JBE’s buddy, Larry S. Bankston, pursuing Burns’ auction license for reporting “blatant payroll fraud”

Invoices for Larry S. Bankston for two years leading up to ARBC trial:

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CLICK HERE for an OUTSTANDING article by The Hayride’s Scott McKay taking Edwards to task over Bankston’s hiring

Here’s a priceless quote from McKay’s article above:

“Apparently the corrupt former state senator is an all-star among Democrat attorneys in Louisiana; either that or all the rest of the Democrat lawyers only know how to work slip-and-fall cases or legacy lawsuits against oil companies.

CLICK HERE for a recap highlight post of the ARBC class-action lawsuit of late March of 2014.

CLICK HERE for the new website LAContractorBoard for videos of the Contractor’s Board Meetings.

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