JBE’s auction corruption train gains speed, overtakes Jindal’s, as Henderson is served with Federal fraud lawsuit, Executive Director Edmonds admits past long-time Chairman Steinkamp’s voter registration and residence don’t match.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

The following video, complete with brief historical video highlights of past Louisiana Auctioneer Licensing Board (LALB) meetings, combined with the document support links below the video, depict the full-court commitment that Louisiana Gov. John Bel “Honor Code” Edwards has to not only match Jindal’s auction corruption train, but for his own auction corruption train to pass Jindal’s with lightening-fast speed, which it has already managed to do!


Video of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ intense commitment to
maintaining and intensifying auction regulatory corruption in Louisiana.


CLICK HERE for Henderson being served with Federal fraud suit on 6/25/16 @ 9:32 a.m.

[Note:  CLICK HERE for full-blown feature on the alleged Henderson fraud]


CLICK HERE for ED  Edmonds’ email admitting Steinkamp’s residency and voter registration don’t
match.


CLICK HERE for Danny Pun’s lawsuit filed with the bankruptcy court wherein he outlines having been fleeced out of around $130,000 at the VERY LAST auction of New Orleans Auction Galleries prior to its 4/1/11 bankruptcy.  He was fleeced by misrepresentations on the authenticity of a chicken blood stone and a jade table, both of which were advertised as authentic when, in reality, they were total fakes.


CLICK HERE for Danny Pun’s ACTUAL complaint with the LALB in which he 
names LALB Chairman Tessa Steinkamp in the complaint!!

[Note:  NOBODY, that’s right, NOBODY was EVER ordered to appear before the LALB for a disciplinary hearing entailing all the illegalities that transpired at NOAG].

CLICK HERE for the Massound Pouratian lawsuit filed into NOAG’s bankruptcy wherein, in 2008, Pouratian bid $114,000 on paintings that were total fakes and which arrived at NOAG with Christie’s rejection stickers on the backs of the paintings (see exhibits in lawsuit)!


CLICK HERE for Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s report
on LALB payroll practices.  Purpera turned his findings over to EBRP District Attorney Hillar Moore for potential criminal prosecution of Edmonds.  Moore, in turn, turned the matter over to Inspector General Stephen Street, who ultimately conducted a months-long monitoring of Edmonds’ cell phone records and ultimately issued this report.

The preceding video and support links above make it abundantly clear that Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is even more committed to auction regulatory corruption that his predecessor, Bobby Jindal.  It was a very tall order to fill, but Mr. “Honor Code” has made it readily apparent he intends to not only keep Jindal’s auction corruption train in place, but indeed to push its throttle forward to the maximum speed!

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Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy slams Commissioner Jay Dardenne’s statement that hospitals “must” treat anyone showing up at an emergency room as “absolutely not true.”

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Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy

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Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne

 

Appearing before the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday, June 27, 2016, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy authoritatively slammed a recent statement by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Commissioner of Administration, Jay Dardenne, and others that hospitals “must” treat any patient who shows up at an emergency room.  Kennedy described such statements as “simply not accurate.”:


Treasurer John Kennedy comments on whether he feels a
recent investigative report by Fox 8’s Lee Zurik

validates his repeated statements entailing Louisiana emergency
room abuses and also responds to statements by Louisiana Commissioner of
Administration Jay Dardenne (and others) that emergency rooms “must”
treat anyone showing up at an emergency room.


Highlights of Kennedy’s BRPC Address of 6/27/16, including
some intriguing one-on-one Q&As after his main presentation.

 CLICK HERE to  see Treasurer Kennedy’s actual BRPC presentation (without any post-presentation
one-on-one Q&As) in its entirety.

CLICK HERE for a previous Sound Off feature more extensively highlighting the sharply divergent
views of Kennedy & Dardenne.

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Rep. Julie Stokes on Louisiana Legislature’s willingness to remove, even partially, the exemption for “fat-cat” $200,000 pensions like that of Jay Dardenne: “I don’t see this Legislature willing to address it.”

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Louisiana Rep. Julie Stokes (R-Kenner)

Two days before Gov. John Bel Edwards was inaugurated as Governor, Sound Off Louisiana  revealed the fact that Jay Dardenne’s Commissioner of Administration appointment would have a $615,000 impact on the state employees’ retirement system’s unfunded accrued liability (UAL). Less than one month later,  Dardenne defended the massive increase by stating that it enabled Gov. Edwards to “get the best possible person for the job.” Dardenne also didn’t question the magnitude of the impact.

Not only do these massive increases in the retirement system’s UAL inhibit retirees who worked for the state  for a small fraction of Dardenne’s golden-parachute-salary from obtaining pension COLAs, but Dardenne and other similar fat-cat state pensioners have the added advantage of being able to exempt their entire six-figure pensions from Louisiana state income taxes.

At the meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club of Monday, June 13, 2016, State Rep. Julie Stokes (R-Kenner) was asked to comment on the fairness of such exemptions and why, during this extended period of tax hikes on everyday Louisiana citizens, this massive exclusion seems to never even surface for serious consideration. Let’s watch her response:


Stokes comments on the lucrative state pension exemption.

Most recently, Stokes introduced another iteration of her efforts to remove deductibility of Federal income taxes from one’s state tax return (in exchange, at least temporarily, for reduced tax rates). Stokes’ own analysis of the impact of her proposal, which she was gracious enough to provide at Press Club, demonstrates a seismic shift of tax burdens away from folk making less than $50,000 per year and toward folk in the $100,000 – $180,000 income range. Sound Off Louisiana’s Robert Burns therefore asked Stokes if there had been any factor for “leakage” (i.e. people moving to Texas) as a result of ever-increasing tax burdens on those adversely impacted by her proposal. Her response follows:

 
Stokes addresses any “leakage” factor (i.e. residents moving to Texas)
that may arise as a result of her proposed Constitutional Amendment
to eliminate the deductibility of Federal income taxes.

Stokes’ proposal fell well short of the 2/3 requirement to advance to the Senate.

Stokes also bluntly stated that the penny sales tax will serve as a “bridge” to other tax-increase measures and nothing more. Let’s hear her response to Burns’ question entailing fiscal conservatives who expected a bridge to meaningful spending reforms such as those advocated by State Treasurer (and U. S. Senate candidate) John Kennedy.

 

Stokes explains the purpose of the penny sales tax in terms of the
type of “bridge” is serves as.

 
Stokes responds to a question of “what two or three exemptions do
you feel are most critical to eliminate?”


Stokes describes relationships in the Louisiana Legislature and provides
her advice to Gov. Edwards in terms of a third special session.

CLICK HERE to see Rep. Stokes’ presentation to the Baton Rouge Press Club in its entirety.

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