Treasurer Kennedy voices concern over potential Jindal sweetheart deal for “Big Charity” as he leaves office.

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Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy

At the August 17, 2015 meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy expressed his concerns that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration may try to cut a sweetheart deal entailing the sale of New Orleans’ “Big Charity” hospital building days before Jindal leaves office.

Kennedy also addressed his firm belief that a 2/3 vote of the Louisiana Legislature is required for ALL tax-related matters (suspend an exemption, revoke credits, outright tax increase, etc.).  He further indicated that, if a current court challenge by the Louisiana Chemical Association is not successful, a constitutional amendment will be introduced for the 2016 legislative session which makes such a matter crystal clear.

Kennedy also addressed why he feels his emphasis on bloated governmental spending, particularly within DHH, garners so little public attention or legislative action vs. the dramatic pushes in the past session to enact revenue raising measures.

He concluded his presentation by expressing his concerns about the ever-escalating cost of providing security protection for Gov. Jindal.  He stressed that Jindal is actively campaigning for President and therefore his campaign should cover his security detail.  Kennedy also stated his belief that gubernatorial candidate Jay Dardenne is being hypocritical to criticize Jindal over Jindal’s LSP security detail when Dardenne has his own LSP contingency for protection.  He suggested such protection for Dardenne isn’t needed but is nevertheless utilized for “vanity purposes.”

 Video highlights of Kennedy’s presentation follow:


Treasurer Kennedy expresses his concerns
that Gov. Jindal may execute a sweetheart deal entailing
New Orleans’ former charity hospital (“Big Charity”) in
his final days in office.

Treasurer Kennedy states the case that a 2/3 vote of
the Louisiana Legislature is required for all
tax-related matters that “take money from
taxpayers’ pockets.”


Treasurer Kennedy outlines DHH’s contention
that appropriations are inadequate for FYE 6/30/16
and why he believes his proposed measures to control
costs have garnered minimal public attention and action.


Treasurer Kennedy outlines his concerns about Gov.
Jindal’s travel expenses being picked up by Louisiana
taxpayers and his belief that Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne
should relinquish his Louisiana State Police security
detail as well.

CLICK HERE to see Treasurer Kennedy’s presentation in its entirety.  CLICK HERE for an opinion release Treasurer Kennedy provided to those in attendance at the meeting.

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AG Caldwell’s Office Engages in “Outrageous Witness Tampering.” (Part 3 of a 5-part series)

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Louisiana Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell

[Note:  The following video quickly recaps segments 1 & 2.  Thus, while viewing 1 & 2 is encouraged, viewers can get “up to speed” merely by starting with segment 3.]

 

Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns exposes Louisiana Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell’s office engaging in “outrageous witness tampering” in this third segment of a 5-part installment on Caldwell:    

 

Burns Sounds Off on Buddy Caldwell’s office engaging
in “outrageous witness tampering.”


CLICK HERE for Unglesby on 7/30/13 lambasting
Caldwell for expressing concern he and McKay
may engage in witness tampering.

CLICK HERE for highlights of CNSI President Ahmed’s
testimony to Arkansas legislators on 9/23/13 that “there
is no active federal investigation of our company
.”

CLICK HERE to view the “Kunego report,” (at least the
“unedited” version).

CLICK HERE for highlights of CNSI attorney Michael
McKay’s support memorandum for a Motion to
Depose Scott Bailey (A. G. Investigator) to
question him on witness and evidence tampering.
(the motion was granted).

CLICK HERE for an example receipt from
Ninfa’s Mexican restaurant in Baton Rouge for
which the meal was paid with a credit card.

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Video camera scares off cosmetology board members.

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Cosmetology Board Member Taquilla Hamilton

 

Last week, readers will recall that, at the August 3, 2015 meeting of the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology (LSBC), board members made it clear to me through their representative, attorney Celia Cangelosi, that they were NOT going to permit me to videotape their meetings from any angle which allowed me to obtain facial footage of either board or audience members.

 

Apparently, many board members decided that a video camera is simply more than they can handle!  At today’s meeting, it was a ghost town.  Only four of the eight members showed up.  Consequently, a quorum could not be declared, which initially aggravated Chairman Frances Hand.  They called the only member they knew who may be willing to attend, Taquilla Hamilton, who resides in Harvey.  Ms. Hamilton indicated little desire to attend the meeting and indicated, “I am at my house.”

 

Initially, Chairman Hand declared that they would proceed without Hamilton; however, upon reflection, she realized items requiring board votes would go unaddressed.  Consequently, they called Hamilton back and basically begged her to drive up and attend the meeting so they could have a quorum.  Though I was unable to hear Hamilton’s response, it must have been along the lines of not having taken a shower or anything because member Carolyn Robicheaux responded, “That’s all right just come as you are.”

 

Consequently, a meeting scheduled for 9:00 a.m. was postponed until 10:30 a.m. (and didn’t actually convene until 10:47 a.m.).  One young lady in the audience expressed frustration and indicated that she was told to be there at 9:00 a.m., that she was there, and there was no way she could wait until 10:30 a.m.  Attorney Morris met with her privately and apparently indicated she’d just have to wait until September 21 or September 28 (tentative dates for the next meeting), and that particular matter was deferred.

 

Interestingly enough, at the meeting of Monday, August 3, 2015, Hamilton had to recuse herself from deliberations entailing Nelda Dural, a young lady for whom the board was considering revoking the teaching license.  She had to recuse herself because she admitted she had neither attended a day of the hearing nor had she read a transcript of the proceeding.  During a break, I inquired why she decided to stick around given that she couldn’t participate and the meeting was lasting ALL DAY.  Hamilton responded, “I’m one of the longest serving members of the board, and I’m very dedicated to it and to the profession.”  Apparently, all that “dedication” evaporated in seven days!

 

What follows are VERY brief videos of these episodes at the LSBC:

1-minute episode of the LSBC meeting of 8/3/15 wherein Burns is told  to sit in the corner (like a problematic child) and that the board is not going to permit him to videotape members’ or audience members’ facial footage as the meeting transpires.

 

 

LSBC meeting of 8/10/15 wherein member Taquilla Hamilton  has to be phoned
and begged to attend to obtain a quorum.

Here is a quick breakdown of who attended, who didn’t attend, and who was called and  begged to attend.

 

As blogger C. B. Forgotston says, “You can’t make this stuff up,” and I kind of doubt that, without a video camera to prove it, nobody would believe it!!

 

 

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