A five thousand dollar bribe for Hubbard’s girlfriend on the side: Ray Davezac cops a plea. A Jefferson Parish Political Corruption Update.

In early March a new reader mentioned to me that it was a FBI agent that recommended Slabbed as a resource in the ongoing federal investigation in the cesspool that is known as Jefferson Parish Government. To the extent we tend to gets lots of official traffic (you kids know who you are) I wasn’t necessarily surprised as I was gratified that we are considered worth the read by the good guys. Along those lines I think it was posts such as, It all began with a dime drop to Raphael, where I traced the origins of the current investigation in Jefferson Parish via an interesting racketeering suit filed by a former LaPlace resident Jacqueline Patterson Edwards that got us the notice.

It was also that post which introduced the Slabbed Nation to Ray Davezac, an engineer whose role in what would be the much larger scandal was relatively minor: He helped buy a car for former St John the Baptist Parish President turned felon Bill Hubbard’s paramour in what amounted to a bribe. Today he plead guilty before Judge Barbier for bribing Hubbard Continue reading “A five thousand dollar bribe for Hubbard’s girlfriend on the side: Ray Davezac cops a plea. A Jefferson Parish Political Corruption Update.”

Thursday Music. Special dedication to Scott, Dominick and Craig plus Norma, Newell, Paul and the rest of the enablers

Hell hath no fury than an Sop forced to attend the funeral of a 5 year old girl killed by a drunk driver. Welcome to the Warren suite here at the Inn and to paraphrase the Inn’s chief concierge Boudreaux, Vous êtes des ordures réel. Va te faire f*%tre!

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Let’s talk multi peril insurance and NFIP reauthorization as Slabbed updates the Washington front

While the power to issue regulations is not the power to change the law, there are those who do have the power – but none have a magic wand. Change is never easy. It takes commitment and hard work. In that regard, few have the depth of commitment of Mississippi’s Congressman Gene Taylor and even fewer are willing to work as long or as hard has he has worked to bring about needed change in the National Flood Insurance Program.

On his way out the door this morning, Sop posted Congressman Taylor’s testimony before the House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity on Scribd’ and you’ll find it at the end of this post. He also tossed me the links to two stories – making this a Sop and Nowdy tag-team post. First up, Flood insurance reform falls short, committee told, by Anita Lee for the Sun Herald:

A House bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program through September 2015 falls far short of reform the program needs for financial solvency, experts and politicians testified during a congressional subcommittee hearing Thursday.

NFIP’s instability was the main reason cited by those who oppose U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor’s proposal to offer optional wind coverage. Taylor, D-Miss, was joined by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., in advocating wind coverage through NFIP. Both talked about the inherent conflict in having private insurance companies adjust their own wind claims, along with NFIP claims, after hurricanes.

Joining Taylor was  Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was also “advocating wind coverage through NFIP” and with that news, we turn to Sop’s second story, Future of national flood insurance program debated, and Bruce Albert writing for the Times Picayune: Continue reading “Let’s talk multi peril insurance and NFIP reauthorization as Slabbed updates the Washington front”

Just when you think that former Ocean Springs GOP mayoral hopeful Scott Walker can not sink any lower….

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Margaret Baker reports today that Walker was arrested just days before his drunken crash and burn in Washington DC for assaulting Eleanore Kelly, director of constituent services for Senator Roger Wicker. 

Before we get to Margaret’s report I feel compelled to make a few observations about Mr Walker’s recent behavior. First is the immediate thought that came to mind when I read today’s news, which I will not further elucidate beyond saying it appears Mr Walker needs a bit of marital counseling beyond a much-needed visit to AA. The man is spinning out of control. 

Second, the irony is not lost on me that Walker’s local GOP associates in Jackson County, normally a tough on crime bunch, manage to see past Walker’s recent criminal behavior including Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell calling Mr Walker “a fine young man”. I’m certain Walker’s momma would no doubt agree but will the public? I don’t think so judging from the multitude of comments left on Ms Baker’s stories to date. Here is a snippet from the latest on this unfolding saga: Continue reading “Just when you think that former Ocean Springs GOP mayoral hopeful Scott Walker can not sink any lower….”