Because it is a brother in law deal Day 5: Yoo hoo Doc, over here……

I’m writing this post for my peeps on the CMR and Land Trust Boards so you folks listen up. Before I chime my two cents in I gotta set up some important concepts so let’s visit with Bugs Bunny:

I’m about to do something really stupid (what’s new right?). I’m about to offer up some opinion and advice to our local politico’s and public figures….for free. Why? Because it has occurred to me over the past couple of months just how ignorant our region’s esteemed leaders are when it comes to handling “da blogs, da twitters, da Fakebooks, and da intertubes in general.” It dawned on me that there seems to be a fundamental disconnect between their perception of “new media” and the reality of new media. Truth is, I kind of feel sorry for them and I think I may be able to help them avoid continually stepping in digital dog doo.

Back in June 2010 Jason Berry at AZ hit it out of the park with his post Pirates Parley excerpted above. I bring it up not because I fear being sued, rather, I got a peek inside the CMR a couple of days ago when an email the gang was circulating about my last post on Mississippi Gulf Fishing Banks, Inc, the DMR’s Kerwin Cuevas and Mike Holmes Construction and a no bid brother in law deal made it to my inbox. I’m including the Land Trust people because we’ve communicated and today’s topic is just as applicable there as the CMR. (The theory behind this 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon phenomenon can be found here.)

Two days ago I emailed Danny Guice introducing myself and asking if the gang had gotten to the bottom of those contracts involving Mike Holmes Construction and his brother in law Kerwin Cuevas.  As I write this I have not received a response. Fair enough, Guice doesn’t answer to the media so in the absence of any further official information we can speculate.

There is no question the reef contracts should be competitively bid:

Slabbed’s tipster, very well placed I’ll add, was very specific in the information conveyed. Sometimes you can’t flash documents as it would give away sourcing but what we do have a couple of data points, Mississippi’s public purchase law and the 2013 Request for quotes from Mississippi Gulf Fishing Banks for the reef work:

MGFB 2013 Quote Solicitation

So clearly the work is not being bid in accordance with the Mississippi Code, which my read indicates does not have a brother in law exemption. To the extent these are public funds there is also no question MGFB is subject to the State purchasing law, as my tipster is very clear these sub-grants contain clauses that make it clear such is the case.  And the notion the MGFB has all the permitting is also not accurate as DMR owns permits on several of the artificial reefs. And this brings me back to that email chain I mentioned above because it is now clear to me there are people serving on CMR that are blinded to their detriment by cognitive bias. Continue reading “Because it is a brother in law deal Day 5: Yoo hoo Doc, over here……”