Before I get started with some links how about a nice picture from yesterday’s retiree protest at Ocean Springs Hospital:
It appears the lawyers representing the pension plan, finding no joy on their manufactured recusal motion here on the coast expects the State Supreme Court to stop next weeks hearings on the retiree suits:
SRHS wants hearings stopped in pension cases ~ Anita Lee
They are doing this to avoid having to produce documents that would help everyone get to the bottom of things. You wonder what kind of skeletons are buried in those docs as I am reminded of something I wrote last month:
By their actions SRHS has demonstrated a preference for keeping a law firm with major conflict questions involved in the pension litigation and using that firm’s support of Judge Harris’ opponent in last year’s election as a lever to force Harris off the case. The heart of the Harris recusal motion is predicated on that fact. Remove Dogan & Wilkerson from the equation and the Harris recusal motion they filed goes up in smoke. Simply put, the powers running SRHS must fear Judge Neil Harris more than they do their own legal conflicts. The implications of that fact are stunning and foretell a tale of major muck still being hidden.
Once those documents are produced, my prediction is the SRHS pension plan’s law firm, Dogan and Wilkinson will not be long remaining on the case.
So now we have Jackson County spending big money on the Laporte CPA firm while SRHS spends big money on their own actuary. The price of getting religion at SRHS sure is steep folks.
In other news the fallout from Supervisor William Martin’s indictment and suicide continues. I have been told by sources in Jackson that the Martin indictment is related to the MDOC corruption probe. The timing of former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps guilty plea and the Martin indictment are not coincidental in my opinion.
And this brings me to the continuing HCUA/Sean Anthony corruption investigation as the list of potential participants has grown. Before that investigation is played out, it is likely to carry statewide ramifications. Every construction project to which S. H. Anthony Construction participated, either a prime or subcontractor has drawn scrutiny. It will be interesting to see what shakes out when it is all said and done.
Moving right along today the Sun Herald ran a letter to the editor from our own Lana Noonan of the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government:
Bay-Waveland still locks out the public ~ Lana Noonan
What we have here is a rogue school district with a preference for conducting the public’s business behind closed doors to go with a municipality that no longer gives its own City Council financial information. Even worse, sources are telling Slabbed the City is no longer responding to financial related public records requests. Its beyond pitiful folks but Mayberry by the Sea earned that nickname honestly.
Finally in this election year I’m wondering if I am the only voter in Supervisor Lisa Cowand’s district that crossed her off the “deserving re-election list” after witnessing her performance on WLOX earlier this week?
Special Report: Behind closed doors part 2 ~ Doug Walker
The arrogance and contempt Cowand shows for her own constituents is astounding. Thankfully Diamondhead City Councilman Blaine Lafontaine is running for the seat as well so voters will have a choice come primary election. I intend to vote for change (barring a live boy/dead girl scenario)
There is more folks but I am out of time this morning. Add you own links in comments.