Analysis | Scott Walker guilty plea: Fishin’ trips for Christ on the taxpayer dime.

The many times over the past 7 years or so that I have communicated with a well placed source, invariably the information imparted is also accompanied by restrictions on its use and disclosure of the source. It has occurred to me that I disclose much less about these people, than say the AP, who will describe a source like “someone in government that requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media”.  My description would probably include a janitor and a homeless drunk but Slabbed has built up enough street credibility that we can get by with that.  Even better it help protect the folks that are sharing information.  It is no secret that in the Yenni Building at least one and I think more dragnets have been run trying to figure out the identity of the famous (infamous) Wino of Lafayette Square so I understand the restrictions and manage to thrive figuring ways around them without shutting off the information flow.

All that said I’ll report now that outdoor living during the Polar Vortex was too much, even for the indefatigable Wino, and she died last Winter. Now a moment of silence:

I buried my lead to make a point but from Slabbed’s DMR coverage I would posit it is safe for the reader to assume Slabbed has a kick ass source or two or three on the topic.  These folks are located from Jackson and points south all the way to the Mississippi sound and some of what you’ll read here is reflected in what they have told me and what I continue to tell hear.

First off the bad news as it regards the DMR Foundation Boats. Continue reading “Analysis | Scott Walker guilty plea: Fishin’ trips for Christ on the taxpayer dime.”

In Mississippi tax breaks and the gang at Port and Harbor in the news

First we have a reader question:

In the Sun Herald this morning on page 3A under “D’Iberville approves tax break to attract business” Joe Cloyd’s CDBG Long Term Work Force housing Riverside senior apartments is asking the city to abate ad valorem taxes for three years. This is not a business that produces or pays any sales taxes and was built with taxpayer money in most part already. Where does it end?

Such things usually end in bankruptcy because the piggies that are hooked into the taxpayer trough rarely stop feeding on their own.

Next up since the Bay St Louis social media policy was topical at last night’s City Council meeting I have this from Eric Goldman.org:

Police Officer’s Facebook Post Criticizing Her Boss Isn’t Protected Speech–Graziosi v. Greenville ~ Venkat Balasubramani

The bottom line is the law in this area is not settled by any stretch of the imagination for public sector employees. Continue reading “In Mississippi tax breaks and the gang at Port and Harbor in the news”

Bill Minor writes about new Port and Harbor Director Ashley Edward. Slabbed compares and contrasts

I think by now everyone paying attention to the hire of Phil Bryant/Haley Barbour political crony Ashley Edwards at the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, including the PR counter offensive to the negative publicity accorded the Edward’s hire has seen the letters to the Editor at both the Sea Coast Echo and the Sun Herald by Waveland Alderman Lili Stahler referencing a column on the topic by Bill Minor. Of interest to me was the fact the Sun Herald edited the Bill Minor Column on that topic heavily (click and read now as it will soon be gone). And the part of Minor’s column that ended up in the McClatchy chop shop? The part about where the nickname Hancock Parish is derived. Here it is via the Desoto Times Tribune:

Back in my days covering Mississippi for The Times-Picayune, one of my specialties was rooting out corruption in county government. Hancock County (Bay St. Louis) always seemed one of the usual suspects.

Times have changed, at least in who’s in charge politically. Whereas almost every public office-holder back then was a Democrat, or called himself a Democrat, today a high percentage of them are Republicans, even at the county level. How the party switch happened is still debatable, but one way it happened is that Repubs broadly cast the impression Democrats couldn’t be trusted with handling the peoples’ business. In other words, Republicans were the ones in white hats and Democrats were the black-hatted bunch.

A story in the (Biloxi) Sun Herald that caught my eye last week had good old Hancock County back in the chicanery marketplace, the deal this time surprisingly orchestrated by the state’s top Republican, namely Gov. Phil Bryant himself.

There is a reason the Sun Herald does not cover Hancock County investigatively and that reason is on display in the part of Bill Minor’s column that ended up on the cutting room floor.

Boss Hogg crony Ashley Edwards named executive director of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission

Welp folks, hell must be freezing over as Hancock County has evidently run out of home grown political hacks and cronies to staff one of the local troughs.

Hancock port board endorses governor’s staffer as new director ~ Anita Lee

Hiring unqualified good ol boys to government jobs in Mississippi is nothing new as we’ve been reminded of late of that fact with DMR among other agencies but for a local plum appointment to go to an outsider in Hancock County is unheard of, especially when the board doing the appointing answers to the County Board of Supervisors.  Yes, of late local politics has made for strange bedfellows with Supervisor Steve Seymour crossing party lines to cuddle up with Lynn Fitch over at Scott Walker’s house last year but plucking a Phil Bryant staffer for a $150,000 job that could (some would say should) go to someone with the Ladner surname? OMG!!!

I did not jump right on the emerging story linked in comments by Mad as Hell on Sunday because I knew two things: