Tuesday in side of the “Beltway” and otherwise

Here ya go folks, some of the best links money can’t buy:

Thad Cochran’s Executive Assistant Accompanied Him to 42 Countries on 33 Taxpayer-Funded Trips ~ Matthew Boyle

Staying with the election theme:

Gene Taylor says Steven Palazzo cast three unforgivable votes ~ Paul Hampton

Actually Gene was kind to Palazzo leaving off the wild parties that trashed beach houses, Palazzo’s former Chief of Staff heading to the Federal Pokey, using his taxpayer funded staff to conduct his and wifey’s personal business, etc, etc. etc.

Next up, from the how much damage can a packaged out former tampon salesman cause before he is packaged out again (Russell feel free to chime in here):

Chiquita verifies company considering a move from Gulfport ~ Anita Lee

Yo Fernando…..;-)

Speaking of Yo. Yo Gordon. ūüėČ

Woman was aiding FBI in scrutiny of DA Harry Morel ~ Gordon Russell and Richard Thompson

This case simply won’t go away. Kinda like Slabbed. :mrgreen:

Finally, from the disaster that is the Jefferson Parish Hospital Privatization Process:

Children’s, Ochsner sign up same consultant to relieve financial pressures ~ Ben Myers and Rebecca Catalanello

Bonus heard on the street. Councilmen Roberts and Spears are butting heads these days. The conflict evidently traces to one of the JP public hospitals.

 

Thursday Mix and Match

No state lines today folks, just links:

Must Read: Shades of Harry Lee: Louisiana sheriff convicted of hunting-related crime

Specifically this part as it cuts across many of the Jefferson Parish topics we’ve tackled here:

Carlos Marcello was a Mafia boss who presented himself as a tomato salesman. He lived in Metairie and died in 1993.

Lee was Jefferson’s sheriff from 1980 to 2007. But he was the parish attorney when he dined at Marcello’s Grand Isle camp July 7, 1979, and spent the night there. That pre-dates digital journalism, but you can read¬†this States-Item story¬†about their evening. (Hat tip to Danny Gamble, our chief librarian, for the clip.)

Republican Chris McDaniel Leads Incumbent for U.S. Senate in Mississippi ~ WXXV

Another must read as I take a victory lap regarding the HCA offer for the Jefferson Parish hospitals:

Jefferson Parish hospital lease consultant presents harsh critique of suitors ~ Ben Myers

The heuristics is straightforward: Someone that wants to ¬†“buy a spot in the line” is willing to pay more than existing market participants for that spot. Excuse me while I take another lap….

Hancock Medical adds to lawsuit ~ Dwayne Bremer

WYATT EMMERICH: Tax incentives are a high price to pay for bragging rights ~ Sun Herald

Mardi Gras Three Pack

Been going nonstop since Thursday folks as it is that magical time of the year so without further adieu:

Jefferson Parish Council botches hospital management process ~ City Business

Jefferson Parish hospital lease competitors flip the script, leaving uncertain future ~ Ben Myers

Federal judge pleads guilty to DWI in Lake Charles ~ AP

News schizophrenia on the Jeff Parish Hospital Beat while the reasons for Chris Robert’s SBA default come into sharper focus

I’ve sat back and watched the spectacular disaster that is the Jefferson Parish hospital privatization effort unfold as told by the beat gang at both the NOLA.com and the Advocate and I certainly came away wanting more information and even more important perspective. Call me a harsh critic folks but I’m not feeling it from the beat as it appears on this issue the newspapers have become mere mouthpieces for the politicians.

The history of the process and the attempts of Chris Roberts, Elton LaGasse and Ricky Templet to derail it are too numerous to mention in the limited time I have this morning. There the newspapers have done a decent job following the gyrations albeit sans any useful analysis but there are a couple of examples of reporting where I read the news and came away thinking, “Myers sure had someone blowing mega smoke up his ass” or “Quinlan is giving Roberts another redo”. ¬†I know they are better than the slop being served but it is what it is. First up from the smoke up Ben’s ass files I have this from January:

Jefferson hospital lease process started with ‘one parish,’ wound up with division ~ Ben Myers

In this piece the Parish council is thoroughly infantilized by Myers, who pinned the blame that day for the disaster on the Hospital Boards and the consultant hired by the Parish. The fix for Children’s Hospital had been in for way longer than last September. In fact astute political observers who speak to Slabbed on the condition of anonymity indicate Children’s Continue reading “News schizophrenia on the Jeff Parish Hospital Beat while the reasons for Chris Robert’s SBA default come into sharper focus”

My view: Self Interest dictates Jefferson Parish Council’s choice for JP Hospitals

And yes Virginia, there are financial side to the stories to the privatization of the 2 taxpayer funded Jefferson Parish Hospitals that everyone in the media has been made aware and you’ll only see it one place and that is right here on Slabbed. Let’s start with Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts and the money he makes from West Jefferson Medical Center.

Step one: Obtain latest Chris Roberts ethics filing, which Roberts finally and belatedly filed with the Louisiana Ethics Administration (hint to the gang in Baton Rouge the extended deadlines for filing income taxes passed in October and November). Note that Roberts still owns the a portion of the West Bank Beacon.

Step two: Play some lovely music.

Step three: Obtain Free November issue of the West Bank Beacon Continue reading “My view: Self Interest dictates Jefferson Parish Council’s choice for JP Hospitals”

Thursday Links

Some of these have appeared in comments recently, others I’ve put out on twitter. I have a busy day on tap so without further adieu:

Group: Insurers charge 300 to 600% more for coastal than inland policies ~ Anita Lee

Jeff council eyes new contracts to complete over-budget arts center ~ Jeff Adelson

Jeff Parish attorney cuts off IG’s access to e-mails, for now ~ Paul Murphy

Jefferson IG and parish attorney clash on access to employees’ emails ~ Jeff Adelson

Sheriff Mike Byrd turns in resignation on the side of Highway 63 ~ Warren Kulo Continue reading “Thursday Links”

Animal House: New Jefferson Parish Whistleblower suit plus the Hospitals back in the news

Never a shortage of hijinks and hallabaloo in Jefferson Parish no siree folks. First up is Veterinarian John Edwards courtesy of Courthouse News. ¬†Like Slabbed before him Edwards is using the services of a man that has a proven track record of hanging skins on the wall in Slabbed’s own Bobby Truitt. Click the pic to nab the 16 page pdf which details allegations of the practice of unlicensed Veterinary medicine by east bank Animal Shelter Director Robin Beaulieu:

Edwards v Jefferson Parish Doc 1

Next up the public Hospital privatization spectacle is kicking back into gear after the Thanksgiving Holiday:

Jefferson to hold public meetings on hospitals’ future ~ Advocate Staff

Inspector general says Jefferson Parish Council should negotiate multiple leases for hospitals ~ Ben Myers

This McClintock guy is a more dangerous than Chris Roberts thinks plus he gives great business advice.

Tuesday Open: Stick a fork in it!

File this one under canceled.

A&E airs final episodes of ‘The Governor’s Wife’ early Sunday without warning ~ Chelsea Brasted

It was that bad and that is saying something for reality TeeVee, which is generally bad.

From the Jefferson Parish Hospital front Parish Councilman Chris Robert’s, despite being sued personally for defaulting on his business loans is suddenly a hospital financial expert.

HCA, critics disagree over how much it would pay in taxes on Jefferson hospitals
COUNCILMAN ROBERTS QUESTIONS HCA FIGURES ~ Jeff Adelson

In Jefferson Parish hospitals lease competition, Children’s and HCA spar over property taxes ~ Ben Myers

The bottom line is HCA will pay property taxes while Children’s will not so this latest bit of BS from Team Children’s is how much over zero will HCA benefit the Parish via payment of property taxes.

Next up a two pack from the Sun Herald on the DMR Scandal:

Auditor wants secret court proceedings in public records case; Sun Herald objects ~ Anita Lee

And from the business must be a little slow in Hattiesburg files:

Judges switched in DMR criminal case ~ Anita Lee

Feel free to add your own links in comments.

Business as usual for the Jefferson Parish Council: A trio of links

Yes indeed folks despite the DMR indictments things are still hopping in the political cesspool that is Jefferson Parish.  Here are a trio of links to illustrate:

Convicted legislator Jackson tries to continue serving on Jefferson Parish Finance Authority with the help of Parish Councilman Mark Spears ~ NOLA.com

Jackson and Spears are conprofit associates from way back folks.

How about some music.

Original goals trashed in split over Jeff hospitals ~ New Orleans City Business Editorial

Jefferson Parish hospitals lease is in ‘total disarray’ and ‘shrouded in secrecy’, BGR says ~ Ben Myers

There really is a method to the madness….

I hope everyone enjoyed Halloween.  I have less time than yesterday to post but all hell is breaking loose on several fronts. (h/t to several readers and commenters.)

The method to the madness is called building a critter called institutional memory. It comes in handy on days like today.  Here are some salient links:

A dispatch from ghouls of Halloween past ~ Jason Berry

Jason has been covering the Wisner Foundation and the MDL OIl Spill litigation for quite some time now. Seeing the intersections between those topics and a certain class action lawyer whose name has showed up frequently on these pages is most gratifying. Speaking of that clique:

Gusman ends controversial flat-rate contract with firm ~ Claire Galofaro

And from the whistleblower retaliation files Sheriff Gusman remains stuck on stupid…..

Orleans Parish Prison whistleblower who helped expose problems fears for his job ~ Naomi Martin

Meantime the jackassery on the Jefferson Parish Council is hitting full tilt with the gang deciding the voters really do need to have a say so on this hospital deal: Continue reading “There really is a method to the madness….”