Obit: Marjorie Robinson Seemann

Marjorie Robinson Seemann passed away at her residence on early Friday morning, May 23, 2014 at the age of 75. She was a native of New Orleans and longtime resident of Metairie. She was high school co-Valedictorian with her twin sister at Metairie High School, Valedictorian at UCLA and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Loyola University in New Orleans.

She was a life master in Bridge, co-founder of Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government, member of River Regions Republican Women’s Club, and a member of Jefferson Parish Newcomers. Beloved wife of Ken J. Seemann. Loving mother of Terry S. Olivier (John), Linda S. Doyle (Leo), Susan S. Decorte (Ray) and Cheryl S. Lee-Stroyewski (George). Grandmother and affectionately known as “Boo Boo” to Jase Doyle, Ross Doyle (Shannon), Rachel Decorte McCloskey (Mitch), Jeff Olivier, Ben Decorte, Amanda Doyle, Emily Olivier, Mandy Lee, Tripp Lee and Joey Decorte. Great-grandmother of Cameron, Taylor, Ashton and Katelynn Doyle and Savannah Novando. She also leaves behind her loving twin sister Margaret Baird (Bruce), brother Johnny Robinson (Sue) and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at L.A. Muhleisen and Son, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Jefferson Parish SPCA, #1 Humane Way, Harahan, LA 70123, Bridge House, 4150 Earhart Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70118 or the Innocence Project, 4051 Ulloa St., New Orleans, LA 70119.

Peggy Barton: Tom Wilkinson’s Continuing Legacy of Arrogance and Incompetence to Further Facilitate Corruption Part I. A guest post by Whitmergate

When Steve Theriot was unlawfully appointed by the Jefferson Parish Council to be Parish President as a result of Broussard’s resignation, he chose, in concert with the six Council members who ushered him upon us, to appoint Peggy Barton acting interim Parish Attorney. And what an act it’s been…

It was Deja Vu …and live on Cox TV too. Our backdrop is during one of the Council meetings around the time the public records debate was heating up as a result of a sudden and dramatic shift in policy resulting from Anne Marie Vandenweghe’s reassignment. She was removed from the Public Records Department only to be replaced by Greg Giangrosso, a Wilkinson lackey. Under Vandenweghe’s direction, public documents were just that, Public Records readily available in most instances to those qualified to request the same. Giangrosso’s assignment was and is to stonewall the release of Public Information which he and his superiors, Peggy Barton and Louis Gruntz, have decided taxpayers are to have limited access to in almost all instances. The response that one receives from Giangrosso is a pasted legalese form letter citing erroneous legal precedent for not honoring the Public Records Request. Margie Seemann (CFGG) was pressing the Council to explain why documents regarding information of a similar topic which she had previously received under Vandenweghe’s tenure, was now routinely denied under some broad and vague “governmental” exception. It was at that moment when Peggy Barton opened her mouth to defend the indefensible, everyone in that Council Chamber and watching TV, could foretell the response as though it would have been uttered by her mentor Tom Wilkinson, himself. She looked down at Ms. Seemann, a facial expression of pure contempt and as sarcastic a tone as one could muster, stated that she would review “OUR” records and “SHE” would determine what would be made available to the public at some later date. And there you have it, Wilkinson in drag…without the proverbial…FUCK YOU, SUE ME! Continue reading “Peggy Barton: Tom Wilkinson’s Continuing Legacy of Arrogance and Incompetence to Further Facilitate Corruption Part I. A guest post by Whitmergate”

"Good government" makes the news in Louisiana

Actually, not “good government” per se but a bit of news about the Alliance for Good Government of particular interest to SLABBED from the Times Picayune:

The Alliance for Good Government honored lawmakers in state and local government at its annual Legislators of the Year awards banquet Saturday…The organization’s bylaws say its purpose is to “bring together thinking citizens into an organization which will promote public policies which benefit” the New Orleans area, Louisiana and the United States.

The organization was started in 1967 to support candidates and issues in the metropolitan area and now has chapters in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes.

The legislators honored were: Jefferson Parish, state Rep. Joseph Lopinto, R-Metairie; Orleans Parish, City Councilman Arnie Fielkow; St. Bernard Parish, state Rep. Nita Rusich Hutter, R-Chalmette; and St. Tammany Parish, Councilman Al Hamauei.

Each chapter also presented a Civic Award to someone who has “worked hard to make a difference.” The recipients were: Jefferson, Margie Seeman and Margaret Baird of Citizens for Good Government; Orleans, Justin Woods; St. Bernard, Emile Pellittieri; and St. Tammany, Dawn Sharpe Brackett, CEO of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

SLABBED congratulates Margie and Margaret on this most deserved recognition.  As the reader who sent the link wrote, “the divine M & M Sisters got bling!”