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Going by the Contract

It’s time for our annual report on how much taxpayer money the city of Bossier City spent in 2013 on “contract attorneys,” who are hired by the city to represent it in specialized lawsuits.

How much the city is paying private or contract attorneys to handle the city’s legal work is always an interesting topic of discussion in local legal and political circles.

These attorneys and law firms are not a part of the Shreveport City Attorney’s Office, which has its own staff of full and part-time attorneys to handle routine legal matters and some lawsuits against the city.


lou BurnettThe city will usually contract with a private attorney for a lawsuit against the city in which a lawyer or law firm has expertise on the subject of the litigation.

So who made the big bucks in 2014? Here is the list, arranged by amount received:

1. Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway.

Amount paid: $337,104.62.

2. Kean Miller.

Amount paid: $53,557.70.

3. Neil Erwin, LLC.

Amount paid: $52,624.17.



Bucks, not Ducks

The unconventional sponsorship agreement the Independence Bowl signed with Duck Commander, as expected, is drawing criticism.

Sports fans are apparently having a hard time understanding how a sponsor is not putting up any money and is only lending its name to the bowl game when the previous sponsor ponied up $800,000.

To be sure, the agreement is a complicated one, and it remains to be seen if it will prove financially advantageous for he annual event.

But skepticism abounds about the deal. Some local observers wonder if the Independence Bowl officials got snookered by the business-wise Duck Commander clan and wonder who will benefit the most financially.

Some black leaders are up-in-arms over the bowl’s new sponsor because of negative comments Phil Robertson, the apparent patriarch of the family, made in a GQ Magazine article about blacks and civil rights.

And there are those who say if the sponsor gets all that publicity and doesn’t put up any real cash, why should taxpayers subsidize the bowl.

It is easy to speculate about the pros and cons of the sponsorship agreement. But only time will tell if this was a good deal or not.


Gov. Mitch Landrieu?

A recent poll has stunned Louisiana political analysts and potential candidates for governor in 2015.

LaPolitics first reported that a Voter Consumer Research poll reveals that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is the front-runner for the state’s top job.

The results of the poll, conducted for the Louisiana Medical Society and PhRMA, had these surprising results:

Democrat Mitch Landrieu – 33%.

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter – 25%.

Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne – 11%.

Republican Treasurer John Kennedy – 9%.

Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards – 8%.

Landrieu and Kennedy have not announced that they will be candidates for governor. Vitter, Dardenne, and Edwards have.

But Landrieu’s recent landslide re-election as mayor of the Big Easy has Democratic leaders licking their chops and hoping they can convince him to enter the governor’s race.

Some political analysts believe that Mitch will wait and see how his sister, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, does in her re-election bid this fall.

It appears that the Democrats are serious about taking back the governor’s office after eight years of Republican rule by Bobby Jindal.

Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently told several people involved in Democratic politics that he is giving serious consideration to running for governor in 2015.


Jindal flops at CPAC

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tirade at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) about President Barack Obama being the worst president in his lifetime apparently didn’t help him much.

When the Straw Poll was taken at the end of the conference, Jindal came in tied for10th place with 2% of the vote. Last year (2013), Jindal placed 8th and received 3% in the CPAC poll.

Here are the results of the 2,459 “conservatives” who voted in the poll:

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul – 31%.

Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz – 11%.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson – 9%.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – 8%.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – 7%.

Former PA U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum – 7%.

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio – 6%.

Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan – 3%.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry – 3%.

Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Condoleezza Rice – 2%.


Political tidbits

*EWE’s Gonna Do It – Edwin Edwards at the age of 86 is running for Congress in the 6th District. He made it official before the Press Club in Baton Rouge on Monday.

The former four-time governor and former congressman will certainly liven up the race to succeed U.S. Rep Bill Cassidy, who is running for the Senate.

He joins one other Democrat and six Republicans who are seeking the seat. There is a good chance Edwards will make the runoff against one of the GOP candidates.

*Charles Jacobs Fundraiser – A fundraiser is being held for attorney E. Charles Jacobs, who is running for Bossier-Webster District Judge.

The event is set for Thursday, March 20 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Star Steakhouse in Bossier City.

The Host Committee consists of Bossier City Marshal Lynn Austin, retired Judge Cecil Campbell, Bossier-Webster DA Schuyler Marvin, Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton, and many others.

No contribution amount was listed. To RSVP or obtain more information, call 741-9595.

*Rob Maness in Bossier City – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is having a Meet and Greet in Bossier City on Wednesday, March 19th from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

It will be held at 201 Claremore Circle and is being hosted by Hal and Judy Miller. The invitation says that donations are welcome.

To RSVP or obtain more information, call 225-247-9974 or e-mail redrightblue@outlook.com.


Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.

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