Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump dodged a bullet (no pun intended) last week when the city council failed on a 2-3 vote to approve a resolution asking Mayor Ollie Tyler to replace him as the city’s chief of police.
I just wanted to remind you voters that there is an runoff election for state treasurer scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18. Not that many of you care, given the turnout in the primary election on Oct. 14. The statewide turnout was 13.5 percent, and it was bolstered by a mayor’s race in New Orleans.
Louisiana has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the country with 816 people in prison for every 100,000 residents. With that dubious distinction, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and a group of bipartisan state legislators decided to do something about it.
At a rally in Alabama for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange – who lost, by the way – President Donald Trump criticized some in the National Football League for sitting or taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.
Bishop Brandon resigned from the committee and was not replaced, leaving it with nine members. The committee set about with its work. It held several public hearings in different parts of the city to get public input.
It started during the presidential campaign. Candidate Donald Trump fostered the notion that the television networks and most cable outlets produced fake news. The idea caught on, and Trump supporters believe it to be true. All media outlets except one. Trump is an avid watcher of Fox News and considers it the only true news channel.
It was a pretty hefty package Mayor Ollie Tyler sprung on the city council and the public last week where she is proposing a $150 million mixed-use development for downtown Shreveport. Anchoring the development would be a 3, 200-seat arena to house the G League team of the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
But few people seem to care, and the voter turnout will likely be below 20 percent. The reason is there is not a whole lot on the ballot and few local races to stir up interest and get voters to the polls. Well, there are a couple.
Same old problems over July 4th holiday The recent July 4th holiday provided more proof of why fireworks should be banned within the city limits of Shreve-port. It also demonstrated that some people cannot be trusted to obey the law when it comes to the times that fireworks can be discharged.