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Top cop Edmonson and Speaker Kleckley explanations flimsy, investigation needed

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:28 Written by

capitol-red-blueby Tom Aswell, Publisher of the Louisiana Voice

Editor’s note: 

The following is a guest column offered by Baton Rouge teacher Fred Aldrich who, along with thousands of others, listened Monday as Superintendent of State Police Mike Edmonson appeared on the Jim Engster Show to defend the amendment tacked onto an unrelated bill on the final day of the legislative session which will give Edmonson an additional $55,000 (not $30,000 as first reported—we’ll explain at the end of Aldrich’s guest column) upon his retirement—a nice bonus unique to Edmonson and one other state trooper.

I am a long-time listener to NPR station WRKF, and I listen to the Jim Engster show whenever possible. I don’t always agree with Jim or his guests, but I usually don’t find my disagreements worthy of a response. Today was an exception.

The comments of Jim’s guests are not the opinions of Jim or WRKF, but unfortunately those comments may be spin and/or misinformation which listeners will take as truth.

State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson was on the show this morning. I have great respect for the state police, and I have considered Edmonson one of the good guys in the Jindal administration. This morning’s interview, however, was problematical for me in several ways.

Louisiana and New Orleans economy, jobs, smoke and mirrors
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:10 Written by

BATON-ROUGE-SKYFor too often over the past six years or so, many of us have been told that the Louisiana economy is growing in leaps and bounds, that we lead the rest of the country in economic growth.

 

Louisiana US Senate Race $ mounts, Clinton rules, Jindal trails
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:03 Written by

landrieu-cassidyMoney really matters
Money really matters if you are running for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is seeking a fourth six-year term in the 2014 election.

GNO Inc's Michael Hecht stokes New Orleans region rapid acceleration
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:12 Written by

hecht-hangoutMichael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO Inc, the economic development organization largely responsible for helping to bring in new companies into the New Orleans and the Southeast Louisiana region, discussed via a google hangout interview with Bayoubuzz publisher Stephen Sabludowsky, the current advances in the local economy:

State Police Edmonson explains retirement controversy on Engster radio
Monday, 21 July 2014 13:46 Written by

edmonson2Col. Mike Edmonson, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, defended his and other actions taken on his behalf, on Jim Engster ‘s WRKF radio program this morning.

Investigation into State Police Superintendent Edmonson's secret pay raise?
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:47 Written by

gold-standardby Tom Aswell, Publisher of LouisianaVoice.com

State Rep. John Bel Edwards (D-Amite) Saturday told LouisianaVoice he will ask House Speaker Chuck Kleckley (R-Lake Charles) on Monday for a full investigation of the 11th hour amendment to an obscure Senate bill that resulted in an additional $30,000 per year income for State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson upon his retirement.

Kate Middleton's genes talk on dour Prince George's birthday
Sunday, 20 July 2014 15:24 Written by

kate-babyKate Middleton and Prince William’s son, George, has just turned one year old.

But he’s not smiling about it.  http://time.com/3006166/prince-george-birthday-photo-kate-middleton-william/

At least, not in any photographs released by  “the Cambridges,” as the couple popularly known as “Willy and Waity” now call themselves, having ditched William’s proper legal surname of “Mountbatten-Windsor.”  Or just plain “Windsor,” as in the Queen’s technically legal surname. 

Reporter Bergin blames fatherless blacks for cop killing, TV boss takes fire
Friday, 18 July 2014 14:08 Written by

political-correctIt is not every day in our country that a reporter has the guts to tell the truth about what is happening in our inner cities. 

PAR throws book at Jindal, Vitter and kids, EWE soft on a Republican
Friday, 18 July 2014 13:48 Written by

jindals-book2Has a familiar title. Now where did I hear, Leadership and Crises? Or was it Crises and Leadership?
Yesterday, Robert Travis Scott, President and CEO of PAR (and former reporter for the Times Picayune) crafted this commentary about Common Core:

Jindal's OGB privatization takeover is under performing
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:30 Written by

Jindal-differenceby Tom Aswell, Publisher of Louisiana Voice

To probably no one’s surprise except a clueless Gov. Bobby Jindal, the takeover of the Louisiana Office of Group Benefits (OGB) by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana 18 months ago has failed to produce the $20 million per year in savings to the state.

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