Category Archives: district 8

Race for the Judge through the Mud

What is up with all the anonymous comments on the My Bossier Blog? Doesn’t anyone have a set of nuts anymore?

Ok. Ok.

I guess some of them might lose their jobs or something if they had to come out of the closet, but that’s just crazy. Worried about pissing off the District Attorney? I hope none of you are attorneys that have to represent me.

I’ve been in semi-retirement from blogging, but I’ve never seen this much commentary on a local race. Good grief! Jim Wells has his hands full on his blog with this race.

This race has more commentary than the presidential election – and that’s just sad.

YES we all know how the SCOLA ruled in Whit’s disciplinary action years ago. Big deal. The problem is that the flyer that the Mike Nerren campaign mailed out just reeked of being misleading. It was intentionally designed to cause voters to think that Whit Graves was currently suspended.

For all the anti-Graves people, can you point to SPECIFIC instances where Whit or someone directly associated with his campaign have actually lied? I’m not talking about rhetorical BS – I mean link to some audio/video/printed content which proves it. If you want to say that John Kay or Ann Price did something, then post SPECIFICALLY what they did or said.

At any rate, I also wanted to address Anon @9:00am about the video. I don’t know who created it, but from a technical perspective I hope they weren’t paid. It just wasn’t produced very well at all, has several typos, the text lines scroll too fast, etc. In other words, nobody would pay money for that to be produced.

Since I’ve worked directly with Whit and Robin, I seriously doubt they were involved. Both Robin and Whit have always been very particular about the logo, photos, content on the website, mail-outs, etc. In my opinion, they would not have been involved in anything subpar in quality.

On the other hand, it certainly took time and effort by someone to research the information and create it. I haven’t done the research myself to verify the information, but I certainly applaud the effort. Whoever did it definitely put some time and effort into it’s creation.

No – I didn’t create it. If I had, then my name and logo would have been on it for credit.

Yes – sometimes people will create things without getting paid. Sometimes people do that just on principle – such as my audio/video of Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover’s “Your rights are Suspended” and the subsequent KTBS and KSLA news coverage of it. It proved a point – and I didn’t get paid at all.

Sometimes you have to put principles above everything else. In this race, a whole lot of anonymous people are just going berserk.

DISCLAIMER: I am the web developer for BUT this article was not endorsed nor suggested by Whit Graves or his campaign.

Duke and the minutes

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Of course, I just posted my thoughts on Jeff Thompson’s flyer and Duke’s lawsuit. Now I’ve actually read the entire lawsuit.

Guess what? Duke is the stand-up guy that I think he is.

As you can read in the lawsuit and attached documents, Duke Lowrie did everything he could to bring the hours padding and false credit to the attention of the Bossier City Council as well as the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Did he pad his hours? Yes. That was the standard practice with the Bossier City Fire Department.

When Duke tried to correct that policy, was he railroaded? Yes.

Take a look at the minutes from the Bossier City Council meeting Louisiana EMS Certification Commission. Of course the legal counsel did not want further review. That would have most likely brought the practice more public attention.

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At any rate, I am firmly convinced that while Jeff Thompson might be a fine trial lawyer and adept at suing people – that is EXACTLY the reason why he is the wrong choice for District 8 state representative. His flyer was very misleading and a lie itself.

I know Duke Lowrie personally and have spent many hours discussing politics with him. His heart is in the right place, and he is the right guy for the job.

UPDATE: As Bossier City Councilman from District 4 David Jones pointed out, I had mistakenly listed the minutes from the Bossier City Council meeting. In fact, the minutes are from LA EMS Certification Commission. That has been corrected.

Duke Lowrie for District 8

The 2011 elections will be upon us soon, and there are several coming up for Bossier City and Bossier Parish. One of the choices will be for Louisiana District 8 state representative. Currently held by Jane Smith, the seat will be vacated due to term limits.

I met Duke Lowrie through Facebook. As a matter of fact, I can’t even remember who our “common friend” was at the time. At any rate, after checking out Duke’s profile and some of his postings, I knew we had many things in common.

  • Small business
  • Hunting, fishing, guns, outdoors
  • Conservative in politics

After a few discussions, Duke invited me to a campaign committee meeting. It took off from there.

With hours of phone calls and emails behind us, I can say without hesitation that Duke stands for virtually everything that I stand for – family values, personal responsibility, 2nd Amendent rights, smaller government, etc.

He is a sincere guy that I strongly believe is looking out for our interests as conservatives. He has the experience as a civil servant, entrepreneur, father, husband, and outdoorsman to  introduce and support legislation that is meaningful.

As the race progresses, I hope to have a few question and answer sessions with Duke and possibly an interview or 2 or 3.

Disclaimer: I am the current web developer and tech consultant for the Duke Lowrie Campaign. As the campaign season goes into full swing, there will be additional information posted on Duke’s website.