Along the shores of the Mighty Mississippi River lies a swampy batture in the heart of the Red Stick. What lurks there is a sign of things Alive! but not well.
Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive might apply to the entangled web of hidden information that Mayor Kip Holden and his entourage purposely kept from the EBR Parish Metro Council and citizens of the Red Stick.
Perhaps what is most offensive is that Mayor Holden and his inner circle continually operate in a covert manner. When questioned, Holden sloughs off the media, Council members or voters with the direct intention of discrediting them. It’s an age old practice to get the focus off of the question and on to another topic. Holden has even gone so far as to vehemently attack anyone who questions or opposes him.
At yesterday’s council meeting, Mayor Holden ran around saying ‘no comment’ when he realized the media was on to his tactics. Evidently Holden needed to regroup, quickly schedule a meeting with his entourage to do damage control, and finally do what he should have done over a year ago – meet with the state to discuss land ownership and funding to build up the property.
Holden says he wants to ask the Capitol Delegation of the Louisiana Legislature to earmark $40 million to his favored pork barrel project. The Delegation says they only received $50 million for special projects which must take care of nine parishes including East Baton Rouge. This would be a tough sell to legislators to agree to spend the majority of the funding on East Baton Rouge Parish.
This scenario begs the question: Why was this particular property chosen with so many potential land sites in the Red Stick? Especially given the overwhelming challenges to prepare and build up the swampy batture.
The goods news is that the media has finally caught on to some of Holden’s dreadful practices and are revealing them to the voters:
- JR Ball from the BR Business Report led the charge by asking some of the tough questions regarding details of the bond issue that have not been shared with the public.
- The Advocate followed suit with 3 different articles including Michelle Millhollon’s report on the controversy over who owns the land Holden plans to build Alive! on should his tax increase pass.
- Greg Garland then reported on the fact that Holden and his inner circle withheld the land ownership facts from the EBR Parish Metro Council.
- Garland and Millhollon teamed up to report on the Tea Party’s plans to campaign against Holden’s Alive! project and proposed tax increase for citizens and guests of Baton Rouge through homestead taxes and retail sales.
All I can hope is that the voters will be provided with the full details of Mayor Kip Holden’s proposed tax increase prior to the November vote. If the media keeps up this flow of information, that will very likely happen. Let’s hope that Holden doesn’t turn up the heat on the media and force them to back down.
Recently, Holden’s entourage touted that there was no organized opposition. Once again, they underestimated the power of the voters.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican