What’s on My Ballot? The Rest

by Courtney C Horne @FireezDragon

The rest of what is on my ballot… It’s a lot so it is after a cut

Councilman Metro District 6  (Select 1)
Donna Collins-Lewis #67 Democrat
Edwin “PaPo” Del Valle #68 Democrat
Carolyn “Gee” George #69 Democrat
William Roundtree #70 No Party

Donna Collins-Lewis is the incumbent and as such it is not a shock that she actually has a website.  I wish it had more about policy beliefs and less just vague value statements.

Del Valle has a facebook profile with an about me view-able but didn’t even manage to set up a “page” for his campaign that people could like instead of friend. Rather it’s just his personal profile that comes up…

George and Roundtree are both lacking in pages of any sort though Dig does offer a very brief blurb on each in their know your candidate article.

Making a quick website or public page on Facebook isn’t hard but no one running against the incumbent has even managed that. You would think metro council in a city as large as ours would call for a little more effort into a campaign to get your views out there.

As is, it seems like Collins-Lewis will have an easy time of it since no one has significant info about any of the other candidates readily available.

City Judge City Court, ES 2C, City of Baton Rouge  (Select 1)
Joel G. Porter #81 Democrat
Alex “Brick” Wall #82 Democrat

Porter lacks a website or facebook page for his campaign..

As does the incumbent Wall.

There are two articles about their race because there has been district line related controversy   and it is Wall’s first challenger since 1999.  People looking to decide between the two certainly have rather limited data about their beliefs to go on.

I wish Porter had a website because in the article it mentions his interest in life skills training to reduce crime and I would like to know more about his ideas on that.

City Judge City Court, ES 2E, City of Baton Rouge  (Select 1)
Tiffany Foxworth #83 Democrat
“Cliff” Ivey #84 Republican
Suzan S. Ponder #85 Republican

Foxworth has a website. It is terrible design and very little info but at least she managed this basic task.

Ivey managed to get a pretty nice website up. 

Ponder has a website that even manages to have an on the issues section!

It is a pretty crazy to see the difference between the level of info the campaigns in this city judge race and the other are putting out via the web.

City Constable City Court, City of Baton Rouge  (Select 1)
Reginald R. Brown, Sr. #86 Democrat
Alester Jones #87 Republican

Neither has a website. Jones has a sad, sad facebook page with less than 50 likes currently.

The advocate has an article on the race

With the lack of info on this race, I suspect a lot of people will vote their generally preferred party which makes me really wonder how much work the parties do to check out candidates in a race like this as I am sure a huge number of voters will be putting their faith in the party system.

–note, part way through writing this I managed to discover a pdf summarizing all the amendments. It was not something I found until I was pretty deep in and my comments on the earlier amendments reflect that—

CA NO. 1 (Act 873 – SB 82) Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly  (Select 1)
Do you support an amendment to prohibit monies in the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly from being used or appropriated for other purposes when adjustments are made to eliminate a state deficit? (Adds Article VII, Section 10(F)(4)(g))

I tried a couple searches to find an easy plain language explanation of this but nothing was readily available.

I think it basically means that the state can’t steal from the Medicaid fund to balance the budget. My response is “they were doing that? ugh… Louisiana”

CA NO. 2 (Act 874 – SB 303) Right of each Citizen to keep and bear arms  (Select 1)
Do you support an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana to provide that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right and any restriction of that right requires the highest standard of review by a court? (Amends Article I, Section 11)

Why do we need a constitutional amendment to reinforce the second amendment and something that is already in our state constitution? This is stupid ballot space wasting.

Fear mongering about someone coming for people’s guns on our ballot. Ugh.

Plus people are going to think because this is on the ballot that our state constitution doesn’t already have the right to bear arms in it.

CA NO. 3 (Act 872 – SB 21) Prefiling DL/for retirement/public employee  (Select 1)
Do you support an amendment to require legislation effecting any change to laws concerning retirement systems for public employees that is to be prefiled to be filed no later than forty-five days before the start of a regular legislative session and to require the completion of public notice requirements regarding legislation effecting such a change no later than sixty days before introduction of the bill? (Amends Article III, Section 2(A)(2), Article X, Section 29(C), and Article XIII, Section 1(A))

There is a brief blurb on why to favor this here. 

Essentially this requires more notice on certain bills regarding public employees in our state and is probably a response to the very bad things Jindal did to public worker retirement in the last session.

CA NO. 4 (Act 875 – SB 337) Surv. Spouse/Deceased Veteran/Homestead Exemp.  (Select 1)
Do you support an amendment to exempt from ad valorem taxation, in addition to the homestead exemption, the next seventy-five thousand dollars of value of property owned and occupied by the spouse of a deceased veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent who passed away prior to the enactment of the exemption? (Effective January 1, 2013)(Amends Article VII, Section 21(K)(1))

I couldn’t find much coverage of this online. I think it just extends tax benefits we give to disabled veterans to spouses of disabled veterans who died before the benefits came into existence.

CA NO. 5 (Act 868 – HB 9) Forfeiture Retirement Benefit Pub.Off./Conv.Felon  (Select 1)
Do you support an amendment to provide for the forfeiture of public retirement benefits by any public servant who is convicted of a felony associated with and committed during his public service? (Adds Article X, Section 29(G))

This one is written in plain language! They do understand how to use real normal words! Now if they could just do that for all the proposals.

And with so much corruption in Louisiana it seems surprising that it wasn’t already on the books.

CA NO. 6 (Act 869 – HB 497) Gov.Auth. of New Iberia – prop.annexed by the City  (Select 1)
Do you support an amendment to authorize the granting of ad valorem tax exemption contracts by the city of New Iberia for property annexed by the city after January 1, 2013? (Adds Article VII, Section 21(L))

I am really not sure what this means and the internet was less than helpful on it..

I found a little on a forum post but not much clarity. 

CA NO. 7 (Act 870 – HB 524) Provides filling appts/Vac. on Bds./Comm.  (Select 1)
Do you support an amendment, relative to the membership of constitutional boards and commissions that have members who are selected from congressional districts, to retain the existing number of members and to provide for implementation of membership from reapportioned congressional districts by filling vacancies first from under-represented districts and then from the state at large? (Amends Article VIII, Sections 5(B)(1), 6(B)(1), and 7(B)(1) and Article X, Sections 3(A) and 43(A); Adds Article VIII, Section 8(D))

The same forum I linked to above lead me to this pdf on all the amendments. It wasn’t something I found quickly and I think most people are unlikely to come across it.

Basically because Louisiana is dumb to change our state level congressional committees to reflect new census data requires us all to vote on it.

CA NO. 8 (Act 871 – HB 674) State Bd. of Comm./Industry-Tax Exemp. contracts  (Select 1)
Do you support an amendment to authorize the granting of ad valorem tax exemption contracts by the Board of Commerce and Industry for businesses located in parishes which have chosen to participate in a program established for the granting of such contracts? (Effective January 1, 2013) (Adds Article VII, Section 21(L))

It is about creating targeted tax exemptions for certain types of businesses to attract them to the state similar to what we have been doing with the movie industry for a while.

It’s covered in the pdf I linked.

CA NO. 9 (Act 876 – SB 410) Security District/Parcel Fee w/in District  (Select 1)
Do you support an amendment to provide that no law relative to the creation of a special district, the primary purpose of which includes aiding in crime prevention and security by providing for an increased presence of law enforcement personnel in the district or otherwise promoting and encouraging security in the district, shall be enacted unless three separate notices of the proposed law are published at least thirty days prior to introduction of the bill, which notice shall set forth the substance of the proposed law and whether the governing authority of the special district would be authorized to impose and collect a parcel fee within the district, whether the parcel fee will be imposed or may be increased without an election, and the maximum amount of such fee? (Amends Article III, Section 13)

This is about extending amount of public notice required on certain types of bills, specifically related to crime prevention.

It’s covered in the pdf I linked.

PW Metro Council 1.23 Mills – MC – 10 Yrs.  (Select 1)
Shall the Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana (the “Parish”), under the provisions of Article VI, Section 30 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, and other constitutional and statutory authority, be authorized to renew the levy and collection, and adopt an ordinance providing for such levy and collection, of a special tax of 1.23 mills on the dollar of assessed valuation on all property subject to taxation within the boundaries of the Parish (the “tax”) (an estimated $4,180,000 is reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for the entire year), for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the tax collection for the year 2014, and annually thereafter to and including the year 2023, the proceeds of said tax to be used entirely and exclusively to provide funds to purchase, maintain and operate machinery, facilities and equipment necessary and useful in the eradication, abatement or control of mosquitoes, other arthropods of public health importance and rodents, title to which shall be in the public, and maintaining and providing for adequate administrative and support staff in connection therewith?

10 year tax for mosquito/pest control at the parish level. Money specifically for that so that the city can’t not spend money on it.

EBR Parish School District Local Option – Term Limits  (Select 1)
“LOCAL OPTION ELECTION Within East Baton Rouge Parish School District: Shall the number of terms of office that any member of the school board may serve be limited to three consecutive four-year terms?”

This is a state wide question and so it is covered in the PDF along with arguments both before and against it.