Who’s really behind the fix to put ABA’s proposal on the ballot?

ABA would be nowhere without the Machiavellian machinations of Chairman Dawson. If there’s one thing that rankles the rank-and-file member of A Better Ascension (ABA) it is the accusation that Council Chairman Bill Dawson is part of their effort to abolish the parish presidency in favor of a manager.  Dawson-disavowal and alibiing the refusal to disclose their donor […]

Matassa proposes anti-ABA expert [3 weeks too late]

President Kenny Matassa, apparently with some free time since his criminal prosecution is on hold while the Attorney General appeals Judge Tommy Kliebert’s latest ruling, has weighed in on the Ascension Parish Home Rule Charter Revision (Circus) Committee.  12 meetings into the festivities, a 6-4 vote recommending A Better Ascension’s (ABA) plan to abolish Ascension’s parish presidency already […]

Note to Lawler: The name is G-O-P-P-E-L-T

  Councilman Aaron Lawler’s propensity for pettiness, his belittling dismissiveness of private citizens expressing opinions obverse to his own, has worn thin.  Lawler cannot help himself as is clearly evidenced by his penchant for peccadillo and pillow fights on social media.  He went too far during the most recent meeting of the Transportation Committee he […]

Why is LA 930 getting special attention from Transportation Committee?

There’s a move afoot by Ascension’s Council Transportation Committee to take two state highways and “all State-owned frontage roads” into the parish maintenance system.  The committee is going to accept another .8 mile of new subdivision roads on Monday, but this is something entirely different.  LA 930 is one of the two roads being considered […]

Planning Commissioner Matthew Pryor is unfit for public service

Matthew Pryor is unfit for public service and every council member who voted to appoint him to Ascension’s Planning Commission owes an explanation and an apology to the constituents they are supposed to serve.  Pryor chairs the commission without integrity, honesty, or the pretense of impartiality.  His tortured logic, and specious legal analysis, paves the way […]

How stupid do ABA and its Charter Revision Committee think you are?

A Better Ascension (ABA) has co-opted a healthy majority of the 12-member Home Rule Charter Revision Committee as its very own.  That fact is evident by the introduction of new sections in ABA’s proposed charter which now includes a “figurehead” parish president alongside its manager.  Rodney Hernandez, the committee member designated by District 11 Councilman Benny […]

Committee recommends taking power to approve subdivisions from Planning Commission

Forget about A Better Ascension’s proposal to replace the parish president with a manager for a second.  The Ascension Parish Home Rule Charter Revision Committee made its first recommendation to the Parish Council on Wednesday, one day shy of the fake deadline for initiatives to be included on the ballot by December 2018.  A unanimous committee recommended […]

Most provocative statement by Council member…

The most provocative statement uttered by any Ascension Council member in some time was made by Teri Casso at the May 21 meeting of the Home Rule Charter Revision Committee.  It was easy to miss given it came during Casso’s questioning of Sam Gaston, the City Manager of Mountain Brook, Alabama who appeared to sell […]

Ascension: Where exercising professional judgment is the path to termination

President Kenny Matassa has axed a steady succession of employees who dared to express professional opinion at odds with the administration’s party line, “that all is well in Ascension Parish.”  From right to left above: Bob Horner was Ascension’s Utilities Director when Matassa fired him the first week of January 2016.  It was Matassa’s first official […]

Ascension: Where exercising professional judgment is the path to termination

President Kenny Matassa has axed a steady succession of employees who dared to express professional opinion at odds with the administration’s party line, “that all is well in Ascension Parish.”  From right to left above: Bob Horner was Ascension’s Utilities Director when Matassa fired him the first week of January 2016.  It was Matassa’s first official […]