In this blog by LSU Political Science Professor Jeffrey Sadow, the Louisiana Auctioneer Licensing Board (LALB) is referenced as being "cartoonish," "amateurish," and a body that routinely engages in "unprofessional" behavior. Dr. Sadow even suggests (see last paragraph of blog) that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's LALB appointments (Jindal appointed ALL members) through their behaviors as Sadow has bluntly assessed them, may even cost Gov. Jindal dearly in any quest for the Presidency of the United States. The material below, including the two most recent videos updated on this webpage on March 19, 2013, will provide insight into Dr. Sadow's assessment and why he suggests Gov. Jindal "use his powers to take some kind of corrective action."
March 19, 2013 video additions (both from the March 5, 2013 LALB Meeting):
Fresh off being exonerated by the Louisiana Inspector General Office, LALB Vice Chairman James Sims
resumes his ANGRY & HOSTILE tone toward LAPA President Rev. Freddie Lee Phillips,
Louisiana's First and Only African American Auctioneer. He is joined in his efforts by LALB
Chairman Tessa Steinkamp, who has NEVER shied away from her own unprovoked personal attacks against Rev. Phillips.
LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips attempts to obtain clarification on whether LAPA's website
will be added as a link to the LALB website. Board Attorney Larry Bankston responds by making a number
of personal observations about LAPA (after being requested to do so by Board Member Hal McMillin).
Mr. Bankston responded, beginning at the 4:00 mark, by relaying that LAPA has few members and cites that as a rationale
why he personally would NOT recommend placing LAPA's website link onto the LALB's website.
As Mr. Bankston is aware, LAPA tenet # 2, REQUIRED to be signed by ALL LAPA Members,
entails the voluntary disclosure of a past felony conviction on a member's LAPA profile page.
It's certainly understandable why Mr. Bankston would have disdain for LAPA given that Mr. Bankston is HIMSELF a CONVICTED felon.
Furthermore, when Mr. Bankston's hiring was considered by the LALB, Ms. Darlene Jacobs-Levy,
as evidenced beginning at the 3:10 mark of this video, flatly FALSELY stated that Mr. Bankston had "never been
censured by any court that I'm aware of......" Mr. Bankston, who was present for Ms. Jacobs-Levy's statements, did NOTHING to
correct her falsehood even though Mr. Bankston's law license was REVOKED by the Louisiana Supreme Court as a result of
his felony conviction, which was comprised of accepting a bribe while serving as a Louisiana State Senator.
So it's no big shock that Mr. Bankston would have disdain for LAPA,
particularly given the number of Louisiana-licensed auctioneers who have felony convictions, including several
prominent members of the Louisiana Auctioneer Association (LAA), an entity which Mr. Bankston said
"is free to have its website link remain on the LALB website without any obligation whatsoever to place LAPA's website
link on the LALB's website."
CLICK HERE for
letter from Bankston to Rev. Phillips dated April 17, 2013 DENYING Rev. Phillips
to email correspondence between himself and Board Members regarding placing LAPA's link on the LALB website
wherein Bankston cites LA R. S. 44.4.1(C) (attorney-client priviledge) to justify such denial.
That's an interesting legal theory since the statue says:
"The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to any writings, records, or other accounts that reflect the
mental impressions, conclusions, opinions, or theories of an attorney or an expert,
obtained or prepared in anticipation of litigation or in preparation for trial."
Since "preparation for trial" is out as
a justification, it would be interesting to asertain how Mr. Bankston
justifies the denial on the apparent reliance of "anticipation of litigation."
HERE to see letter of
Larry Bankston dated January 9, 2013 (the day after the Board Meeting
wherein Rev. Phillips requested the link be added) to Sandy Edmonds (copying Chairman Tessa Steinkamp)
with his legal guidance regarding LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips' request.
LOUISIANA AUCTIONEER'S LICENSING BOARD
VICE CHAIRMAN JAMES SIMS
LAMBASTS LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL
Members Sims & Bordelon (roll-call responses): "I's here," and "I's here, too."
PLUS OTHER EMBARSSMENTS to the
STATE OF LOUISIANA
by LALB Members!!
LALB Vice Chairman James Sims' 11/05/12 Lambasting of Gov. Jindal
2:57 Mark of Video, LALB Vice Chairman James Sims,
at 6/20/11 LALB Meeting, Openly Flaunts His Disdain for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
5:57 Mark of Video, LALB Vice Chairman James Sims Is Openly Hostile
Toward Fellow Board Member Rev. Freddie Phillips @ 7/18/11 LALB Meeting
Accusing Rev. Phillips of conducting "after-the-fact witch hunts."
LALB Vice Chairman James Sims & Greg Bordelon,
in LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips ONLY Absence in 4 Years of LALB Meetings
Respond to Roll Call @ 11/5/12 LALB Meeting
CLICK HERE for 12/22/12 Advocate Article Regarding Above Episode
CLICK HERE for Inspector General Report Dated 2/20/13 Regarding Above Incident
CLICK HERE for 3/9/13 Advocate Follow-up Article Regarding Above Incident
3:09 Mark of 1/10/11 LALB Meeting: Rev. Phillips
Repeatedly Threatened with Lawsuits for Merely Questioning
Invoice Payment as Potential "misappropriation of funds."
CLICK HERE to See Lawsuit Threat Followed Up in Writing
9/19/11 LALB Meeting - LALB Attorney Anna Dow:
"Phillips, are you carrying a weapon?"
Question Repeated by Dow 3 More Times
LALB Chairman Steinkamp Expresses Her Disdain for Rev. Phillips
at the 8/2/10 LALB Meeting By Stating Why She Feels He
Should Not Be a Board Representative at a National Auctioneer Conference
Gov. Jindal, in a statement to Politico on November 13, 2012 relayed that the Republican Party needs to stop being the "stupid party," and refrain from offensive commentary aimed at various groups to whom the party needs to reach out and embrace. Are the above episodes representative examples of such efforts on the parts of direct appointees of Gov. Jindal in his home state of Louisiana?
Want to see MORE LALB videos? CLICK HERE for a chronological archive going back to September 17, 2010. As Dr. Sadow says in his blog, it's amateur hour at its best!!
HERE to See Encounters of LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips and LAPA Vice
President Robert Burns Regarding Videotaping of Interior Design Board Meetings
CLICK HERE to View LAPA's Proposed REFORM of the Auction Industry in Louisiana
CLICK HERE to See MORE Encounters of LAPA President Rev. Freddie Phillips with the LALB
To return to LAPA's Home Page, CLICK HERE