Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Banks calls meeting to decide representation for the defendant in his case.

"Let the games begin."  That was meant as a joke when JJ reported on the ballot brawl between Madison County District 4 Supervisor and 32 year champ-een Democrat Karl Banks and his challenger, Republican David Bishop.  However, the games indeed started today as a flurry of activity took place in Madison County.  And you thought the Christmas season would bring good will to all.

The Madison County Election Commission certified the election in November.  Mr. Banks lost by not one, but two votes.  No straws were needed although dueling or trial by combat remains an option.  Mr. Banks sued the Election Commission and Mr. Bishop.

One seat was vacant on the five-member Election Commission as Julia Hodges resigned her position when she ran for Circuit Clerk this year.  An election was held and Tammie Phillips won the election.  She is considered to be of the Democratic Party persuasion although she ran as an independent.  Now the fun starts.

The Board of Supervisors hired Spence Flatguard to represent the Election Commission as its regular attorney in October.  He is considered to be an expert on election law.  The Election Commission held its first regular meeting after the election's certification today.  Today was also the first day that Ms. Phillips could assume her position on the commission.  The commission voted 3-2 today to ask the Board of Supervisors to terminate Mr. Flatguard's contract and hire Canton attorney Willie Evans. The vote broke down along racial lines as the black commissioners voted to fire Mr. Flatguard while the white commissioners voted to retain him.

Mr. Banks, remember him?,  called a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors for Monday, a week before its next scheduled meeting.  Mr. Banks did so as President of the Board.  Keep in mind he sued the Election Commission and will now vote on the hiring or firing of its attorney unless he recuses himself Monday. 

28 comments:

Calling John Grisham said...

Crooks and thieves, most all of them. This is a good time for an investigation or at least a good time for the vigilance of newspaper publishers. Where is Bill Minor? Where is Jerry Mitchell? Oh, wait.....the crooks and thieves are black democrats. My bad.

Anonymous said...

Just call Canton little Jackson.

Big Black River Rat said...

This crap puts Jackson in the shade.

Anonymous said...

Karl is a crook and nothing is beneath him. If he questions why he lost the race to David Bishop, he need only examine his actions in the last few weeks. The people of Madison County are tired of corrupt politicians who feel there is no standard to which they will be held accountable.

As for the three election commissioners who are acting as Karl's puppets by voting to fire attorney Spence Flatgard, they are simply lacking in character. It's always unsettling to hear of any employee being terminated for following the law and doing what is in the best interests of the County. The people of district 2 may have fallen asleep when electing Tammie Phillips, but I dare say that Ms. Phillips should not get too comfortable. There will be another election and she will not win!

Anonymous said...

@9:54 This evet has nothing to do with the city of Canton. This is all Madison County BOS crap.

I will tend to agree with ya though on the city of Canton being a little Jackson

Anonymous said...

The county election commission voted a blithering idiot in as its chair person with the help of Ms Phillips first official act.

Anonymous said...

If Bishop's win stands, can't the new Board of Supervisors undo all of this next month?

Kingfish said...

yes

Anonymous said...

@8:21 & Kingfish:
Even if Karl somehow is able to undo what the Election Commission certified (which seems unlikely), can't the Board of Supervisors vote to undo this mess? If so, I challenge all of the newly elected commissioners to vow to do so.

Anonymous said...

Edit to 8:44AM:

I challenge all of the newly elected board of supervisors to undo this mess. That's Sheila Jones, Trey Baxter, and David Bishop!

Just a local awyer said...

I know Willie Evans and he doesn't know anything about election law. I can't imagine any justification for changing lawyers in the middle of a dispute.

Burke said...

I saw in the paper that Spence Flatgard took the high road. I wonder if he would even take the job back. Mr. Banks needs to come to Jesus and get the hell out of the way.

Anonymous said...

While the sups control whether the election commissioners are authorized to pay for legal services, the sups would be hard-pressed to attempt to control the selection of counsel. Spence is probably smart to walk away from a situation where he knows, going in, he is not wanted. Let someone else deal with that group of hair-brained idiots.

Anonymous said...

Bank isnt going down with out a fight. A large sum of money will be spent challenging this election. Rudy will probably bankroll it cause Rudy is going to fall is Banks doesnt go back in.

Banks has too many relatives depending on the county for their support. His grand children will lose their health insurance if said relatives get terminated.

Anonymous said...

Banks is a crook that will do anything to stay in power. His power as Supervisor also helps him get certain contracts for his own businesses.

Anonymous said...

Rudy has already cashed his last check from Madison County.

Anonymous said...

@10:28AM
While I get where you are going, I think your logic is wrong. It is in the county's best interest to retain an attorney with election law expertise. Madison County is already throwing money away. There is no reason for the county to enter into unnecessary lawsuits (read: Karl's lawsuit) or become an easy target for future litigation. The Election Commission's lawyer is there to provide legal advice quickly regarding a variety of election-related subjects. In this instance, it is a case of checks and balances. While the three democrat election commissioners may think they want Wesley Evans, he has no experience with election law. His focus is currently servicing as a public defender. Those are two very different things. What can he really bring to the table? It is in the supervisors' job scope to look out for the county and do what is overall the best. The other two commissioners wish to retain Spence Flatgard.

Anonymous said...

Rudy is going to do all he can to keep Banks in the chair and I'm certain he will help fund Banks challenge expenses. That expense is Banks responsibility not the MCBOS

Anonymous said...

Just a local lawyer said above: "I can't imagine any justification for changing lawyers in the middle of a dispute".

The answer is unless you want to lose. I suspect the 3 Democrat election commissioners would prefer that Banks (another Democrat)win, not Bishop (a Republican). They may want the election results in favor of Bishop overturned and Banks to win. So they fire the lawyer that knows election law and has a chance to uphold the result, i.e. Bishop's victory, and then hire a lawyer who knows nothing about election law and has a better chance of losing and the election being overturned as they wish. Just a thought.

Good Riddance said...

I say put all these crooks in a leaking Jon Boat in the middle of Rudy's lake and let them sink or swim. Madison County is finally rid of their thieving asses.

Anonymous said...

Why has Gerald Steen been so quiet? Is he the bride left at the altar? It is blowing in the wind that Queen Mary does not want Gerald on on her ship and that he can't be trusted and he is not loyal.

Eye On Steen said...

Steen is like the long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Nervous. He voted against approving Rudy's 180,000 dollar airport invoice for imaginary expenses. He's trying hard to appease the new appointees while meeting Rudy and the gang for discreet lunches.

He actually doesn't know whether he's holding the trump card or sitting in the ejection seat. He is the perfect example of the man who will either sell his soul to the devil or march with a cross upon his back.....depending on the direction of tomorrow morning's wind.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the election commission can manufacture 17 absentee ballots, put them in a sack and magically discover them. Or prehaps it will be just the right number to keep the seat for Banks. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Regardless if Banks goes back in or not, Rudy is gone. MHB has been after him for years. As for Steen and MHBs relationship, I guess we will just have to wait and see.

I foresee turbulent times ahead for MCBOS. I wonder just who all is going to be left standing at the admin building.

History Lesson said...

6:27; How do you figure that? If Banks retains his seat and Steen gets a plain, brown envelope from Rudy and one more vacillates, Rudy slides safely into home plate.

By the way....MHB ain't got shit to do with anything any more. Well, other than approving phallus symbols all over town. Let us NEVER forget that Hawkins-Butler put John Bell on the Board to begin with. She ran him as 'her boy' and we're still paying for that.

North side said...



about those brown envelopes -- you know if someone who witnessed such would speak up most of this mess would take an interesting turn...

agree?

Anonymous said...

about those brown envelopes -- you know if someone who witnessed such would speak up most of this mess would take an interesting turn...

If you see something, say something.

Oh, wait......

North side said...


Oh if I saw brown envelopes pass between the parties mentioned in these threads - I dang sure would say something and watch hopefully when the cuffs go on ....

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