Notice of Death – December 31, 2020

NATCHITOCHES:
Ruthie Lee Fisher
December 24, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 2 at 10 am at the Goodwill Baptist Church on Holmes Street in Natchitoches

Ruby Lee Hicks
December 27, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 2 at 1 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Alice Oliver
December 24, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Jennifer Robinson
December 8, 1972 – December 25, 2020
Service: Friday, January 1 at 12 pm at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery

Jayen Smith
September 11, 2001 – December 23, 2020
Service: Arrangements TBA

Willie Brown
January 8, 1965 – December 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Bobby Jean Parker
August 9, 1955 – December 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

McTavish Raymond
June 22, 1972 – December 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Sophia Willoughby Washington
December 15, 2020
Arrangements TBA

WINN:
Daniel “Danny” Earl Boyett
May 18, 1957 – December 29, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Barbara Nell Slayter
November 15, 1947 – December 29, 2020
Service: Friday, January 1 at 2 pm at the Family Church in Winnfield

Janet Brookins
August 26, 1957 – December 25, 2020
Arrangements TBA

RED RIVER:
Paul Avery Blakesley
October 03, 1956 – December 28, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 2 at 12 pm at Baker Cemetery

Bass Fishermen…Who Can You Trust?

Now that Christmas is behind me, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming fishing season. Every year now, tournament trails are starting up earlier and earlier. Most trails used to start the first week of February but now, it’s the first week of January! Why? Well part of the problem, there’s too many circuits. There is only so many weekends in a month and I applaud anyone who is a tournament director and trying to schedule their respective events especially on popular lakes like Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn.

That being said, anglers now have to choose well in advance what circuits they want to follow so they can register and find places to stay. This requires a lot of pre-planning and spending time on the net looking for adequate places to accommodate the number of anglers in your party. A lot of anglers today travel in packs just like bass. They stay together and help each other with costs and maybe share a few ideas as to what the bass are doing…. but only with guys they trust.

That’s a big word…TRUST! No other sport has the secrecy that bass fishing does and anglers will guard those secrets with their life. They would literally sell their wives for good and accurate tournament information. Lol…just kidding! That’s only true for just a handful of anglers I know. But we are a strange bunch when it comes to info. I can only think of about four people that I truly trust when it comes to tournament information and how accurate it might be. Some anglers will tell you just enough to throw you off your game and get you going in the wrong direction. Some call this “dock talk” others call it BS but no matter what you call it, you have to be careful and cautious. With my buddies, I’m not looking for what baits to throw or how to catch them. I’m looking more what depth and type of area my they might be catching them. I’ll figure out on my own what I need to throw in order to get the right bites. Because even though some of my buddies might be catching fish a specific way, all of us have certain things we like to do and each of us are all a little different in our own approach. I don’t want to know where they are catching their fish because then I’m restricted as to where I might want to go. If we happen to land on the same group of fish…so be it. We’ll decide later in the event who gets the spot based on the standings. I’ll give up a spot we might be sharing if one of my buddies is in position to win.Today, this small click of guys you trust is so important because tournaments are so competitive and anglers are so good now, that you almost have to team up to get a win. While no one will truly help you win an event outright, sometimes it’s a minor detail in something they said, something they were doing, that you might be able to apply to your own approach in order to help you get a win. My advice to any angler starting to fish the boater/pro side of a circuit, find the right click. Find a true friend or friends, people you know…. who won’t lie to you. In today’s competitive angling world, that can be hard to do but you must find people you can TRUST.

Steve Graf
Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

CITY OF NATCHITOCHES JOB OPPORTUNITY: METER READER

JOB TITLE: Meter Reader

DEPARTMENT: Utility

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Will be required to read all types of water and electric meters both electronically and visually. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Responsible for connecting and disconnecting utility services. Must be able to learn how to operate various electronic meter reading equipment and software. Basic math skills are required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
High School diploma, or GED Equivalent.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St., or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches LA 71458-0037. Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall located at 700 Second St. or may be downloaded at www.natchitochesla.gov

Applications will be accepted through: December 30, 2020

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

PUBLIC NOTICE – NATCHITOCHES TAX COMMISSION CHANGE NOTICE

Effective January 1, 2021: Sales and Use Tax Changes for Natchitoches Parish

As of January 1, 2021 there will be a one percent (1%) decrease in sales tax for the following areas of Natchitoches Parish:

Natchitoches Parish 3.0%
Village of Clarence 4.0%
Village of Natchez 4.0%
Town of Campti 4.5%
Village of Robeline 4.0%

The changes affect columns A, C, D, E, and F on the sales tax form.

A new column for the City of Natchitoches, Economic Development District “D” (BD), is being added to the sales tax return located on Keyser Avenue at 6.5%.

The changes DO NOT affect the City of Natchitoches, for columns B (City of Natchitoches), BA (Economic Development District A), or BC (Economic Development District C).

For those businesses outside the city limits of Natchitoches, make certain you notify your vendors of the tax decrease and use the new sales tax form January 1, 2021. The new form will be sent out before the end of the year. DO NOT file online until the changes have been made in the systems. Mail in your returns and payments for January, February and March.

Any questions concerning the implementation of these tax changes should be directed to:

Jerry W. McWherter, Administrator
Natchitoches Tax Commission
318-357-8871

FINAL: LHSAA 2020 football state championships results

The LSHAA high school football state championship game dates are December 27-30 with state championship games in nine classifications being played at Turpin Stadium on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.  Final Results

CLASS 5A Season Date Time Score Status
Acadiana 10-1 12/30 6pm 34 Final
Alexandria 7-0 12/30 6pm 35 Won
Wednesday

CLASS 4A Season Date Time Score Status
Carencro 11-1 12/29 6pm 35 Won
Edna Karr 10-1 12/29 6pm 19 FINAL
Tuesday

CLASS 3A Season Date Time Score Status
Madison Prep 10-2 12/30 6pm 50 Won
Union Parish 11-0 12/30 6pm 0 Final
Wednesday

CLASS 2A Season Date Time Score Status
Many 11-0 12/27 1pm 16 Won
Kinder 9-2 12/27 1pm 13 Final
This Past Sunday

CLASS 1A Season Date Time Score Status
Oak Grove 10-0 12/28 11am 33 Won
Grand Lake 8-2 12/28 11am 7 Final
This Past Monday

Division I Season Date Time Score Status
Catholic – B.R. 9-2 12/27 6pm 35 Won
C.E. Byrd 10-0 12/27 6pm 12 Final
This Past Sunday

Division II Season Date Time Score Status
Thomas More 9-0 12/28 7pm 35 Won
De La Salle 10-0 12/28 7pm 28 Final
This Past Monday

Division III Season Date Time Score Status
Lafayette Christian 9-1 12/28 3pm 10 Won
Charles Catholic 8-2 12/28 3pm 7 Final
This Past Monday

Division IV Season Date Time Score Status
Calvary Baptist 8-2 12/29 1pm 62 Won
Ouachita Christian 9-1 12/29 1pm 41 Final
Tuesday

Natchez Police Department issues statement regarding Dollar General closure

Natchez Police Chief Michael Gillie Jr. announced on Dec. 30 that the Dollar General in Natchez will be closed for an undisclosed amount of time and will reopen as soon as possible. Gillie stated that as soon as he receives more information from local and district management he will update everyone on this matter. Gillie sends prayers and well wishes to the store’s staff members who provide the community with its convenient needs.

This message was cleared through district management for release.

 

Covid Update from the Governor’s Office

On Dec. 30 Louisiana reported its highest single-day COVID-19 case increase since the pandemic began and sadly, 51 new deaths. Governor John Bel Edwards asks the public to social distance, wash hands and wear masks. This virus is not done with the state and it will take a collective effort to stop the spread.

NPSO SALUTES AND SAYS FAREWELL TO RETIRED NPSO DEPUTY BOBBY GENE DALME

Today, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies had the honor along with the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Police Department and Natchitoches City Marshal’s Office to attend the funeral services of retired US Army veteran and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Bobby Gene Dalme with family and friends at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

Deputy Dalme served his country in the United States Army for 20 years and completed 2 tours of duty during the Vietnam War.

After returning home, Deputy Dalme joined the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office serving 23 years before his retirement under the administrations of Sheriff Norm Fletcher, Sheriff Boyd Durr and Sheriff Victor Jones.

When first hired, Deputy Dalme worked as a resident deputy out of the NPSO South Sub-Station at Derry then eventually progressed as a patrol deputy assigned to patrol duties in south Natchitoches Parish.

Bob did an excellent job and always wanted to make sure citizens in south Natchitoches Parish were getting adequate patrols in their communities.

He loved his family, hunting, dancing and volunteering to cook for sheriff’s office family gatherings and functions.

After the funeral service, NPSO Deputies, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Police and the Natchitoches City Marshal’s Office provided a funeral escort to Rachal Cemetery in Marco, La. for military and law enforcement burial honors.

Natchitoches Parish Fire District 9, Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 and Natchitoches Parish Fire District 1 flew the United States Flag in Deputy Dalme’s hometown of Cloutierville on La. Hwy 1.

We say farewell and salute Deputy Bob Dalme for his dedicated service to his country and the citizens of Natchitoches Parish.

Deputy Dalme is survived by his wife, former retired Deputy Marcia Dalme, his sons NPSO Deputy Sgt. Barry Dalme, Texas DPS Trooper Lt. Bruce Dalme, Texas DPS Trooper Sgt. Brett Dalme, Brian Dalme, Bradley Dalme, Jody LaCour, Landon LaCour, Kelly Davis, his brother Charles Dalme, several grandchildren , great grandchildren, family and friends.

We extend our condolences to Deputy Dalme’s family and ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time and the days to come.
#RESPECT
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DOTD looks back on 2020 accomplishments

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) looks back on its accomplishments from 2020. Between January 1 and November 30, a total of 212 projects consisting of 740 miles were let around the state, equaling an investment of $668 million. By the end of the year, those numbers are expected to increase to 263 projects, 894 miles, and $684 million.

“Reflecting on 2020, it’s been an extremely difficult year for everybody due to COVID-19. Louisiana was also directly hit by a tropical storm and four hurricanes, a record for our state,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “Storm recovery efforts, while they continue, were significant accomplishments this past year. Despite the weather and the pandemic, we have continued to invest in infrastructure to improve our state and to use innovative funding methods in order to get much-needed projects off the ground. I’m proud of not only each and every person in the DOTD family for their accomplishments, but also every citizen of Louisiana for their proven resilience in the face of disaster. I believe the projects we have completed and started will facilitate a safer, faster, and higher quality travel experience.”

Major projects let include:

• I-10 widening between the Texas state line and Coone Gully in Calcasieu Parish
• I-12 widening between LA 21 and U.S. 190 in St. Tammany Parish
• College Drive flyover ramp on I-10 and I-12 in Baton Rouge
• I-10 drainage canal bridge replacement in New Orleans East
• Replacement of the Bayou Chevreuil Bridge near Vacherie
• Replacement of the Union Pacific Railroad overpass on U.S. 84 in LaSalle Parish
• Rehabilitation of ramps along I-20 in Lincoln and Ouachita parishes
• Segment 1 of the LA 124 extension in Catahoula Parish
• Replacement of the U.S. 80 overpass at the Kansas City Southern railroad tracks in Lincoln Parish
• Replacement of the Linton Road bridge over Black Bayou Reservoir in Bossier Parish

Major projects completed:

• I-10 widening between Highland Road and LA 73 in East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes
• J-turns, a roundabout, and other improvements at the intersection of LA 22 and LA 70 in Sorrento
• Judson Walsh Bridge replacement in Opelousas
• I-20/Tarbutton Road interchange in Ruston
• I-10 widening between LA 347 and the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge in Henderson
• I-20 patching, milling, and overlay in Bossier, Webster and Bienville parishes
• Roundabout at the intersection of Edgewood Drive (LA 3144) and Susek Drive in Pineville
• Roundabout at the intersection of Jackson Street (LA 1208-3) and Horseshoe Drive in Alexandria
• Improvements to the intersection of LA 30 at Brightside Lane and Lee Drive
• Installation of cable barriers on I-49 in north Caddo Parish to the Arkansas state line

Routine maintenance projects statewide in 2020 include:

• Bridges
o 6,219 inspections
o 5 repairs
o 7 replacements

• Mowing
o 360,000 acres
o $18 million (contract, agreements, and in-house)

• Litter picked up
o 50,000 cubic yards
o $9.5 million (contract, agreements, and in-house)

• Herbicide
o 100,000 acres
o $3.5 million (in-house)

• Ditch cleaning
o 440 miles
o $6.8 million (in-house)

State of Louisiana announces COVID-19 testing partnership with Walgreens

The Louisiana Department of Health is entering into a new COVID testing partnership with Walgreens to allow up to 19 additional sites across the state to provide testing by appointment.

The Walgreens sites more than double the available 7-days-a-week testing locations while also reducing costs to the State by removing the need for staffing, equipment and other overhead costs.

Residents can now book appointments for testing. You will need to bring your personal ID, and insurance information if you have it, to your appointment. There is no cost to the patient and you will not be billed if your insurance denies coverage.

Results are available within 72 hours of test collection. You will receive an email if negative, or an email and a phone call if positive.

Partnering with Walgreens allows the State to shift to a more sustainable model while Louisiana continues to utilize the Louisiana National Guard (LANG) for high-volume testing sites.

Walgreens testing sites are focused on towns and cities across the state. In order to provide access to testing to those who may live far from one of these sites or LANG-operated sites, individuals can contact their doctor’s offices, other pharmacies or local parish health units to arrange for COVID-19 testing.

Office of Community Services announces assistance for low-income families in Natchitoches Parish

The Natchitoches Parish Office of Community Services is announcing the availability of funds dedicated to assist eligible low-income households in Natchitoches Parish. To request an appointment for assistance, call 318-357-2220 starting Tuesday, January 5, 2021. All interested households MUST call for an appointment. At this time walk-ins will not be accepted.

If your household has received a disconnect notice or has been disconnected ask for a Crisis Assistance.

Below are the 2021 Low Income Home Assistance Energy Program (LIHEAP) income guidelines:

# Household
Members Monthly

1 $2,066
2 $2,702
3 $3,338
4 $3,973
5 $4,609
6 $5,245
7 $5,364
8 $5,483
9 $5,602
10 $5,722

Equal Opportunity Employer/Provider
Auxiliary Aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Fish Hatchery rears snapping turtles to help grow population

These Alligator Snapping Turtles are the largest and the smallest juveniles on site at the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery. The largest was born in 2018 and the smallest is from the 2020 year class. This is a great example of the importance of hatcheries involvement in production and head start programs for species of special concern and Threatened/Endangers species. The 2020 turtles would have many more predators such as egret, heron, large fish, other turtles, alligators etc. The 2018 turtle may have predators of larger alligators giving it a much better chance of survival as an adult.

Photo: Two juvenile alligator snapping turtles (with a pen for size reference) 2 years apart in age. The smallest turtle weighing in at about 11 grams and the largest one weighing 1,920 grams. USFWS

Notice of Death – December 30, 2020

NATCHITOCHES:
Charles Clifton Ferguson
December 08, 1929 – December 27, 2020
Service: Thursday, December 31 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Ruthie Lee Fisher
December 24, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 2 at 10 am at the Goodwill Baptist Church on Holmes Street in Natchitoches

Ruby Lee Hicks
December 27, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 2 at 1 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Alice Oliver
December 24, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Jennifer Robinson
December 8, 1972 – December 25, 2020
Service: Friday, January 1 at 12 pm at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery

Jayen Smith
September 11, 2001 – December 23, 2020
Service: Arrangements TBA

Willie Brown
January 8, 1965 – December 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Bobby Jean Parker
August 9, 1955 – December 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

McTavish Raymond
June 22, 1972 – December 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Sophia Willoughby Washington
December 15, 2020
Arrangements TBA

WINN:
Daniel “Danny” Earl Boyett
May 18, 1957 – December 29, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Barbara Nell Slayter
November 15, 1947 – December 29, 2020
Service: Friday, January 1 at 2 pm at the Family Church in Winnfield

Brenda Haddox Etheridge
January 10, 1949 – December 24, 2020
Service: Thursday, December 31 at 10 am at First Baptist Church

Janet Brookins
August 26, 1957 – December 25, 2020
Arrangements TBA

RED RIVER:
Ruth Ethylene Carney McLaren
August 18, 1938 – December 29, 2020
Service: Thursday, December 31 at 10 am at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church Activities Building

Paul Avery Blakesley
October 03, 1956 – December 28, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 2 at 12 pm at Baker Cemetery

UPDATE: LHSAA football state championships – Schedule & Results

The LSHAA high school football state championship game dates are December 27-30 with state championship games in nine classifications being played at Turpin Stadium on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

CLASS 5A Season Date Time Score Status
Acadiana 10-1 12/30 6pm 0 Pending
Alexandria 7-0 12/30 6pm 0 Pending
Today

CLASS 4A Season Date Time Score Status
Carencro 11-1 12/29 6pm 35 Won
Edna Karr 10-1 12/29 6pm 19 FINAL
UPDATED: Tuesday Night

CLASS 3A Season Date Time Score Status
Madison Prep 10-2 12/30 6pm 0 Pending
Union Parish 11-0 12/30 6pm 0 Pending
Today

CLASS 2A Season Date Time Score Status
Many 11-0 12/27 1pm 16 Won
Kinder 9-2 12/27 1pm 13 Final
This Past Sunday

CLASS 1A Season Date Time Score Status
Oak Grove 10-0 12/28 11am 33 Won
Grand Lake 8-2 12/28 11am 7 Final
This Past Monday

Division I Season Date Time Score Status
Catholic – B.R. 9-2 12/27 6pm 35 Won
C.E. Byrd 10-0 12/27 6pm 12 Final
This Past Sunday

Division II Season Date Time Score Status
Thomas More 9-0 12/28 7pm 35 Won
De La Salle 10-0 12/28 7pm 28 Final
This Past Monday

Division III Season Date Time Score Status
Lafayette Christian 9-1 12/28 3pm 10 Won
Charles Catholic 8-2 12/28 3pm 7 Final
This Past Monday

Division IV Season Date Time Score Status
Calvary Baptist 8-2 12/29 1pm 62 Won
Ouachita Christian 9-1 12/29 1pm 41 Final
UPDATED: Tuesday Night

Cane River Children’s Services seeks donations

Cane River Children’s Services is looking for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 4 game donations, as well as movies for the girls. If you have any you’re willing to donate, please drop them off with us.

Cane River Children’s Services provides healing and hope for children and families with mental health and behavioral health needs by using therapeutic supports to help people fulfill their potential and build healthier family systems.
For more information call 318-352-9349.

City Marshal and staff sworn in

Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court David Stamey swore in City Marshal Randy Williams and his staff on Dec. 28 to start another six year term. Williams and his hard working staff will start their next term on January 1, 2021. Best of luck, keep up the good work and be safe out there!

N-Club Hall of Famer Ted Simon dies at 86

Two-sport standout and N-Club Hall of Famer Ted Simon passed away Dec. 22 at the age of 86.

Simon was a football and track standout at Northwestern State in the 1950s, earning four letters in each of his two sports. He was a standout lineman on the 1953 Gulf States Conference championship team. He was inducted into the Northwestern State N-Club Hall of Fame in 2007.

A two-time All-Gulf States Conference selection as a center in his junior and senior seasons, Simon also played defensive end from his freshman through junior seasons.

In addition to earning a conference championship in football, Simon was part of four straight Gulf States Conference track and field championship teams from 1953-56, competing in the shot and discs.

In lieu of flowers, Simon’s family asks that donations be made to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kaplan or to a charity of their choice.

Photos: Memorial graphic and 1954 track and field and 1955 football headshots of Ted Simon. Credit: NSU Athletics

Natchitoches Police arrest individual for shooting on Fairgrounds Road

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place Thursday night on Fairgrounds Road.

On December 24, 2020 around 8:33 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to the 200 block of Fairgrounds Road in reference to someone being shot in the area. Upon officers arrival they located the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. While officers were rendering aid to the victim they were notified by a witness that Joshua Jones (B/M, 19 y.o.a. of Simsboro) got into an argument with the victim. During the argument Joshua Jones shot the victim multiple times and fled the area on foot. Officers were able to locate Joshua Jones and place him under arrest without incident.

Joshua Jones is charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder and was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

If you would like to report suspicious activity or an emergency please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective Terry Johnson at (318) 357-3858. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

Electoral College Process Allows For Principled Objections

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

Votes not ‘regularly given’ or an elector not ‘lawfully certified’ include objections to individual electoral votes or to state returns as a whole

Polling indicates that as much as 54% of the country feels the presidential election was not fairly and honestly conducted and, therefore, that the outcome is illegitimate. So, at this point, what can be done about that?
Short of the U.S. Supreme Court deciding to hear a case that challenges the voting procedures in the contested states, the only likely constitutional and/or statutory path left is an objection in the Joint Session. The objection would have to be based on the allegation that an electoral vote was “not regularly given” or that an elector was “not lawfully certified.” (3 U.S.C. § 15). These two grounds are considered by legal scholars to include objections to individual electoral votes or to state returns as whole.

The specific procedure for making objections to the counting of electoral votes is as follows: The objection must be presented in writing and must be signed by at least one Senator and one Representative. The objection must state clearly and concisely, and without argument, the grounds for the objection. When an objection is properly made in writing and endorsed by at least one Senator and one Representative, the joint session is suspended, and each house then meets separately to consider the objection.
So, the House meets alone and the Senate withdraws from the House chamber to also separately consider and debate the objection for no more than two hours and then vote whether to count the electoral vote (s). If both houses then vote separately and, by a simple majority, don’t each agree to the objection, the objection fails and those electoral vote (s) are counted.

Of course, the reason the electors are so important is because the Electoral College is the formal body that actually elects the President and VP. Each state has as many “electors” in the Electoral College as it has Representatives and Senators in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. (LA. has 8). So, when voters vote in a Presidential election, they are actually voting for a slate of electors who vow to cast their ballots for that ticket in the Electoral College.

On Jan 3, 2021, the new Congress will be sworn in. On Jan. 6, 2021, at 1:00 pm, the new Congress counts the electoral votes at a joint session of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House in the U.S. House chamber. The President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence, presides over the joint session. This process usually certifies a winner of the presidential election.

We will see whether it does this time. Even if the outcome of the election is not changed, making objections that must be separately heard and voted upon is a highly visible—and highly principled—manner by which to formally declare on the record whether this election was conducted in a way that deserves the faith in, and support of, millions of American voters.

(P.S. As an aside, I offer again that the State Legislatures in each of the disputed states—Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania—clearly possess the plenary (complete) constitutional authority to decide which electors to certify. Recall that because the new Congress doesn’t meet until Jan. 3rd, electoral votes are not counted until Jan. 6, and a new president is not inaugurated until Jan. 20th, any certification that has been made—remember Dec. 8th and Dec. 14th are statutory deadlines not constitutional ones—can still be rescinded and a correct certification of electors made by each legislature. It is the state legislatures that must act).

The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Natchitoches Parish Journal.  If you have an article or story of interest for publishing consideration by the NPJ, please send it to NPJNatLa@gmail.com.