An emergency meeting of the Executive Board will be held at 5pm today, according to the South Wales Guardian and the Carmarthen Journal. The Journal carries a slightly longer and more detailed report (here).
As with Kevin Madge's statement last night, the latest press briefing comes not from the council, but Labour HQ in Cardiff which now seems to be running Carmarthenshire.
Labour holds 22 of the 74 seats on the council and polled about a quarter of the votes at the last elections in 2012.
Cneifiwr's prediction is a three-way split:
1. Keep him and fight. (Meryl, Pam and the rest of the Indies)
2. Suspend him now. (Llanelli Labour)
3. I want my mummy.
See the end of this post for some observations on yesterday's meeting of the full council.
Pressure on Kevin Madge to act had been growing from MPs and Assembly Members across the political spectrum, and several senior Labour figures are known to have been aghast at the events unfolding in Carmarthen, privately voicing concerns that the delays would allow time for anyone who might be subject to a police investigation to tamper with evidence.
After yesterday's bizarre council meeting at which discussion of the scandals was once again banned, Kevin Madge went off to see the deputy chief constable. What was said at that meeting is not known, but a Labour source began briefing the media ahead of the meeting that Kevin Madge would announce the suspension of the chief executive.
A few tentative press suggestions that a suspension was imminent were met with a furious reaction from County Hall. It is understood that journalists were warned of dire consequences if they continued down that line.
According to the Western Mail in a report out today (not yet available online), Kevin Madge is understood to have asked Mark James to step down voluntarily. If so, it is clear what the response was.
The damage to the county's reputation is immense, but even worse is the fallout for the Labour Party which sought to rescue something from the ashes last night when it put out a statement in Kevin Madge's name calling for an end to "political point scoring" and a review of the affair by the Welsh Local Government Association.
The statement reflects the line which Kevin Madge and other councillors, such as Anthony Jones (Llandybie, Lab) have taken, that the whole affair is a political vendetta by Plaid Cymru.
It was interesting to note that Dyfed Powys Police ended its statement yesterday by emphasising that its decision to investigate had not been influenced by political considerations.
Whether this strange state of affairs will be allowed to continue remains to be seen, and sections of the Labour Party in Llanelli are known to be very disturbed by what is happening. That poses a problem for Calum Higgins, the party's candidate for the Westminster constituency of Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, who is trying to perform a balancing act in order not to upset anybody.
Meanwhile, it is business as usual for the junta in Carmarthen, and a new round of intimidation and bullying of the press has begun over what the press office (a part of the chief executive's own department) sees as negative reporting.
To get an idea of what the council's idea of balanced news reporting means, have a look at the "Newsroom" on its website. Apparently nothing happened yesterday except that it was rather windy.
A theory which would explain what happened yesterday is doing the rounds, but unfortunately it is not printable.
This blog normally writes up the monthly council meetings, but having gone through the archive, there does not seem to be much point this month apart from a couple of observations.
Firstly, councillors and the public were treated to yet another lengthy presentation which took up almost a third of the time available to the meeting. The subject this time was the Housing Revenue Account, and while it is an interesting subject and one which councillors should be informed, it would surely be better to arrange a separate seminar for things like this, rather than use up so much time on of one of the very few occasions when the public can see some of their concerns and issues being aired and attempts made to hold the Executive to account.
What we saw again at the end of the meeting was the Chair impatiently watching the clock and trying to close down discussion. In the end a huge swathe of reports were waived through with no questions or debate.
Once again we also saw numerous examples of poor chairmanship of the meeting. The impression Cllr Terry Davies gives is that his job is akin to that of a night club bouncer acting on behalf of the management, whereas what the constitution requires is someone who tries to ensure that the voice of backbench councillors and the public is heard.
Detailed questions were asked on things which matter to people in Carmarthenshire, and all too often Cllr Davies nods at the relevant member of the Executive Board and asks "ti moyn ateb?" ("Do you want to answer?"). If they shake their heads, that is the end of the matter. How about insisting on an answer?
For example, questions about what look like serious flaws in the consultation process as it affects cuts to the swimming pool in Newcastle Emlyn were not addressed. Cllr Davies allowed officers and the Executive Board to sidestep them.
At one point the acting Head of Law, Mrs Rees Jones, made a serious accusation against Cllr Siân Caiach about her few seconds in the witness box at the libel trial. The Chair refused the councillor a right of reply.