Not for Attribution

A name-calling, race-baiting word war between two anonymous columnists? Unreal demands to mediate! Plus: Russ Carnahan goes to camp, a local blogger talks politics, and we try on a Beer Bra.

What do you know? The Beer Bra makes you feel younger, drunker and happier!

Edified, we went back inside and drained an Olde English 800 we found lurking at the back of the employee fridge. Our cups runneth over.



LOCAL BLOG O' THE WEEK

"St. Louis Oracle"

stloracle.blogspot.com

Author: St. Louis Oracle

About the blogger:"The author of this blog has been a political junkie in St. Louis for over 50 years and is actively engaged in progressive politics. He is a retired attorney currently engaged in arbitration and mediation."

Recent Highlight (July 12, 2005):The hottest 2006 St. Louis area state senate contest is shaping up in the 4th District, where incumbent Democrat Patrick Dougherty is term-limited. The district comprises roughly the western half of the City of St. Louis, from Walnut Park on the north through St. Louis Hills on the south. Overwhelmingly Democratic, the winner is decided in the Democratic primary.

For the generation preceding 1991, the district was situated wholly in north St. Louis and its residents were mostly African American. When redistricting after the 1990 census forced the city to give up a couple districts, the two African American districts (the 4th and 5th) were reconfigured into elongated north-south boundaries with integrated populations and African American incumbents. Lacy Clay, son of the city's African American congressman, won the 4th District without Democratic primary opposition.

The 2001 redistricting caused the 4th and 5th Districts to expand south into new predominantly white territory. The redistricting coincided with Clay's midterm resignation to move up to succeed his father in Congress. In behind-the-scenes bickering, the Democratic committee nominated Dougherty to succeed Clay. Dougherty is white. In the succeeding election for the full term in 2002, African-American State Rep. O. L. Shelton challenged Dougherty one-on-one, but voters re-elected Dougherty by a surprising 2-1 margin. With Dougherty's term at an end, African American politicians are hungry to take back a seat that many regard as rightfully theirs.

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