Economic Policy

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    October 16, 2012

    Missouri's Prop. B Is About Tobacco Taxes, Though You'd Never Know From Billboards

    It's clear from the billboards sprouting up around Missouri that Proposition B is about raising taxes. But what exactly is the 760 percent tax increase that the "Vote No on Prop. B" signs warn you about? Unless you're really into politics you'd never know. And that is somewhat by design.

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    August 10, 2011

    The Downgrade -- Voices from The Royale

    Somebody clearly messed up. But who will take the blame?​After S.& P. downgraded America's credit rating from AAA to AA , the political strategy on both sides of the aisle was clear: Blame the other guys.The irony of the situation, of course, is that Monday's stock market dip, partially sparke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    St. Louis Macho Man Impersonator Laments Death of Randy Savage

    Moore in 2009 when he came by the RFT to tell us his economic stimulus plan.​J.R. Moore's phone is ringing off the hook today. "I know why you're calling," says Moore the moment he picks up the receiver. "It's a sad day, isn't it?"For a decade, the 63-year-old Moore has made something of a name fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Filibuster Leaves State Senators Dyslexic; Wanted $41 Million in Cuts, Take $14 Million

    Jim Lembke stares confidently at a reading chart.​Missourians won't be getting any federal aid to weatherize their homes in next budget year after four Republican state senators pulled an all-night filibuster that ended around 7 a.m. today. The senators -- Jim Lembke of Lemay, Brian Nieves of Wash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Tobacco-Free St. Louis Faces IRS Complaint Over Lobbying, Campaign Contribution

    Jim Pepper is complaining to the IRS that an anti-smoking agency has crossed the line.​O'Fallon Councilman Jim Pepper has followed through on his threat to complain to the IRS about the political work of Tobacco-Free St. Louis.Pepper yesterday filed a complaint with the IRS, charging that the non- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Time to Drug Test that CEO

    While the real dialogue on DailyRFT today could be found on a post about the efficacy of red-light cameras in saving lives, the most succinct and humorous comment of the day came in response to a post about a bill allowing welfare recipients to be drug tested. Commenter "AN" had this to say: So seri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Tommy Sowers Stars in the Most Missourah Political Ad Ever Made

    Candidate in blue jeans? Check.Xenophobia? Check.Bashing the bank bailout? Check.Firing a shotgun? Check.Pickup truck full of horse manure? Double check.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Fairmount Park Fiasco May Get Entire Illinois Racing Board Fired

    Image viaThe Illinois Racing Board is the stick figure​The Illinois House of Representatives voted yesterday to fire every member of the Illinois Racing Board for the agency's handling of a labor dispute earlier this year at Fairmount Park.The bill, HB 5064, passed 89-24 and is sponsored by Rep. J ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009
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    July 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 7.2

    The E. coli outbreak linked to Colorado's JBS Swift Beef Co. has hospitalized a dozen. (AP)McDonald's enters the "upscale" fast-food burger battle. (CNN Money)France resorts to a tax cut to get derrieres back in restaurant seats. (AP)

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Tea Parties and the "Homosexual Agenda"

    A post last week in which I mentioned a downtown "tea party" in the same breath as a Nazi protest generated a lot of heat from readers. Here's a typical screed I received: "Your [sic] a sad excuse for a human being and an American. You linking people who defend and believe in the Constitution, God, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Right-Wing, Anti-Gay Group Planning Another Tea Party in St. Louis, Elsewhere

    teapartyday.comThe American Family Association -- a Mississippi outfit known for its crusades against homosexuality, pornography and the entertainment industry -- is helping to plan a national "TEA Party Day" on April 15. TEA, according to organizers, stands for "Taxed Enough Already." The AFA says ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009
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    February 26, 2009

    Tea and "Grumpets" Under the Arch

    A group of folks opposed to the federal stimulus package President Barack Obama signed into law earlier this month are meeting under the Gateway Arch tomorrow to protest the legislation.Similar rallies are being held across the country on Friday. Protesters are comparing themselves to Revolutionary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    McCaskill: "I'm home from work. Time to focus."

    Hats off to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, who shows us again that she's one of us, "our Claire" even, this time via Twitter:One thing though, now that McCaskill's home from "work" (a.k.a. the U.S. Capitol), only now is she going to focus? The devotion to college basketball for alumni is especia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    The Final Debate: Joe the Plumber Replaces Joe Six Pack

    8:01 p.m. Here we go, the final presidential debate. The carpet's red, the walls are blue and Bob Scheiffer's silver head is telling us the subject is domestic policy. Scheiffer's just introduced the candidates. 8:04 p.m. McCain just blundered -- "Fannie and Freddie May." John looks sleepy, blinkin ... More >>

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    June 1, 2008
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    November 16, 2005

    Irons in the Fire

    Critical audits zero in on Vashon's storied basketball program

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    May 15, 2002

    Smoke and Numbers

    In the Century Building scrap, everybody's deal is shaky, even the mayor's

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    April 17, 2002

    Golden Rails

    Sure, MetroLink's expensive -- so's your Lincoln Navigator

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    December 19, 2001

    Guilt by Association

    Week of December 19, 2001