Last week, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay once again promoted the "extraordinary opportunity to reduce gun violence" in the city that he and his staff have been working on for more than a year. The idea is to create an "armed offender docket" in the St. Louis City Circuit Court, through which dedica ... More >>
"There will be drones." So says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a tweet yesterday on the controversial airplane surveillance technology. Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT today that the mayor is referring to the federal government's use of drones and says that St. Louis may at s ... More >>
When a Lewis Reed press release slamming Mayor Francis Slay arrived in Daily RFT's inbox earlier this week, we had a serious sense of déjà vu -- especially because it was sent out by Glenn Burleigh, Reed's former campaign manager. Reed, president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, lost his mayora ... More >>
Tomorrow is the primary election for mayor of St. Louis -- and the campaigns of the two frontrunners are falling apart. At least that seems to be the message of both the Lewis Reed and Francis Slay campaigns, who are today fighting about a Facebook post from State Senator Jamilah Nasheed. Nasheed, ... More >>
Rex Sinquefield forced the earnings tax to vote -- thereby pumping more than $500,000 into the economy of political consultants and campaign strategists. Talk about a stimulus!It wasn't exactly cheap -- but it was effective.Citizens for a Stronger St. Louis, the group organized by St. Louis Mayor ... More >>
Because we couldn't find an image of Francis Slay holding firewood. That's right. Beginning today -- and lasting until supplies run out -- the St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is offering free wood to city residents. The stash comes from tree removal at city parks and ... More >>
Could the second time be the charm?Maybe it's not such a pipe dream, after all. Yesterday, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley publicly announced that he'd be willing to merge the county and the city. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay first suggested the same over a year ago. A merger would hope ... More >>
Slay: To serve and correctWe never did get a call back from the mayor's office on the following issue, but Slay has responded -- sort of -- to the our question posed Wednesday. That's when we asked how it could be that the St. Louis mayor continues to be surprised by police department's public-re ... More >>
Residency bill has Francis Slay seeing red.A bill crafted by State Senator Jim Lembke (R - south St. Louis City/County) would allow St. Louis firefighters to live outside the city.The bill (SB739) passed the House and Senate yesterday and basically gives city firefighters the same residency requi ... More >>
Image sourceTake five minutes, get counted, help Mayor Slay get some beer and BBQ.Mayor Francis Slay has made a bet with Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser this U.S. census season: Whose city will increase its census form mail-in response rate by the highest percentage?If St. Louis wins, Slay stan ... More >>
Da' Mare: Francis SlayMayor Francis Slay reiterated his case for local control of the St. Louis police department yesterday.Speaking last night to the House Special Committee on Urban Issues in Jefferson City, Slay told lawmakers that the system in place since the Civil War -- in which the gover ... More >>
The anonymous moderators over at the police discussion board St. Louis Cop Talk have an amusing painting on the site's homepage. Below is a copied image of the doctored artwork. We here at Daily RFT believe we have decoded everyone in this oh-so-special nativity scene. Question is: Can you ... More >>
From Francis Slay's Twitter feed this morning...
A few months back we at Daily RFT harnessed our wicked MS Paint skillz to doctor an image of Mayor Francis Slay enjoying himself at a Cancun disco. The altered photo was meant to poke fun at the St. Louis mayor and his (mostly) ridiculous "mini-polls" that his staff dispatches from City Hall every f ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/zacheversonWe're not sure if anyone popped open a bottle of bubbly yesterday in Room 200 of City Hall, but we know St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and his staff had to be pleased. In a follow-up to an item we posted earlier this month, yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the c ... More >>
jhensinger.home.comcast.net/Two weeks ago, the otherwise honorable Mayor Francis G. Slay was branded a "Butt Head" by RFT because he (and his PR team) did not participate in a poll of local elected officials about smoking bans. Slay was not alone mind you-- several other area pol ... More >>
mayorslay.comThe honorable Francis Slay may be a "butthead" for never getting back to Riverfront Times regarding our survey of local politicians and their views on smoking, but the St. Louis mayor is willing to share his thoughts via his blog. On Sunday the mayor once more blogged about a proposed c ... More >>
denisewatsonwesley/ coleman.comSt. Louis American columnist Political Eye had an interesting story last week about Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman and her ties to Mayor Francis Slay and red-light camera firm American Traffic Solutions (ATS). As you may recall, the relatively unknown Watson-Wesley Colem ... More >>
Hard to miss the sirens, or the RFT...Unreal couldn't help feeling consternation this morning upon finding Jeremy Kohler's "Political Fix" blog re: Mayor Francis Slay and one of his lobbyists, Lou Hamilton, ever so prominently displayed on the STLtoday home page beneath a story about Slay's hard-knu ... More >>
My post last week on Mayor Francis Slay's 2009 legislative agenda and its failure to address smoking in city bars and restaurants generated quite a few comments. Most readers of this blog -- it would seem -- disagree with my proposal that the mayor work with St. Louis County and/or state officials t ... More >>
The Christmas season is prompting some political groups to tap into their inner Scrooge. Boo Krew, a group of people who gather for the purpose of booing Mayor Francis Slay, are planning to meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Missouri History Museum to, yes, boo Slay at a Civil Rights Summit. Read mo ... More >>
Survey: Post-Dispatch finishes dead last in urban coverage.
Mayor Slay blasts into cyberspace
Charlie Foxman gets tough on lard-asses, Unreal learns to network, and Mayor Slay takes credit for the sunrise. Special bonus: an illustrated Local Blog o' the Week.
Are you listening? The RFT goes stumping with Francis.
The Cards overreached -- now San Francisco shows them the way
Ghost letter from a powerbroker teaches Slay the perils of using the bully pulpit
These lawyers could cash in big, but who hired them?
What Slay was willing to give up for the stadium deal that died
Hardball tactics sully the robes of St. Francis and drown out his message
Slay shows up for work, but what gets done?
Blame for problems at the workhouse goes all the way to the top
The mayor answers critics by giving Green the boot
Slay's inaugural speech
The race for mayor is, once again, all about race
Is it time to put aldermen on the chopping block?
Francis G. Slay wants to push a troubled city to the future, and he doesn't think "politics" is a dirty word.
Local honchos stop the press at a stadium-financing confab; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
Former Aldermanic President Francis Slay lays the blame for his mayoral candidacy at incumbent Clarence Harmon's door
Aldermanic President Francis Slay says the timing of a settlement in the Exxon Valdez case wonÕt be a factor in his decision on a mayoral run