Photo: Egan O'KeefeThe mayor and an attendee at last night's RFT Web Awards.DailyRFT had a chance catch up with Mayor Francis Slay last night at Riverfront Times' Web Awards. (The mayor, btw, had a great time, according to his tweets.)After discussing social media with Slay -- a nominee for our c ... More >>
Mayor Slay didn't directly call out the St. Louis Business Journal for asking an idiotic question last week, but he hinted as much. In the wake of the Tucson tragedy, the Biz Journal polled its readers by asking: "Given the Arizona shootings, will you stop attending political rallies?" In h ... More >>
Slay: Blowing the whistle and prepared to make the cuts.Mayor Francis Slay's office this morning outlined its plan to curtail run-away costs within the St. Louis Fire Department. According to the mayor's office, the budget for the fire department has increased 40 percent over the past decade than ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay has formed a campaign committee to save St. Louis' earning tax after Missourians last week overwhelming approved Proposition A, requiring city residents to vote on the tax every five years. St. Louis' one-percent earnings tax for residents and people who work within city limits ... 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 >>
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay posted an online poll yesterday asking readers to vote on several of the issues he mentioned during his Inaugural Address on Tuesday. So far it seems readers of Slay's blog agree with most of the mayor's suggestions in his address -- including the ideas of merging the ci ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay easily won a third term yesterday, collecting 60 percent of the vote and defeating Independent challenger Maida Coleman who garnered just 30 percent of votes.In other election news, maverick Town & Country mayoral candidate John Hoffmann lost handily to incumbent Jon Dalton. T ... More >>
St. 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 Coleman announced her candidacy for ... More >>
The RFT received an e-mail blast yesterday from Mayor Francis Slay's re-election campaign. As some of you may know, the mayor is quite Internet savvy with his blog, podcasts and whatnot. He's also a big fan of so-called "mini-polls" in which he asks St. Louisans all sorts of pertinent questions, suc ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay may be asking himself that question today. I swung by my voting station -- Roe Elementary School in Dogtown -- around 11:30 this morning. Just 82 people in the precinct had bothered to show up before me. The polling place was darn near empty during the five minutes I was there. In ... More >>
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-knuckled re-election campaign.Did you see ... More >>
Must have been "beer-thirty" on "Casual Friday" last week when Mayor Francis Slay dreamed up his latest initiative. According to his blog, Slay is proposing meter-free parking downtown beginning each workday after 4 p.m. The mayor is calling the program "Happy Hour" parking.Now, I'm no teetotaler an ... 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 >>
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced his new legislative agenda recently on -- where else? -- his blog. The tech-savvy mayor's wish list includes many of his perennial goals: additional charter schools, more local control of the police department and the retention of state tax credits for de ... 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 >>
www.poster.net Readin' = good. Congratulations! If you're reading this blog, chances are you're one of the thousands of learned residents who've made St. Louis the 12th most literate city in the nation. Of course, it helps that our leader, Mayor Francis Slay, is one of the most erudite ... More >>
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Blame for problems at the workhouse goes all the way to the top
Slay's inaugural speech
The race for mayor is, once again, all about race
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Francis G. Slay wants to push a troubled city to the future, and he doesn't think "politics" is a dirty word.
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Former Aldermanic President Francis Slay lays the blame for his mayoral candidacy at incumbent Clarence Harmon's door