Jake Wagman stepped down last week from his job as a political reporter at the Post-Dispatch to start an opposition research firm. Yesterday Riverfront Times caught up with the 33-year-old Wagman, who we once named St. Louis' best reporter, to discuss his new gig as a freelance sleuth and his memori ... More >>
While reporting our current feature on the 2012 NRA Conference, I happened to be walking past right when Ted Nugent made these remarks: As you've probably heard, the Secret Service has arranged a meeting today with The Nuge in order to do "appropriate follow-up," but Nugent ain't concerned.
Last night Rick Santorum swept the primaries in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado. As expected, his most decisive victory was in Missouri, where he took all 114 county for a 55 percent runaway, more than doubling Mitt Romney's 25 percent. In many ways, it's a hollow success. It didn't count towa ... More >>
Today state Representative Jamilah Nasheed, subject of our August feature story Just Who Does Jamilah Nasheed Think She Is?, announced that she is running for the state Senate seat currently held by Robin Wright-Jones. Nasheed, who is in the middle of her third term in the state House, immediat ... More >>
The Keystone XL Pipeline is not the kind of "new energy" that President Obama's former fans at Wash. U. were looking for.As the P-D's Jake Wagman reports this morning, a protester interrupted President Barack Obama's fundraiser in downtown St. Louis last night to interject "Stop the Pipeline!"Wri ... More >>
Wright-Jones blames reporter for stirring things up on "sleepy summer afternoon."Updated 9:35 a.m. with reaction from Jake Wagman.In a page-one story Sunday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, political reporter Jake Wagman exposes several accounting irregularities in the campaign filings of state se ... More >>
Peter Kinder appearing in a 2010 interview about his lawsuit to stop "Obamacare."If you didn't see yesterday's article on Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, stop what your doing and give it a read. Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman provides a text-book example on how to nail a double-tal ... More >>
Image viaMcCaskill: NYT got it all twisted!Now that a New York Times piece has suggested that Senator Claire McCaskill torpedoed St. Louis' bid for the 2011 Democratic Convention, she's fighting back. The gist of the article was that she publicly supported bringing the convention here, but ... More >>
Senatorial hopefuls Robin Carnahan and Roy Blunt will square off tonight in Kansas City and again tomorrow at Lake of the Go Carts. Only tonight's debate will be televised -- 9 p.m. on KETC Channel 9.So, what to look for in tonight's debate? Political blogger John Combest has a few ideas. This mo ... More >>
The article that started it all.The political blogosphere is on fire with allegations surrounding writer Michael Gross's profile of Sarah Palin in this month's Vanity Fair.Much of that brouhaha comes from the opening two graphs of the article, a seemingly innocuous scene-setter describing Palin b ... More >>
Wagman is now politically independent, so to speak.Dagburnit! We thought we'd beat the Post-Dispatch to their own story -- but they just posted a quick item in front of us.Earlier today Daily RFT received an internal email for the paper outlying changes in the newsroom. Most noticeable among thos ... More >>
Image Via Vincent Bommarito in his restaurant Tony'sThose five measly DWI's the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department issued on Mardi Gras? Well, make that four measly DWI's.One of the arrests was Christopher Campo, nephew to Vincent Bommarito, the proprietor of the esteemed downtown ea ... More >>
McCaskill hopes Obama will lure in the money.President Barack Obama will swing through St. Louis next month. Obama will be in town March 10 for a fundraiser for Sen. Claire McCaskill, reports Jake Wagman on Political Fix. McCaskill isn't up for re-election 'til 2012, yet she's already stock ... More >>
Curt Smith (left) in his younger days.File under news of the weird: Jake Wagman of the Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that political upstart Tommy Sowers -- a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri's 8th Congressional District -- had a number of famous donors ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsSEIU hopes D'Agrosa will trounce on the charges called for by Tea Party activists.Elston McCowan and Perry Molens face misdemeanor charges for allegedly assaulting a political button-seller last year; the defendants have pulled out the big guns by retaining St. Louis criminal def ... More >>
twitter.comWagman faces a maximum penalty of $1,000 and a year in jail.The Indianapolis-based Society of Professional Journalists last week called for St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington to drop a misdemeanor charge against a St. Louis Post-Dispatch political reporter, Jake Wagman.St. L ... More >>
biggovernment.comThe website biggovernment.com appears to have obtained a copy of an investigative police report concerning the alleged beating of button-seller Kenneth Gladney and the arrest of St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman. A little background: Gladney was with tea-partyers circu ... More >>
lacyclay.orgWilliam Lacy ClayCongressman William Lacy Clay is filing for divorce.The local law journal Missouri Lawyers Weekly first reported the news last week. Gossip columnist Deb Peterson then picked the item up for her stltoday.com blog. Yesterday, Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman went down t ... More >>
Bumped: Only a few hours left to vote!As I write this, Jake Wagman's fine Post-Dispatch article on President Barack Obama inviting the Delmar Loop pizza restaurant Pi to the White House has garnered 178 reader comments.While a few readers are thrilled to see a locally owned St. Louis business gain n ... More >>
Earlier today I wrote how Town & Country officials want to ban smoking in their municipality and all of St. Louis County. Now comes word through City Hall scribe Jake Wagman that Central West End Alderwoman Lyda Krewson (Ward 28) plans to introduce a bill next week calling for a smoking ban in S ... More >>
Where to begin? Let's see. Last week, a new advocacy group calling itself Missouri Families for Safer Roads held a press conference announcing its support for red-light cameras. According to the group and its aptly named Web site, MoSaferRoads.com, red-light cameras "are proven traffic safety enforc ... More >>
So Jake Wagman of the Post-Dispatch reports. Is that bad news? (Wait for it...) No -- it's the wurst! -Ian Froeb
An Unreal friend checked in at our morning's inbox with this: Did Kristen Hinman change her name to Tim Barker and start writing for the P-D? Surely the P-D writers aren't so brazenly lazy to simply take one of your articles, throw away the interesting but not-so-newsy background paragraphs and sla ... More >>
The icon of postmodern architecture has a sense of humor. Who knew?
Six weeks ago incumbent Jim Shrewsbury looked like the favorite to win the race for president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen -- not least when comparing his campaign finance reports to those of challenger Lewis Reed. As of January 24, Shrewsbury boasted a war chest of $238,824, Reed $205,000. T ... More >>
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