Local Politics

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    The Mayor Cares About Black People and 17 Other Clarifications from Ferguson City Council

    The Department of Justice kept a tight lid on Monday night's Ferguson town hall meetings, checking IDs at the door and kicking out non-residents and anyone who tried to videotape the conversation. Ferguson residents had mixed reactions to the meeting, some heralding it as a breakthrough in opennes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Ferguson Mayor James Knowles Details Proposed Civilian Review Board for Police

    Ferguson mayor James Knowles III said he thought Tuesday night's city council meeting -- which consisted of nearly three straight hours of angry and resentful comments toward himself and the board of aldermen -- went better than he expected. One of the first things that set the crowd off was the ann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Lewis Reed Has New Press Strategy, Will Have Campaign-Like Media Operation Year-Round

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Marijuana: St. Louis Aldermen Pass Reform Bill, Mayor Francis Slay Likely to Sign it into Law

    The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has officially passed a local marijuana reform bill that aims to save police resources and reduce punishments for the most minor possession offenses. "This is a good, practical move for the city of St. Louis to alleviate police and prosecutorial resources on minor d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Lewis Reed V. Francis Slay: Attacks In Mayor's Race Reach New Level With Lying Charges

    "Mayor's Senior Staffers Lie to the Public in Attempt to Cover Up Scandal." So says the latest header on a press release from the campaign of Lewis Reed, the Board of Aldermen President hoping to unseat longtime St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. And with it comes the sense that the mayor's race has pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    St. Louis City Continues to Install Red Light Cameras, Despite Judge's Ruling

    See also: St. Louis' Red Light Camera Ordinance Declared VoidSecond St. Louis Judge Rules Against CamerasMotorist Sue City Over Cameras Six months after a judge officially declared the city's red-light camera ordinance void, St. Louis officials and the city's third-party camera vendor, American Tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    University City Logo Rejected, Nevermind They're Already Using It

    The average person may not see huge differences between the old University City logo and the new one. But they don't see what Council member Paulette Carr sees: Procedural noncompliance! The concerns she raised resulted in a rejection of the slightly rejiggered logo at this week's city council meet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Yea or Nay: Should St. Louis City Reduce the Number of Aldermen?

    Alderman Phyllis Young is reportedly planning to propose that the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen contract from 28 members down to a svelte 12, citing the need for a more streamlined, efficient city government. If the proposal passes -- which would require the citizens to vote on it -- no changes w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Lehman Walker, U. City City Manager: Contract Amended After Violations, Before Censure

    Timing is everything in life, and even more vital when you're dealing with a crisis. Near the end of February, Lehman Walker, the City Manager of University City, had a small crisis on his hands -- let's call it a peccadillo.As we covered here, Walker's professional conduct was being investigated by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Tammika Hubbard Wins 5th Ward Alderman Seat

    There will be a new face in city hall Room 230.​Tammika Hubbard is the new 5th Ward Alderman. She took 66 percent of votes in yesterday's special election. Neither of her opponents came close. Rose Green had twenty percent and Tonya Finley had thirteen percent. Perhaps this result illustrates t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Tiny Towns, Expensive Elections, St. Louis County Report Shows

    ​There are exactly 1,653 registered voters in the tiny municipality of Bel Ridge, Missouri. And so when the village decided to hold a special election in February 2010 to increase property taxes, the proposition was bound to be expensive on a per-vote basis. The St. Louis County Board of Election ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    African American Caucus Has Alderman French's Back in Speed Bump Debate

    Will O'Fallon Park speed bumps replace the Saucer on South Grand as St. Louis' top cause?​Earlier this weeks the African American Aldermanic Caucus released a statement rebuking Mayor Francis Slay for vetoing a bill that would allow speed bumps in O'Fallon Park, echoing comments recently made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Today's Board of Aldermen Meeting: Short and Sweet

    Where nothing happens.​"Now that's the way a meeting should be!" cracked tenth ward alderman Joseph Vollmer on his way out of the weekly gathering of city leaders. "Twelve minutes has to be a new record. And if it wasn't for the announcements it would have been ten minutes."Yes, the St. Louis Boar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    St. Louis Mayor and Police Chief Fight Bill That Would Outlaw Red-Light Cameras

    City: Cameras increase safety. Critics: Cameras increase cash.​Mayor Francis Slay and police chief Dan Isom are lending their names to an effort to defeat a Senate bill that would outlaw red-light cameras throughout Missouri.Slay and Isom are holding a press conference this morning in City Hall wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    County Smoking Ban Headed for Nov. 3 Vote -- Despite Objections from Both Sides of Debate

    ​It's not a perfect bill, but it's the best one County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser thought she could get her fellow council members to endorse.

  • Music

    May 20, 2009
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    March 11, 2009

    Joker's Wild in Wildwood: Board Member's Parting Shot is 'Sofa King We Todd Did'

    Call it a parting gift or a parting shot. Either way, former Wildwood Councilman Alan Mawhinney sure has riled up the folks in city hall. Courtesy Tony SalvatoreAs the Post-Dispatch reported this morning, Mawhinney, one of the city's founders and now chairman of the Board of Adjustment, made so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Renegade Alderman John Hoffmann Files for Mayor of Town & Country

    Read it here first: Town & Country alderman John Hoffmann filed paper's today to run for mayor in April's municipal election. Hoffmann, the subject of an RFT cover story last October, has made quite a name for himself since first winning election as an alderman last April. He, of course, has Unr ... More >>

  • News

    August 28, 2002


    Downtown Memphis is already where downtown St. Louis hopes to go

  • News

    February 28, 2001

    Dead Heat

    Efforts to tie attempted voter fraud to the Bosley campaign haven't stuck

  • News

    February 14, 2001

    Put Up or Shut Up

    Candidates must speak clearly about troubled schools

  • News

    February 7, 2001

    Ward Feelers

    Is it time to put aldermen on the chopping block?

  • News

    January 31, 2001

    New Kid, Old School

    Francis G. Slay wants to push a troubled city to the future, and he doesn't think "politics" is a dirty word.

  • News

    January 24, 2001

    Ban the Plans!

    A battle cry for the city's next century

  • News

    January 3, 2001

    The New Wisdom of Boz

    A chastened ex-mayor says he's sorry and asks for another chance

  • News

    December 13, 2000

    Changing Captains

    Why refinish the deck when the hull's leaking?

  • News

    November 22, 2000

    The Mayor and Mr. Jones

    Clarence Harmon gears up for his re-election effort without his go-to guy

  • News

    October 25, 2000

    The Accidental Politician

    After five years in office, enigmatic Darlene Green has become a force to be reckoned with in St. Louis

  • News

    October 11, 2000

    Pipe Schemes

    The powerful Pipefitters union has a simple plan to provide job security for its members: It wants to take away other people's work.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Alderman

    Craig Schmid

  • News

    August 2, 2000

    Wages of the City

    Even if the living-wage proposal passes, don't look for any drastic changes for many St. Louisans eking out a living on minimum pay

  • News

    August 2, 2000

    Blue-Light Special

    When it came to guns, the Overland cops weren't just playing around

  • News

    July 26, 2000

    As Mr. Koresh Suggested, God Will Have to Sort That Out

    Last Friday was a big day for Our Town

  • News

    July 5, 2000

    The Great St. Louis Casino War

    Published the week of July 5-11, 2000

  • News

    June 14, 2000

    Where the Sun Don't Shine

    Missouri's Sunshine Law guarantees open government for all. Trouble is, prosecutors don't enforce it and legislators won't fix it. Just ask the folks fighting City Hall.

  • News

    May 31, 2000

    Quit Looking Over My Shoulder

    Local honchos stop the press at a stadium-financing confab; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

  • News

    April 12, 2000

    The Lead Menace

    In its lawsuit, St. Louis is eager to blame the lead industry for making the area one of the most contaminated in the nation. But the city itself is guilty of doing little to prevent the poisoning of thousands of children like "Little Al" Evans.

  • News

    March 29, 2000

    Not Such E-Z Terms for the E-Z Hotel

    The St. Louis Board of Aldermen have passed a bill funding the new convention-center hotel, but many of the lawmakers aren't very happy with their handiwork; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

  • News

    March 1, 2000

    No Deposit, No Return, Just City Trasher-Type Slobs

    Getting a state bottle-and-can-deposit law on the books seems to be a job for country folks; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

  • News

    February 2, 2000


    Ex-Mayor Vincent Schoemehl swings a headache ball at the city's convention-center-hotel deal -- and misses

  • News

    December 1, 1999


    City Hall makes a quick pick in an ugly battle over Internet and phone service. Prepare to pay the price.

  • News

    November 17, 1999


    St. Louis holds onto its old things -- including the 1914 city charter

  • News

    November 10, 1999


    A desperate St. Louis pays top dollar to gamble on a risky convention-center hotel

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    October 27, 1999
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    August 18, 1999

    The Low Road

    Hazelwood officials cast their lot with the developer of a controversial project in the flood-prone Missouri Bottoms. Their gamble is tearing the North County community apart.

  • News

    June 2, 1999

    Easy Money

    Developers like the Sansone Group are using a state law to rake in millions of tax dollars for retail projects in the burbs. Trouble is, the legislation was designed to help blighted inner cities.

  • News

    April 21, 1999
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    March 10, 1999

    Reconstructing Larry

    City Treasurer Larry Williams used to be known for bounced checks, bad audits and bogus talk. Now he's emerging as the savior of downtown. Who'da thunk it?

  • News

    December 9, 1998

    Barn Razing

    Sparing an angelic intervention or an infusion of cash, the Arena is not long for this world

  • News

    December 9, 1998

    City Limits

    A coalition of St. Louis mayors looking to change the city's charter finds the going rough

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