Matt Bartle

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Tessa Vanvlerah: Ass Clown of the Year!!

    There she is...Miss Ass Clown.​It's official. Tessa Vanvlerah, the suburban St. Louis mother charged with child pornography, incest and statutory rape and sodomy for crimes involving her 13-month-old daughter has won Daily RFT's Ass Clown of the Year. Vanvlerah beat out a panel of eight other nomi ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Dipshitius Maximus: Cast Your Vote for Ass Clown of the Year!

    ​It was a bountiful year in St. Louis with lots of stupid criminals, dozens of dirty rotten scoundrels and plenty of pompous politicians who delivered us scores of candidates for our Ass Clown of the Week competition. But now it's time to crown an official winner. You know, Ass Clown of the YEAR! ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Best of Blowback: Top 10 RFT Reader Responses

    This one's for you, dear readers.​ In honor of this year's Best of St. Louis issue, which hits the street today (woohoo!), we at RFT wanted to honor a different kind of "best" -- the best contributions from you, our readers. In the last year, your comments have made us laugh. They've made us cry ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Lawsuit Filed to Stop Nudity Ban in Missouri Strip Clubs

    ​It's on. The lawsuit Daily RFT first told you was in the works back in June was officially filed yesterday in Cole County. The suit names Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster as defendant and questions the constitutionality of S.B. 586. It further claims that lawmakers refused to do a proper f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Chuck Purgason: State Senator Can Talk All Night -- and Did!

    Purgason: Purged everything he had last night.​State Senator Chuck Purgason (R - Caufield) ended his 21-hour filibuster moments ago.Purgason had been trying to block a vote for a bill to provide $150-million in tax incentives to Ford Motor Company. After nearly an entire day spent reading emails a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Lawsuit in Works Over Bill to Outlaw Nudity at Missouri Nudy Clubs

    ​One hundred thousand dollars. That's all the supporters of state Sen. Matt Bartle's bill S.B. 586 say the legislation will cost Missouri and local municipalities in lost tax revenue each year. That's $100,000 for a bill that could force the closure of an estimated 60 percent Missouri's 130 adult- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Have You Boffed State Rep. Matt Bartle? If So, You Could Win Concert Tix!

    Matt Bartle: So sexy!​Our sister paper in Kansas City has an unusual competition going on that Daily RFT readers might be interested in as well. The Kansas City Pitch wants anyone who's screwed around (literally) with state rep Matt Bartle to let them know. Bartle, as you certainly know by now, is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Matt Bartle: Ass Clown of the Week (Again)

    Bartle: Ass Clown x 2​A Missouri state representative has become the first ever, two-time winner of Ass Clown of the Week. Congratulations, Matt Bartle! Bartle (R - Kansas City) first won our weekly contest back in February when he proposed a bill aimed at driving strip clubs out of business in Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Bill to Kill Missouri Strip Clubs Passes Legislature

    The Holy Warrior: Matt Bartle​State Senator Matt Bartle (R - Kansas City) finally got his wish. His bill that would effectively kill nudy bars in Missouri cleared both houses of the Legislature yesterday. The bill -- which looked dead earlier this week -- was resurrected after Bartle upbraided his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Billionaires, Yo-Yo Shamps, Bitter Breeders and Politicos: Who is Ass Clown of the Week?

    ​Whoa! Friday has almost passed us by and we're just now posting the candidates for this week's Ass Clown of the Week. So sorry. Here they are in no particular order: 1. Stan Kroenke: How 'bout it? The billionaire keeps coming up with new and villainous ways to take control of the Rams. Now this w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Matt Bartle Can't Understand Why House Republicans Won't Back His Anti-Nudity Bill

    Matt Bartle​Post-Dispatch political scribe Tony Messenger has an interesting column today on state senator Matt Bartle (R - Kansas City) and his bill that would ban nudity and alcohol from Missouri's strip clubs. Bartle has proposed similar legislation the past eight years without the bill ever ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Missouri Senate Passes Bill to Keep Some Non-Violent Offenders from Prison

    ​Perhaps senator Matt Bartle (R - Kansas City) is attempting to redeem himself after being voted "Ass Clown of the Week" back in February. Back then Daily RFT readers didn't care much for Bartle's bill to outlaw nudity at Missouri strip clubs. That said, I would venture to guess that most our read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Ass Clown of the Week: Matt Bartle, State Senator Wants to Ban Nudity at Strip Clubs

    Matt Bartle​This might make it difficult for me to secure that interview with state senator Matt Bartle (R - Kansas City), but what can I say? The people have spoken, and they've elected Bartle as Daily RFT's "Ass Clown of the Week." Bartle won the the vote for his bill -- approved by the Senate l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Ass Clown of the Week: Political Edition

    This week's clowns show their stripes.​With a few exceptions, ordinary folks in and around St. Louis refrained from outrageous acts of jackassery this week. Congratulations.Wish we could say the same of our elected officials. When it comes to questionable behavior, Missouri and Illinois politicos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Last Jeff Smith Post: The Letters

    One supporter of Jeff Smith compared him to a Kennedy.​Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, Build-A-Bear CEO Maxine Clark and an ex-girlfriend are among the hundreds of people who wrote to a federal judge asking for leniency in the sentencing for former state senator Jeff Smith. The letters, along with some ... More >>

  • News

    November 9, 2005

    Cell Block

    Missouri scientists fear embryonic research may remain embryonic