Every few years voters in St. Louis and St. Louis County get to choose whether to retain the judges appointed to their circuit courts by the governor's office. This year 24 judges are up for retention in the city and county. Of those two dozen judges, only one earned a failing grade from the attorne ... More >>
In a 4,650-word, front-page treatise in yesterday's New York Times, author Michael Luo lays bare a significant trend: each year, thousands of felons across the country have their gun rights reinstated following prison sentences, despite a federal law that strips away the right to bear arms fo ... More >>
Neal Boyd's American dream includes serving in Missouri House of Representatives.Neal E. Boyd of Sikeston has already won lots of American votes. Enough to win the 2008 season of America's Got Talent, when he wowed audiences with his pop opera skills. Before finding reality-show fame, Boyd ... More >>
Photo by Jennifer SilverbergEd Martin, 2010 Congressional candidate can't recall what he told usFor an attorney and Congressional hopeful, Ed Martin sure has a funky memory. The Tea Party favorite can't seem to get his story straight when it comes to Jeanne Bergfeld, whom he fired from the St. Lo ... More >>
Four years ago, Jeannie Bergfeld, who was once a high-ranking former employee at the city's bipartisan board of elections, filed suit against its two commissioners and then-chairman Ed Martin. (Y'all know Ed -- he's the conservative sparkplug now running for Congress against Russ Carnahan, and is ... More >>
edhackmanmartin.comRuss Carnahan's congressional campaign today debuted an online video game featuring Republican challenger Ed Martin. Dubbed "Ed Martin is Hackman" the game is a riff on the '80s mainstay Pacman. Carnahan communication's director Angela Guyadeen says of the game: "The website us ... More >>
Ed Martin: All about transparencySo, let's get this straight. Back in 2007 political reporter Tony Messenger (then with the Springfield News-Leader) exposed how Ed Martin was deleting political emails sent from his government computer as chief of staff for Gov. Matt Blunt. Blunt told Messenger th ... More >>
Epsten is out, Battle-Turner is in.In a move that could only happen in the backward world of St. Louis politics, the president of the Board of Police Commissioners was unceremoniously stripped of his title yesterday at a public meeting. Moments after losing the post, Todd Epsten resigned from ... More >>
Roy Blunt continues to hang on to his lead to be Missouri's next U.S. Senator.In a race almost certain to attract widespread national attention later this year, Republican Rep. Roy Blunt continues to lead Democrat Robin Carnahan in the Missouri Senate contest, according to the latest Rasmu ... More >>
Uncle Vinnie resigns.Vincent Bommarito is a civilian again, just the owner of a fancy restaurant.The 79-year-old proprietor of Tony's today -- "after much thought and prayer over the past several days" -- offered his resignation from the Board of Police Commissioners, effective immediately.I ... 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 >>
Harry Truman and his "The Buck Stops Here" placard. Have you heard this one already? Matt Blunt's attorneys are asking the court to replace their client with Governor Jay Nixon in a lawsuit accusing the former governor of defamation and wrongful termination in the firing of political aide Scott Ecke ... More >>
Chris Goodson, president of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners, announced today that he will step down from his post at the end of February. Goodson was appointed to the board by former Gov. Matt Blunt in February 2005. He has been serving on an expired term since January 31. In a statement ... More >>
Missouri's recently ex-governor Matt Blunt got a job yesterday with the big Washington D.C. lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates. In a press release, Cassidy CEO Marty Russo said the firm and its clients will benefit from "Governor Blunt's result-oriented and practical leadership." Russo also note ... More >>
State Senator Jim Lembke (R-St. Louis/St. Louis County) introduced a measure this week that would ban the use of red-light cameras in Missouri. If passed by the General Assembly and approved by Gov. Jay Nixon, Lembke's bill (SB 211) would become law in late August. A group calling itself Missourian ... More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon announced this week that six more vehicle and drivers license bureaus in Missouri will be put up for bid. One of those offices, the south St Louis County license bureau in Ronnie's Plaza on Lindbergh Boulevard, had been run by Garrett Lott.A well-connected Republican activist and dono ... More >>
Lame-duck governor Matt Blunt will pardon another turkey for Thanksgiving this year. Is fine with pardoning a turkey. While at least one other person at the RFT today expressed mild surprise that Blunt would pardon anything on death row, it's actually the second year that the gov will give th ... More >>
Governor Matt Blunt and Senator Kit Bond ask the FTC to intervene in InBev's proposed buyout of Anheuser-Busch. (BizJournals.com) The FDA pursues a hot lead in the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes. (Reuters) Could an unorthodox method of farming rice help ease the global food crisis? (New York Time ... More >>
Spring weather in St. Louis saw the metro area's residents stretch out in the sun. After dark, there were clubs, concerts and, leather contests to attend. Here's what you missed... Cursive, Capgun Coup and So Many Dynamos at were the Gargoyle on the Washington University campus last night, Sunday ... More >>
Unreal wants to rock the vote on this Super Tuesday, but we always have trouble making up our mind(s). With all the endorsements flying around, the decision is durn near impossible. Hillary Clinton has the support of Dick Gephardt, the Kansas City Star (on the Democratic side), and St. Louis mayor ... More >>
Critics say he's just blowing smoke.
Week of December 27, 2007
Anyone who has ever filed a Sunshine request for public records in the state of Missouri will attest that the process isn’t exactly user friendly. Want a police report in which a suspect was arrested but not charged? Not a chance. Need records detailing which establishments in the city have had th ... More >>
Walk of Fame: Munchkin Mickey Carroll comes up short.
There were no hoops when local pols gathered at Vashon High School, just trash talk. Thursday night's forum on developer Paul McKee Jr.'s north-side properties was a time for declarations. Fifth Ward Alderwoman April Ford-Griffin warmed up the crowd with these lines: "We will not live with public ... More >>
A local developer continues to gobble up land on the city's north side.
School board members duke it out over a no-bid contract awarded to St. Louis radio talk show host Lizz Brown.
Nick Lachey, newly minted anti-cyber-perv spokesman So went the big media event at UMSL's Touhill Performing Arts Center this morning. Contemporary Productions owner and trumpeter extraordinaire Steve Schankman held court at center-stage, announcing his new nonprofit endeavor: INOBTR. If you aren' ... More >>
from marshall.csu.edu.au This month the University of Missouri made news when it was announced that the school would be the first in the Big 12 Conference to distribute free condoms in residential hall bathrooms. The news, as it turns out, was a bit premature. Days later, the school pulled out of ... More >>
Time again to take the year-end quiz
Missouri scientists fear embryonic research may remain embryonic
(Original Pampered Chef)
A ruckus rocks the gay community over a Log Cabin Republican's college scholarship
"It's easier to get your genitals pierced than to get a good shave in St. Louis"
Hey, Bill and Nancy Laurie: Unreal's got $200 and a hot new dance craze! Plus, we learn how to dupe the beer vendors at Fair Saint Louis, join a local blog in the clubhouse and get Matt Blunt's feelings on (Confederate) flag-burning.
Want a Brazilian wax for bikini weather? Not so fast, kiddo.
Week of March 23, 2005
Adult businesses fear the "Smut Shop" bill will tax them into oblivion
Has Daryl Duwe's transgression been forgiven?
We get political with Kerry and Dean, feel the bite of a "Mad Dog" and discover something amazing about Prius ownership. Plus, confidential to Unreal readers: Parking downtown is easy!
Neil Hamburger just might be hipper than you are, but that doesn't mean you can't take his calls; meanwhile, St. Louis courts record their cases on handy stone tablets.
St. Louis elections are a national joke. Trouble is, it's not funny anymore.
Enforcers of Missouri's campaign-finance laws would rather hide than seek.