LJ Pryor doesn't want to work for Lyft anymore. "I don't want to get in trouble, that's for sure," Pryor, 45, tells Daily RFT. "They'll have to get somebody else." Lyft, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing app, launches here today, even though the company never got a license to operate in St. Lou ... More >>
The lovely downtown location of Left Bank Books is closing. In an e-mail message to its listserve this morning, owner Kris Kleindienst confirms that while they are departing downtown, the flagship location in the Central West End will soldier on. She adds there are no current plans for layoffs. ... More >>
Lyft, the app-based, on-demand ride-sharing business based in San Francisco, plans to go live in St. Louis at 7 p.m. Friday. The company has been building up for months to launch in the Lou, advertising jobs for drivers on Facebook and Craigslist, and interviewing hundreds of applicants at Nebula c ... More >>
Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed is attacking Mayor Francis Slay with a press release that feels very much like it's election season all over again. Slay, who had his formal inauguration last week -- kicking off his historic fourth term -- has proposed to cut funding to the city's official cab ... More >>
Tomorrow is the primary election for mayor of St. Louis -- and the campaigns of the two frontrunners are falling apart. At least that seems to be the message of both the Lewis Reed and Francis Slay campaigns, who are today fighting about a Facebook post from State Senator Jamilah Nasheed. Nasheed, ... More >>
This is a new one. Supporters of Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Aldermen running against long-time Mayor Francis Slay, are passing around a bizarre video this week that presents the mayor and his team as Hitler and the Nazis. It's a take on a popular Hitler video meme that has been floating ... More >>
What's going on with the Pevely Dairy complex? Not a whole lot, it seems, much to the frustration of preservationists and other groups that fought to stop Saint Louis University from demolishing the landmark complex on South Grand Boulevard. Several university spokespeople did not respond to Daily ... More >>
The re-election campaign for Mayor Francis Slay is slamming a flyer for a local documentary called "Bootlicker," which depicts a black man down on his knees in front of Slay next to the word, "Slayvery." With the primary election less than a month away, the battle for mayor has gotten very content ... More >>
To apply some wisdom from John Goodman's character in The Big Lebowski, political campaigning is not like 'Nam. It's like bowling. There are rules. If you distribute campaign material in Missouri, for example, you must announce who's paid for it. And if you're already an elected official, you can't ... More >>
As Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed prepares to announce today he'll run against Mayor Francis Slay in the election next spring, their respective camps are increasingly battling it out on "the Twitter."
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, "You cannot step twice into the same stream." Nor can you click twice into the same Twitter. But the following five members of our city's Twattering class seem like a good read every time we wade in -- if for only 135 characters.
It's official: In Missouri, employers, insurance companies or anyone else involved in an individual's health care can legally refuse to cover the Pill. In a not-so-surprising move, both houses of the Missouri Legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 749. SB 749 give ... More >>
UPDATE May 22, 3 p.m.: Our plans have been foiled. ABC News reports that a 24-hour surveillance camera will be placed in front of the Rush bust. It is the only statue in the Hall of Famous Missourians to be so honored. ------- Despite the best efforts of House Democrats, the bust of Rush Limbaugh ... More >>
Peat WollaegerA portrait of Bob Cassilly by Peat Wollaeger.Here's one thing anyone who knew Bob Cassilly will agree on: Cassilly, whose body was found yesterday morning in a bulldozer at Cementland, his larger-than-life sculpture museum/creative experiment, died the way he lived, building som ... More >>
Rex Sinquefield forced the earnings tax to vote -- thereby pumping more than $500,000 into the economy of political consultants and campaign strategists. Talk about a stimulus!It wasn't exactly cheap -- but it was effective.Citizens for a Stronger St. Louis, the group organized by St. Louis Mayor ... More >>
Rex Sinquefield: Billionaire spent $11 million, apparently to help a few Dems make a quick buck.Rex Sinquefield may have been hoping to kickstart a discussion about whether the city's earnings tax is a good thing -- a discussion Mayor Francis Slay has indicated he's willing to have. But in the me ... More >>
These signs abound in St. Louis. Placards for the opposition are non-existant.Since late February, a team of 30 to 65 canvassers have knocked on nearly every door in St. Louis. All 40,000 homes in the city with at least one voter who has cast a ballot in a recent March or April elections has been ... More >>
One of St. Louis' most politically connected people, whose public relations firm Public Eye has close ties to City Hall and St. Louis County government, has developed an evil online twin of late. Beginning last week someone has been sending out tweets aping the Twitter account of Richard Callo ... More >>
Do you follow Mayor Francis Slay on Twitter (@mayorslaydotcom)? Ever wonder if he's actually twittering for himself, or if he even knows he has a Twitter account? I always presumed that since the user name was @MayorSlaydotcom and not @MayorSlay or @FrancisSlay it was probably a ghost writer or staf ... 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 >>
Mayor Slay blasts into cyberspace
Saturday, July 16; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)
Are you listening? The RFT goes stumping with Francis.
The year in review: A quiz (For answers, see last page)
Here's how the Board of Education could raise money for St. Louis schools: Charge admission to its meetings
Week of December 4, 2002
Callow's handiwork in Maplewood may spell money trouble for the city
Competing nominations bring high-pressure politics to the Century Building -- again
Callow still feared despite backing another loser
These lawyers could cash in big, but who hired them?
Nightmare for a rookie mayor -- Schoemehl and Biondi on the prowl with a Big Idea
Nobody's ever voted for Joyce Aboussie, but the congressman, the governor, the mayor and the county executive don't do anything political without her.
In the Century Building scrap, everybody's deal is shaky, even the mayor's
When it comes to Ballpark Village, the Cardinals may have a joker up their sleeve
Week of April 3, 2002
Slay and Rigali arias soured by lack of decisive action and bully-boy politics
Slay and his Old Post Office plan allies knock down two rivals with hardball and humiliation
Slay shows up for work, but what gets done?
Young and Nutt: Scandal knows no boundaries
The mayor names a PR wiz to a city board and ends up with a PR problem
Slay's inaugural speech
Week of July 18, 2001
Just how many items in Jerry Berger's column come from PR man Richard Callow?
Efforts to tie attempted voter fraud to the Bosley campaign haven't stuck
You don't need a weatherbird to tell which way the wind is blowing
The disabled residents of the Boulevard Apartments don't know why they're being asked to move or where they might end up. And HUD and Paraquad aren't saying much.
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
Public-relations pro Jeff Rainford helped end a 27-year drought in the St. Louis school- desegregation case, but he's still bothered by the bucket of cold water Mayor Clarence Harmon threw on the victory celebration