Richard Callow

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Lyft Never Told New Drivers It's Technically Illegal, Not Licensed in St. Louis

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Left Bank Books Closing Downtown Location (UPDATE)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Lyft Plans Weekend Launch in St. Louis, But Will the City Shut It Down?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Lewis Reed Slams Cuts to City Cable Channel, Mayor Francis Slay Says Police More Important

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Jamilah Nasheed for Francis Slay: Vote Jimmie Matthews if You Don't Like the White Mayor

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Francis Slay: Hitler Video Meme (That Implies Mayor is Gay) Promoted By Lewis Reed Backers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Pevely Dairy Site: After Long Fight, Why Doesn't Saint Louis University Have a Plan? (PHOTOS)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Francis Slay v. Lewis Reed: Slavery Image on "Bootlicker" Film Flyer Sparks Controversy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    How to Campaign for Mayor Under the Radar

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Proxy Twitter War Between Mayor Francis Slay and Board President Lewis Reed Heats Up

    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."

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    RFT's 5 Favorite Tweeters in St. Louis

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Missouri Legislature Overturns Nixon's Veto on Anti-Contraception Bill

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    UPDATE: Giving the Rush Bust All the Honor it Deserves

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Bob Cassilly: City Museum Founder Died the Way He Lived

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Pro-Earnings Tax Group Spent $15 Per Vote

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Citizens For a Stronger St. Louis: Pro-Tax Group Spent $417K

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Earnings Tax Supporters Positive About Today's Election; Opposition Stays Silent

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Okay, Who's Spoofing Richard Callow on Twitter?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Does Mayor Slay Have a Ghost Tweeter?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Mayoral Candidate Signed Lucrative Deal with Red-Light Camera Company

    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 >>

  • News

    July 20, 2005

    Francis the Blogger

    Mayor Slay blasts into cyberspace

  • Music

    July 13, 2005

    Better Than Ezra

    Saturday, July 16; the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard)

  • News

    March 9, 2005

    Slay Bells Ring

    Are you listening? The RFT goes stumping with Francis.

  • News

    December 31, 2003

    Know News?

    The year in review: A quiz (For answers, see last page)

  • News

    November 26, 2003

    Knockin' 'Em Dead

    Here's how the Board of Education could raise money for St. Louis schools: Charge admission to its meetings

  • News

    December 4, 2002

    Slapped Down

    Week of December 4, 2002

  • News

    November 20, 2002

    Wal-Mart World

    Callow's handiwork in Maplewood may spell money trouble for the city

  • News

    October 23, 2002


    Competing nominations bring high-pressure politics to the Century Building -- again

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002
  • News

    August 14, 2002

    St. Hatchet

    Callow still feared despite backing another loser

  • News

    July 3, 2002

    Lead Counsel

    These lawyers could cash in big, but who hired them?

  • News

    June 19, 2002

    Terrible Twins

    Nightmare for a rookie mayor -- Schoemehl and Biondi on the prowl with a Big Idea

  • News

    May 29, 2002

    Joyce Abusive

    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.

  • News

    May 15, 2002

    Smoke and Numbers

    In the Century Building scrap, everybody's deal is shaky, even the mayor's

  • News

    May 1, 2002

    Wild Card

    When it comes to Ballpark Village, the Cardinals may have a joker up their sleeve

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    April 3, 2002

    Bud's Girl

    Week of April 3, 2002

  • News

    March 20, 2002

    Songs of Shame

    Slay and Rigali arias soured by lack of decisive action and bully-boy politics

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    March 20, 2002

    Wrecking Crew

    Slay and his Old Post Office plan allies knock down two rivals with hardball and humiliation

  • News

    March 6, 2002

    Perfect Attendance But No Presence

    Slay shows up for work, but what gets done?

  • News

    January 23, 2002

    Sin City and County

    Young and Nutt: Scandal knows no boundaries

  • News

    October 17, 2001

    Citizen Callow

    The mayor names a PR wiz to a city board and ends up with a PR problem

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001
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    July 18, 2001


    Week of July 18, 2001

  • News

    June 27, 2001

    Jerry's Stringer

    Just how many items in Jerry Berger's column come from PR man Richard Callow?

  • News

    February 28, 2001

    Dead Heat

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

  • News

    February 21, 2001

    Harmon Agonistes

    You don't need a weatherbird to tell which way the wind is blowing

  • News

    June 28, 2000

    Sun Sets on the Boulevard

    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.

  • 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

    February 10, 1999

    The Rainmaker

    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