William Lacy Clay

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    August 14, 2014

    Talks in Progress on Relieving St. Louis County Police of Command in Ferguson Operations [UPDATE]

    UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Sources tell Daily RFT that a new potential course of action is for St. Louis County Police to remain in Ferguson, but for command to be handed to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. We'll update when/if we get confirmation on that. UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. At a press conference, Govern ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    FBI Launches Independent Investigation into Shooting Death of Michael Brown

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the probe into the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson last weekend. Governor Jay Nixon announced Monday, just two days after Brown was shot several times by an unidentified Ferguson police officer, that he asked the U.S. Departmen ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    U.S. Congress Votes to Stop DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana, No Thanks to Missouri Reps

    In what is being hailed as a historic step forward for marijuana law reform, the U.S. Congress has voted in favor of an amendment that could end Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana facilities -- but don't give much credit to Missouri's representatives. Twenty-one states have laws to ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Carter Carburetor Site Cleanup Approved; Rep. Cites History of "Environmental Racism"

    The highly polluted former Carter Carburetor site in north St. Louis is slated for a $30 million cleanup project that will begin next month, officials announced today. The site is a ten-acre complex of buildings covering two city blocks along North Spring Avenue, where a gasoline and diesel carbur ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Rep. Lacy Clay: Trayvon Martin Case Is About "Terrible Impact of The Proliferation of Guns"

    via FacebookLacy Clay. Over the weekend, George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was acquitted, sparking protests and marches across the country, including in St. Louis. The high-profile case has raised questions about racial profiling and se ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    St. Louis Activist Percy Green Compares Lacy Clay to Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained

    The St. Louis mayor's race is over -- but controversial commentary on the battle between Francis Slay and Lewis Reed apparently is not. Activist Percy Green sent around an op-ed he wrote to his e-mail list this week with his analysis of the primary race between the long-time incumbent and challeng ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    Answers to the Riverfront Times 2012 News Quiz

    In January Riverfront Times published its annual "News Challenge" -- 78 multiple-choice questions testing how well readers paid attention to current events over the past twelve months. Within a week, more than 100 of you submitted your answers to us. A few weeks later a dozen readers e-mailed a simi ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Primary Results: Akin to Face McCaskill, Clay Trounces Carnahan, Jones Wins City Treasurer

    Yesterday's Missouri primary resulted in a few surprises. The biggest, perhaps, was Congressman Lacy Clay's stunning victory over Congressman Russ Carnahan for Missouri's First Congressional District that includes all of St. Louis and much of the county. Clay garnered 63.2 percent of the vote to Car ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    At Dubliner, No Pity Party for Rep. Russ Carnahan as Numbers Rolled in

    Rep. Russ Carnahan showed up to his election results watch party last night with a concession speech written on some campaign flyers, folded up in his back pocket. Before taking to the podium at around 10:15 p.m. to concede defeat, Carnahan sipped a pint of Guinness and went around to thank the su ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Rep. Russ Carnahan Holds His Own on The Colbert Report

    Rep. Russ Carnahan was in the hot seat last night on Stephen Colbert's Better Know A District series on the Colbert Report.

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    July 20, 2012

    Russ Carnahan's Weird New Talking Mailer [VIDEO]

    Representative Russ Carnahan, in the increasingly heated battle against Representative Lacy Clay, has just released a talking mailer to his constituents, calling out Clay for his remarks about PayDay Loans. Right, a talking mailer. Like one of those singing birthday cards. Except this one yells, ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Facebook War: Does Russ Carnahan Know How to Untag Attack Posts from Lacy Clay?

    Rep. Lacy Clay's next big difference? "Our social media interns are better than your's."

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    July 12, 2012

    Reps Russ Carnahan, Jerry Costello Don't Join House Dems on Anti-DOMA Brief

    Representatives Russ Carnahan and Jerry Costello broke with House Democrats yesterday and kept their names off a brief urging a federal appeals court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Carnahan says he's committed t ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    State Supreme Court to Decide Whether Missouri's Redistricting Map Is Unconstitutional

    ​Redistricting is the straw that stirs the bitter, burning, 195-proof partisan cocktail we chug down while squeezing our noses every campaign season before waking up the morning after the election massaging our temples, cursing the gods, wondering why we keep putting ourselves through this madness ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Net Worth of Missouri Congressional Delegation Tops $47.9 Million

    ​The Center for Responsive Politics recently released its report on the nation's wealthiest U.S. representatives and senators. No one from Missouri makes its Top 10 list, but that doesn't mean we don't have some worthy contenders. Turns out we actually have some of the richest -- and poorest -- po ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    The U.S. Government Runs on Free Snacks -- So How Does Missouri Stack Up?

    image viaHow things get done in Congress. (At least in the office of Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, which sports of model of the Capitol building made from boxes of Peeps.)​In any office, no one is more likely to get visitors than the person who keeps a candy jar on his or her de ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Race Trumps Politics in Missouri Redistricting

    Nasheed: Black before Democrat.​Yesterday the Missouri Legislature overrode Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a redistricting map that eliminates the district of Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan. In securing the override, the Republican-controlled Legislature needed the votes of four Democrats. The ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Is It Okay For Blacks to Have Race-Based Agenda?

    Today's comment comes in a response to a post about how four black Missouri legislators lined up with Republicans to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of the state's new congressional districts. In voting with the Republicans, the four Democratic defectors ensured that the districts of Missouri's t ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Russ Carnahan to Lacy Clay: "[Screw] You"

    Carnahan: What the eff did he just say!?​Russ Carnahan is apparently livid with his fellow St. Louis congressman, Lacy Clay, over redistricting in Missouri. As recently as April 1, Carnahan and Clay issued a joint press release condemning the plans drawn up by Republicans in Jefferson City to wipe ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Congressmen Russ Carnahan, Lacy Clay Respond to Proposed Redistricting

    The two Democratic congressmen representing the St. Louis region released a joint statement yesterday criticizing a redistricting map proposed this week by Republican legislators in Jefferson City. The new map would effectively eliminate Congressman Russ Carnahan's 3rd Congressional District, which ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Loop Trolley: A Piece of Cake

    RFT photo​Loop impresario Joe Edwards held a press conference this morning outside his Blueberry Hill restaurant to celebrate yesterday's awarding of a $24-million federal grant for his latest dream: a trolley connecting Delmar Avenue to Forest Park. On hand today for the ceremony were Congressmen ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    How They Voted on Health Care: Missouri and St. Louis Area Representatives

    Todd Akin: Health care reform = fightin' words.​Updated 10:00 a.m. The health care reform bill passed the House of Representatives last night with a 219 to 212 vote. No Republicans supported the measure. Thirty four Democrats also voted no, including Missouri rep Ike Skelton.The bill now heads to ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Who Is Daily RFT's "Ass Clown of the Year"?

    ​Over the course of the past 12 months, you -- the readers of Daily RFT -- have cast thousands of votes for your favorite "Ass Clowns of the Week".  Now comes an even greater decision. Ladies and gentlemen, who is Daily RFT's "Ass Clown of the Year"???You know, the person whose idiocy and hub ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Congressman Clay Asks Department of Justice to Investigate Baggy-Pants-Gate

    Add Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay to the number of folks outraged that a bar in Chicago refused to allow entry to six African-American students from Washington University. Sounds like a job for Bagg'ns.​Today the the congressman asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the alle ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Lacy Clay Responds to Senate Apology for Slavery

    U.S. Rep. Lacy ClaySt. Louis Congressman Lacy Clay says he accepts a non-binding Senate resolution passed last week apologizing for slavery in the U.S. -- even if the measure isn't perfect.  The resolution "acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery, an ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Clay Wins POLITICO's Uncoveted Lead Mouse Award

    It must be said that POLITICO is nowhere near the most cutting-edge and beautiful website on the Internet, even in the political realm. But there are plenty that are uglier, some of which belong to various members of the Congress of our great and glorious nation, which POLITICO has felt moved to hon ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Lacy Clay Divorce Could Come Back to Bite

    Beltway gossip site Politico has an amusing story out this week about the possible fallout from St. Louis congressman Lacy Clay's messy divorce from his wife, Ivie. Politico interviews a few attorneys and political strategists who all concur that Clay might want to make amends with Ivie -- and quick ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Congressman Lacy Clay: Ass Clown of the Week

    U.S. Rep. William Lacy ClayLacy Clay knows a thing or two about winning elections. The congressman beat out a crowded primary field back in 2000 to take over the seat left vacant from his father and fellow congressman William Clay. Since then, Clay Jr. has gone on to win re-election four times, neve ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Who is Ass Clown of the Week, May 1-8?

    Yep. It's that time again. Sharpen your pencils and vote for this week's ass clown. And the nominees...1. Bobbie Brantley -- The 62-year-old St. Louisan had an order of protection filed against her this week from the judge who ruled against her in a criminal case. Upset with Judge David C. Mason's d ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Congressman Clay's Divorce Spilling Into a "He Said, She Said" Affair

    Lacy Clay's divorce filings remains under seal, but that hasn't stopped the congressman and his wife from commenting on the break-up. Yesterday, Ivie Clay, released a statement saying that she was shocked to first find out about her husband's divorce filing last week through the media. "I and my chi ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Congressman Lacy Clay Files for Divorce and a Democratic Loyalist Does What He Can to Help

    lacyclay.orgWilliam Lacy ClayCongressman William Lacy Clay is filing for divorce.The local law journal Missouri Lawyers Weekly first reported the news last week. Gossip columnist Deb Peterson then picked the item up for her blog. Yesterday, Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman went down t ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008
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    May 20, 2008

    Update: Mow Your Lawn, Mister McKee?

    Use federal money to put teenagers to work on nuisance properties in north St. Louis? Mayor Francis Slay gave the idea a "thumbs up" back in March, when Congressman William "Lacy" Clay obtained a $536,000 federal earmark to create 300 summer jobs, to be administered through the St. Louis Agency on ... More >>

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    August 10, 2005

    Not for Attribution

    A name-calling, race-baiting word war between two anonymous columnists? Unreal demands to mediate! Plus: Russ Carnahan goes to camp, a local blogger talks politics, and we try on a Beer Bra.

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    October 27, 2004

    Farr Out Campaign

    A loose-lipped former train conductor is looking to get his long-shot congressional bid on track

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    September 29, 2004

    Best Pipe Dream

    Merging St. Louis city and county

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    April 7, 2004

    Trolley Follies

    In the race to return streetcars to St. Louis, Lacy Clay and Joe Edwards chart two very different courses

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    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.

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    May 2, 2001

    Survivor, St. Louis-Style

    Who'll get voted out when aldermen redraw ward lines?

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    December 13, 2000


    Week of December 13, 2000

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    November 29, 2000

    Those People on the Bus

    Lafayette Square has a plan to keep the riffraff from mucking up the neighborhood

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    August 16, 2000

    The Redundant-Component Campaign

    Vote for Gore, vote for Bush -- what's the difference?

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    July 19, 2000

    Hand-Me-Down District

    After 32 years, Bill Clay is retiring from his congressional seat. He wants to leave it to his son, but a crowded, eccentric field of candidates is contesting the will.

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    July 12, 2000

    Nothing a Few Thousand Sit-ups Wouldn't Cure

    A candidate for St. Louis sheriff wants things shaped up on his watch; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

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    March 22, 2000

    Money Walks

    Did a state representative yank the purse strings in an effort to frighten off a would-be challenger to one of his closest allies?

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    March 15, 2000

    Chartering a Course Through Murky Waters

    Charter-school proponents are paddling as fast as they can; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles

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    June 23, 1999
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    June 2, 1999
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    May 26, 1999
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    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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