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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Rep. Russ Carnahan was in the hot seat last night on Stephen Colbert's Better Know A District series on the Colbert Report.
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 >>
Rep. Lacy Clay's next big difference? "Our social media interns are better than your's."
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
RFT photoLoop 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 stltoday.com blog. Yesterday, Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman went down t ... More >>
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 >>
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.
A loose-lipped former train conductor is looking to get his long-shot congressional bid on track
Merging St. Louis city and county
In the race to return streetcars to St. Louis, Lacy Clay and Joe Edwards chart two very different courses
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.
Who'll get voted out when aldermen redraw ward lines?
Week of December 13, 2000
Lafayette Square has a plan to keep the riffraff from mucking up the neighborhood
Vote for Gore, vote for Bush -- what's the difference?
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.
A candidate for St. Louis sheriff wants things shaped up on his watch; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
Did a state representative yank the purse strings in an effort to frighten off a would-be challenger to one of his closest allies?
Charter-school proponents are paddling as fast as they can; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
A coalition of St. Louis mayors looking to change the city's charter finds the going rough