James McGee

Michael Brown
9:44 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Michael Brown Shooting Looms Large Over County Council Meeting

Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, represents Ferguson on the St. Louis County Council. She talked to reporters on Tuesday about the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

For all intents and purposes, Tuesday’s St. Louis County Council meeting was uneventful. There were no major bills considered. And the face-to-face meeting between former Democratic county executive rivals didn’t happen. 

But this meeting was first time the council met since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. And the 18-year-old’s death loomed large over the proceedings.

“This issue will be a test for all of us,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “The world is watching and we need to get it right the first time.”

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On The Trail
6:01 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Dooley Vs. St. Louis County Council: Will Schism Last Beyond August Primary?

Councilwoman Colleen Wasinger, R-Town and Country, Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, and Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, are part of a five-person coalition blocking some of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's agenda.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

The few long-time regulars at  St. Louis County Council meetings may be longing for the legislative body's customary 10-minute meetings after the past few weeks.

That’s because in recent weeks, the meetings have turned into lengthy – and often bitterly hostile – clashes between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and most of the council. But it's more than just legislative melodrama; a coalition of five council members (out of seven) have managed to block quite a bit of Dooley’s agenda.

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