Jane Dueker

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County’s contest for county executive has taken many unusual turns — with the latest engulfing consultants for the two battling Democrats: Richard Callow and Jane Dueker.

Callow has been advising incumbent Charlie Dooley, while Dueker has been assisting Councilman Steve Stenger.

Callow and Dueker are among the top consultants in the state; their clientele includes corporations as well as candidates. And it’s their work with businesses that appears to be the reason both are under fire.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Politically Speaking is shifting gears this summer. With the legislature out of session, and the August primary on the horizon, we've decided to interview some of the state’s most prominent political consultants who play key roles behind the scenes.

This week, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed St. Louis lawyer Jane Dueker to the show. 

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(Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio)

When St. Louis Judge Robert Dierker issued a preliminary injunction against the Take Back St. Louis initiative, it knocked the measure off of the city of St. Louis’ April municipal elections ballot.

But that doesn’t mean the fight is over. Both sides are heading back to court on Monday to potentially decide the future of the ballot initiative.

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A St. Louis County judge ordered St. Louis County to pay nearly $6 million to three trash haulers who lost contracts after the county established trash districts. 

But St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s administration indicated that the county may appeal the judge's order.