Politics & Issues

Primary Election 2014
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Dooley Switches Gears On Debates As Sparring Continues Over Ad

Steve Stenger (left) and Charlie Dooley
Credit candidate photos

After weeks of resisting debates, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is now calling for a debate with his Democratic rivals just days before the Aug. 5 primary.

In a release sent out Friday afternoon, the Dooley campaign called for a debate for the morning of July 31 or Aug. 1 – a Thursday or Friday – that would include County Councilman Steve Stenger and the other Democrat who has filed, Ronald E. Levy.

(Levy has not returned repeated calls from St. Louis Public Radio. He previously has run for office as a Democrat and as a Republican.)

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For The Sake Of All
5:43 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Funding With Integrity

The 'For the Sake of All' report.
Credit For the Sake of All

The grant-funded project that St. Louis Public Radio recently announced is ambitious.

It’s big — more than $170,000 from the Missouri Foundation for Health for our news organization and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. And it addresses a big question — how to reach people whose voices and views are often left out of public policy discussions that directly affect them.

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General Obligation Bond
8:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Effort To Make City Bond More Transparent Causes Delay

Credit (via Flickr/kevindooley)

The president of the Board of Aldermen thinks voters deserve to know exactly what kinds of projects they're getting when they vote on a $195 million bond issue in November. But listing what kind of projects are covered could delay the process of putting the bond issue in front of those voters. 

General obligations bonds fund things like new fire trucks or road projects or building repairs - something that will last longer than it takes to pay off the bonds. The city sold $13 million in general obligation bonds in 2006, and $65 million in 1999.

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Politics & Issues
4:49 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Buffer Zones At Abortion Clinics

Chief Justice John Roberts

Governments cannot ban anti-abortion "sidewalk counselors" from a 35-foot buffer zone that includes the sidewalk in front of an abortion clinic unless the governments first have tried less restrictive methods of protecting women from face-to-face intimidation as they enter reproductive health facilities.

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U.S. House
3:44 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Wagner Named To House Deputy Whip Team

Ann Wagner
Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/ United States Department of State)

In gratitude for her help,  new U.S. House Majority Whip-elect Steve Scalise, R-La, has named U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, to his “senior deputy whip team.”

Wagner is among five members of the U.S. House – two women and three men – named to the team.  They will serve under U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., who was chosen by Scalise to be his chief deputy whip.

The job of the deputy and his team will be to help Scalise round up the votes for bills backed by the Republican leadership.

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Court Decisions
2:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Beneath Unanimous Supreme Court Decisions On Appointments, Abortion Lay Sharp Divisions

U.S. Supreme Court
Credit supremecourt.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously struck down President Barack Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and a Massachusetts law keeping opponents of abortion off the sidewalks within 35 feet of an abortion clinic.
 

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Primary Election 2014
5:19 am
Thu June 26, 2014

On The Issues: Stream And Pousosa Share Vision For St. Louis County

Two Republicans are vying for the St. Louis County executive's office, which is located on the ninth floor of the county administration building.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

As St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, duke it out in the Democratic primary for county executive, two Republicans are engaged in a relatively low-profile primary for the post. 

St. Louis Public Radio conducted wide-ranging interviews this week with the two contenders: House Budget Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood; and Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa. Besides asking about the two candidates' backgrounds and general vision for the office, the two were asked about the county's most controversial and contentious issues.

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Primary Election 2014
5:16 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Stream And Pousosa Engage In Low-Velocity County Executive Primary

Two Republicans are running this year for St. Louis County executive. Tony Pousosa and Rick Stream hope to be the one to return the office to Republican control.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

As St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, duke it out in a very public fashion, a lower-key primary is transpiring on the Republican side. Missouri House Budget Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa are angling to reach the November election, with both emphasizing their professional experience and personal styles.

Since 1991 when Buzz Westfall became county executive, the office has been in Democratic hands.  But some prominent Republicans are bullish about the party’s chances this year.

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Privacy Rights
2:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Authorities Need Warrants For Cell Phone Searches

U.S. Supreme Court
Credit Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

In a landmark decision protecting Americans' digital privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that police almost always need to get warrants to search the cell phones of people they arrest.

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St. Louis County Council
11:59 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Dooley Aide Unloads On Stenger At Rancorous Council Meeting

Mike Jones, an adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, speaks during Tuesday's St. Louis County Council meeting. Jones offered a scathing rebuke to Councilman Steve Stenger's criticism over his actions on the state Board of Education.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

A top aide to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley unleashed scathing criticism Tuesday at his boss’ Democratic rival for county executive. 

It was part of yet another highly charged county council meeting filled with arguments, insults, recriminations and heated confrontations.

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