Politics & Issues

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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Primary Election 2014
10:57 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Candidate Profile: Stenger Says St. Louis County Needs His Skills As CPA And Lawyer

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Before he was a St. Louis County councilman, before he was an attorney and a certified public accountant, Steve Stenger was the lead singer in a rock and roll band that toured the area in the 1980s.

Now Stenger is traveling around St. Louis County again as a Democratic candidate for county executive in the Aug. 5 primary. And he believes that many county residents will sing along to his latest political tune:  “It’s time for a change.”

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Missouri Budget
12:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon briefing reporters on cuts to FY2015 state budget.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 3:57 p.m. with reaction from House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

Updated at 3:21 p.m. with reaction from House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.

Updated with reactions at 2:25 p.m., Tues., June 24. 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced $1.1 billion in cuts from the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget that goes into effect July 1.

Those cuts include nearly $276 million in line-item vetoes and $846 million in temporary withholds, which could be released by the governor at a later date.

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Primary Election 2014
10:47 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Candidate Profile: Dooley's Experience Is Central In Re-election Bid

Charlie Dooley
Credit (St. Louis County website)

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has been “the issue’’ in each of his re-election campaigns during the past 10 years, with his opponent focusing on what they have seen as his flaws.

Each time, though, Dooley has won. That is why, when Dooley talks about the importance of experience, it has a dual meaning — referring to his political career and his job.

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Student Transfers
5:01 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Normandy Turmoil Spills Over Into St. Louis County Executive's Contest

St. Louis Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio (file photo)

The turmoil in the Normandy School District is spilling over into the race for St. Louis County executive. 

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St. Louis on the Air
3:43 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Can Francis Howell Say No To Normandy Transfer Students? Attorneys Discuss This Issue And Others

Credit (via Flickr/James Cridland)

The Francis Howell School District announced Friday that it will no longer accept student transfers from Normandy. State law requires schools to accept student transfers from unaccredited schools in the same or an adjacent county, but come July 1, Normandy will have no accreditation status.

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Politically Speaking
2:56 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Politically Speaking: Cardetti Climbs From 'Lowest Low Man On Totem Pole' To Top Consultant

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Politically Speaking continues its interviews with Missouri’s most prominent behind-the-scenes players. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies speak this week with “the pride of St. James,” aka political consultant Jack Cardetti. 

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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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