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(Updated 1 p.m. Wed., April 16)

St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger and County Executive Charlie Dooley are continuing a close money-raising battle as the two prepare for their campaign showdown over Dooley’s job in the August primary.

Stenger, D-Affton, slightly outraised Dooley during the last three months, with Stenger collecting $262,814 to Dooley’s $243,540. Stenger also has a larger edge in bank accounts: $794,480 to Dooley’s $607,396.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

(Updated 10:30 p.m. Thurs., March 27)

St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger has released six years of his personal tax returns, although he views the matter as a “red herring’’ in his challenge of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in this summer’s Democratic primary.

Stenger provided copies of his federal tax returns from 2007 through 2012 during his appearance on St. Louis Public Radio’s “Politically Speaking’’ podcast.

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(Update 4:50 p.m. Friday, March 21)

The race for St. Louis County executive heated up on Friday, as Republicans began a final push for a high-profile candidate and Democrat Steve Stenger, a member of the County Council, has escalated his attacks against incumbent Charlie Dooley.

One particular Republican is attracting a lot of last-minute talk: state Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, who also chairs the state House Budget Committee.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 8:20 p.m. Wed., March 19)

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has released nine years of his tax returns – from 2003 to 2012 – and he is calling on his Democratic and Republican rivals to do the same. 

“Nine years, open book, transparency,’’ Dooley said, as he handed over copies of his returns to St. Louis Public Radio during his appearance on the Politically Speaking podcast.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

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We know you can’t get enough of Politically Speaking, which is why we have two episodes this week. The Politically Speaking crew's latest interview features St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat who has held the powerful local office since late 2003.

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

In some strange, alternate universe, St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman would be running for a third term on the St. Louis County Council. 

Back in the mid-2000s, the Olivette Democrat seemed to be on a collision course with Barbara Fraser, a fellow Democrat, for the 5th District council seat. But the two agreed on a deal: Fraser would run for county council while Zimmerman would run for Fraser's spot in the Missouri House.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Updated 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15

The latest campaign-donation numbers are adding more intrigue to St. Louis area’s marquee contest this year between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and County Councilman Steve Stenger.

Stenger outraised fellow Democrat Dooley during the last quarter of 2013 -- $245,032 to $115,414. Their latest campaign reports, filed Wednesday, also show Stenger with more in the bank: $638,158 to $458,154.

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St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger wants the county’s second-in-command to resign. 

Stenger, D-Affton, said on Tuesday that Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls should be held accountable for, among other things, fraud in the county’s health department.

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While Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Jason Kander and even some Republicans talk about restoring limits on campaign donations, the man considered the likely Democratic nominee for governor in 2016 is collecting large donations at a frenetic clip.

Just this year, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has raised more than $1.2 million from 68 donations larger than $5,000 apiece, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission’s records. In fact, most of his large donations have been more than $10,000 each.

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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.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley officially announced his re-election campaign Thursday night, and the Democratic primary for County Executive is set to be contentious.

Dooley’s opponent, Steve Stenger has been emboldened by county scandals involving the police board and health department.

But standing next to Mayor Francis Slay and Congressman Lacy Clay, Dooley’s message was clear: he hasn’t lost all of his allies.

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This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Former state House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, and prominent St. Louis businessman Doug Albrecht were among the top Republicans who headlined an event in Clayton on Thursday to raise money for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat under siege from some within his own party.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - The chief executives of St. Louis and St. Louis County helped kickstart an endeavor to gather data -- and public input -- that could lead to a potential reunion of the two jurisdictions.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - In early December, just days after his 66th birthday, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley plans to launch his bid for another four-year term.

Tentatively scheduled for Dec. 5, the kickoff is to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in the county’s new NorthPark development near Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

Councilman Steve Stenger announces that he is challenging St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in next August's Democratic primary.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Councilman Greg Quinn isn't the most likely person to be enthused about a Democratic county executive.

But the Ballwin Republican couldn't help but express optimism about the prospect of fellow Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, upending incumbent St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

“I think he’d do a very good job as county executive,” Quinn said. “And I think he would get right to work at fixing what’s broken in St. Louis County.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has been in this position before – taking a stand in a combative Democratic primary, when most of his party wanted to stay out of the line of political fire.

St. Louis County councilman Steve Stenger, left, shakes hands with St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch after announcing he is in the race for St. Louis county executive.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch isn’t running for county executive, but his words could have signaled otherwise Tuesday as he presented a scathing critique of County Executive Charlie Dooley, a fellow Democrat – and a call for him to be replaced by County Councilman Steve Stenger.

At Stenger’s rousing kickoff in Clayton, McCulloch blasted what he called “the total destruction of the reputation and integrity of county government’’ under Dooley’s watch.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley officially has a challenger in next year’s Democratic primary: St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger.

Stenger said he decided to run after a string of controversies in the county.

“We’ve seen, you know, in the health department alone, basically $3 million walking out the door for a phony company,” Stenger said in front of union members and other supporters.

“Well that’s $3 million right there. Over the years, we’ve had quite literally millions upon millions of dollars of fat that has been wasted by the executive branch.”

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, left,and  St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton. Stenger is planning to announce his bid for county executive this week.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger’s primary bid against Charlie Dooley, the incumbent county executive, isn’t exactly a surprise.

While Stenger was planning to announce his primary bid against Dooley Tuesday, he's been telegraphing his intra-party challenge for months. After all, the Affton Democrat has been amassing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash since winning re-election.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Council member Steve Stenger, D-Affton, is expected to declare on Tuesday his plans to challenge St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a fellow Democrat, in 2014.

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Updated at 3:45 p.m. on August 14, 2013 and at 11:10 a.m. on August 15, 2013 (to add comment from Ameren).

Another St. Louis County official is calling for tighter pollution controls at Ameren's Meramec power plant.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley today released a letter he sent to the Environmental Protection Agency, urging the agency to pursue sulfur dioxide controls at the Meramec plant.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich so far has amassed $293,825 in the bank for his expected 2014 re-election bid, thanks in part to a $100,000 donation from prominent St. Louis businessman Sam Fox.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The St. Louis County Council passed a resolution on Tuesday to send an Oakville project for low-income seniors back to the county’s planning and zoning commission.

It was a move that pleased hundreds of residents of the south St. Louis County township that jammed Tuesday’s meeting.

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Members of the St. Louis County Council have reached a budget deal that avoids the closure of 23 county parks.

The two sides announced the compromise at a County Council meeting Tuesday night. The new 2012 budget keeps open all 50 of the county parks, and reduces the number of job cuts from 173 to about 40. It also maintains plowing in unincorporated areas that receive less than two inches of snow.

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