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Politically Speaking: Untangling Airport Privatization, Sports Betting And NorthSide Redevelopment

St. Louis Lambert International Airport. August 2018
File photo I Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis officials are mulling whether to get a private operator to run St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Julie O’Donoghue break down some of the week’s biggest stories.

To do that, Rosenbaum and O’Donoghue enlisted the help of St. Louis Public Radio colleagues Corinne Ruff and Kae Petrin. Ruff talked about the ongoing process of potentially getting a private operator to run St. Louis Lambert International Airport. And Petrin discussed Paul McKee’s bid to redevelop parts of north St. Louis.

The airport privatization effort has heated up in the past couple of weeks. For one thing, the city received responses for requests for qualifications from potential bidders. Eighteen companies ended up responding, which Ruff wrote about earlier this week.

Ruff also talked about a controversy over a documentary "Hard Landing At Lambert." Some members of the group looking into the privatization effort are raising sharp questions to Travis Brown, the lead consultant to the city’s Airport Advisory Working Group and the executive producer of the documentary. Brown has also been the go-to person for retired financier Rex Sinquefield’s political pursuits for years.

Here’s what else was discussed on the show:

Politically Speaking

The podcast is sponsored by the St. Louis-based law firm of Capes Sokol

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Julie O’Donoghue on Twitter: @jsodonoghue

Follow Corrine Ruff on Twitter: @corrinesusan

Follow Kae Petrin on Twitter: @kmaepetrin

Music: “Come Fly with Me” by Frank Sinatra

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