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Taken at Bishop Du Bourg High School on 06/27/19
File photo | Corinne Ruff | St. Louis Public Radio

Late last month, a person who identified himself as Dominique called St. Louis on the Air to weigh in on a discussion about airport privatization.

“I think that right now it might be premature one way or the other to try to draw some conclusions simply because it’s a process that’s not been concluded,” Dominique said on the air. “There is no decision at this point.”

Even as Dominique spoke, questions arose about whether the caller was really Douglass Petty, the communications manager for the St. Louis airport advisory working group. While St. Louis Public Radio so far has been unable to obtain its call log from AT&T, the radio station did have a forensic audio analysis performed that shows Dominique was “very likely” Petty.

Taken at SEIU Local 1 union on 06/25
Corinne Ruff | St. Louis Public Radio

Keyahnna Jackson has a lot of questions about the potential lease of St. Louis Lambert International Airport to a private company.

“Will I still have a job? Are they bringing new people in? Would our rate of pay change? What’s going to be the difference?” she asked. 

STL Not for Sale, grassroots group hold press conference at City Hall Sept. 13, 2018
photo credit | Melody Walker

A grassroots group called STL Not For Sale is criticizing an outreach campaign conducted by a team exploring privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

The group held a press conference Thursday on the steps of City Hall to protest what it says is a push for privatization. Alderwoman Megan Green, D-15th Ward, said she learned about the door-to-door effort from her constituents.

After many delays, the city's contract with consultants to explore the privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport may be official soon.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

When the Board of Estimate and Apportionment approved a contract with advisors to explore the privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport last month, it appeared the process was ready to take off after months of delays.

The city’s working group held its first meeting.

The first meeting of all the consultants and advisors on the project was scheduled.

But, there was a problem. The contract between the city and the lead consultants had not been signed.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport
Michael R. Allen | Flickr

A proposal to explore privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport has finally been cleared for takeoff.

The City’s Board of Estimate and Apportionment voted Wednesday to approve a contract with an advisory team charged with soliciting proposals from private firms to manage and oversee the operations of the airport.

The board is made up of Mayor Lyda Krewson, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed and Comptroller Darlene Green. Krewson and Reed voted to approve the contract, while Green voted no.

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St. Louis Lambert International Airport

The vote over a contract to start looking into whether the city will privatize St. Louis Lambert International Airport has been postponed.

The contract to hire a three-organization team was first approved by a city selection committee back in January. That committee approved an amended contract on Wednesday, but the Board of Estimate and Apportionment held off giving its final approval after a lengthy meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Anne Marie Moy/Grow Missouri

At the next Cardinals’ game, the audience — and much of the St. Louis area — may spot something huge floating in the sky, and it’s not a drone, a hot air balloon or a flying saucer.

It’s a blimp, allegedly among the largest in the world, leased by a conservative political group to be flown around the state for the next two months.

In effect, the blimp will be “a giant billboard’’ that flies in the sky, says Aaron Willard, treasurer for Grow Missouri, which has leased the aircraft for the next two months.

Rex Sinquefield
Courtesy of Rex Sinquefield's website

(Updated 2:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15)

Wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s top political donor, is giving $2.5 million to Grow Missouri – a prominent conservative political action committee – to help bankroll its campaign efforts this fall.

Those efforts will include helping the next speaker of the Missouri House, state Rep. John Diehl of Town and Country, as well as other Republicans running for several key legislative contests in the St. Louis area.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 29, 2013 - Texas Gov. Rick Perry exhorted like-minded low-tax conservatives Thursday night to take action to persuade Missouri legislators to overturn Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the tax-cut bill that has consumed this summer’s political debate.

“Make this happen! Grow Missouri! Override this veto!” shouted Perry, a Republican, as he sought to energize several hundred GOP activists who gathered in a giant air-conditioned tent set up outside the Doubletree Hotel in Chesterfield.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 22, 2011 - Whether they are trying to help patients cope with the effects of atrial fibrillation or helping shoppers find a pack of batteries at Schnucks, Missouri entrepreneurs may get help from $26.9 million in federal aid to turn their ideas into money.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that the state has received the money from Washington through the State Small Business Credit Initiative - money that he hopes Missouri can leverage tenfold to attract private investment that would help nurture entrepreneurs and create jobs.