French: To north side middle-class families, city gov’t says: ‘You’re on your own.’
Apr11

French: To north side middle-class families, city gov’t says: ‘You’re on your own.’

North St. Louis is as misunderstood as it is under-served. It is home to some of the most beautifully built houses in the region. Its proximity to downtown, the Mississippi River and the airport make it geographically ideal. Many of its neighborhoods wrap around some of the largest public parks in the city. Yet people have continued to leave north St. Louis by the thousands every year because of the many daily reminders that the...

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Merger backers better be stocking up on Bondo and duct tape
Apr02

Merger backers better be stocking up on Bondo and duct tape

I owned a 1963 VW bug in college. It was serviceable mechanically, but the body was held together with Bondo and duct tape, all unevenly sanded and then spray-painted over so that it was several shades of splotchy white—a car with a combination of vitiligo and acne that didn’t look too bad if you squinted after a few beers, but which in the harsh noon of a hangover looked a scabrous marshmallow left to blotch and melt in the sun. It...

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STL County GOP embraces convicted Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Mar26

STL County GOP embraces convicted Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Ex Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who avoided jail because of a pardon from President Donald Trump, seemed at home among St. Louis County Republicans Saturday night. The man convicted of ignoring a federal judge’s order to stop rounding up people because they looked Latino and in whose lock-ups dozens of people died under unexplained circumstances posed with eager GOP loyalists in front of a “Build the Wall” banner at the Orlando Gardens...

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Extremist agendas in Jeff City affect St. Louis
Mar21

Extremist agendas in Jeff City affect St. Louis

Missouri has one abortion clinic left, in St. Louis, but probably not for long. It’s illegal to carry a gun on MetroLink or buses, and in schools, churches, and day care centers, but probably not for long. St. Louisans’ votes were overwhelming against “right-to-work” and for transparent government, but probably not for long. Anti-abortion extremists, gun extremists, and big money extremists are busily implementing a hard right-wing...

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Reed won. Time to make up and work.
Mar15

Reed won. Time to make up and work.

It’s been a week since Lewis Reed defeated both Jamilah Nasheed and Megan Green to win his fourth term as President of the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, March 5. Since that night, the St. Louis Board of Elections has released its breakdown of how each ward voted. An analysis of the results reveals just how Reed won and how Nasheed underperformed in key wards. Nasheed won more wards than any other candidate. The term-limited state...

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Progressives still divided by race, runoffs needed
Mar06

Progressives still divided by race, runoffs needed

The division between black progressives and white progressives was on full display during the divisive campaign for President of the Board of Aldermen which ended Tuesday night with the two “change candidates” evenly splitting the opposition vote and allowing incumbent Lewis Reed, who we endorsed in this paper, to win a fourth term. State Senator Jamilah Nasheed blamed Alderwoman Megan Green for her loss. “If it wasn’t but for her...

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