Who should pay for police brutality? Why not cops?
Dec14

Who should pay for police brutality? Why not cops?

There is a concern in City Hall about the growing cost of police brutality. As the City of St. Louis faces nearly two dozen lawsuits stemming from the police mishandling of the 2017 protests following the acquittal of former officer Jason Stockley, some officials, including Congressman Lacy Clay are asking where the millions of dollars to pay these settlements or awards are going to come from. And why must taxpayers continue to pay...

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St. Louis Police Remain Out of Control, Mayor Absent
Dec06

St. Louis Police Remain Out of Control, Mayor Absent

The St. Louis Metroplitan Police Department remains out of control. It took federal investigators last week—not Police Chief John Hayden or Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards, the men directly in charge of the department, nor Mayor Lyda Krewson, the woman ultimately in charge—to finally hold city police officers responsible for the horrible and unprofessional behavior that was on display for all to see in September of 2017.  The...

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With Friends Like These…
Nov29

With Friends Like These…

As candidates begin to file to run for election and re-election to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, African-Americans, who are the largest racial group in the city, have another opportunity to finally claim a proportional number of seats on the city’s governing body. But one group, more than any other, stands in the way: white allies. Every 10 years, the boundaries of the city’s 28 wards are redrawn. Using the latest data from the...

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Missouri is Red. Trump Red.
Nov08

Missouri is Red. Trump Red.

Now that the dust has started to settle after Tuesday’s election, what lessons will Missouri Democrats take away from the loss of the U.S. Senate seat? Well, let’s start with the obvious: No more purple fantasies, Missouri is now solidly a red state. And not just red, Trump red. Donald Trump is hugely popular in this state. His fiery, outlandish, and often racist rhetoric fires up the Republican base like nothing we have on the...

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McCaskill, Weed and Wages
Nov01

McCaskill, Weed and Wages

Election Day is nearly here and many voters still have questions about the issues and candidates appearing on the ballot. Here’s my take: U.S. Senator The candidates in the order they appear on the ballot: Josh Hawley, the current Missouri Attorney General is a Trump-supporting Republican who will surely support the agenda of Mitch McConnell and his band of conservative bullies as they continue to use every weapon at their disposal to...

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Opinion: McCaskill and the Trump Trap
Oct25

Opinion: McCaskill and the Trump Trap

Last week, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, met in St. Louis for a one-hour televised debate. McCaskill found herself on the defense through much of it. That’s expected. In this current political climate, being a 12-year incumbent means you have 12 years of votes for your opponent to twist and manipulate into whatever narrative their latest polling says will best work to...

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