Category: St. Louis County

Missouri, St. Louis City, St. Louis County

We Can Make Missouri More Like Illinois

Admit it, Missouri. You have Illini Envy.  We all grew up in the shadow of the Lincoln State. We grew up frustrated that the Black Hawks have won Stanley Cups while the Blues end every season in frustration. Everybody in the world knows where Chicago is. And that it’s in Illinois, the Land of Lincoln. …

2014 Election, St. Louis County

Rick Stream Probably Didn’t Know I Knew His Old Career Counselor

When people asked me to get behind Rick Stream, I first wanted to make sure that was the right thing. I remembered that I have a friend who helped Rick a while ago. So I asked her. Rick Stream is “a quiet leader.” “I didn’t see him as a politician,” she told me. We were talking …

St. Louis County

Municipal Court or Kangaroo Court?

Missouri Court Reform

Guest post by Lee A. Presser On Wednesday, April 16, 2003, I was in Bel-Ridge, Missouri, Municipal Court to plead “not guilty.” The violation listed on the ticket did not match the reality of what actually happened on the road. In a file folder, I had documents and photographs to rebut the charge. The ticket …

St. Louis County

Ferguson is the Canary in the Coal Mine” for St. Louis County

The next St. Louis County Executive better brace himself for this: poverty is exploding in the county. I’m not saying poor people do bad things. I’m saying that, at some point, eliminating jobs and hope will drive people to take things. And they will take things by force. And they will show no mercy to …

St. Louis County

Tony Pousosa for County Executive

Don’t you just love brash upstarts? People with verve and moxie? I do. I like pesky guys full of gumption, like Vladimir Sobotka. I like energetic young political activists like Kenny Newhouse. And I like bold conservative organizers like Eileen Tyrrell. In fact, nothing pleases me more than seeing young, libertarian-ish Republicans making the establishment …

Jefferson City, Limited Government, St. Louis City, St. Louis County

How the RCGA Is Ruining St. Louis and What Businesses Can Do About It

Everyone knows and accepts that government does stupid things. Sometimes it feels like people institute governments and delegate them certain powers just to give us something to complain about. Government stupidity, scandal, and corruption hits different people in different ways. Government hyperactivity keeps poor people poor by limiting opportunity and by building barriers to exiting …

Missouri, Politics, St. Louis County

Give Me 5 Minutes, And I’ll Give You a New Friend

I have to tell you about a man I know. He’s a good man whom I respect deeply. When I’m done, I hope you’ll have a new friend. But first, I have tell you about microwave towers and optical illusions. Microwaves and Curves Has this ever happened to you? When I was a kid, my …

St. Louis County

BREAKING: Zimmerman’s Sob Story Phony as a Football Bat

PO’ed Patriot has the story. Jake Zimmerman’s campaign rotates two themes: 1.  The St. Louis County Assessor should be a career political hack, not a seasoned real estate professional 2. His little old friend, Margaret, is in danger of losing her home. But mostly St. Louis County government needs more Democrat political hacks. Turns out …

Campaigns and Elections, St. Louis County

Favoritism for Jake Zimmerman’s Dad?

The Post-Dispatch says the County Assessor should be a political operative, not an expert in real estate values like L. K. “Chip” Wood. I disagree, and this story explains why Charlie Dooley’s regime needs fewer political hacks and more competent professionals. Troubling Questions for Zimmerman’s Assessor Campaign: Why did the Zimmerman campaign take screen shots …

St. Louis County

A Tale of Two Taxes

On Monday, we learned that US Senator Claire McCaskill failed to pay property taxes on her personal luxury jet for three years.  Previously, she had charged taxpayers some of the cost of operating her private plane. Before that, it seems, she registered the plane in property tax-free Delaware.  On Monday, Claire wrote a $287,000 check …