Representative Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood) chairs the House Appropriations Committee. (photo courtesy; Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications) . Clipped from
Rick Stream Probably Didn’t Know I Knew His Old Career Counselor

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen 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 …

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Missouri Court Reform
Municipal Court or Kangaroo Court?

Reading Time: 10 minutesGuest 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 …

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

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe 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 …

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Tony Pousosa for County Executive

Reading Time: 3 minutesDon’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 …

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

Reading Time: 4 minutesEveryone 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 …

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

Reading Time: 5 minutesI 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 …

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

Reading Time: 1 minutesPO’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 …

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Favoritism for Jake Zimmerman’s Dad?

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe 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 …

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