The second video features Tilley talking about why he included changes to the Land Assemblage Tax Credit, a program utilized by developer Paul McKee in hopes of rehabbing parts of the north St. Louis.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association is suing over a ballot item abolishing a governor-appointed board overseeing the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. It’s the issue commonly referred to as ‘local control’ of the STL Police Department.
More from St. Louis Beacon reporter Jo Mannies:
According to the association, the suit “alleges that the ballot language and the cost projections associated with the initiatives are unfair, deceptive and misleading.” It also asserts that state Auditor Thomas Schweich “did not comply with statutory requirements” because his office, according to the group, failed to provide an accurate ballot statement on the financial impact of the proposals.
The initiative petition proposals earlier were filed by James Deutsch, a lawyer aligned with wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield, who supports local control. “We’re simply not going to be intimidated by City Hall or their millionaire friends,” said St. Louis Police Officers Association Business Manager Jeff Roorda in a statement.
Nancy Rice, spokeswoman for the group “A Safer Missouri” (bankrolled by Sinquefield) that is advancing the initiative petition effort, said the suit was expected. “I am not surprised and I’m not concerned,” she said.
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Officials concede that St. Louis City’s population did largely drop by about 29,000 people over the last decade.
That’s according to David Hunn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
At first, city officials thought they had identified a glaring discrepancy between the number of homes in city records and the number the census counted. They believed the census had listed about 5,000 fewer housing units in St. Louis than did city assessor data, among other sources. That could have meant 12,000 missing St. Louisans.
They also pointed to at least a dozen surprising errors in the most detailed data the census has yet released — the block-by-block population counts — fueling their beliefs that the census had screwed up.
For instance, the census had attributed seven homes and 25 residents to a bus stop on Gravois Avenue. It seemed to have skipped a 78-unit, 130-person apartment complex on Union Boulevard in the Central West End, a 16-unit complex south of Forest Park and an entire square block of homes northeast of Ninth Street and Allen Avenue in the Soulard neighborhood.
But those errors now look more like technological glitches, products of census workers mixing new computer systems with electronic maps. And the mistakes may make little difference in the population total.
On a positive note, at least St. Louis City didn’t lose roughly 25 percent of its population over the last 10 years. Wait a second, did I just inexplicably use ‘we’re not Detroit’ as a rationalization?
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s father - Francis R. Slay - died Wednesday morning.
Right before announcing $550,000 for bike and pedestrian trails in the St. Louis area, Gov. Jay Nixon said a few words about the elder Slay’s passing:
The former alderman, state legislator and recorder of deeds was 83.
U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, told The Hill newspaper that he is committed to running for another term in Congress.
Not only is he running, but he is apparently willing to run against either U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, or U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Town and Country.
He also dispelled rumblings that he may forgo re-election and instead run for Lt. Governor.
From the article, via Combest:
With its population declining over the last decade, Missouri has lost one of its nine House seats through reapportionment. Observers believe that could it could be Carnahan’s St. Louis-area district on the chopping block. That district encompasses the area south of the city and could be merged into the other two metro-region seats.
That would see Carnahan in a potential head-to-head contest against either Rep. Lacy Clay (D) or Rep. Todd Akin (R). Carnahan said he was committed to running again, regardless of what redistricting brings.
“There’s a lot of speculation out there,” he told The Ballot Box. “I’m 100 percent focused on running for Congress in 2012.”
Carnahan said the 2010 Census has shown St. Louis making “substantial gains in population.”
“As did some of the suburban areas of my district, so I think there’s a strong case to keeping three whole seats for the St. Louis region. We have the population for that,” Carnahan said.
Is Carnahan safe or is his political career on ice? Find out more by click here.
So what issue is Sen. Tim Green, D-Spanish Lake, sick of hearing about?
“Local control” of the St. Louis Police Department.
Why is sick of that issue? Click on the audio clip to hear more.
As noted in the post below, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, has been a critic of a push to establish “local control” of the St. Louis Police Department. The freshman senator expressed her misgivings about the proposal, for example, in this op-ed from the St. Louis American.
The above audio clip is an exchange between Chappelle-Nadal and Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, after the measure hit the Senate floor. Sen. Joe Keaveny’s legislation is expected to encounter substantial opposition in the Senate, even though it passed the Missouri House by a wide margin.
Sen. Joe Keaveny’s legislation that would, among other things, remove the governor’s power to appoint members of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners. It colloquially known as the “local control” bill.
It’s an issue that’s effectively forged surprising alliances throughout the Missouri political universe. Supporters include Democrats - including St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed and Keaveny - as well as powerful Republicans like House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryvile, and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
But the measure also attracted a wide set of opponents, such as members of the St. Louis Tea Party, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, and Gov. Jay Nixon. And it’s likely to face a filibuster throughout the day.
The above audio clip is an exchange between Keaveny and Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit. Kraus unsuccessfully tried to attach an amendment that would include the other city without local control - Kansas City - in the legislation.
I caught up with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder on Saturday right before he spoke to St. Louis County Lincoln Days. I asked him about the importance of the St. Louis region to Republicans, as well as what the GOPers in St. Louis County need to do in 2012.
I also asked about the timetable for his next statewide campaign. Kinder is widely expected to run against Gov. Jay Nixon in 2012.
Click on the audio clip above to hear the interview.
The above audio clip features Dana Loesch speaking after House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, ended his interview on her 97.1 FM talk show.
Click here to listen to Tilley’s interview with Loesch.