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Our Call: Race for county executive is a democratic win already

Our Call: Race for county executive is a democratic win already

November 7, 2019

Editorial  We welcome the news last week that county Assessor Jake Zimmerman is jumping into the Democratic primary race for county executive. So far, Zimmerman is the only candidate officially in the race, but County Executive Sam Page kicks off his campaign Nov. 21. Page has the advantage of cur...

Our Call: South County needs more than one single Freeholder

Our Call: South County needs more than one single Freeholder

October 9, 2019

An Editorial from Call Newspapers We were as hopeful as anyone about the Board of Freeholders, the once-in-a-generation city-county board that is convening to decide whether to change the way the region operates. But we have to officially oppose the appointments because South County is already being ig...

Our Call: Sweeney should get more than probation for crimes

Our Call: Sweeney should get more than probation for crimes

September 11, 2019

Editorial Sometimes crime does pay. That’s the lesson courtroom observers learned from the Aug. 16 sentencing of former St. Louis Economic Development CEO Sheila Sweeney. Or should we say lack of sentencing, because Sweeney somehow got away with probation for covering up former County Executive...

Our Call: Stenger’s campaign speeches could use revising

Our Call: Stenger's campaign speeches could use revising

August 8, 2019

Editorial Imagine if Steve Stenger had run an honest campaign for re-election as St. Louis County executive. What would he have said? We’ll use Stenger’s own words — but certainly not the ones he trumpeted in his campaign literature. He always proclaimed that he was an “attorney and CPA,”...

Our Call: The Planning Commission should be unincorporated

Our Call: The Planning Commission should be unincorporated

August 1, 2019

Editorial The St. Louis County Charter Commission is meeting weekly to decide on changes it could make to the county Charter, the constitution-like document that governs how the county operates. While the panel is meeting, here’s our suggestion: We believe it should be a requirement that members of th...

A new county executive, and we hope a new St. Louis County

A new county executive, and we hope a new St. Louis County

May 10, 2019

Editorial Dr. Sam Page is now County Executive Sam Page, the county’s ninth county executive. He will serve until at least Dec. 31, 2020, and a special election to fill the rest of former County Executive Steve Stenger’s term will be held in fall 2020. Page is not yet sure whether he will run ...

Our Call: From county executive to felon: The Steve Stenger decade

Our Call: From county executive to felon: The Steve Stenger decade

May 9, 2019

Editorial And to think, it all started with trash districts. And a swimming pool. More than a decade ago when a young, ambitious attorney named Steve Stenger challenged 6th District County Councilman John Campisi, R-South County, his main contention was that Campisi was a crook, misusing taxpayer ...

Our Call: County Council needs to meet at same time all year

Our Call: County Council needs to meet at same time all year

April 26, 2019

Editorial The St. Louis County Council met Tuesday — but we wouldn’t be surprised if you missed it. That’s because the council met at 11 a.m. instead of its usual time of 6:30 p.m. Why? We’re not sure. Council Vice Chair Hazel Erby, D-University City, who represents the 1st District, made the motion l...

Our Call: Better Together is changing, so let’s change statewide vote.

Our Call: Better Together is changing, so let’s change statewide vote.

April 4, 2019

Editorial  We applaud Better Together for changing its plan for a St. Louis city-county merger so that County Executive Steve Stenger will no longer serve a two-year unelected term. Cynics might say that the group only made the change because of the federal subpoena that was served on the county M...

The Call makes endorsements for contests in the April 2 election

The Call makes endorsements for contests in the April 2 election

March 27, 2019

Editorial  MSD Proposition S stormwater impervious fee We were neutral on this proposition, but if longtime MSD critic Tom Sullivan actually thinks it might be a good idea, we can’t help but agree. The Call endorses Prop S. Lindbergh Proposition R bond issue If Prop R, a $105 million, 83-c...

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