St. Louis Police Agree to Local Control Thanks to "Sugar Daddies" Like Rex Sinquefield

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Rex Sinquefield: He fought the law(men) and won.
That was so easy, one wonders why it took 150 years to figure out?

Yesterday, the St. Louis Police Officers' Association officially caved. For the first time since the Civil War, the association agreed to allow City Hall -- and not the governor's office -- oversee control of the St. Louis police department.

So what happened? The police union ran into an even bigger bully than itself: mega-millionaire Rex Sinquefield.

For years the union had battled City Hall in the state legislature -- and won -- by convincing politicians (mostly from Bumblefuck, Missouri) that giving the city control of its own police force would lead to chaos and corruption in the big city. The police union's argument? "If you're so concerned about law-and-order, Mr. State Senator, you really do not want to give St. Louis control of its own police force!"

Last March, Sinquefield proposed an end-run around the legislature when he got several initiative petitions approved that would ask Missouri voters to change the state Constitution and allow local control of the St. Louis and Kansas City police departments. Still, that wasn't quite enough to force the hand of legislators who once again failed to approve a local-control bill for St. Louis during a special session this fall. 

Following that defeat, Sinquefield planned to retool his initiative petitions and ask voters to change the state statutory law to allow the St. Louis police to return to local control. That ballot proposal was hardly a done deal. Sinquefield's "A Safer Missouri" would still need to collect thousands of signatures to land the issue on the ballot and then spend thousands -- if not millions -- of dollars to promote and advertise the issue prior to the November 2012 election.

Apparently, though, just the threat of a state vote on the St. Louis issue was enough to break the union's back. The police officers' association announced this week it would agree to compromise -- mostly because of Sinquefield's action. It would allow local control in exchange for the city keeping the department's pension intact.

Not everyone is happy with the compromise. State senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal (D - University City) killed the local control bill this fall during the legislature's special session. Yesterday she told the Post-Dispatch that "sugar daddies" like Rex Sinquefield are using their millions of dollars to upstage the will of the people. "Democracy is a right, not a stock, bond or mutual fund a single person can buy up," she told the daily.

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KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

It kinda hurts to praise Sinquefield for accomplishing something for the good, doesn't it?

crashtest
crashtest

Son...I say son...That would be Bumblefuck, Missourah son.

p0ssum_pie
p0ssum_pie

Bumblefuck, Missouri?

Spoken like a pseudo intellectual who's insecure about venturing beyond the confines of the city.  Please remain there, lest the remainder of the state frighten you into further histrionics.

JJ
JJ

That town covers most of Missouri between the population centers where people can read and write. And not vote blindly for people who protect the rich and big business.

Abbey
Abbey

Putting possum in a pie is unlikely to attract me to your neck o' the woods.

Mike N.
Mike N.

We need Sinquefield to get behind the marijuana legislation.

Eric Vineyard
Eric Vineyard

Maria Chapelle-Nadal is a vindictive idiot.  Plain and simple.  Her district should be proud.

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