Election Results: Stenger Wins Primary, Transportation Tax Dies

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Steve Stenger.
In a night with few surprises, area voters rejected County Executive Charlie Dooley's re-election bid and kicked to the curb a controversial sales tax designed to improve roads. Voters also approved Missouri's inalienable right to guns and strengthened electronic privacy rights.

The highly-debated "Right to Farm" amendment also passed, but the margin of victory is so narrow -- with only 2,528 votes -- that a recount is likely.

Steve Stenger, who served as the chair of the St. Louis County Council, will now face in November's general election Republican Rick Stream, who handily won the primary over challenger Tony Pousosa, in the election for the county's top spot. Stenger won 66 percent of the countywide vote, defeating Dooley 2-1.

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Go Vote, St. Louis! Officials Predict Low Voter Turnout Despite Contentious Races

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Cast your ballots today, STL.
It's Election Day, St. Louis! Time to head to the polls and make your voice heard.
If you are planning to go vote today, you'll likely be one of the few. Experts only expect about 10 percent of Missourians to cast a ballot in this primary race.

Local primary races typically see a much lower turnout than, say, a presidential or statewide election. But this year's ballot includes a heated race for St. Louis county executive and ten statewide ballot measures on topics including agriculture, gun rights and transportation taxes.

See also: Police Chief, Circuit Attorney Say "Unalienable" Gun Rights Amendment Misleads Voters

The question is, do enough Missourians care about the issues on the ballot to spur a voting percentage higher than a measly 10 percent?

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Dooley Campaign Accidentally Calls Stenger Supporter Sexist Slur, Won't Apologize

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County Executive Charlie Dooley.
With just 36 hours left before the primary elections, County Executive Charlie Dooley's campaign team tweeted a sexist attack against a supporter of challenger Steve Stenger.

The tweet, which the campaign admits was poorly worded, refers to one of Stenger's supporters, attorney Jane Dueker, as a "trick," a derogatory term for women who are seen to sexually manipulate men and analogous to other slurs, including hoe, slut and bitch.

Linda Goldstein, Dooley's campaign communications director, says the campaign never intended to insult Dueker and will not be apologizing.

"She's trying to distract them from the issues at hand," Goldstein tells Daily RFT. "In my opinion, she had a disingenuous response to this unintentional wording, and by having this type of response, she is simply calling more attention to Stenger's outrageous comments."

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St. Louis Applies to Shelter Migrant Children Overwhelming U.S. Border

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Lindsay Toler
Mayor Francis Slay announces St. Louis' plan to bring 60 children crossing the U.S. border here.
As the gang violence and drug wars ravaging Central American countries propel waves of homeless, needy children to the southern border of the United States, St. Louis city and county governments are applying for federal dollars to pay for 60 migrant children to find shelter in St. Louis.

Mayor Francis Slay, County Executive Charlie Dooley and an alliance of nonprofit organizations announced the plan to apply for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement program Friday. If St. Louis is approved, the federal government would relocate about 60 of the children waiting in border detention centers to residential facilities in the county for housing, health, food, counseling and educational services.

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Gina Loudon Writes 2,000-Word Essay About Her Teen Daughter Dating a 57-Year-Old Actor

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Missouri's top Tea Party, reality-show D-list family is in the gossip headlines this week, and they seem to be soaking up the attention in the strangest way possible.

Here's the deal: Eighteen-year-old Lyda Loudon, daughter of former Republican state senator John Loudon and conservative pundit Gina Loudon, a couple best-known for starring on reality TV show Wife Swap, is dating fifty-seven-year-old actor Steven Bauer, best-known as Al Pacino's right-hand man in Scarface, and who now stars in TV show Ray Donovan.

The 39-year age difference was big enough for virtually unknown Lyda to get ink in tabloids such as Us Weekly and the Daily Mail. And as with just about every Hollywood relationship age gap story, the regular eye-rolling and tisk-tisks ensued.

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County Executive Dooley Says St. Louis Post-Dispatch Political Cartoon of Him is Racist

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Charlie Dooley.
St. Louis almost got through the primary election for county executive without any huge accusations of racism. Almost.

With only a week to go, it's still hard to know whom voters will support on Election Day. Can County Executive Charlie Dooley mobilize the base that's supported him for a decade and keep his seat? Or will challenger Steve Stenger, chairman of the county council, win enough voters to his side with his message that "ten years is long enough"?

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch tried to help its readers answer that question this weekend by endorsing Stenger, an unsurprising move after years of editorial critiques of Dooley's cronyism and bungled political projects.

But it wasn't the endorsement that riled Dooley. It was the political cartoon, in which a smiling Dooley in a blue, pin-striped suit paints over the "here" on his "The buck stops here" desk plate, which now reads, "The buck stops."

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Former St. Louisan Who Joined Israeli Military Injured in Gaza

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A former St. Louisan who joined the Israel Defense Forces was injured by an explosive device in Gaza on Wednesday during ground operations.

The St. Louis Jewish Light reports that Max Levin, 21, was part of a special unit that handled and disarmed explosive devices. During a house-to-house mission, the unit opened a door to a home that had an explosive device, according to Levin's father, Bud Levin, a former longtime CEO of Midwest Petroleum Co.

Three other IDF soldiers were killed. Levin suffered a shrapnel would to the head but is currently in "satisfactory condition" at a hospital outside Tel Aviv.

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6 Things We Learned About Todd Akin From His Two-Hour KMOX Interview

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Todd Akin
Say what you will about Todd Akin, but the man is not a quitter.

Infamous for wrecking his Senate campaign in 2012 -- when his brain failed to shut down that whole thing his mouth was saying about rape -- Missouri's prodigal son came out swinging this month with a national book tour to promote Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith.

Akin stopped into various local media outlets this week to bare his not-so-contrite soul in extensive interviews with KWMU's Don Marsh and KMOX's conservative radio host Mark Reardon, among others.

The tour showed Akin in vintage form: He blamed the media and Republican leadership for his campaign loss, compared himself to Joseph McCarthy and reneged on his apologies for the "legitimate rape" comments that got him in trouble in the first place. Also, he believes that abortion "easily trumps slavery as the greatest moral evil in American history." Yup, that sounds like the Akin we know.

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Fundraiser Created for Ad Campaign Asking Gov. Nixon to Free Jeff Mizanskey

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Efforts to free Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's only prisoner serving life without parole for marijuana charges, are continuing with an online fundraiser that seeks to raise money for a media blitz that would aim to persuade Governor Jay Nixon to grant clemency.

The goal of the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $21,000 -- a symbolic amount to represent the 21 years that Mizanskey has been imprisoned -- for a series of ads for print, radio, TV, online and billboards. The radio and TV ads will feature Mizanskey himself.

The fundraiser was created by Aaron Malin, a researcher for Show-Me Cannabis (although this is not a project directed by the marijuana reform group). Mizanskey's brother, Mike Mizanskey, is also assisting with the fundraiser.

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5 Ways Uber Could Change Ride-For-Hire Rules in St. Louis

Will St. Louis allow Uber Black? It's up to the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission.
After months of slow negotiations, the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission released proposed rule changes that could pave the way for Uber to open in St. Louis.

While many of the proposed code revisions seem like minor updates -- such as allowing electronic ride tickets as well as written ones -- they'll have an impact on premium sedan ride-for-hire services across the city and county.

In May, Mayor Francis Slay threw his hat into the ring, personally encouraging the taxi authority to adopt alterations proposed by Uber.

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