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NAACP President Suggested Covering Confederate Monument

MCNS Staff

Confederate WholeTensions surrounding “The Angel of the Spirit of the Confederacy” in Forest Park have ignited in concert with nationwide pressure for Confederate monuments to be removed.

According to local reports, Adolphus Pruitt sent a letter to Mayor Lyda Krewson asking the city to build a scaffolding that would cover the statue up, after witnessing a heavy police presence at the monument.

According to St. Louis Public Radio, Pruitt said people would be less likely to protest if the monument is out of sight. He said that would free up police to protect neighborhoods, which he considers is a better use of resources.

“The only reason they’re here is it is there and it is visible. The city has committed to removing it. So it is going to

Elected School Board Seeking to Get Authority Back

MCNS Staff

St-Louis-Public-Schools-logoAccording to St. Louis Public Radio, members of St. Louis’s elected school board waited until after this month’s election to start clamoring to resume talks over regaining control of the city’s public schools. They’ll have to wait a bit longer, though, the state says.

The website news.stlpublicradio.org states that elected board President Susan Jones said the election of two new members is a proof enough that its reputation of dysfunction and mismanagement, which led to losing control a decade ago, is a thing of the past.

“That says to me that the taxpayers in the city of St. Louis care about what’s going on,” Jones, who was re-elected on April 4, said at a board meeting this week, according to the news site. “And that says to me that they want to have a voice back in education.”

For more on the strategies to regain authority for the board of the St. Louis Public Schools, click here.

 

 

 

St. Louis City April 2017 General Election Results

MCNS Staff

Lyda Krewson

Lyda Krewson

Voters in St. Louis have elected 28th ward alderwoman Lyda Krewson the city’s first woman mayor. Krewson cruised to the win with over 67 percent of the vote, with Republican Andrew Jones a distant second with 17 percent. Independent Larry Rice, whose New Life Evangelistic Center had been running for 40 years but was closed April 1st for operating without an occupancy permit for the last two, came in third with 10 percent of the vote.

In other citywide races, incumbent Darlene Green was retained as Comptroller with over 86 percent of the vote, while Susan Jones, Dorothy Rohde-Collins and Natalie Vowell were elected to the St. Louis City Public School Board. Heavily-favored Pam Ross was elected St. Louis Community College Trustee with 52 percent of the vote.

Of note, Democratic nominee for 21st ward alderman John Collins-Muhammad became the youngest elected as a city lawmaker, and an attempted completion of a coup in the 5th ward was unsuccessful, with Tammika Hubbard remaining alderwoman there.

The 60 percent of votes needed to pass Proposition A to abolish the Recorder of Deeds and fold its duties into the Assessor’s office was not achieved, allowing Sharon Quigley Carpenter to retain her position. And Proposition B, an attempt to move candidate-based primary and general elections from March and April of even-numbered years to August and November of the same year- a measure supported by conservative activist and financier Rex Sinquefield- failed to garner the 60 percent needed to activate.

MO House Overturns St. Louis City Abortion and Discrimination Ordinance

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Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri House of Representatives

According to the Springfield News-Leader, on Thursday, the Missouri House passed a bill that would nullify a St. Louis ordinance protecting women against workplace discrimination based on whether they’ve had an abortion, used contraceptives, or are pregnant.

The News-Leader reports that the bill, which passed with a 118-36 vote and now moves to the Senate, is the second proposal the GOP-led House has passed this session that would overturn a St. Louis (a city which votes firmly Democratic) municipal law. Earlier