Monthly Archives: March 2014

The City Journal – March 11, 2014

The City Journal contains the minutes from the past week’s Board of Aldermen meeting as well as notices of hearings, public notices of hearings and permits, RFPs, City job openings, and other official records.  I use it to keep track of what is happening downtown and am glad to have it available online for free.

Recent Votes – US House and Senate

Recent House Votes
Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage – Vote Passed (295-114, 21 Not Voting)

On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that would reverse a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made “unlocking” cell phones for use across wireless carriers illegal as of last January. HR 1123 would allow consumers to disable software protections on their cellphones and connect to mobile carriers of their choosing once their original contract expires.

Rep. William Lacy Clay voted YES

Eminent Domain Authority – Passage – Vote Passed (353-65, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if state or local governments wrongfully take their property in such situations.

Rep. William Lacy Clay voted YES

Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage – Vote Passed (236-179, 15 Not Voting)

A bill that would make a number of changes to the federal rule-making process passed the House on Thursday. The bill, passed mainly along party lines, would require agencies to consider the costs and benefits of rules and alternatives when issuing regulatory directives. The bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in another agency’s rule-making process and would expand the ability of small businesses to challenge federal rules in court. Federal agencies would also be required to make monthly reports of rule-making and post rules online.

Rep. William Lacy Clay voted NO

Recent Senate Votes
Veterans Benefits — Cloture – Vote Agreed to (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture and proceed on a bill that would extend and expand health care and education benefits for veterans and their families.

Sen. Roy Blunt voted YES
Sen. Claire McCaskill voted YES

Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave – Vote Rejected (56-41, 3 Not Voting)

On Thursday, the Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., to waive all applicable budget laws when considering a bill to expand veterans benefits. The motion required a three-fifths majority to waive applicable budget laws under Senate rules.

Sen. Roy Blunt voted NO
Sen. Claire McCaskill voted YES

August 5 primary candidates filed

Here are the candidates in our district who have filed so far – filing closes March 25.

U.S. Representative District 1

  • Martin D. Baker (R)
  • Rob E. Cunningham (L)

State Senate District 4

  • Joseph Keaveny (D)

State Representative

  • District 80, Michael Colona (D)
  • District 79, Michael Butler (D)
  • District 78, Penny V. Hubbard (D)

Collector of Revenue

  • Gregory F. X. Daly (D)

License Collector

  • Mavis T. Thompson (D)
  • Jeffrey L. Boyd (D)

Recorder of Deeds

  • Jimmie Matthews (D)
  • Mary S. Carpenter (Sharon Quigley Carpenter) (D)


St. Margaret of Scotland plans school expansion

via St. Louis Business Journal:

St. Louis Catholic school to expand

A Catholic grade school in the city of St. Louis plans to expand with a new building that will cost millions of dollars.

St. Margaret of Scotland School, at 3964 Castleman Ave. in the Shaw neighborhood, will build a one-story building with six classrooms on its current property, according to KSDK.

The school currently has 400 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. About 120 students will be housed in the new building.

The school has added 15 to 25 students every year for the past nine years, according to KSDK.

Principal Juliann Hased told KSDK that the school has $1 million in cash and $2 million in pledges for the construction of the new building. The school will also have to take out an unspecified loan from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, she said.

The building will open by August 2016, according to KSDK.