Name of ‘Potato Lady’ Left Off Candidates List

You might remember the post I published Jan. 11 about Dolores Sherman, the so-called “potato lady” running for a board of aldermen seat in St. Peters, Mo.  Well, word on the street is that the 85-year-old self-employed grandmother has turned into even more of a “hot potato” than I thought she might when I published the video below.

Now, the latest…

On the same day I shared news about Sherman’s candidacy, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a Mark Schlinkmann article, Ex-St. Charles councilman, “potato lady” file for St. Peters alderman.  In it, Sherman received minimal-but-accurate coverage, largely the result of the candidate’s efforts to provide basic information about her candidacy to the newspaper.

Six days later, reporter Russell Korando’s story, Bob Morrison joins Ward 4 race in St. Peters, appeared in the P-D’s sister publication, Suburban Journals. Included in the article were the names of incumbents Don Aytes, Judy Bateman, Gus Elliott and Dave Thomas as well as challengers John Durajczyk, Bob Morrison, John Scherr and Terri Violet.  Sherman’s name, however, was missing. 

Read the article, Bob Morrison joins Ward 4 race in St. Peters, as it appeared online Tuesday afternoon, and you won’t notice the glaring omission.  There’s not even a mention that the story required correction.

Read the screen grab (below) of the last paragraph of the article — as it appeared in error for some 36 hours, minus Sherman’s name — and you being to appreciate the uphill climb Sherman’s facing a little more.

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Not one to get too wrapped up in local politics, I’ll describe this dicey situation by borrowing and modifying a line from Shakespeare: “Something’s au gratin in Denmark!”

More to come…

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85-Year-Old ‘Potato Lady’ Running for Office (Update)

Maybe St. Peters’ ‘potato lady’ should be mayor.

The words above appeared as the headline of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article Nov. 27, 2005, and could be considered prophetic if not for the fact that the woman in question, Dolores Sherman, isn’t running for mayor.

Sherman, 85, is running for one of two Ward One seats on the Board of Aldermen in St. Peters, Mo., the city in which she says she was prosecuted more than five years ago for a crime she didn’t commit and dubbed, “The Potato Lady.”

A mother and grandmother who owns and operates a seasonal crafts business in St. Peters, Sherman filed for the alderman post late Tuesday morning.  During a mid-afternoon news conference the same day, she detailed her belief that St. Peters city officials were involved in her unfair prosecution and other events leading to it and need to be replaced.

“I want to make people aware of what happened to me for an incident that should have never occurred,” Sherman said.  “I was railroaded!

“They accused me of throwing a red potato, and I said, ‘I don’t have red potatoes, I have Idaho, six inchers, baking potatoes,’” she continued, recalling a conversation she had Sept. 24, 2004, with two St. Peters police officers who had responded her home after receiving a complaint phoned in by one of Sherman’s neighbors in the suburb 20 miles west of St. Louis.  “But they gave me a citation — a peace disturbance, then the city prosecuted me.

“Why does a city, more or less, sue an 80-year-old lady for something they probably knew I did not commit?” she asked rhetorically before comparing St. Peters to a much-larger city.

“If you think Chicago is the only pay-and-play arena, huh-uh,” she said before pointing to tables in front of her and around the room that were covered with stacks of documents she said prove her case.  “And if you don’t believe it, just look.”

On March 29, 2005, St. Peters Municipal Court Judge Ronald Brockmeyer ordered Sherman to serve 12 months probation, pay a $125.07 probation fee and pay hundreds more for an anger management class, she explained.

The election for aldermen seats is set for April 5.  By then, residents of Ward One should be familiar with Sherman’s tongue-in-cheek campaign slogan:  “This spud’s for you!”

Stay tuned for more on this campaign!

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UPDATE #1 1/15/11 at 7:07 p.m. Central: Cross-posted on Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com.

UPDATE #2 1/17/11 at 1:44 p.m. Central: For more info about other candidates running for alderman seats, see this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.

UPDATE #3 1/17/11 at 8:15 p.m. Central: This evening, I learned the 85-year-old’s fledgling campaign is off to a rough start with the help of the local newspaper.  Here’s a brief rundown:

On Jan. 11, the Suburban Journals — owned by Lee Newspapers’ St. Louis Post-Dispatch — ran the story, Ex-St. Charles councilman, “potato lady” file for St. Peters alderman. In that story, Sherman received minimal-but-accurate coverage as a candidate in the race. Six days later, the newspaper’s coverage of Sherman’s candidacy took a turn for the worse.

In a story published today under the headline, Bob Morrison joins Ward 4 race in St. Peters, writer Russell Korando omitted Sherman’s name from the story. Of course, he included the names of incumbents Don Aytes, Judy Bateman, Gus Elliott and Dave Thomas as well as challengers John Durajczyk, John Scherr and Terri Violet. But Sherman’s name was missing, raising the question, “Why?”

I’ll try to find out the answers tomorrow morning — or let my readers know if a correction has been printed. City offices were closed today for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Stay tuned!

Saint Louis Making Democrat Convention Bid (Update)

You’ll have to excuse me for the oversight, but I just found out that the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission is preparing a bid to host the Democratic National Convention in 2012.  And I’m pretty stoked about it!

Why didn’t I know about it before now?  Perhaps, its because I’m not a regular or frequent reader of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and I’m not on any Democrat Party mailing lists.  Nevertheless, I’m excited about the possibility of St. Louis turning into a target-rich environment — full of people like Tea Party provocateur Steve Belosi — for area conservatives like me.

According to the StL2012.org web site, the convention will take place the week of Sept. 3, 2012, and stands as an opportunity to build on St. Louis’ success in hosting high-profile events such as the historic visit of Pope John Paul II in 1999 where more than 104,000 gathered for what was the largest assembly in the nation’s history. Should the host committee be successful in its bid, St. Louis will welcome an estimated 50,000 delegates, VIPs, media and visitors to the Gateway City.

The economic impact on the region will be huge, too.  At stake is an anticipated economic benefit of approximately $266 million.

The St. Louis 2012 Convention Exploratory Committee’s bid will be submitted to the DNC on May 21, 2010

To keep up with the status of the bid, follow the Committee’s Twitter feed, @STLdnc2012 (see inset in photo above), and follow mine as well:  @BloggingMachine.

UPDATE 7/01/10 at 7:24 a.m. Central: According to a report in yesterday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Gateway City has made it to the final four of cities vying to host the event.  Also in the running are Charlotte, Cleveland and Minneapolis.

St. Louis Tea Party Media Coverage Mixed

NHK at St Louis Tea Party 11-28-09

NHK's Miki Ebara conducts an interview.

Having worked with journalists at NHK while living in Japan 20 years ago, I was excited to see a crew from the Japanese television network at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis Saturday afternoon.  My first thought:  “The local tea party movement had finally earned a spot on the world stage.”  But I was wrong.

In the conversation that followed with Chief Correspondent Miki Ebara, I learned she and her NHK crew had flown in from New York City to interview St. Louisans for a story she was working on about climate change. For her, Kiener Plaza was a target-rich environment, full of 2,500 mostly-articulate and very-opinionated Americans from which to choose.

Ebara's business card.

Ebara's business card.

Among those media outlets who came to Kiener Plaza to cover the tea party, about half seemed intent on minimizing the importance of the event.

FIRST, THE BAD

St. Louis Post-Dispatch science and environmental reporter Kim McGuire, whose work appears frequently at the newspaper’s EcoSpeak blog, appears to have exerted minimal effort in her coverage of the rally.

Not only did she McGuire fail to note the important contextual matter of registered nurse and event speaker Stephanie Rubach being a black conservative, she also misidentified Dr. Kim Wiele as being male.  I know, because I interviewed both Kim and her physician-husband Robert Wiele at the Million Med March in downtown Clayton, Mo., Nov. 21. [FYI: Their faces are the first two that appear in this video published in this post after the event.]

I didn’t hear any newscasts about the rally, but an article published on the KMOX radio web site included a description of the event as having drawn “several hundred.”

Based on the fact that I’ve been criticized by several people for having estimated the crowd at only 2,500, I can only imagine the grief Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit must be hearing. After all, he gave an estimate of 4,000 in a post yesterday.  Of one thing, I can be certain:  Neither Hoft nor I got our estimates from SEIU officials whose numbers would have meshed more closely with those used by “50,000-watt blowtorch.”

NOW, THE GOOD

Though Fox 2 News, the local Fox affiliate, led its coverage with the anchor giving the same crowd-size description (i.e., “hundreds”) used by KMOX, the remainder of reporter Shirley Washington’s report (below) seemed fair and accurate.

Only KMOV-TV’s Ray Preston offered what I can describe as a completely fair and objective report about the rally.  The local CBS affiliate also published raw video on their site.

For more coverage of Saturday’s Tea Party and other related news, click here.

Charges Filed in Kenneth Gladney Beating Case (Update)

Kenneth GladneyTwo and a half months after 39-year-old Kenneth Gladney (right) was allegedly beaten in St. Louis by SEIU thugs outside Bernard Middle School, charges have finally been filed against six individuals, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The charges come 15 days after I asked the question, Why No Charges in Kenneth Gladney Beating Case? and mentioned the fact that the police report had already shown up at BigGovernment.com.

Notable among those charged by St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington is Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman.  Rather than being charged with assault, however, Wagman stands charged with failing to obey commands by police officers on the scene “to leave the site of an ongoing disturbance.”

Wagman is joined on the charge sheet by the following, according to the Post-Dispatch:

  • Elston McCowan, 47, of St. Louis, and Perry Molens, 50, of De Soto, were each charged with assault and interfering with police;
  • Javonne Spitz, 51, of O’Fallon, Mo., and Brian Matthews, 34, of Glendale, also were charged with interfering with an officer; and
  • Cheryl Johner, 55, of Arnold, was charged with assault and destruction of property.

I found it interesting how — predictably, I might add — several of the individuals listed above are quoted in the newspaper article as saying they are innocent.

More to come.

Hat tip:  Gateway Pundit

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UPDATE 11/30/09 at 5:45 p.m. Central: Incredible as it may seem, St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington reduced the charges to ordinance violations, according to a report by local radio station KMOX-AM 1120.

UPDATE #2 3/4/10 at 10:33 a.m. Central: Jim Hoft is reporting at Big Government is reporting that today, seven months after the incident, a court date has been set for April 23 at 7 a.m. Central.

Is ‘Deck’ Stacked Against Kenneth Gladney?

Kenneth GladneySome believe the proverbial “deck” is stacked against Kenneth Gladney (right) receiving justice.  And who could blame them.

According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, 8,799 recorded incidents of union violence since 1975 have resulted in only 1,963 arrests and 258 convictions — roughly three percent.

More than 90 days have passed without charges being brought against Service Employees International Union thugs who beat Gladney, 39, at an Aug. 6 health care town hall meeting in South St. Louis County hosted by ultra-liberal Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.).  Still, I suspect the 130-lb. diabetic and leukemia survivor might beat the odds, thanks to the no-stone-left-unturned efforts of reporters at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch BigGovernment.com who made the police report about the incident public yesterday and addressed it again in a piece today.

As a result of the Big Government efforts, certain people within St. Louis County government — notably, prosecutor Bob McCulloch and counselor Patricia Redington — must be feeling a lot of pressure to do something.  It will be interesting to see what happens next.  Stay tuned.

To read other BMW posts about Kenneth Gladney, click here.

Why No Charges in Kenneth Gladney Beating Case?

Kenneth GladneyYesterday, I reported that the Kenneth Gladney beating case remains in limbo more than three months after the 39-year-old black conservative (right) was allegedly beaten by Service Employees International Union thugs outside Bernard Middle School, the site of a South St. Louis County health care town hall meeting hosted by ultra-liberal Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.).

In researching the case further since then, I came across an Aug. 12 brief published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Notable in the brief was the paragraph below:

Police plan to meet with the county counselor’s office later this week to present the cases related to the six arrests. The counselor’s office can file misdemeanor charges, decline to file charges or forward cases on to the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office for review of possible felony charges.

Almost a month after the above-described meeting was supposed to take place, charges have still not been filed, prompting many to ask, “Why?”  After all, the police report has already shown up at BigGovernment.com.

Inquiring minds want to know.

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SEE ALSO: St. Louis Protects Its Own: A DA Turns a Blind-Eye on the Gladney Beating