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News & Commentary Relating To Lambert Airport Privatization (updated 06/17/2019)

6/17/2019 Channel 2You Paid For It- Alderwoman Spencer wants public vote over any airport privatization deal

6/12/2019 St. Louis Business Journal: Past fraud conviction of city lobbyist raises questions from officials

6/12/2019 Riverfront Times: Comptroller Green Proves Her Point By No-Showing Vote for Airport Bonds 

6/12/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Mayor, comptroller clash again over Lambert Airport bonds

6/12/2019 Riverfront Times- Ray Hartmann: Privatization of St. Louis’ Airport Belongs on the No-Fly List 

6/11/2019 St. Louis Business Journal: Aldermen eye lobbyist reform after report on potential conflict

6/7/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: Top adviser on airport privatization faces questions for his work with the NRA

6/7/2019 The Star: Airport users to incur higher costs on privatisation- IATA

6/6/2019 St. Louis American: S&P raises rating on Lambert Airport revenue bonds, Comptroller Green projects $20M in savings from airport bond refunding

6/6/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Lambert Airport gets second bond upgrade in less than a year

6/4/2019 Channel 2: You Paid For It- Latest airport privatization study

5/29/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Lambert privatization study is slow-moving as city waits to hear from airlines

5/24/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Ex-Slay aide ends role as lobbyist but says he’s still working for firm seeking Lambert privatization contract

5/23/2019 In These Times: Public-Private Partnerships Will Never Solve America’s Infrastructure Crisis

5/23/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: Funder of airport privatization effort is making money on both sides of the deal

5/22/2019 St. Louis Business Journal: Potential bidder for Lambert airport privatization appears to lose interest

5/15/2019 Riverfront Times: Airport Privatization Consultants Dodge Critics as Billings Grow

5/3/2019 St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Alderwoman Wants Public To Vote On Airport Privatization

4/30/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: City estimate board endorses Lambert bond refinancing plan

4/30/2019 St. Louis Public Radio: Airport Bond Refinancing Passes — After Two-Week Delay

4/19/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch– Tony Messenger: City leaders used to back airport debt reduction. Then Rex Sinquefield came calling.

4/17/2019 Riverfront Times: Comptroller Green Blasts ‘Unacceptable Scrutiny’ Over Airport Bonds in Raucous Meeting

4/17/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Comptroller accuses mayor, Reed of delaying Lambert bond refinancing to aid privatization idea

4/9/2019 St. Louis Post-DispatchFeds want records related to big Stenger contributors

3/28/2019 Riverfront TimesFAA Chief Asked JetBlue Exec to ‘Say Nice Things’ About St. Louis Airport Privatization

3/27/2019 ProPublica“Happy to Do It”: Emails Show Current FAA Chief Coordinated With Ex-Lobbyist Colleagues on Policy

3/4/2019 Channel 5: Where the Board of Aldermen stand on airport privatization

3/3/2019 St. Louis Post-DispatchConsultant will advise airlines on Lambert privatization

2/22/2019 St. Louis American: Comptroller Darlene Green restates support of public vote on airport privatization

2/22/2019 St. Louis Public RadioLambert Airport Privatization Takes Center Stage At Board Of Aldermen President Forum

2/20/2019 Riverfront TimesDarlene Green: ‘It Is Arrogance for Elected Officials to Strip the Public of Its Right to Vote’

2/20/2019 Channel 2: Demonstrators gather at St. Louis airport privatization meeting

2/20/2019 St. Louis Post-DispatchReed joins city’s comptroller in favoring citywide vote on Lambert privatization

2/10/2019 St. Louis Post-DispatchEffort to privatize St. Louis Lambert International Airport could still go to vote of city residents

1/29/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Editorial Board: Aldermen should revive bill to require referendum on airport privatization

1/28/2019 Riverfront Times: These St. Louis Politicians Are Pledging to Oppose Airport Privatization

1/20/2018: Channel 2 You Paid For It: Aldermen vote not to give public a say in Lambert privatization

1/17/2019 Riverfront Times: Aldermen Reject Plan to Let Public Vote on St. Louis Airport Privatization

01/14/2019 St. Louis Post-DispatchLambert extends existing vendor contracts amid privatization study

01/13/2019 Channel 2 You Paid For It: Decision on Lambert privatization could come soon

01/10/2019 St. Louis Public RadioQuestions About St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization Go Unanswered

12/09/2018 Channel 2 You Paid For It: BOA President Lewis Reed votes to move forward with Lambert Airport privatization study

12/07/2018 St. Louis AmericanBill for public vote on airport privatization stalls; petition initiative moves forward

12/06/2018 St. Louis Public RadioPublic vote on airport privatization is grounded at City Hall

12/03/2018 Channel 2 You Paid For It: Will voters get a chance to vote Airport privatization

11/5/2018 St. Louis Public RadioDoor-to-door survey seeks residents’ views of St. Louis Lambert airport privatization

10/24/2018 St. Louis Public RadioKrewson rejects need for public vote on the possible lease of Lambert airport

10/8/2018 Riverfront Times– Glenn Burleigh: If St. Louis Is Serious About Airport Privatization, We Deserve Accurate Info — and a Vote

10/3/2018 St. Louis Public RadioPublic weighs in on whether residents should get to vote over leasing St. Louis airport

10/3/2018 St. Louis Post-DispatchIn first public hearing, St. Louis residents call for a chance to vote on privatizing Lambert

10/3/2018 Riverfront TimesPublic Vote on Airport Privatization to Be Focus of Aldermanic Meeting Tonight

9/25/2018 St. Louis Post-DispatchGot thoughts on privatizing Lambert? Advisers begin outreach campaign in St. Louis

9/25/2018 St. Louis Public RadioAirport group expands survey seeking input on possible Lambert privatization

9/18/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch– Tony Messenger: Lobbyist leading St. Louis airport privatization effort accused of ‘looting’ his own company

9/15/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch– Kevin Horrigan: Getting rich on that crackpot airport privatization deal

9/15/2018 KMOX RadioActivists, Aldermen Voice Concerns Over Airport Privatization Canvassing Efforts

9/15/2018 Riverfront TimesCity Hall Locks Out Alderwomen, Activists

9/13/2018 St. Louis Public RadioGroup blasts survey of St. Louis residents on Lambert as pro-privatization

9/4/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Op Ed: Lambert privatization looks like Chicago’s parking meter disaster

8/21/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: Krewson dodges potholes on road toward St. Louis airport privatization

8/20/2018 St. Louis Public RadioSTLPR’s Melody Walker discusses ongoing airport-privatization saga

8/16/2018 Rockland/Westchester Journal NewsEnthusiasm wanes for Westchester airport privatization under George Latimer

8/16/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: Cost to start down runway of airport privatization in St. Louis? More than $800,000 per month

8/7/2018 St. Louis Public RadioAdvisors set timetable for St. Louis Lambert privatization process

8/6/2018 St. Louis Public RadioSlay’s role as lobbyist raises questions over conflict of interest in quest to privatize airport

7/26/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: Redacted pages, ignored advice and conflicts galore: Welcome to airport privatization, St. Louis style

7/18/2018 St. Louis Public RadioAirport privatization consultants delayed by unsigned contract

7/5/2018 St. Louis Public RadioLong, bumpy flight expected for team exploring privatization of Lambert Airport

7/3/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony MessengerKrewson’s ‘open and transparent’ airport privatization process stuck on taxiway

7/1/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Letter to EditorSt. Louis should protect its moneymaker airport

6/27/2018 Riverfront TimesGroup Will Gather Signatures to Demand Public Vote on Airport Privatization

6/27/2018 St. Louis Post-DispatchFormer Mayor Francis Slay hired by company considering a bid to privatize Lambert

6/21/2018 Rex Inc Propaganda Minister on KTVIAirport advisory team making changes at Lambert Airport

6/14/2018 The Bond BuyerSt. Louis airport privatization is closer to takeoff

6/14/2018 St. Louis Business Journal: Aldermanic president pushed airport adviser contracts for campaign donors

6/13/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Top city officials vote to begin exploration of privatizing Lambert

6/13/2018 Riverfront TimesSt. Louis Hires Consultants to Explore Airport Privatization

6/13/2018 St. Louis American, Column by Comptroller Darlene Green: Privatization of St. Louis airport must be put to public vote

6/13/2018 St. Louis Public RadioAdvisory group gets go-ahead to explore privatization of Lambert Airport

6/7/2018 Travel Pulse: Airlines Urge Caution on Airport Privatization

6/6/2018 Transportation TodayGovernments should use caution when privatizing airports, IATA warns

6/5/2018 The Economic TimesAirport privatisation- Wrong to assume private sector has all answers, says IATA chief

5/17/2018 St. Louis Public RadioSt. Louis board puts off vote on contract to explore privatizing Lambert

5/17/2018 Riverfront TimesSt. Louis Airport Privatization Effort Goes Into a Tailspin at E&A Meeting

5/16/2018 St. Louis Post-DispatchProcess to explore privatization of Lambert stalls: ‘We can’t get started’

5/16/2018 Riverfront TimesSt. Louis Airport Privatization Consultant Contract Could Get Approval Today

4/26/2018: American ProspectPutting the Public First in Public-Private Partnerships

3/14/2018 Riverfront TimesAirport Privatization Has St. Louis Surveying an Unexplored Frontier. Who’s in the Pilot’s Seat? 

2/20/2018 NextSTLFAA accepting public comments on privatization of Lambert International Airport

2/16/2018 St. Louis Post-DispatchSinquefield’s involvement in airport privatization a nonstarter for some city aldermen

2/16/2018 St.Louis Public Radio: “Airport resolution” portion of this story- St. Louis aldermen send $50 million bond issue to mayor

2/10/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Op Ed- Alderwoman Cara Spencer: Aviation assets- The view from 35,000 feet

2/9/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: Krewson’s lament on integrity obscures serious issues with airport process

2/9/2018 St. Louis Public Radio: “Airport privatization oversight” portion of this story- City reins in plan to ban carriage rides

2/9/2018 St. Louis Post-DispatchIf St. Louis wants to make the airport private, alderman wants public hearings every 60 days

2/2/2018 KMOX‘Angry 18’ Aldermen Want Rex Sinquefield Out

2/2/2018 St. Louis Magazine- Ray Hartmann: St. Louis doesn’t have to give up its airport to tap its potential

2/2/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Op Ed- Francis G. Slay: We should explore airport’s untapped potential

2/1/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: King Rex clears the chess board as he plots his Lambert privatization strategy

2/1/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Krewson pushes back on criticism surrounding Lambert privatization

1/31/2018 NextSTL -Alderwoman Cara Spencer: Lambert Airport by the numbers

1/30/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Letter to Editor: Sinquefield group’s input is a foregone conclusion

1/30/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Letter to Editor: Include city residents in decision on Lambert

1/30/2018 St. Louis Post Dispatch Letter to Editor: Private company probably would be more efficient

1/30/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial: The fix is in for privatization of Lambert airport

1/30/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: More than half of St. Louis’ aldermen call for rejecting Sinquefield-affiliated firm as airport consultant

1/30/2018 Riverfront Times: 18 Aldermen Ask City to Stop Contract with Grow Missouri for Airport Lease

1/31/2018 (Updated) St. Louis American: Sinquefield-funded nonprofit lands consulting firm contract

1/26/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sinquefield-affiliated Grow Missouri among firms selected to advise on privatizing Lambert

1/19/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis aldermen call for transparency as city considers privatization of Lambert 

1/19/2018 St. Louis American: Why did St. Louis hire a more expensive lobbyist with less experience? Jeff Aboussie’s team gets city contract through scarcely public process

1/18/2018 KMOX: Aldermen, Experts Debate Pros And Cons Of Lambert Privatization 

1/17/2018 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Airport Consultant Would Only Get Paid If Privatization Goes Through 

1/16/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: Critic calls St. Louis airport privatization ‘a very bad deal.’

10/9/2017 Next City: St. Louis Could Be New Testing Ground for Airport Privatization

10/1/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis begins to weigh potential benefits, risks of privatizing Lambert

9/20/2017 The Bond BuyerSt. Louis looking for advisors on airport privatization

9/18/2017 St. Louis Post-DispatchSt. Louis officials seek advisers to guide possible privatization of Lambert

8/3/2017 Huffington-PostBillionaire’s Plan To Sell A Publicly-Owned Airport Is A Lesson In Trumponomics

7/18/2017 St. Louis Public RadioWhat are the ups and downs of making Lambert Airport private?

6/29/2017 St. Louis AmericanPruitt vows the NAACP will monitor privatization process at St. Louis airport

6/18/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: In St. Louis, revolving door goes from City Hall to Lambert

6/14/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Slay’s former chief of staff joins Sinquefield firm

4/29/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Tony Messenger: Is St. Louis leaving the future of its airport to a coin flip? 

4/25/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch & KTRS McGraw Milhaven Show- Messenger: What do airport efforts and ethics spat have in common? Need for transparency. 

4/24/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: FAA accepts initial application for Lambert privatization

4/24/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis gets FAA go-ahead to explore privatizing airport management 

3/23/2017 St. Louis Post Dispatch- Slay wants to look at putting Lambert airport under private management