Yesterday's debate among the four mayoral candidates in St. Paul, Minnesota had some pretty interesting moments
. Current mayor Chris Coleman's facial expressions are not to be missed. Yay democracy!
posted by vytae
on Oct 25, 2013 -
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban
on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts.
Mr. Bloomberg’s proposal requires the approval of the Board of Health, a step that is considered likely because the members are all appointed by him, and the board’s chairman is the city’s health commissioner, who joined the mayor in supporting the measure on Wednesday.
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on May 31, 2012 -
As mentioned previously
, Toronto's mayoral candidates are almost farcical, with the most boring candidate caught in a sex scandal
, another candidate who has the world's worst case of foot in mouth disease
, and another who thought that presenting himself as a Mafia Don
was a good idea. Thankfully, there's still Steve Murray
. Because Toronto deserves something
. If only he hadn't missed the registration deadline. [more inside]
posted by krunk
on Sep 30, 2010 -
Though her nomination was a joke
, instigated by a group of men hoping to inhibit the local activities of the Women's Christian Temperance Union by embarrassing female voters, Susanna Madora "Dora" Kinsey Salter
surprised the pranksters by winning two-thirds of the vote in the mayoral election of 1887 in tiny Argonia, Kansas, becoming not only America's first female mayor, but also earning the distinction of being the first woman elected to any
political office in the United States. Her official notice of election read: Madam, You are hereby notified that at an election held in the city of Argonia on Monday April 4/87, for the purpose of electing city officers, you were duly elected to the office of Mayor of said city. You will take due notice thereof and govern yourself accordingly.
Though she only served one term and had no further political ambitions, she became a hero of the early women's suffrage movement. [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Sep 1, 2010 -
Sam Adams, the recently elected openly gay mayor of Portland, Oregon, has come under fire for lying about a relationship he had with a teenage legislative intern in 2005 named Beau Breedlove. When first asked about the relationship in 2007
during the election campaign, Sam (then 42) claimed he was being a mentor to the young man.
Sam recently cut short a trip to DC to return to Portland to publicly apologize and control damage over a new article
in which he admits to having a sexual relationship with Beau. It's got the town divided
over whether he should resign of if the whole thing is being blown out of proportion.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink
on Jan 22, 2009 -
The United States Conference
will take place from June 20th-24th in Miami, FL
. The agenda
rising energy costs, housing, water, transportation, street crime, public schools, gangs, health care quality and costs, secure airports and ports, illegal guns, drugs, and immigration with a special focus on climate protection initiatives
. Not to mention speakers
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton. [more inside]
posted by lunit
on Jun 18, 2008 -
He once stopped a school bus on a busy interstate because he “needed a hug” from the kids inside. He’s been known to strap weapons to his chest and leg that he has no authority to carry or conceal, then wear them in public. He once bulldozed an elderly woman’s house, promising to build her a better one. He then forgot to build it. He recruited a team of kids to torch a row of dilapidated shotgun houses, without clearance or first turning off the utilities. Meet The Worst Mayor In America
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Oct 23, 2007 -
Public gatherings restricted? Check. Shutdown of independent businesses? Check. Lockdown on traffic and transportation in the area? You bet. Lawmakers in Baltimore trying to curb the city's homicide rate (already 108 this year) have come up with some "desperate measures"
of questionable constitutional legality, including heightening police presence in order to lockdown streets in "emergency areas." It has been called, "partial martial law" by some, and one has to wonder if the city of Baltimore may not do better to take a page from The Wire's Hamsterdam
for a solution to their inextricably linked drug and homicide issues.
posted by dead_
on May 17, 2007 -
Eighteen year old Michael Sessions can't buy or drink alcohol but he has been elected the mayor of his hometown of Hillsdale, Michigan. He won the office by two votes, which he's credited to his parents for putting him over the top.
His reason for running? Eight races in his town were being run unopposed and he didn't think that was right so he tried to run but was underage at the time. So he ran as a write-in. And won, pending a recount.
It will certainly be an interesting senior year of high school for him.
posted by fenriq
on Nov 11, 2005 -
They are feeding the public a line of bull, and they are spinning, and people are dying down here:
A post with a link to MP3 of an explosive WWL radio interview in which New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has a message for politicians: "I don't want to see anybody do any more goddamned press conferences... put a moratorium on press conferences, don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city, and then come down to this city and stand with us... Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here - they're not here; it's too doggoned late. Now get off your asses and let's do something...
posted by taz
on Sep 2, 2005 -
KXLY News 4
Mayor Jim West of Spokane Washington has been accused of sexual abuse of a male child. Mayor West announced in the local Spokesman Review newpaper that he plans on staying on as Mayor.
posted by Ignition
on May 7, 2005 -
Lesser of two goods?
(SanFranciscoFilter) SFWeekly's John Mecklin sums up the wild ride in San Francisco's mayoral race, from Matt Gonzalez's late entry
, to the baffling Guardian endorsement
, to the obvious Chronicle Gavin Newsom endorsement
, to the downright surreal Alioto endorsement debacle.
Oh, and then there's the Chron's not so coincidental "Shame " series
on homelessness, Newsom's defining issue, in the final days of the election.
In all, Mecklin concludes we're pretty damn lucky to have the fortune in this day and age to choose between two candidates that both have the capacity to do a decent job. Is this relevant to non-San Franciscans? Well, if Matt
wins (and the odds are even), that puts a Green at the helm of a fairly important US city and may help counter the effect of Arnie.
posted by badstone
on Dec 4, 2003 -