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Why the Left Should Look to Jackson, Mississippi

A new political and economic model is emerging, and it is not appearing where we might suspect it would.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



John Caballero (CC-BY-SA)

Bill de Blasio, Unbowed

New York’s new mayor offers no apologies for waging war on economic inequality, for taking his time in making key appointments, or for riling advocates of charter schools.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons/Franz Golhen

New York’s Returning Police Boss Targets Stop-and-Frisk Practice

New York City’s newly installed mayor, Bill de Blasio, has tapped Bill Bratton to run the NYPD under his watch, and the returning chief stepped up Thursday with a plan to target and reduce one of the most controversial tactics practiced by the city’s police force.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE



Shaun Merritt (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Forges On Despite That Whole Crack-Smoking Thing

What is it about certain big-city mayors succumbing to the siren call of crack rock?

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

Is Anthony Weiner Still Sexting?

The embattled New York City mayoral candidate was asked Monday whether he has stopped his sexting ways. But instead of issuing a forceful denial, the ex-congressman issued a vague response. 

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



YouTube/AnothonyWeiner4Mayor

Anthony Weiner Announces NYC Mayoral Bid (Video)

In an attempt at a political comeback after accidentally sharing his sex life with the world through Twitter, the six-term congressman has decided to run for office again.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP / Lawrence Jackson

Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Since he first entered elected office more than 40 years ago, Dennis Kucinich has proved time and again to be an indefatigable fighter and principled politician—a rare creature indeed—who never forgot where he came from or those for whom he was responsible.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Danlev / Dan Leveille (CC-BY-SA)

L.A. Mayor Gives Occupiers an Eviction Notice

It’s not like Los Angeles’ slickster Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would have missed out on that multicity conference call that Oakland’s Jean Quan squeaked about to the press. So it’s not surprising that on Friday, as he visited the Occupy L.A. encampment to pay tribute to the spirit of the movement ... (more)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Occupy Wall Street Decamped

Thank goodness New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg deeply understands the meaning of free speech and what it does and doesn’t look like, or else his forced decampment of Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park HQ would look like a completely overstated and egregious abuse of political power.  (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


Olbermann: Why Occupy Wall Street Needs Michael Bloomberg

America has a rich and unique history of protest. In fact, says Keith Olbermann in this “Special Comment” segment of Tuesday’s “Countdown,” it’s an intrinsically American tradition. Olbermann also puts Tuesday morning’s police raid on Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park encampment in a context that ... (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / TNLNYC (CC-BY-SA)

N.Y. Judge Sides With Mayor on No Camping Rule

Setting up camp doesn’t fall under First Amendment rights in New York City, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and also Justice Michael D. Stallman of the state Supreme Court, who ruled after Tuesday’s eviction that Occupy Wall Street protesters could return to ... (more)

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Bebeto Matthews

OWS Protesters Regroup after Zuccotti Park Evacuation

Citing health and safety concerns, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg defended his decision to eject the Occupy Wall Street encampment from Zuccotti Park on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, protesters fought back on the legal level with a ... (more)

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Paul Sakuma

Cops Send Occupy Oakland Protesters Packing

Around 5 a.m. Monday, officers from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies descended upon the Occupy Oakland encampment and ousted protesters from the city’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, arresting 32 people who refused to leave and obliging movement members ... (more)

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Noah Berger

Occupy Oakland Defies Mayor, Pitches Camp

Do the mayors of, say, Oakland, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles have each other on speed dial this week? That’s kind of what it looked like, with tensions between those city leaders, aided by creative interpretations of public property regulations, and their respective Occupy movements ratcheting up this week. Updated

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Margot

Oakland, Atlanta Officials Take It Up a Notch Against Occupy Movement

Tuesday morning’s arrests of Occupy Oakland protesters, along with the recent display of police prowess that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed visited upon the occupy encampment in his own city, add up to signs of trouble that could threaten the peaceful tone of the movement, at least as The Christian Science Monitor … (more)

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

OWS Declares Victory as Liberty Plaza Cleanup Is Postponed

Occupy Wall Street: 1, Mayor Bloomberg: 0. After the New York City mayor’s sketchy sanitation plan for Zuccotti Park—or, if you will, Liberty Plaza—was postponed on Friday, OWS members were bullish, making it clear on their website that this development constituted a victory ... (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Seema K K (CC-BY-SA)

Bloomberg’s Zuccotti Park Cleanup Plan Sparks Skepticism

Making noises about sanitation, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has given notice to the Occupy Wall Street protesters camped at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park that they’re going to have to give way to some cleaning machines on Friday. Might there be another, not-so-squeaky-clean agenda at play here? Updated

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP via The Washington Post

Weiner Fesses Up, Says He Won’t Step Down

Another high-profile politician has learned about the perils of conducting a career—or, in this case, extracurricular activities—with the aid of modern technology. Yes, Rep. Anthony Weiner did send that risqué tweet, he admitted Monday, and it wasn’t the only one.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amy Sancetta

The Bloombergs, (Barely) Fictionalized

It’s an old cliché that new writers should write about what they know, and by all appearances Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of Mayor Mike and professional equestrienne, has done just that in her debut novel, “The A Circuit.” Read along as she doesn’t try very hard to convince a New York Times reporter that her first book is much of a departure from her life ...

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE


Chirac Trial on Hold?

It’s taken 15 years to get this far (which is to say not very far at all), so what’s the rush for former French President Jacques Chirac to stand trial for corruption charges stemming from his time as the mayor of Paris? Well, he’s 78 years old, for one ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Rahm’s Residency Rumble

Is Chicago heavy hitting mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel legit? Well, at least in the sense that he qualifies to run for mayor, given the residency requirements he believes certain prized items of clothing could have fulfilled in his physical absence.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


Rahm Emanuel Catches a Break in Mayoral Race

True to form, former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel is putting up a fight to stay in the running in his hometown, and Tuesday, the Illinois Supreme Court helped his cause by keeping ...

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Rahmbo Has ‘No Doubt’ He Will Prevail

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel suffered a major legal setback in his quest to become Chicago’s next mayor, but he said Monday, “I have no doubt that we will in the end prevail at this effort.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / house.gov

Court Bumps Emanuel Off Chicago Ballot

He left his post as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff with the intent of becoming Chicago’s next mayor, but Rahm Emanuel was forced to shift gears Monday by an Illinois state appellate court ... (more)

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



house.gov

Emanuel Makes It Official: He’s Running in Chicago

Rahm Emanuel has made it official. Six weeks after bailing out as White House chief of staff and returning to Chicago, he has formally announced that he is running to be the next mayor

of the Windy City.

Posted on Nov 13, 2010 READ MORE


Emanuel’s ‘Glad to Be Home’ ... in Chicago, That Is

Oops—someone has caught Obama’s outgoing chief of staff and ongoing hatchet man, Rahm Emanuel, being a duplicitous politician! It’s not that bad, really; Rahmbo’s just talking about how he’s “glad to be home” in Chicago in this mayoral campaign video ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / United States Congress

Does Emanuel Have a Fighting Chance in Chicago?

One would think that, after serving for two years as Barack Obama’s hatchet man in the White House, becoming Chicago’s next mayor wouldn’t be the hardest feat for Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel—but then again, this is Chicago we’re talking about here.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / house.gov

Rahm Emanuel Headed for a White House Exit

It’s not easy being a hatchet man—particularly in a crowd of idealists like the current denizens of the White House—and this stylistic dissonance may cause an early exit for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE


Palin and Johnston
vanityfair.com

And Now for the Inevitable Levi Johnston Reality Show

Can Levi Johnston catapult his career from the pages of Playgirl to the vaunted position once held by the woman who’s now twice escaped being his mother-in-law? That would, of course, be Sarah Palin—and no, we’re not talking about becoming Miss Wasilla.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


bloomberg

Bloomberg Defends ‘Freedom to Worship as We Wish’ in NYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a look back through his city’s religious history as he took the podium Tuesday in support of the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in Manhattan.

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE



flickr.com / David Ortez

Houston Elects Gay Mayor

Thanks to Annise Parker’s victory in a runoff election Saturday, Houston will become the largest U.S. city to have an openly gay mayor. Parker was the target of anti-gay rhetoric but mobilized gay rights groups in her defense.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE


Bloomberg
Flickr / Holly Van Voast

Bloomberg Dug Deep Into His Own Pockets to Win Third Term

This is just the kind of news that doesn’t bode well for the state of democracy in America: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shelled out $102 million of his own money in his recent successful (albeit close) run for re-election. That shakes out to about $183 per vote, and the final tally may still rise.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


Bloomberg and feathery friend
politicalkudzu.com

Bloomberg’s In for Third Term as NYC Mayor

He changed the rules, he put down the cash, and now New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been re-upped for a third term, beating his Democratic competitor, City Comptroller Bill Thompson, by a slim margin on Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


The District of Pandemonium

Our nation’s capital will survive the financial meltdown, the deepening recession and the plethora of foreign crises from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Whether Washington will survive Tuesday’s inauguration, however, is an open question.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Alex Brandon

Looking Back and Moving Forward

This is a day to think about how far we’ve come, to think about our experiences in past times and how we are now ready to begin forging a country where all of life is no longer defined by race.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE



gopconvention2008.com

NYT: Palin’s Politics Got Personal in Alaska

Although critics are still accusing the “elite media” of unfairly scrutinizing Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, less than two months remain before the Nov. 4 election to suss out who she is and what she stands for. Saturday’s New York Times article on Palin will no doubt draw more protests, but the Times’ findings are worth voters’ close consideration before they head to the polling booths.

Posted on Sep 13, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Palin
AP photo / Jeff Roberson

McCain’s Big Gamble Raising Big Issues

John McCain wanted to shake things up with his unexpected nomination of an unknown “outsider,” at least when it came to the political scene in Washington—but by Tuesday, as reports about issues from Sarah Palin’s home life and professional past circulated in the media, some McCain allies (and certainly many detractors) wondered how much his unconventional move might cost his campaign.

Posted on Sep 2, 2008 READ MORE


S.F. Mayor Proud of His City’s Values

Politicians usually try to explain away their records once they bid for higher office. Take the case of just about any big-time Democrat and the issue of gay marriage. But San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who formally launched an exploratory bid Tuesday for the California governorship, says he’s not worried about his gay rights legacy: “We’re about civil rights and equal rights, you better believe it. ... I’m proud of that, I’m not going to hide from that.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Hans Deryk

Obama on the Rise

Presidential candidate Barack Obama is currently enjoying a 15-point lead over Republican rival John McCain, according to a new poll conducted by Newsweek, which found that 51 percent of registered voters around the country favored Obama for president, while 36 percent picked McCain.

Posted on Jun 21, 2008 READ MORE


Berlin monument
AP photo / Markus Schreiber

Remembering the Holocaust’s Persecuted Gays

Berlin’s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, was on hand for the inauguration of a new memorial in the German capital dedicated to the 55,000 gay men who were branded criminals by the Nazi regime before and during World War II—and of whom about 15,000 were killed in Nazi camps. Above, the artists who created the monument.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


London Tube
flickr.com

Last Call for Tube Tippling

In the first policy announcement of his mayoral term, London’s newly elected Boris Johnson has banned the consumption of alcohol on all public transport —including buses and trains—in the capital city beginning June 1. The ordinance is criticized by many transport unions, which foresee serious problems in its enforcement.

Posted on May 7, 2008 READ MORE


Clooney
time.com

Rome’s New Mayor Strikes American Celebs From VIP List

Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman are now personae non gratae in Rome, according to the Italian capital’s new mayor, Gianni Alemanno, a former fascist who thinks American stars shouldn’t be hyped at Rome’s annual film festival at the expense of Italian actors and directors.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Boris Johnson
AP photo / Alastair Grant

Changing of the Guard for British Gov’t

To say it was a politically interesting week would be a case of British understatement: London gained a new mayor—Boris Johnson, who beat incumbent Ken Livingstone to become the first Conservative to win the office—and Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party took a drubbing in local elections across the U.K. on May Day.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


Dalai Lama
Luca Galuzzi - www.galuzzi.it

Paris Fetes Dalai Lama

Despite disapproval from French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party, which is working on improving relations with the Chinese government, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has championed the Dalai Lama by making the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader an honorary citizen of the City of Light.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Willie Brown
AP photo /Tony Avelar

Bill Boyarsky on the Inimitable Willie Brown

More than a quarter of a century before Barack Obama made his name with a speech at the Democratic National Convention, another African-American politician, Willie L. Brown Jr. of San Francisco, did the same—but under much different circumstances.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Bloomberg Says He Won’t Run

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg writes in a New York Times op-ed “I am not—and will not be—a candidate for president.” Thus ends months of speculation on whether the multibillionaire would jump into the race as an independent candidate. Bloomberg writes that he may endorse a candidate who “takes an independent, nonpartisan approach” and “embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy.” Is he talking about Ralph Nader?

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Bloomberg: Climate Threat Deadlier Than Terrorism

Although some politicians and media pundits who lean toward the right of the political spectrum regard global warming as an overhyped pet issue that mostly gets liberals hot under the collar, New York City mayor and media baron Mike Bloomberg (who’s moved around quite a bit on said spectrum) suggests that it is potentially much worse than the threat of terrorism. He made the comment Monday at a U.N. climate change conference.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich
AP photo / Mark Duncan

Kucinich Under Fire

Rep. Dennis Kucinich is back in Cleveland and fighting for his political survival as his longtime corporate opponents finance a Swift-boat-style media onslaught to take over his congressional seat. Here he fires back and makes his case for why Cleveland, and the country, needs his voice in Congress now more than ever.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani ad

Fear-Mongering, Giuliani Style

Um, is it just us, or did Rudy Giuliani’s camp seize upon the strike-induced lull in Hollywood to hire out talent to make what looks and sounds like a Mideast-themed action movie trailer to promote his presidential campaign?  “A religion betrayed ... a nuclear power in chaos ... madmen bent on creating it. ... ”  Steven Seagal’s people should take notes from this one.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


City Employees Say Giuliani Demanded Blind Obedience

Rudy Giuliani has made much of his time as mayor of New York, but a growing number of his former lieutenants are speaking out about his dictatorial ways. As one former city commissioner put it: “People used to say that if Mayor Koch said, ‘Let’s kill all 12-year-olds, everyone working around him would freely tell him, ‘You’re crazy,’ but if Mayor Giuliani said it, then everyone would say, ‘Brilliant, Rudy! Have you thought of killing 13-year-olds, too?’ ”

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


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