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  • US mayors to use nature to fight climate change

    06/22/2014 3:23:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/22/14 | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI - ap
    HOUSTON (AP) — Mayors from the GOP-dominated states of Texas and Arizona are calling on cities to use nature to fight the impacts of climate change, even while Republican governors and lawmakers repeatedly question the science that shows human-caused pollution contributes to global warming. As conservative governors criticize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the mayors — many from cities already struggling with climate-change effects — are taking steps and spending money to stem the damage. Attendees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors will vote Monday on a resolution that...
  • Associated Press suffers massive memory lapse in recent article

    04/06/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/6/14 | Doug Book
    According to its website, the Associated Press is one of the “…most trusted sources of independent news gathering.” AP journalists operate “…in more than 280 locations worldwide, including every statehouse in the U.S.” AP employees have won 51 Pulitzer prizes. The AP proudly announces that its journalists “…have gone to great lengths, overcome obstacles and, too often, sacrificed to ensure that the news has been reported quickly, accurately and honestly.” Most importantly, the AP claims that the organization “…fights for freedom of the press and the public’s right to know.” (my italics) On March 26th, the Washington Post published an...
  • New York and Boston mayors plan to boycott St Patrick’s Day parades over ban on gay marchers

    02/13/2014 12:29:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Pink News ^ | 2/13/14 | Scott Roberts
    The mayors of New York and Boston both plan to snub St Patrick’s Day parades in their respective cities because organisers continue to ban gay people from marching. The Mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, said he plans to boycott the parade because of the exclusion of LGBT groups. He is the first New York mayor in about 20 years to do so. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has also vowed to boycott the South Boston St Patrick’s Day Parade if organisers do not reconsider allowing members of the LGBT community to march.
  • Faulconer wins mayor's race (San Diego Mayor)

    02/11/2014 11:57:19 PM PST · by South40 · 62 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 2/11/2014 | Craig Gustafson
    SAN DIEGO — Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez in the San Diego mayor’s race Tuesday night. Faulconer had 55.2 percent compared to Alvarez’s 44.8 percent with 86 percent of the city's precincts counted. A jubilant Faulconer gave a speech to his supporters about 10:40 p.m. but stopped short of declaring victory. “We know that this city has gone through a lot in the last year, but we knew that as San Diegans that we were better than that and that we were going to come together when we had the opportunity to do that and...
  • Anti-gun mayors are big on crime (Howie Carr)

    12/11/2013 7:46:16 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/11/13 | Howie Carr
    It’s almost time for the first anniversary of the massacre in Sandy Hook. Naturally the Obama-run state media will be giving it round-the-clock coverage. Barack’s servile sycophants in the mainstream media will do anything to keep the low-information voters’ attention diverted from how they’re getting blued and tattooed by Dear Leader. As the common nightwalkers of the press get ready for their latest anti-gun crusade, let’s not forget who’s co-sponsoring the TV spots — Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). This organization was founded by two mayors who are now lame ducks, one of whom is Mumbles Menino. The money guy...
  • Annapolis City Council considers stripping mayor's powers (Dem Council upset GOP won election)

    11/10/2013 10:22:46 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/10 | Colin Campbell
    Annapolis Alderman Ross Arnett insists the City Council's decision to take another look at making the mayor's job a more ceremonial role has nothing to do with party politics. But if the Democrat-majority council acts to remove the mayor's power, the timing will coincide with the election of Annapolis' first Republican mayor in nearly two decades, Mike Pantelides, who defeated the incumbent Democrat, Mayor Josh Cohen, last week.
  • Twofer: MAIG Mayors going to prison (Don’t drop the soap, boys)

    10/16/2013 8:27:30 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    Guns Save ^ | October 15, 2013
    Twofer: MAIG Mayors going to prison (Don’t drop the soap, boys) October 15, 2013 It’s been a busy week for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) group of gun-grabbing mayors. First up, Filthy Filner, the San Diego Mayor who had a reputation for sexually harassing lots of lots of ladies, pled guilty to some reduced charges. Rumor had it his plea was to avoid convictions with the word “sexual” in them.
  • New U.S. mayor sets sights on 'black nation'

    09/29/2013 4:52:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 126 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 9/29/2013 | unknown`
    Voters in Jackson, Miss., a mid-sized city in the heart of the Deep South, have picked a Democrat as their mayor. What’s different about this individual is that he is a former leader of the Republic of New Afrika, a group dedicated to creating an independent black nation out of five southern states. Now leading the city of about 175,000 is Chokwe Lumumba – who has a long history of radical activism and whose plans for the largest city in Mississippi could be called “revolutionary.” A co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, which promotes black “self-determination,” Lumumba was sworn...
  • Obama discusses youth violence with mayors

    08/28/2013 4:57:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2013 4:49 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama met with 18 city mayors to discuss ways to contain youth violence, quietly reviving an issue that once dominated the White House agenda. The meeting was closed to reporters and none of the mayors discussed the session when they emerged from the White House. …
  • FBI Arrests Mayors Of Miami Lakes & Sweetwater

    08/06/2013 9:26:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 8/6/13
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater Tuesday on bribery charges. “They both were surprised,” a source familiar with the case told CBS4′s Jim DeFede. The arrests, first reported by CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, will be separate cases involving different people... Maroño is not only the Mayor of Sweetwater, but also president of the Florida League of Cities and was part of Governor Rick Scott’s transition team.
  • The Fundraising Email I Got from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

    06/11/2013 12:04:41 PM PDT · by Castigar · 12 replies
    Email | Castigar
    My name -- No More Names: The Drive to Reduce Gun Violence Friday marks six months since the mass shooting in Newtown, CT. It also marks six months of inaction from Congress. That's why we're launching an ambitious, nationwide bus tour that will bring survivors and supporters directly to members of Congress across the country. No More Names: The Drive to Reduce Gun Violence will visit 25 states in 100 days. We will stand in front of the local offices of members of Congress and read the names of Americans murdered with guns since Newtown, who number more than 5,000...
  • Schadenfreude, wingnuts: Anti-gun purge of the Democratic Party?

    04/24/2013 7:41:09 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 7 replies ^ | 4/24/13 | David Freddoso
    Mayors Against Illegal guns — a group of nearly 1,000 mayors, the vast majority of whom are Democrats — lacks any obvious Republican target to lash out at over last week’s gun control defeat in the Senate. So the group is now mulling over how to express its rage, and the likely victim appears to be two-term U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. President Obama’s post-campaign campaign just scared Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., into retirement after his “no” vote last week. The mayors’ group now wants Pryor’s scalp on their wall — even if there’s no other Democrat in line to...
  • Progressives Supporting ‘Mayors For Illegal Guns’ is a Great Joke

    04/22/2013 8:12:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 23 April, 2013 | Gary Marbut
    Montana --( Sunday, April 21st 2013, “progressives” (euphemism for statist liberals) ran large display ads apparently in all major Montana newspapers claiming that 79% of Montanans want more federal gun control. This humorous number becomes even funnier when it is attributed IN THE AD to “Mayors for Illegal Guns” (Yes, “FOR.” Check your copy). A curious person might ask, why would any mayors be FOR illegal guns in the first place? And, which specific Montana mayors are FOR illegal guns? Another curious person might ask why a group pushing more gun control would cite a “poll” from another group that...
  • Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities in America Each Led by a Democrat

    03/04/2013 7:11:07 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies ^ | October 20, 2012 | Barry Secrest
    Detroit for the fourth year in a row, is ranked as the "most dangerous city" in America according to Forbes online. The statistics indicate that Detroit suffered about 2,137 acts of violent crime per 100,000 residents. However, when we rank the extraordinary crime levels for each of these 'dangerous' cities, we noticed a startling trend in our quick research, and we weren't the only ones who noticed it, apparently. You see, each of these cities has one commonality being that each is also led by a Democrat Mayor, and these days you know what Democrat actually means.... "Liberal." Indeed, if...
  • Hadiya Pendleton's mom stars in Gun Control PSA (Who saw that coming?)

    02/16/2013 8:49:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WTTG-TV ^ | February 16, 2013 | Audrey Barnes
    WASHINGTON, DC - Supporters of gun control have released a powerful new public service announcement, featuring the mom of slain Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton. The PSA was produced for Mayors Against Illegal Guns. It calls on Congress to take immediate action to end senseless gun violence in this country--that claims 33 lives a day. A tragedy Hadiya Pendleton's mom is in the throes of dealing with, just 18 days after her daughter's death. "When my daughter Hadiya performed at the President's Inauguration, it was the happiest days of her life," Cleopatra Pendleton says in the PSA. "A week later she...
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns gets supposed list of shootings where guns were allowed all wrong

    02/03/2013 5:21:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 2 February, 2013 | John Lott
    I have previously noted that there were two multiple victim public shootings that weren't in gun-free zones. Those were the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and the Carson City, NV IHOP shootings, though I had originally missed the IHOP case because it didn't meet the four-victim threshold until a wounded victim died later. In response to my statements, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) has put together a list of their own cases where they claim that more shootings have occurred where guns are allowed. The group's chairman, John Feinblatt, had a relatively long 255 letter in the Wall Street Journal publicizing this...
  • 4 US Cities made the top 50 most dangerous in the world...and guess who leads them?

    10/10/2012 9:24:14 AM PDT · by ICE-FLYER · 28 replies
    Four (4) US Cities made the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world and for various reasons but ostensibly for their dangerous murder rate level. I have highly excerpted this article. The entire list can be found at: Looking at the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world here is the list of those US cities and who is leading them, you will most likely NOT be surprised: #48 Baltimore: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake (Democrat) City has been led by democrats since 1967 #43 Saint Louis: Mayor Francis G. Slay (Democrat) City has been led by democrats...
  • Coleman, Rybak: Voter-ID law would cost cities (w/ live video)

    08/21/2012 5:28:22 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-21-12 | pioneer press
    Pin It Print Email Font Resize Coleman, Rybak: Voter-ID law would cost cities (w/ live video) Pioneer Press Posted: 08/20/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT August 20, 2012 4:30 PM GMTUpdated: 08/20/2012 11:30:36 AM CDT The leaders of St. Paul and Minneapolis say the proposed voter photo-ID amendment will be an unfunded mandate for cities. Mayors Chris Coleman and R.T. Rybak, both Democrats, will meet at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, to explain their view that the measure would cost cities. Minnesotans will vote this fall on whether the state constitution should be amended to require voters to present valid photo...
  • Biden: Obama & I fabricated my 'blue collar' roots - video 2012, 2004 - Limbaugh commentary, audio

    06/18/2012 5:28:23 PM PDT · by Frankusa · 5 replies
    Speaking at a U.S. Conference of Mayors convention on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden said that President Obama was exaggerating [prevaricating] about Mr. Biden's so-called 'blue collar' roots. "My dad never worked in a Food Fair," Biden said. "My dad never wore a blue collar, although Barack makes me sound like I just climbed out of a mine in Scranton Pennsylvania carrying a lunch bucket. No one in my family worked in a factory." Biden emphatically denied that he has blue collar roots - despite the President's claims to the contrary. It should be noted, however, that Obama is not...
  • No wonder these mayors are against gun ownership

    11/19/2011 7:54:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 November, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Gun control advocates were on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon to ask members of Congress to pass legislation that would tighten gun-buying restrictions. It was part of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign, led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, to make it more difficult for convicted criminals and people found mentally ill from purchasing guns.— Founded in 2006 with 15 mayors at its core, including former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has become a powerful voice in the gun prohibition movement, while hardly uttering a squeak about some of its own members...
  • Sex, drugs and... city control?

    10/17/2011 2:11:19 PM PDT · by Bob · 1 replies
    Politicians are never far from controversy, and local government is no exception. From Detroit's Kwame Kilpatrick to D.C.'s Marion Barry, we take a look at the outrageous mayoral scandals that have made headlines over the years.
  • 3 times deported, killer still here

    01/18/2011 9:11:58 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | January 17, 2011 | JAMES WALSH/Paul Walsh
    An illegal immigrant's frequent arrests in Minnesota over the past 20 years show cracks in a system meant to bar foreign criminals.The guy found passed out in a St. Paul bus shelter near the University of St. Thomas with a drained bottle of vodka in his coat pocket was not just any homeless drunk. Mario Montalban-Ramirez, 61, was convicted of manslaughter in Illinois in 1982, convicted of murder in Texas in 1984 and sent back to his native Mexico three times -- in 1996, 1997 and 2003 -- for being in the United States illegally. He also has been a...
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns Twists The Truth About Firearms Trace Data

    10/19/2010 5:12:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 18 October, 2010 | NSSF
    NEWTOWN, Conn --( In a recent report by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition, an anti-gun organization led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the group misuses firearms tracing data in order to push its own gun-control agenda. Let’s set the record straight: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has repeatedly stated, “The appearance of [a licensed dealer] or a first unlicensed purchaser of record in association with a crime gun or in association with multiple crime guns in no way suggests that either the federal firearms licensed dealer (FFL) or the first purchaser has...
  • Report: 10 states sell half of imported crime guns(Barf Alert)

    09/27/2010 4:58:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | 26 September, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines and were used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just 10 states, according to a report being released Monday by a mayors' group. Those states accounted for nearly 21,000 guns connected to crimes in other states, said the survey by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an association of more than 500 mayors led by New York's Michael Bloomberg and Boston's Thomas Menino. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced more than 145,000 guns used in crimes in 2009 and found that more than 43,000 of those weapons...
  • Why are so many anti-gun mayors criminals?

    09/21/2010 7:40:56 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 15 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | September 21, 2010 | David Codrea
    "A federal judge...postponed ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s status conference on 19 fraud and tax evasion charges, informs us. Why? [D]efense lawyers argued they needed more time to comb through a mountain of evidence that the government has compiled. A whole mountain? Kilpatrick, of course, has already been convicted and sentenced on other criminal charges, including obstruction of justice and probation violation. In addition to being a former mayor, he was also a member of anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's deceptively-named "Mayors Against Illegal Guns."
  • Chicago mayor’s comments wound gun-control advocacy

    06/09/2010 9:01:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 50+ views
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | June 8, 2010 | Gregory Kane
    America’s gun-control proponents might want to consider shooting (pun intended) this memo to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. “Dear Mayor Daley: Please shut up. You ain’t helping us.” Is there anyone doing more damage for advocates of gun control than Daley? The man is a walking billboard for right-to-carry laws. Anyone needing proof of that might want to read the statements he made in the wake of an 80-year-old Chicago man fatally shooting a career criminal who invaded his home. The background story goes like this: The elderly man is a Korean War veteran who bought a handgun after three...
  • President Obama Asks Cameras to Leave Before Q & A So Mayors Can "Tell Me the Truth" - Video 1/21/10

    01/21/2010 12:12:12 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 21 replies · 1,043+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 21, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of President Obama speaking to a group of Mayors at the White House today, where at the end of his remarks, he told the Mayors he was going to take some questions, but said he would ask the cameras to leave "so you can tell me the truth." Actually, it may be the President was afraid some mayors would "tell him the truth" with the cameras rolling! . . . (VIDEO)
  • Jobless rates seen high for many more years (U.S. Conference of Mayors report)

    01/20/2010 11:56:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 235+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/10 | Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Unemployment rates will likely peak in most U.S. cities in 2010, but it will be many more years before jobless rates hit their lows of the last decade, a report released by a U.S. mayors group shows. In some areas, such as California's central valley and cities in Nevada, unemployment rates will stay at or above 10 percent through 2013, according to the report published on Wednesday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors .. The mayors group released the report a day ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in which it will seek federal...
  • First lady to address conference

    01/18/2010 9:43:46 AM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies · 507+ views
    Politico44 ^ | 01/18/10 11:40 AM | ALEXANDER BURNS
    First lady Michelle Obama will address the U.S. Conference of Mayors Wednesday, on the one-year anniversary of her husband's Inauguration, the White House announced Monday. From the announcement:
  • Gartman: Blame Democratic Mayors For Nationwide Poverty

    12/21/2009 7:53:25 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 731+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12-21-2009 | Vince Veneziani
    Gartman: Blame Democratic Mayors For Nationwide Poverty Vince VenezianiDec. 21, 2009, 10:24 AM In this morning The Gartman Letter, analyst Dennis Gartman segues off his usual topic of markets to focus on poverty levels and the political front: The Gartman Letter: Finally, we came across the following list over the weekend as we were going through e-mails and cleaning things up. We checked out the data, and it is correct, so the “correlation” seems reasonably to hold. Now, what do all of these cities have in common beyond their egregious poverty level rates? They all have had since 1989 and...
  • Tiahrt to Mayors: Stop Politicizing Fort Hood Deaths

    11/25/2009 10:00:36 AM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 964+ views
    U.S. House of Representatives ^ | November 24, 2009 | NA
    WASHINGTON—U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (pronounced TEE-hart), R-Kan., released the following statement in response to heinous accusations from Mayor Bloomberg’s political organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns. On Monday the Bloomberg organization paid for a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post assigning blame for the Fort Hood massacre, in part, to firearm policy authored by Tiahrt and approved by Congress since 2002. “The mayors who politicized the tragic deaths of those whose lives were taken along with the dozens who sustained injuries at Fort Hood should immediately issue a public apology to the victims and their families,” said Tiahrt. “Their use of...
  • Antis Are Upset About VCDL Protesting Anti-Gun Mayors(VA)

    10/28/2009 4:58:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 338+ views ^ | 27 October, 2009 | vcdl
    Virginia - The antis have “learned” about VCDL protesting the Falls Church Mayor, tomorrow, Monday, October 26 and the Norfolk Mayor, Tuesday, October 27 and are, er, up in arms. They are trying to get their members to turn out at the city council meetings to counter our protest. As EM Matt Gottshalk said when he saw this, “I’ve never seen so much slander in so few words.” Here is what the Virginia Center for Public Safety (how’s that for a misnomer?) sent to their members (my comments imbedded in brackets) CRITICAL ALERT! Please forward this to anyone who can...
  • 450 Mayors Petition Obama To Adopt Broad Gun Reform (Gun Grabbers Inc.)

    10/05/2009 1:35:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 58 replies · 2,259+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | 10/3/2009 | Staff
    A new report from a national coalition of mayors urges President Obama to adopt dozens of reforms to help curb gun violence, including steps to crack down on problems at gun shows and the creation of a federal interstate firearms trafficking unit. The "Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns," a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, presents 40 recommendations that "would dramatically improve law enforcement's ability to keep guns out of the hands of criminals -- and, in doing so, save innocent lives." The strategies outlined by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group of...
  • 450 Mayors Petition Obama To Adopt Broad Gun Reform

    10/02/2009 7:54:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies · 3,172+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2009 | David S. Fallis
    A new report from a national coalition of mayors urges President Obama to adopt dozens of reforms to help curb gun violence, including steps to crack down on problems at gun shows and the creation of a federal interstate firearms trafficking unit. The "Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns," a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, presents 40 recommendations that "would dramatically improve law enforcement's ability to keep guns out of the hands of criminals -- and, in doing so, save innocent lives." The strategies outlined by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group of...
  • Gun Rights 101: What exactly is an ‘illegal gun’ that 400 mayors are against?

    09/03/2009 7:51:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies · 1,095+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 September, 2009 | Dave Workman
    In May 2006, a small group of mayors, including ousted Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, were invited to a “summit” in New York by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to found Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The purported idea was to get so-called “illegal guns” off the streets; a lofty goal for sure, but might it not be a better idea to get criminals off the streets instead? Of course, removing a criminal element from society has never been the MAIG goal. This group, which now boasts more than 400 members claiming to represent 56 million American citizens –...

    07/24/2009 3:22:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 605+ views
    Everything was for sale -- from politicians to kidneys. Separate federal probes targeting rogue rabbis in Brooklyn and corrupt public officials in New Jersey led to the arrests yesterday of 44 people, including three mayors and five religious leaders. All the suspects in both investigations were brought down by the same shady developer, who wore a wire for three years while he bought off politicians, passed supposedly dirty money for laundering and even arranged for a $160,000 kidney sale. "The list of names and titles of those arrested today sounds like a roster for a community leaders' meeting," said Weysan...
  • 3 NJ mayors, lawmakers arrested in corruption case (AP Finally Naming Political Party)

    07/23/2009 5:56:28 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 18 replies · 915+ views
    AP ^ | 7-23-09 | DAVID PORTER
    NEWARK, N.J. – An investigation into the sale of black-market kidneys and fake Gucci handbags evolved into a sweeping probe of political corruption in New Jersey, ensnaring more than 40 people Thursday, including three mayors, two state lawmakers and several rabbis. Even for a state with a rich history of graft, the scale of wrongdoing alleged was breathtaking. An FBI official called corruption "a cancer that is destroying the core values of this state." Federal prosecutors said the investigation initially focused on a money laundering network that operated between Brooklyn, N.Y.; Deal, N.J.; and Israel. The network is alleged to...
  • Hoboken Mayor, Secaucus Mayor, Jersey City Dep. Mayor Arrested Today

    07/23/2009 4:49:11 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 9 replies · 460+ views ^ | 07-23-09 | Staff
    Forty-four people were arrested today in a New Jersey public corruption sweep. The group includes Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, state Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith and state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt. Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez is charged with agreeing to accept an illegal cash payment.
  • 44 Are Arrested in New Jersey-Focused Corruption Inquiry (Name that Party!)

    07/23/2009 3:34:26 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 55 replies · 2,346+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 24, 2009 | DAVID M. HALBFINGER
    A two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation stretching from the Jersey Shore to Brooklyn to Israel and Switzerland culminated in the arrests of 44 people on Thursday, including three New Jersey mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, the authorities said. The case apparently began with bank fraud charges against a member of an insular Syrian Jewish enclave centered in the seaside town of Deal, N.J. Eventually, stemming from that arrest, a federal informant posed as a crooked real estate developer offering cash bribes to obtain government approvals — and the case mushroomed into a political scandal that could rival...

    07/23/2009 11:05:51 AM PDT · by slickfree · 24 replies · 1,259+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | July 23, 2009 | POST STAFF REPORT
    Why has the New York Post omitted the party affiliation of New Jersey politicians that were arrested today? All the remainder Democrats were not indicated (excess of seven), and NONE indicated of the Rabbis, and many many more are missing whether Democrats or Republicans. However, TWO Republicans were conveniently indicated ... something is ROTTEN with Post Staff Writers.
  • Sweep of Arrests Underway in ‘Major’ N.J. Corruption Probe (PERP VIDEO)

    07/23/2009 8:26:15 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 20 replies · 934+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07-23-09 | Ashby Jones
    We’ll hopefully know more about this story in a few hours, it seems, but for now, let’s give you at least the basics. The AP has reported (no link available) that FBI agents are sweeping across northern New Jersey on Thursday, making arrests in what reportedly is described as a major corruption probe. WNBC-TV in New York reported and showed images of the mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus being taken into FBI headquarters in Newark. The station also showed rabbis being taken into custody. The sweeps are reportedly taking place in Hudson, Bergen, Monmouth and Ocean counties.
  • Macon mayor defends trip to Africa; Ellis says Ghana could process city's parking tickets

    08/05/2003 8:52:29 AM PDT · by Ed Straker · 17 replies · 832+ views
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | Tue, Aug. 05, 2003 | Mike Donila
    Posted on Tue, Aug. 05, 2003 Macon mayor defends trip to Africa Ellis says Ghana could process city's parking tickets By Mike Donila Telegraph Staff Writer Macon Mayor Jack Ellis on Monday defended his plans to visit Africa, saying that his mission, in part, is to encourage Ghanian officials to import more goods from Middle Georgia. Ellis also said that during his weeklong trip he will lay the groundwork to possibly enable Macon's Ghanian sister city of Elmina to process local parking tickets. "Ghana is very important to the city, the state - even the region where we live. They...
  • Mayors dis Obama - City officials return W.H. snub

    06/23/2009 2:44:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 574+ views
    Politico ^ | June 23, 2009 | By CAROL E. LEE
    The U.S. Conference of Mayors has declined President Obama’s invitation for a meeting at the White House on June 29. The mayors have not determined when, or even if, they will accept the invite an administration extended after Obama and Vice President Joe Biden skipped the mayors' annual meeting in Providence, R.I., earlier this month due to a local labor dispute involving firefighters. The White House cancelled plans for senior staff and Cabinet officials to attend the meeting the week before its kickoff, angering some of the nation’s mayors. The administration responded by inviting the mayors to Washington for a...
  • Mexico Drug Charges Against 7 Mayors, 20 Officials [Mexico-A Failed State?]

    06/18/2009 9:27:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 562+ views
    NYTimes ^ | June 18, 2009
    Mexico Drug Charges Against 7 Mayors, 20 Officials By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 19, 2009 MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico levied organized crime and drug charges Thursday against seven mayors, the former state attorney general and 19 other officials in the western state of Michoacan for allegedly aiding a drug cartel. Three other mayors detained in raids across the state May 26 have not been charged, but will continue to be held pending investigations, officials said. The seven mayors are the largest group of Mexican elected officials arrested on drug charges in recent memory. They and the other suspects...
  • (Los Angeles) Mayor To Sacramento: Keep Your Mitts Off Our Money

    05/25/2009 4:07:39 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies · 809+ views
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) ― Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a message for Sacramento: hands off my dough. The mayor plans a high- profile lobbying trip to the state capitol Tuesday to protest potential confiscation of local government money by the nearly-bankrupt state government. Villaraigosa will be joined by mayors Jerry Sanders of San Diego and Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana. Villaraigosa's office said Monday that one state proposal to partly fill a $21.3 billion budget deficit would divert 8 percent of local government revenues to the state, which would reduce the Los Angeles general fund by $68 million. The...
  • Durham mayor to visit Saudi Arabia

    04/26/2009 5:45:24 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 353+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | Apr. 21, 2009 | Staff
    DURHAM -- Mayor Bill Bell plans to visit Saudi Arabia next month. Its government will pick up his expenses. Bell will travel with 10 other mayors May 7-14, the city of Durham announced Monday. The mayors were invited by the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington. Bell said he was not sure how he was chosen for the trip, but he had spoken with representatives of the Saudi embassy during a trip to Washington for a mayors' conference. "They were very impressed with the Research Triangle Park and the universities and how we've been able to blend public private partnerships here,"...
  • Obama warns mayors not to waste stimulus money

    02/20/2009 4:18:46 PM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 46 replies · 840+ views
    yahoo ^ | 02/20/2009 | yahoo staff
    Invoking his own name-and-shame policy, President Barack Obama warned the nation's mayors on Friday that he will "call them out" if they waste the money from his massive economic stimulus plan.
  • Congress to help U.S. cities, muni bonds-Rep Frank

    01/19/2009 5:34:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies · 370+ views
    al Reuters ^ | 1/19/2009
    The U.S. Congress is likely to help cities' struggling economies not only through the stimulus bill it is expected to pass soon but through measures to boost the municipal bond market, Rep. Barney Frank told a mayors' meeting Sunday. Frank has put high on his agenda the creation of a bond insurer that the federal government would operate, and which would charge premiums based on the risk of bonds' defaults, he told Reuters. Most bonds do not default and, therefore, do not need insurance but "the market may still want it," said Frank, who heads the House Financial Services Committee....
  • Obama Meets With Nine Mayors Who Want $10 Billion in Federal Money

    01/09/2009 3:29:58 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies · 696+ views
    CNS News ^ | January 9, 2009 | Matt Cover
    President-elect Barack Obama met with the mayors of nine U.S. cities Thursday who together are asking the federal government to give them over $10.7 billion to finance various public works and maintenance projects. Among the mayors who met with Obama, Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz is asking for the most federal tax dollars, a total of $3.2 billion. His requests include $1.5 million to build the Grapeland Flowrider, a new water park attraction, and $100,000 to build dirt-bike trails. Miami also wants $94 million in federal tax dollars for parking garages at the Orange Bowl, and $20 million for work on...
  • MainStreet Economic Recovery Report (What mayors are asking for from Obama's Pork Plan)

    01/09/2009 4:42:33 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 5 replies · 388+ views ^ | 01/09/09 | mayors ofUSA
    scroll down and click city of your choosing.