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'Renaissance Mayor' Embraces Reform in Pensacola

Sara Warner | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

The mayor's election is officially non-partisan, but Hayward is a Republican and can sound like the pro-business CEO he was: "We are a first class city that will compete regionally, nationally, and internationally for jobs, investment, and talent," he says, explaining that he sees his constituents as shareholders in the future of his city. Move over Donald Trump!

Bernie's Burlington: What Kind of Mayor Was Bernie Sanders?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

What mayors can learn from Bernie Sanders is that good ideas are not sufficient. Creating more livable cities requires nurturing a core of activist organizations that can build long-term support for progressive municipal policies.

Exelon's Nuclear Oops: Washington D.C. Resists Pepco Merger

Connor Gibson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Exelon's ultimate goal: Force Pepco's customers, including the people of Washington, D.C., to subsidize Exelon's expensive nuclear power plants in other states. D.C. residents have until May 26 to submit comments to the Public Service Commission.

Meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face four challengers. Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Ald. Robert Fioretti, South Side businessman Willie Wilson and community activist William "Dock" Walls are all bidding for the city's top office.

Three Fun Facts From the 2014 Illinois Governor's Race

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.31.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' 2014 governor's race was a big one for the state -- record spending and the first Republican governor elected in 12 years. We've extracted some more fun facts about the race from a new study from the Paul Simon Institute of Public Policy at Southern Illinois University.

Reeder: Illinois' Lame-Duck Sessions Are Lame

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.28.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session Jan. 8 for a lame-duck vote on whether to have a special election in 2016 to elect a state comptroller. Scott Reeder, Executive Editor of the Illinois News Network, says lame-duck sessions present the worst opportunities for political shenanigans and should be done away with completely.

Austin Commits To Ending Vet Homelessness By 2015, Joins Growing List Of Other Cities

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact

The capital of Texas has a bold, new goal regarding veteran homelessness, and they have about 14 months to achieve it. On Wednesday, Austin became ...

Rob Ford: A Real Winner

Susie Sampson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Rob Ford, the illustrious Mayor of Toronto, has entered rehab. I know it might come as a shock to you given the purity he has shown but alas, no one's...

Chicago Pension-Cutting Plan Would Harm City Retirees, Neighborhoods

Henry Bayer | Posted 06.08.2014 | Chicago
Henry Bayer

roponents of the drastic Chicago pension cuts sought by the city have threatened a range of doomsday scenarios if their proposal is not enacted. Rather than the thoughtful, informed discussion this matter deserves, this is the equivalent of shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

7 Highlights from President Obama's Speech in Ann Arbor

Sydney Berger | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Sydney Berger

It can be incredibly exhilarating to attend a speech by the President (current or former) of the United States (depending upon your political views) -- especially if you're a college student, and that speech happens to be given at the university or college of which you attend.

Maybe I Need an Announcer

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 05.04.2014 | Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

Surveying the reconfigured talk show landscape, I became annoyed that everybody gets to do a monologue but me. After all, I have hilarious thoughts as...

Portrait of a Maverick in the Metro

Michael Hafftka | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

Steven Fulop, the mayor of New Jersey's second-largest city, Jersey City, is a former Marine and Goldman Sachs trader. But Fulop, 36, who took office ...

Ship of Fools

Natalie Pace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

In a city where culture is rather nascent and there is no rich history of the arts, it's exciting to see parents educating their teens to appreciate the nuances of Verdi's masterpiece.

Friday Talking Points -- As The Wedgie Turns

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We decided it was time to coin a new political term. We'll repeat the definition we gave it, back in May. Wedgie: When a political party's "wedge" issue turns on them and instead of dividing the other party, begins to divide their own.

Two-Party Frustration and the Race in Syracuse

Brian Krewson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Brian Krewson

Small parties have obstacles at the federal level. The major parties have inexhaustible funds and internal support. A third-party candidate can't compete against those forces. If smaller, more agile, parties are to compete at the national level, they will first need to succeed locally.

NYC Voters 68 percent-19 percent for de Blasio: Who Will Bet on Lhota?

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 12.04.2013 | New York
John Tepper Marlin

What are the chances that Lhota can come from behind and with enough money and persuasive rhetoric win the election, a little more than four weeks from now? Those who want to place a bet on the underdog in this case could benefit from some data.

Anthony Weiner Is the Right Hombre for the Job

Blake Henderson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

Residents of Nuevo York City, vote not just with your brains and your better judgement this primary day, vote with all the other parts of your body and vote Anthony Weiner for mayor.

Whoever Wins, Move Back Into Gracie Mansion!

Paul Gunther | Posted 10.30.2013 | New York
Paul Gunther

With the New York elections looming, the imminent arrival of a new mayor offers the chance to reanimate the foremost residential aspect and make it a dynamic part of history making rather than as fixed measure of past events alone.

If Stop-and-Frisk Is Illegal, NYC Will Become Dangerous Again

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 10.12.2013 | New York
Stephen Robert Morse

Stop-and-frisk is working. There are clearly fewer "bad guys" roaming the streets with guns, hard drugs, and other illegal possessions. If the NYPD is forced to no longer practice this policy, the results will be clear.

Powerful Philanderers on the Couch

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Alpert

Where there's a great risk, the level of excitement and thrill is heightened and there's an effort to push the envelope further and further. The greater the risk the greater the thrill.

If I Were Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's Therapist

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

As a therapist who has helped countless couples, I've become aware that social media has directly impacted relationships over the past few years. An ...

Weiner vs. Wiener: Anthony's Wiener Didn't Resign When He Did

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 09.22.2013 | New York
Shirin Sadeghi

Just five months away from election day, and 49 days from the primaries, today it has been revealed that Anthony Weiner's wiener didn't resign when he did.

We Love Malcolm...

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 08.28.2013 | Entertainment
Nancy Cohen-koan

When Andy Lee and I decided to do a film about London's first mayoral race and particularly front runner Malcolm McLaren, I was under no illusions. Ma...

The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

What Rick Perry and the GOP did by not only calling a special session to close virtually every abortion clinic in Texas, but also changing the date on the votes that took place after midnight, was a disgraceful slap in the face of all citizens everywhere. And they did not get away with it.

Castor Bean Control

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

The fool has signed his own warrant. Even he knows that of all the fundamentally lethal implements, only guns have a special dispensation from God and Jefferson.