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Rob Ford: I've Used Almost All Drugs

Mayor says he's taking it one day at a time

(Newser) - Rob Ford is out of rehab , back in Toronto City Hall, and coming clean about his past bad behavior. In interviews with the CBC and CP24 , the mayor said his drug use began long before he took office and included pretty much every "drug you can think of,"... More »

Calif. Mayor Resigns Over Bag of Dog Poop

Dennis Kneier was caught on video

(Newser) - A California mayor has really stepped in it. Dennis Kneier, mayor of San Marino, tossed a bag of dog poop into his neighbor's driveway—and, unfortunately for him, the moment was caught on video. He's resigning immediately over the incident, CBS 2 reports. "As is well known,... More »

Casting Call Goes Out for Rob Ford Musical

'Gravy train meets the crazy train' in new production

(Newser) - This could be the role of a lifetime for the right person, although method acting might be a bad idea: The producers of Rob Ford The Musical: The Birth of a Ford Nation have issued an open casting call in Toronto on Monday for roles including that of the crack-smoking... More »

'Spectacular Fall' of Charlotte's Ex-Mayor Is Complete

Patrick Cannon admits to corruption charges

(Newser) - Metaphor alert: The former mayor of Charlotte, NC, literally fell today as he walked to court to plead guilty to corruption charges. And a bit later, the guilty plea itself was "the coda to a spectacular fall" for Patrick Cannon in city politics, reports the Charlotte Observer . The 47-year-old... More »

Obama Picks San Antonio Mayor for Housing Secretary

Julian Castro called possible future VP nominee

(Newser) - President Obama has chosen San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as the next housing secretary, Democratic insiders tell the New York Times . Castro, who has been mayor since 2009, was the 2012 Democratic National Convention's keynote speaker, and he has been named as a possible future VP candidate, the Times... More »

Where's Rob Ford? Flies to US for Rehab, Turns Around

Sounds like US customs officials had problems with his request to enter country

(Newser) - Even the very act of entering a rehab facility is proving to be troublesome for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. It seems he flew to Chicago last Thursday for that purpose, but turned around and headed back to Canada on the same plane after speaking to US customs officials, reports the... More »

Mayor Who Took Office in 1949 Finally Defeated

93-year-old was Florida's longest-serving mayor

(Newser) - After a nearly unbroken spell in office going back to the Truman administration, Mayor John Land is finally out of office in Apopka, Fla. The 93-year-old was narrowly defeated by a 56-year-old challenger who campaigned on the need for more youthful leadership in the city of 44,000, reports the... More »

Upstart Dumps Scandal-Weary DC Mayor in Primary

Muriel Bowser wins Dems' nomination

(Newser) - Scandal-plagued DC Mayor Vincent Gray is out of the running for a second term after losing the Democratic primary to a local lawmaker. Muriel Bowser, a DC councilmember, heads to the general election after securing the nomination amid paltry turnout, the Washington Post reports. With supporters from a range of... More »

Charlotte Mayor Charged With Corruption

Patrick Cannon allegedly accepted bribes in FBI sting

(Newser) - The FBI thinks the mayor of Charlotte, NC, is a crook. Federal prosecutors today charged Patrick Cannon 47, with taking bribes after a four-year investigation, reports the Charlotte Observer . Cannon allegedly accepted about $50,000 in cash, airline tickets, and use of a luxury apartment from undercover FBI agents posing... More »

Mayor of 'Most Corrupt' Town Quits —From Jail

Hampton, Fla., needs leader who doesn't deal Oxy

(Newser) - Hampton, Fla., needs a new mayor—unless the state decides to dissolve its " most corrupt town ." Barry Layne Moore, mayor of the town of 477 residents, has handed in a one-sentence resignation letter from jail, where he is awaiting trial on charges of selling a single oxycodone pill... More »

Scandal-Weary San Diego Gets a New Mayor

Republican Kevin Faulconer to take charge after Bob Filner scandal

(Newser) - More than five months after Bob Filner resigned as mayor, San Diego has chosen a new one: Republican Kevin Faulconer, a city councilman. Yesterday's special election saw a clear win for Faulconer, who beat fellow councilman David Alvarez 54.5% to 45.5%, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Faulconer... More »

Rob Ford Officially Running for Re-Election

He files paperwork, promises 'Ford More Years'

(Newser) - Good news, comedy fans: Rob Ford is officially running for reelection. Registration opened today for Toronto's 2014 mayoral election, and the unrepentant incumbent was the first major candidate to submit his paperwork, the Toronto Star reports. His slogan: "Ford more years." Yes, really. More »

De Blasio: 'We Won't Wait' for Equality

NYC's new mayor ceremonially sworn in by Bill Clinton

(Newser) - New York City got its 109th mayor officially just after the ball dropped , but saved the pomp of Bill de Blasio's public inaugural for this afternoon. In front of a who's-who of New York's political elite, de Blasio took the oath of office on the steps of... More »

De Blasio Sworn in as NYC's 109th Mayor

Bloomberg replaced after 12 years

(Newser) - Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City moments after midnight, becoming the first Democrat to occupy City Hall in more than two decades while vowing to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda for the nation's largest city. The 52-year-old took the oath of... More »

Swearing in De Blasio: Bill Clinton

Will use Bible that was once FDR's

(Newser) - Bill de Blasio will be sworn in as mayor of New York City by Bill Clinton. De Blasio will be inaugurated as the 109th mayor of the nation's largest city during a ceremony Wednesday on the City Hall steps. His transition team announced today that he will be sworn... More »

De Blasio's Adviser No. 1: His Wife

NY Times sees 'little precedent' for their close partnership

(Newser) - When it came to tough campaign questions, Bill de Blasio relied on wife Chirlane McCray's counsel—and that relationship is poised to continue while he's mayor of New York City. "We are obviously not like any couple that has been there before," de Blasio tells the... More »

'This Isn't Toronto': Florida Mayor Faces Drug Charges

Arresting sheriff takes a shot at Rob Ford's troubles in Canada

(Newser) - This might be the unkindest cut of all for residents of Toronto: Now police in Florida of all places are looking down on them thanks to Mayor Rob Ford's many, many troubles . "This isn't Toronto," said Bradford County's sheriff after arresting the mayor of the... More »

Rob Ford Loses TV Show—After Record Ratings

Locks changed at Toronto City Hall

(Newser) - Is the Rob Ford circus winding down? After a messy few weeks that saw the world's media take an unprecedented interest in Canadian municipal politics, the mayor has lost most of his powers, his staff—and his TV show . The conservative Sun News channel says Ford Nation has been... More »

Airline Ad Pokes Fun at Toronto Mayor

Spirit Airlines hopes Rob Ford can help sell tickets

(Newser) - You can't say Rob Ford didn't have this coming: Spirit Airlines of Florida has a new ad that pokes fun at the Toronto mayor's troubles, reports the Toronto Star . "We're not smoking crack," the ad reads, before pushing a $29.90 fare to the... More »

'Truly Disturbing' Toronto Mayor Gets TV Show

As Ontario premier offers to help city ditch Rob Ford

(Newser) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has lost his credibility, the trust of voters, the support of former allies on the city council, and even his invite to the Santa Claus Parade—but he's gained a TV show. The mayor, increasingly isolated after a long stream of scandals , will begin hosting... More »

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