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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) - The 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... 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 »

Toronto's Rob Ford Sorry for Lewd Remark

He left reporters gasping, says newspaper

(Newser) - The Rob Ford chronicles reached a new low today, prompting yet another apology from the Toronto mayor. "I used unforgivable language and again I apologize," he said at a news conference, reports CTV News . The mea culpa comes after a give-and-take with the media that the National Post ... More »

Rob Ford Drove Drunk Through School Zones, Partied With Hookers

One begins to wonder how he had time to govern

(Newser) - For your average big city mayor, admitting that you bought illegal drugs while in office would be the most damaging thing to happen in a day—but Rob Ford 's not your average mayor . Soon after a press conference in which the crack-smoking, binge-drinking Toronto mayor claimed his closet... More »

Rob Ford: Yes, I Bought Illegal Drugs as Mayor

Toronto's city council grills him on his behavior

(Newser) - Another day in the exciting life of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: Today, he had the pleasure of standing before city council and 'fessing up to buying illegal drugs while serving as mayor over the last two years, reports the Toronto Sun . "Yes, I have," Ford admitted, after... More »

Meet the de Blasios' 'Expressive' Hair

And their dance, the 'Smackdown'

(Newser) - If you followed the New York mayoral race, you probably noticed that the city's incoming first family is follicly diverse and they're not exactly putting a lid on it for political appearances, write Krissah Thompson and Lonnae O’Neal Parker in the Washington Post . Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio'... More »

Landslide: Liberal De Blasio Wins in NYC

He will be city's first Democratic mayor in a generation

(Newser) - The New York City mayor's race wrapped up with little suspense tonight: As expected, Bill de Blasio will replace Michael Bloomberg and become the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades, reports the New York Times . It called the race based on exit interviews as the polls closed... More »

Toronto Mayor: 'Forever Sorry', but Won't Quit

Rob Ford apologizes for embarrassing city but won't step down

(Newser) - Hours after he finally admitted to reporters that he had, in fact, smoked crack, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford went before the cameras for another public statement. Would he step down, as the city council and all the city's newspapers would like? Not so much. But he is very sorry.... More »

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