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Mayor Defends Maskless Dancing: 'I Was Feeling the Spirit'

San Francisco's London Breed appears to have violated her own city's rule

(Newser) - San Francisco Mayor London Breed had a fun weekend. And she's remaining defiant about that fun even as critics accuse her of violating her own administration's mask mandate. On Friday night, video emerged of a maskless Breed dancing indoors at a crowded club, reports CBS San Francisco . According...

Dozens of Cops Turn Back on Chicago Mayor at Hospital

Lori Lightfoot went to offer support for injured police officer whose partner died in weekend shooting

(Newser) - Two Chicago police officers were shot during a Saturday night traffic stop, one fatally, and after the shooting, the city's mayor headed to the hospital where the surviving officer is said to be fighting for his life. That visit didn't go well for her. First, sources tell the...

Mayor's Medal Bite Does Not Land Well

Japan's Takashi Kawamura apologizes after his jokey move ignites intense criticism

(Newser) - Olympic athletes have a little tradition of biting their medals. A Japanese mayor tried to join in on the fun, and the joke did not land. The trouble for Mayor Takashi Kawamura of Nagoya began Wednesday when he publicly congratulated a local medalist, softball player Miu Goto, reports Reuters . After...

'Chaos' in NYC Mayoral Primary After Vote Count Error

Numbers are not clear at the moment in ranked choice election

(Newser) - The Democratic primary for mayor of New York City was thrown into a state of confusion Tuesday when election officials retracted their latest report on the vote count after realizing it had been corrupted by test data never cleared from a computer system, the AP reports. The bungle was a...

Socialist Scores Upset Win in Buffalo Mayoral Primary

4-term Democratic incumbent Byron Brown refused to debate India Walton

(Newser) - India Walton is on course to become the first socialist mayor of a big US city in decades after defeating Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in the Democratic primary. Walton—a 38-year-old nurse and community organizer who has never held elected office—defeated the 62-year-old four-term incumbent in what CNN describes...

NYC Might Elect First Smoker as Mayor Since '65

Kathryn Garcia says she plans to quit

(Newser) - New Yorkers will choose their candidates for mayor in primaries next week—and the New York Post has zeroed in on something unusual about Kathryn Garcia, one of the Democratic front-runners. Garcia, the city's former sanitation commissioner, smokes up to a pack of Marlboro Golds a day. If she...

A Woman Mayoral Frontrunner Like Yang? Not a Chance

'NYT' columnist: Men enjoy perception of being a 'visionary' that's often belied by actual experience

(Newser) - With primaries for the New York City mayoral race set for June, three hopefuls have ascended the Democrats' list, according to recent polling: Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and, at the very top, businessman and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Writing for the New York Times , Michelle...

Charlottesville Mayor Likens Her City to Rapist

Nikuyah Walker posted graphic poem on social media

(Newser) - Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker was apparently not in the mood for any civic boosterism Wednesday. Walker posted a poem on social media likening the Virginia city she leads to a rapist, CBS19 reports. The "beautiful-ugly" city "rapes you, comforts you in its **** stained sheets and tells you...

Boston's New Mayor Is a First on 2 Fronts

Kim Janey is the first woman and the first Black person to hold the office

(Newser) - Boston has a new mayor in Kim Janey, who became the city's first female and first person of color to take the office, per the AP . Marty Walsh resigned Monday evening to become President Biden's labor secretary, and Janey—the Boston City Council president—stepped into the role...

After Detroit Spurns Vaccine, Experts Warn on 'Brand Shopping'

Mayor Duggan turned down 6.2K J&J doses, saying he wants Pfizer, Moderna for city

(Newser) - Johnson and Johnson's newly approved coronavirus vaccine doesn't have to be kept in the same ultra-cold temps as the Pfizer and Moderna versions, and patients need only one shot, as opposed to the double dose required by the other companies. But this week, the city of Detroit declined...

Texas Mayor Tells People They're on Their Own in Outage, Resigns

Tim Boyd's online rant said Colorado City owes citizens 'NOTHING' during power outage

(Newser) - A Texas mayor has relinquished the reins of his post as a now-deleted Facebook post on the state's power outages continues to make its rounds via screenshots . Ex-Colorado City Mayor Tim Boyd was apparently upset after residents reached out to him about their electricity and water outages, and he...

Portland Mayor Gets Confronted, Uses Pepper Spray

Ted Wheeler says the man 'seemed surprised'

(Newser) - Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper-sprayed a man in the eyes as he was accosted near a restaurant for the second time in a month on Sunday, according to a police report. Wheeler had just finished having dinner with former Mayor Sam Adams—who is rumored to be joining Wheeler's...

Yang Complained About His Digs. New Yorkers Hit Back

Potential NYC mayoral candidate griped of having to work, deal with 2 kids in small space

(Newser) - As buzz grows around Andrew Yang's possible run for mayor of New York City, he's also making headlines for a different story. The 45-year-old former presidential candidate, who's a dad to two young children, has a Manhattan apartment, but due to the pandemic, he's been living...

Mayor Falls Asleep in Drive-Thru, Crashes Cadillac

Kentucky mayor failed field sobriety test

(Newser) - A Kentucky mayor crashed her silver Cadillac into a utility pole after falling asleep in the drive-thru line at a White Castle, police say. Beverly Chester-Burton, mayor of the Louisville suburb Shively, was charged with driving under the influence after the incident Tuesday night, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Police say...

Cops: Mayor Busted With Crack Cocaine After Chase

Tim Currier threw a gram out the window of his car, sheriff's office says

(Newser) - If politicians are involved in a chase, it usually has to do with votes or polling and not the cops, but the latter is the apparent plight of a small-town upstate New York mayor busted in an undercover sting. The St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 55-year-old...

Turns Out There Was a 2nd Ill-Advised Napa Valley Dinner

London Breed dined at French Laundry the night after Gavin Newsom

(Newser) - Gov. Gavin Newsom caught flak for dining at the esteemed French Laundry in November. He wasn't the only high-profile California Democrat to make that choice last month. The Chronicle reports San Francisco Mayor London Breed ate at the three-star Michelin restaurant in Yountville the night after Newsom did as...

Cleaner 'Flabbergasted' to Win Election Against Overconfident Mayor

Russian mom Marina Udgodskaya wins in landslide against incumbent Kremlin ally

(Newser) - A Russian mayor running for reelection thought he'd found a "willing patsy" to run against him, a requirement of sorts to ensure at least the appearance of a democratic process. But Marina Udgodskaya—a local mom of two who used to clean Povalikhino's City Hall and says...

Mayor Has Had Threats Before. 'This One Seemed Different'

Retired firefighter arrested after alleged plot to kidnap, murder Brandon Whipple of Wichita, Kan.

(Newser) - First Michigan's governor , then Virginia's , and now, the mayor of Kansas' largest city. The link between the three politicians: They've all been alleged targets of kidnapping and murder plots, apparently prompted by their respective lockdown orders and other health protocols during the pandemic. In the case of...

After Death Threat From News Anchor, Mayor Admits 'Major Lapse'

What a wild weekend in Anchorage

(Newser) - The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, has apologized for a "consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship" with a reporter who shared what she claimed was a nude photo of him before getting arrested. Maureen "Maria" Athens—the main anchor for KTBY and KYUR, which operate together as Your Alaska Link—had...

Mayor of Bonnaroo City Dies of COVID-19

Lonnie Norman died after 'valiant fight' against virus

(Newser) - The mayor of the Tennessee city that hosts the Bonnaroo Music Festival has died after a "valiant fight" against the coronavirus, officials say. In a Facebook post , the city of Manchester announced "with a deep sense of sadness and loss" that Mayor Lonnie Norman died Monday morning. He...

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