Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) boarded a flight to Houston ahead of Thanksgiving despite his warnings that people should stay close to home and only spend the holiday with their own household if they can, KUSA reports.
“FBI agents arrested Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld (D) Thursday morning on federal charges accusing him of accepting bribes in exchange for favorable votes on development deals,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
“Sittenfeld, a Democrat and the presumptive front-runner in next year’s mayoral election, was arrested around 9:30 a.m.”
New York Times: “The move — which is now regarded by some City Hall officials as a question of when, not if — would be perhaps the most significant setback yet for the city’s recovery since the bleak days of spring, when it was a global center of the pandemic and all the schools were shuttered.”
“FBI agents arrested Cincinnati City Councilman Jeff Pastor (R) early Tuesday in what authorities describe as a brazen bribery scheme involving payoffs for help with city development projects,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
“Federal prosecutors say Pastor, a Republican who joined council in January 2018, began soliciting money from developers within months of taking office and, in some instances, accepted bags of cash in return for his vote or other favorable treatment.”
“A police chief in Arkansas resigned after he made threatening posts targeting Democrats on social media platform Parler,” the Kansas City Star reports.
“Lang Holland drew the ire of the community after posts from a Parler profile bearing his name and likeness claimed the presidential election had been stolen, and repeatedly called for violence against Democrats.”
“The Philadelphia Convention Center will become the center of election activity in the city on Tuesday at 7 a.m., as hundreds of election officials start working to process hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots,” ABC News reports.
“Their work in Pennsylvania’s largest city — a key Democratic stronghold — could be crucial to determining who wins the battleground state next week, and with it, the White House.”
“The National Guard Bureau has established a new unit made up mostly of military policemen that could be dispatched to help quell unrest in coming days, after a turbulent summer in which National Guard members were deployed to several cities,” the Washington Post reports.
“The unit, which also could be used to respond to natural disasters and other missions, was formed in September and initially described as a rapid-reaction force. But as one of the most divisive elections in American history closes in, National Guard officials have softened how they characterize the service members, instead referring to them as ‘regional response units.”
New York Times: “As the workings of American democracy have become more complex — with sophisticated technology, early voting and the threat of foreign interference — New York has clung to a century-old system of local election administration that is one of the last vestiges of pure patronage in government, a relic from the era of powerful political clubhouses and Tammany Hall.”
“Already this year, the New York City Board of Elections failed to mail out many absentee ballots until the day before the primary, disenfranchising voters, and sent erroneous general election ballot packages to many other residents, spreading confusion.”
A Wichita man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple (D) over frustrations with city’s mask ordinance, the Wichita Eagle reports.
A day after disclosing a “consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship” with a local television anchor, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz (D) resigned Tuesday, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz (D) apologized for what he termed a “consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship” with Anchorage news anchor Maria Athens, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
Said Berkowitz: “I apologize to the people of Anchorage for a major lapse in judgment I made several years ago when I had a consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship with reporter Maria Athens. I’m embarrassed and ashamed for the hurt I’ve caused my family and our community. I take responsibility for my actions.”
Alaska Public Radio: “Athens prompted confusion and speculation Friday when she posted a video on her Facebook page claiming that according to reliable sources, Berkowitz had his ‘male genitalia’ posted on an underage girl’s website.”
New York Times: “An event on Sept. 26 in the Rose Garden, after which a number of officials including President Trump tested positive for the virus, violated the city’s mandates limiting the size of gatherings and requiring masks. Because the White House is on federal property, however, it is exempt from such rules. Guests at the event may well have ventured into the city, but the White House has refused to comply with a municipal request for help with contact tracing. The city had its highest number of positive cases on Monday — 105 — since June, though city officials say it would take several days to determine any trend.”
“At least one testing site in Washington reported that those seeking a test doubled to 600 on Monday as residents responded with concern to the cases stemming from the White House and Capitol Hill.”
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney fired city Treasurer Christian Dunbar, “minutes after federal authorities revealed he had been charged with fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship through a sham marriage and embezzling money from a prior job,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
“Corey Johnson, the New York City Council speaker and a presumed front-runner in the 2021 contest to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio, withdrew from the race on Thursday,” the New York Times reports.
New York, Portland and Seattle were labeled “anarchist jurisdictions” by the Justice Department on Sunday and targeted to lose federal money for failing to control protesters and defunding police, the New York Post reports.
New York Times: “The policy would affect 495 mayoral staff members, who would have to take an unpaid, weeklong furlough at some point between October and March 2021. The furloughs would apply to everyone from administrative assistants to Mr. de Blasio and the office of his wife, Chirlane McCray.”
“The mayor intends to work during his furlough without pay.”
Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, told the New York Post he is taking a hard look at running for mayor in 2021.
Said Giuliani: “I am certainly thinking about it. It’s something that a bunch of people that I trust have approached me with. It’s been terrible to see over the last few years how the city has spiraled. I am afraid if the right candidate doesn’t win in 2021, four more years of de Blasio’s policies will remind us of the 80s.”
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu (D) called Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) to tell him she would challenge him in a Democratic primary next year.
Walsh then called the Boston Globe to preempt her public announcement.