City Hall

Barry Hired Daughter of Man With Whom She Had Affair

“Within months of taking office, Mayor Megan Barry (D) recommended the adult daughter of the head of her security detail — the man with whom she later admitted to having an affair — be hired for a job in the city’s legal department,” the Tennessean reports.

“The daughter got the job. The position as an entry-level city attorney was the first newly created job in Nashville’s legal department in two years. It was not part of the existing budget. Barry approved the new job opening. No other candidate was considered.”

Nashville Mayor Admits Affair

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (D) told the Tennessean that “she had an extramarital affair with the police officer in charge of her security detail, an extraordinary admission that rocks the popular Nashville mayor’s first term.”

“During the interview, Barry hesitated when asked whether she plans to resign, but said she will not, despite rumors swirling Wednesday that she might step down.”

Atlanta Mayor’s Race Heads to a Recount

“For the second time in eight years, the mayoralty of the South’s most influential city is likely to head to a recount,” the New York Times reports.

“Fewer than 800 votes separated Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood after local officials tallied more than 92,000 ballots that were cast in a runoff election on Tuesday, according to unofficial returns. The margin was narrow enough that Ms. Norwood, seeking to become Atlanta’s first white mayor in more than 40 years, said she would ask for a recount.”

“But Ms. Bottoms and her allies declared victory early Wednesday.”

De Blasio Once Had Warm Relationship with Kushner

“Long before Mayor Bill de Blasio started to define New York City as the nexus of anti-Donald Trump sentiment, the mayor and other senior officials in his administration maintained friendly relations with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, emails obtained through a Freedom of Information request show,” Politico reports.

“The emails, spanning from de Blasio’s first year in office in 2014 through the spring of 2017, show de Blasio’s occasionally fawning overtures to Kushner and others in the Trump Organization in the weeks after the 2016 election.”

Seattle Mayor Resigns After 5th Child Molestation Claim

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) resigned, “just hours after new allegations that he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York,” the Seattle Times reports.

Said Murray: “While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business.”

“Murray ended his re-election bid earlier this year because of the scandal, but had staved off calls for his resignation before his term is completed this year.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “For months, Murray has faced allegations that he sexually abused homeless boys he encountered decades ago. On Tuesday, Murray’s cousin Joseph Dyer levied similar allegations, saying he felt moved to act because of Murray’s treatment of his accusers.”

Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues Overnight

“Confederate statues in Baltimore were removed from their bases overnight, as crews using heavy machinery loaded them onto flat bed trucks and hauled them away, an end to more than a year of indecision surrounding what to do with the memorials,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

Said Mayor Catherine Pugh: “It’s done. They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”

Cities Ramp Up Removal of Confederate Statues

Reuters: “Undeterred by the violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipal leaders in cities across the United States said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.”

“The mayors of Baltimore and Lexington, Kentucky, said they would push ahead with plans to remove statues caught up in a renewed national debate over whether monuments to the U.S. Civil War’s pro-slavery Confederacy are symbols of heritage or hate.”

De Blasio Regularly Threatens Staffers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “is an imperious bully of a boss who threatens his underlings with dire punishment if they fail to meet his demands,” emails obtained by the New York Post reveal.

“‘What do I need to get you guys to follow a direct order? Do you need to experience consequences?’ he threatened in one 2015 diatribe. ‘I’m not raising this again: fix it, or I will [have] no choice but to find a way to penalize people. Not my preference, but I won’t have my instructions ignored.’”

“The emails show de Blasio blowing his top at nearly a dozen aides for failing to make sure phonetic versions of challenging words were included in his speeches and talking points.”

Half of Detroit’s Mayoral Candidates Are Felons

“Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls on Detroit’s primary ballot next week have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons,” a Detroit News analysis shows.

“Three were charged with gun crimes and two for assault with intent to commit murder. Some of the offenses date back decades, the earliest to 1977. The most recent was in 2008.”

Conservatives Look to Take On City Hall

“For decades, a well-funded conservative group has helped state lawmakers across the U.S. write legislation to rein in unions, expand charter schools and lower taxes,” the AP reports.

“Now, it’s expanding to the final frontier: normally nonpartisan city halls and county governments, which have become a bastion of liberal resistance to President Trump.”

Bloomberg Will Spend $200 Million to Boost Mayors

Michael Bloomberg “will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics,” the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Bloomberg intends to announce the initiative on Monday in a speech to the United States Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach, where he will castigate federal officials and state governments around the country for undermining cities.”

Seattle Mayor Ends Bid After Sex Abuse Claims

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray “dropped his re-election bid for a second term after four men claimed he sexually abused them when they were teenagers, claims vehemently denied by Murray as an anti-gay political conspiracy aimed at derailing his campaign,” the AP reports.

“Murray said for weeks after the allegations emerged that he would press on in his campaign for a second term but told reporters that he decided it was best for Seattle to end his campaign and not seek another term.”

Trump Warns 9 “Sanctuary” Cities They May Lose Funds

The Trump administration “sent nine so-called sanctuary jurisdictions letters demanding they help enforce federal immigration law or risk losing federal grants,” The Hill reports.

“The jurisdictions included New York City, Chicago and the surrounding Cook County, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Miami-Dade County in Florida and the state of California, which were all identified in a May 2016 Justice Department inspector general report as in violation.”

Mayor Charges Media for Talking to City Staff

Langley, WA Mayor Tim Callison “began a new practice of billing the media for speaking with a city employee,” the Whidbey News-Times reports.

Callison emailed a local newspaper a $64 invoice for time city attorney Mike Kenyon spent responding to a reporter’s question. Callison explained the “city attorney’s time is not free” and that the newspaper should reimburse city hall.