“Montgomery, a city where more than half the population is black and known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected an African American to the highest position in municipal government for the first time in its 200-year history,” the Montgomery Advertiser reports.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “spent a mere seven hours — less than one full workday — at City Hall during the month he launched his bid for the White House,” records reviewed by the New York Post show.
“Hizzoner showed up at his office on just six occasions in May, taking part in two meetings, four events and five phone calls, one of which was his weekly appearance on WNYC radio, according to entries on his official calendar.”
A Michigan city council candidate shocked a public forum when she said she wants to keep “Marysville a white community as much as possible,” the Port Huron Times Herald reports.
Jean Cramer went on to state that she would not like “foreign born” people to settle in Marysville. She said that she’s not “against blacks” but believes married couples “need to be the same race.”
Authorities of a town in Wales will spend more than $200,000 to install public bathrooms that will ward off anyone having sex inside, Wales Online reports.
Weight sensitive floors will detect if there is more than one user in the stall at a time, and any “violent movement” will be met with the doors flying open, alarms sounding, and water raining down into the cubicle.
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo (R) told President Trump in a private meeting that he’s presenting “misinformation” about crime in his city, and pushed back when the president used a derogatory term to suggest he wasn’t a real Republican, PBS reports.
Said Margo: “He said, ‘You’re a RINO ’ and I said, ‘No, sir. I am not a RINO.’ I said… ‘I simply corrected the misinformation you were given by [the Texas] attorney general, and that’s all I did.'”
“The mayor said he was trying to debunk Trump’s false claim that El Paso had one of the highest violent crime rates in the U.S. until a barrier fence — the bulk of which was completed in 2009 — was built there.”
“President Trump is preparing to visit El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday, appearances that will not be universally welcome as the two cities grieve from weekend mass shootings that left 31 dead and many others injured and rattled,” the Washington Post reports.
“The White House has not officially announced the visits, but the president’s plans were confirmed by officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.”
Beto O’Rourke on Twitter: “This president, who helped create the hatred that made Saturday’s tragedy possible, should not come to El Paso. We do not need more division. We need to heal. He has no place here.”
Jonathan Swan: “Nobody knew it was coming, nobody knew how to handle it, and a week later, senior White House officials have their fingers crossed that the president won’t turn their week upside-down once again with another tweet about a Fox and Friends segment. As the week has unfurled, people inside and outside the White House described to me how a few pokes of a keyboard by the leader of the free world sent some of Washington’s most powerful political players scrambling for cover.”
“In at least one conversation with senior aides and another discussion with an outside ally, Trump entertained the idea of declaring a state of emergency in Baltimore — an extraordinary action that would potentially open up new federal powers and funding… The idea would be to say that the living conditions in Baltimore were unacceptable and that people were suffering because their Democratic representatives let them down. So Trump would take action to fix things.”
“Trump also discussed declaring a state of emergency in other cities controlled by Democrats, including San Francisco and Detroit.”
Continuing his attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), President Trump said that residents of Baltimore are “living in hell,” CBS News reports.
Trump then claimed, without evidence, that “thousands” of people have let his administration know they’re “thankful” he’s calling attention to Baltimore, saying African-Americans are “happy as hell” he’s highlighting the “corruption” there.
“Four years ago, in the aftermath of rioting in Baltimore, Donald Trump criticized then-President Obama for not doing enough to address problems in the city and claimed that ‘I would fix it fast!’ if he were president,” the Washington Post reports.
“Trump’s 2015 tweets have resurfaced in the wake of his derogatory tweets over the weekend aimed at the city of more than 600,000 and at Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), whose district includes part of Baltimore.”
“The Charlotte City Council on Monday passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic comments,’ in a rebuke of the president by the city that will host him next year at the Republican National Convention,” the Washington Post reports.
“Two leaders of an Alabama city have resigned after their mayor posted a comment on Facebook about ‘killing out’ socialists, ‘baby killers’ and gay and transgender people,” the Montgomery Advertiser reports.
“But mayor Mark Chambers refused to step down and told residents of Carbon Hill he plans to run for re-election.”
“President Trump’s overhauled July Fourth celebration cost the D.C. government $1.7 million, an amount that — combined with police expenses for demonstrations through the weekend — has bankrupted a special fund used to protect the nation’s capital from terrorist threats and provide security at events such as rallies and state funerals,” the Washington Post reports.
“Tensions spilled over at a town hall held Sunday by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg following the fatal police shooting of a black man, drawing further scrutiny on the Democratic presidential candidate’s record,” The Hill reports.
“The issue shines further light on what is becoming a major stumbling block for Buttigieg as a presidential contender: his lack of popularity with black voters, seen as the crucial must-win demographic for candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination.”
New York Times: “For Mr. Buttigieg the candidate, this is a critical time. The first Democratic debates are this week, an opportunity for him to prove to voters that the 37-year-old mayor of a midsize Midwestern city deserves consideration in a field brimming with senators, governors and a former vice president.”
“The Riviera Beach City Council authorized the city’s insurer to pay nearly $600,000 worth of ransom to regain access to data walled off through an attack on the city’s computer systems,” the Palm Beach Post reports.
“The city’s email and computer systems, at City Hall, the city’s Port Center offices and elsewhere, including those that control city finances and water utility pump stations and testing systems, are still only partially back online, two weeks after the ransomware attack was disclosed. But crucial data encrypted by the attackers remains beyond reach and there was no explanation of whether the city has any guarantee that the ransomers will release it if paid.”
“More than 50 cities across the United States, large and small, have been hit by ransomware attacks during the past two years.”
“Mayor Pete Buttigieg has stepped off the presidential campaign trail following a deadly shooting by a police officer in his city and canceled a planned appearance Monday at an LGBTQ gala in New York hosted by the Democratic National Committee,” the Washington Post reports.
Said Buttigieg: “We’ve had prior cases of use-of-force incidents and officer-involved shootings where I hesitated, frankly, to get in front of cameras because we didn’t know very much, and it was out of our hands. What I was told by people in the community is that it is important to open channels of communication to try to be clear on where the city is, even if we don’t find ourselves in a position to be able to say or do much right away.”
“Former Chicago mayor and longtime Democratic operative Rahm Emanuel will join boutique investment bank Centerview Partners LLC, bringing a Rolodex built over a 30-year political career,” the Wall Street Journal reports.