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Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

:: Estimated five-year city budget deficit awaiting Maribeth Cosgrove when she is sworn in as mayor on Monday: Over $650 million :: Portion of the city budget in ten years that will have to be paid for pension and benefits, according to current union contracts : 61% :: City union contracts up for renewal this…

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New Mayor to Toss Quarters

New Mayor to Toss Quarters

One of outgoing Mayor Joseph Wilders’ best-received programs was his initiative to remove outdated ordinances from the city’s legal code (first item). However, the gratitude of the populace at no longer being required to maintain the lower edge of their moustaches above the upper lip (1871) eventually proved to have a negligible effect on his…

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Concession Speech of Mayoral Candidate Leonard Pierce

Concession Speech of Mayoral Candidate Leonard Pierce

9:42PM, November 4, 2008 Ladies and gentlemen, members of the press, Bill – hey, Bill. I’ve been asked, in light of the fact that I appear to have lost the race to become mayor of our fair city, to make a concession speech. This I am all to happy to do, as I have no…

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The Concession Speech of Mayor Joseph Wilders

The Concession Speech of Mayor Joseph Wilders

10:57PM, November 4, 2008 Ladies and gentlemen, fellow citizens, Democrats of our fair city, and all of you who have worked so hard with me these last four years: it is time to move on. We extend our congratulations to Councilwoman Cosgrove, who fought a hard campaign and achieved victory after initially being considered a…

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Mayoral Race – Some Numbers

Mayoral Race – Some Numbers

Well, that was certainly something, wasn’t it? With 99% of precincts reporting this morning, here’s how it all shook out: 61.1% (419,339) – City Councilwoman Maribeth Cosgrove (R) 36.6% (250,805) – Mayor Joseph Wilders (D) 1.5% (10,211) – Lewis Armstrong (Lib) .4% (3,025)- Leonard Pierce (Ind) .38% (2,610) – Louis M. Armstrong (Green) The polling…

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What You’re Voting For Tomorrow, Locally

What You’re Voting For Tomorrow, Locally

That’s right, tomorrow’s election day and, in addition to the presidential race, there are also many local races and issues to be decided, in what is expected to be a day of record turnout. A few items which will appear on (most of) your local ballots follow: Mayoral Largely between incumbent Mayor Joseph Wilders (D)…

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BREAKING: Embattled councilwoman arrested on bribery charges

BREAKING: Embattled councilwoman arrested on bribery charges

**BREAKING NEWS…. MUST CREDIT THE CITY DESK (HTTP://THECITYDESK.NET)*** An 18-month investigation came to a head when City Councilwoman Elaine Brudnoy was arrested this morning for accepting eight bribes worth $9,250. Brudnoy, who has been on the city council for 19 years, allegedly accepted cash payoffs that ranged from $50 to $1200 during the investigation period.…

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Briefs: Laziness/Self-Plagiarism, Newspaper Endorsements

Briefs: Laziness/Self-Plagiarism, Newspaper Endorsements

Did Sunday’s editorial cartoon by Journal-Clarion artist Jeff Norwood look familiar? Longtime readers may have noticed that it was identical to the cartoons printed in the paper on the week of Halloween in 2004 and 2000. The cartoon features a trick-or-treater wearing a scary-looking hockey mask, standing on a porch holding a flashlight under his…

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Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

:: The voter registration deadline for the November 4 election is October 6. Once again, your mayoral candidates- – Democratic: Joseph Wilders, current mayor – Republican: Maribeth Cosgrove, longtime City Councilwoman – Libertarian: Lewis Armstrong, local businessman – Green: Louis M. Armstrong, Watson University humanities professor – Independent: Leonard Pierce, former Fifth Ward Democratic party…

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The City’s Runaway Neighborhood Threatens Again

The City’s Runaway Neighborhood Threatens Again

President George W. Bush’s scheduled departure from office next year has many of our citizens preparing for a street fight of sorts. On February 1st, the upscale President Heights neighborhood is scheduled to add a second Bush St. to its ever-growing borders, and seven city organizations, including the Falmouth Hill Preservation Association, the Norbeck St.…

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