November 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Mayors and millionaires are joining the parade of interest groups through the White House as the administration tries to build support for President Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy. The president plans to visit New York City on Thursday to view damage from Superstorm Sandy, but Vice President Joe Biden is due to host about a dozen mayors from across the country for a conversation on the subject. Meanwhile, senior administration officials are set to meet with members of the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, a group of high earners lobbying Congress on behalf of the president's general approach to tax policy.
April 15, 2009 |
If he was nervous, Salvador Vergara Cruz didn't act it. The mayor of this well-groomed town in central Mexico, Vergara traveled without bodyguards even after callers to his cellphone tried to extort $70,000 from him, and demanded that he play ball with drug traffickers, friends said. "He didn't give them what they wanted," said Raymundo Fuentes, a city councilman. "What happened was bound to happen." On Oct.
December 19, 2012 |
Silicon Valley angel investor Ron Conway is famous for all-caps emails that command the attention of an impressive social circle that includes celebrities, business leaders and politicians. So when Conway sent out an email urging support for an effort to end gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut, a notable group of people signed on. On Wednesday, Lady Gaga, Martha Stewart, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams were among those who signed their names in an ad in the New York Times, throwing their weight behind Demand A Plan, the organization of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other mayors who are pushing for greater gun safety.
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January 20, 2012 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was among a group of 80 mayors in Washington on Friday who pledged their support for gay marriage and announced an initiative aimed at expanding marriage rights for same-sex couples. The initiative, called Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, was announced during a press conference held at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' winter meeting. Villaraigosa will co-chair the group. The mayors have pledged to push their cities to pass laws allowing same-sex marriage and urge Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman.
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September 18, 2013 |
Four mayors who worked to reshape Los Angeles International Airport turned out Wednesday for the grand opening of five passenger gates and a grand central hall at Tom Bradley International Terminal. Richard Riordan, James Hahn, Antonio Villaraigosa and current Mayor Eric Garcetti were guests of honor at ceremonies hailing the nearly $2-billion modernization. A similar celebration was also held for departed Mayor Villaraigosa, who left office three months ago after serving two terms.
December 9, 2009 |
A week after a hotly contested mayoral runoff in Atlanta, the second-place finisher on Tuesday requested a recount, while her supporters complained of potential voting irregularities. City Councilwoman Mary Norwood trails former state Sen. Kasim Reed by 715 votes, or less than 1% of the total ballots cast -- the threshold for a recount under Georgia law. Fulton County officials said the process would begin this morning and could be completed by the end of the day. A group of Norwood's supporters also this week filed a complaint with the secretary of state's office.
July 27, 2012 |
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has an opinion on the controversy over Chick-fil-A's stance on gay marriage. But it's not the same one spouted by the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. The others have strongly suggested or outright demanded that the restaurant chain - whose president, Dan Cathy, recently went on the record supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” - stay away from their cities. According to Bloomberg in a radio address , such a ban based on political or religious beliefs is “inappropriate” and “just not government's job.” A few caveats: Bloomberg thinks the trio of Chick-fil-A-bashing mayors are “good mayors”; he just disagrees “really strongly” on this particular issue.