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Old 11-18-13, 07:03 AM
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Republican defeats incumbant mayor in Annapolis; may be stripped of all power soon.

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/1...-elects-power/

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power.

Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor.

Under Arnett’s legislation, the mayor’s post would be largely ceremonial. The mayor would retain a single vote on the council. Arnett says the change would stabilize the city’s management.

If the measure is approved, it would mean the Democratic-dominated council would be removing the powers of the first Republican mayor elected since 1997.

Last week, Republican Mike Pantelides defeated Democratic incumbent Josh Cohen.
So, the people of Annapolis, Maryland decided they liked the Republican challenger more than the incumbent mayor. The city council doesn't agree with the will of the people and will consider changing Annapolis's government structure so that the mayor will be little more than a ceremonial position.
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Re: Republican defeats incumbant mayor in Annapolis; may be stripped of all power soo

Sounds like House Republicans since 2010.
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Re: Republican defeats incumbant mayor in Annapolis; may be stripped of all power soo

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Sounds like House Republicans since 2010.
How so?
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Re: Republican defeats incumbant mayor in Annapolis; may be stripped of all power soo

To be fair, Pantelides does smoke a lot of crack.
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Re: Republican defeats incumbant mayor in Annapolis; may be stripped of all power soo

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How so?
I think he's referring to the crass stonewalling.
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Also sounds like what happened to Superman in Superman II.
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Speaking of smoking crack, I even think it is underhanded and unethical of the Toronto city council to strip their mayor of much of his power. He's an elected official and still is. Obviously, what is needed there is a revision of rules to allow for some sort of impeachment.

A baked in delay of implementation should be baked into this sort of thing. If the council wants to strip the mayor of much of his/her power, fine, but by law the changes should not take effect until the following election. That will put the kibosh on much of this sort of thing. Changing the rules that substantially for s sitting mayor is basically nothing more than defrauding the voters.
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Re: Republican defeats incumbant mayor in Annapolis; may be stripped of all power soo

Ah, politics. Seems like a pretty drastic action to take considering the guy's term will eventually end.
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Re: Republican defeats incumbant mayor in Annapolis; may be stripped of all power soo

Originally Posted by Troy Stiffler View Post
I think he's referring to the crass stonewalling.
I think there's a big difference between stonewalling and actually redefining the role of the mayor.
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Ah, politics. Seems like a pretty drastic action to take considering the guy's term will eventually end.
And when it does end, the city council can always change things back to the way they were.
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Re: Republican defeats incumbant mayor in Annapolis; may be stripped of all power soo

I wanted to read more so I did a google news search for Annapolis mayor. Something about the results seemed odd.

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I think there's a big difference between stonewalling and actually redefining the role of the mayor.
This is just the latest in a long line of maneuvers by one party to take power away from another. Look at changes in House and Senate rules, look at the Texas off-year redistricting, look at the Michigan City Manager situation, and so on. It's crass and stupid regardless of which party is doing it, and I don't think it's to anybody's benefit to start the game of "this is worse than that so that is OK."
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This is just the latest in a long line of maneuvers by one party to take power away from another. Look at changes in House and Senate rules, look at the Texas off-year redistricting, look at the Michigan City Manager situation, and so on. It's crass and stupid regardless of which party is doing it, and I don't think it's to anybody's benefit to start the game of "this is worse than that so that is OK."
And if what one party does to the other party isn't bad enough, look at what both parties do to third parties.

Want to run as a Democrat or a Republican in Pennsylvania? You'll just need 2,000 signatures to get your candidacy started. Want to run as a third party? 67,000 signatures for you: http://articles.mcall.com/2006-10-28...es-third-party. And this guy initially got over 100,000 signatures, but the established parties got 42% of those signatures thrown out: http://www.post-gazette.com/politics...s/200609260173


Georgia has never had a third party candidate run for office since 1943. Why? Because a 3rd party candidate needs signatures from 5% of the state. I think Georgia has about 6 million registered voters. So to just get on the ballot, you need 300,000 signatures.

http://rangevoting.org/BallAccess.html


And then you have Oklahoma, who doesn't even bother putting third party candidates on the ballot at all. http://newsok.com/oklahoma-voters-de...rticle/3711450
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They're just trying to prevent a takeover of government by the Tea Party. Remember, they are to be feared like the Communists were.
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At least 3 of those council members were in ACORN. And Obama.
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At least 3 of those council members were in ACORN. And Obama.
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At least 3 of those council members were in ACORN. And Obama.
I saw that video, but it was just a porn star who looked a lot like Obama.
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