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Ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh faces fraud, tax charges

Nov. 20, 2019 11:17 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of using her “Healthy Holly” books to enrich herself, promote her political...

Tampa philanthropist, mayoral candidate David Straz has died

Nov. 19, 2019 2:08 AM EST

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — A retired banker and wealthy philanthropist who lost his bid to be mayor of Tampa earlier this year has died. Seventy-six-year-old David Straz was found dead Monday near Homosassa, about 75 miles (117 kilometers) north of Tampa. According to the Tampa Bay Times, his spokesman Jarrod...

Portland, Maine, might expand ranked voting method

Nov. 18, 2019 11:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The largest city in Maine might expand a ranked form of voting to more elections after using it to pick a new mayor. Portland’s mayoral races use ranked-choice voting, in which residents prioritize their candidates. The Portland Press Herald reports the city might extend the...

Felon to remain on ballot for Houston City Council seat

Nov. 16, 2019 2:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A felon will remain on the ballot in the runoff for a seat on the Houston City Council. The Houston Chronicle reports that a Harris County judge on Friday refused to remove Cynthia Bailey from the Dec. 14 runoff election. Bailey finished second in the Nov. 5 election to Tarsha Jackson in the...

Oops: Nearly 2,000 ballots not counted in Indiana county

Nov. 16, 2019 12:20 PM EST

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An election blunder suddenly has caused a tie in a race for a council seat in a small Indiana town. The Wayne County clerk says 1,909 ballots from early voting weren’t part of the election night tally. Despite the large number, the mix-up only affected the results in one race...

UN extends peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Nov. 15, 2019 7:48 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to extend the U.N. peacekeeping force in Central African Republic for a year, with a mandate to protect civilians, support peace efforts, and assist in preparing for elections starting in 2020. The French-drafted resolution welcomed...

Mike Coffman elected city mayor in Colorado by small margin

Nov. 15, 2019 3:57 PM EST

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — City officials in Aurora have announced that former Republican Congressman Mike Coffman has narrowly won a five-way mayoral race. The Aurora Sentinel reported Thursday that Coffman had a 215-vote lead over Omar Montgomery, a former head of the Aurora chapter of the NAACP. Coffman...

Beggs comes back to win presidency of Spokane City Council

Nov. 15, 2019 12:42 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A candidate who was trailing on election night has come back to win the race for Spokane City Council president. Breean Beggs has extended his lead in the race to more that 500 votes, prompting businesswoman Cindy Wendle to concede on Thursday night. Beggs, a member of the council,...

Neglected heartland seen as key to Brexit-dominated election

Nov. 13, 2019 5:30 AM EST

HARTLEPOOL, England (AP) — In Hartlepool, a tough, proud English port town whipped by bitter North Sea winds, people have long felt ignored by politicians in far-off London. But not anymore. Political parties in Britain's Brexit-dominated December election are battling fiercely to win Hartlepool and places...

Reed takes office as Montgomery's first black mayor

Nov. 12, 2019 8:12 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was sworn in Tuesday as the capital city's first African American leader. Reed took the oath of office after easily winning the mayoral runoff last month. He is the first black mayor of a city that was the first capital of the Confederacy and later the...