Winger announces he is prepared to step down as mayor Reply


Richard Winger

Richard Winger

During remarks made yesterday at the opening of three days of workshops on the 2015-2016 budget, Mayor Richard Winger said he would like to council to consider Wednesday who will serve as mayor beyond August 16.

In seeking a second consecutive term as mayor last fall, Winger said there were a number of initiatives he wanted to continue to pursue, including reducing electric rates and addressing the Lagoon crisis. At the time, Winger, who is seeking re-election to his seat on the council, said he would be willing to step aside as mayor at some point during the year. “I said I would do that, and I fell that I should,” Winger said yesterday.

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The Economist: Brinkmanship

Obama 2-28-15House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, listens to a speaker during the signing ceremony for H.R.203, the "Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act." in the US Capitol on February 10, 2015 in Washington, DC.  AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGANThe countdown was a nail-biter. At midnight tonight, barring any sort of last-minute deal, around 30,000 employees of the Department of Homeland Security were going to be furloughed. Some 170,000 essential workers were nearly doomed to chug along without pay. A bill to keep the federal agency funded for another three weeks had died a grim death on the House floor earlier today. But with just two hours to go, John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, managed to corral enough votes to extend funding for the DHS for another week.

No one should call this a victory. Another ugly battle now looms just days away. But the last-minute deal does save Mr Boehner from the embarrassment he seemed destined for earlier today, when he failed to get enough House Republicans to back a bill that was created mainly to please House Republicans.

Netanyahu 2-27-15Robert Kagan/Washington Post: Netanyahu’s speech to Congress will carry a hefty price

Do we really need the Israeli prime minister to appear before Congress to explain the dangers and pitfalls of certain prospective deals on Iran’s nuclear weapons programs? Would we not know otherwise? Have the U.S. critics of those prospective deals lost their voice? Are they shy about expressing their concerns? Are they inarticulate or incompetent? Do they lack the wherewithal to get their message out?


Battling in print: When a newspaper takes sides Reply


Israel HaYomFor six years, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has enjoyed an advantage other politicians might give an arm for: a daily newspaper that offers unstinting support and is distributed free. He has that in Israel HaYom (or Israel Today), the country’s best-read paper, which not only glorifies him and his wife but also damns their foes. Continue reading…

Feb. 11: World, National, Florida News Reply


Reuters: Intense fighting darkens Ukraine peace talks

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were due to attend a peace summit on Wednesday, but Ukraine’s pro-Moscow separatists diminished the chance of a deal by launching some of the war’s worst fighting in an assault on a government garrison.