Statement by United States Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in Support of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo

Cision WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Below is a statement by United States Conference of Mayors President and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin in support of El Paso (TX) Mayor Dee Margo:  “Last night during his rally in El Paso, President Trump claimed that El Paso Mayor Dee Margo was ‘full of crap’ because he and other local officials have said that a border fence has not made a difference in reducing crime in the…

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Mayor says Columbia Housing board will review current staff

WLTX Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says he wants to see the Columbia Housing Authority commissioners keep their staff accountable. This comes several days after one of the commissioners resigned after she said she wasn’t receiving the information she needed to make decisions.  The Housing Authority is under scrutiny after two men–Derrick Roper and Calvin Witherspoon –died of carbon monoxide poisoning…

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Mayor Barnett, U.S. Conference of Mayors, discuss economic and workforce development at White House

The Oakland Press Last week, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and a bipartisan group of mayors went to the White House to meet with the president, vice president and leadership to discuss their economic and workforce development priorities. Barnett is vice president of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and was attending the group’s 87th annual winter meeting in…

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During Shutdown, Mayors Show What Bipartisanship Looks Like

Governing The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) kicked off its winter meeting in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, offering a stark contrast to the divided elected officials on Capitol Hill, where a standoff over immigration between President Donald Trump and Congress has left the federal government partially shut down for more than a month. The local leaders convened just two blocks…

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Nation’s Mayors Applaud Court Decision Blocking Addition Of Citizenship Question To 2020 Census

PR Newswire WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Below is a statement from United States Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on today’s ruling blocking the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census: “The nation’s mayors are extremely gratified that U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of New York’s Southern District court blocked the Commerce Department’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the…

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New Local Podcast Spotlights Rising Political Stars

San Jose Inside Let the record show that Ryan Coonerty was the first to declare that Elizabeth Brown will be elected president of the United States in 2036. He’s kidding … sort of. Don’t sweat it if you’ve never heard of Brown. She’s one of seven members of the city council of Columbus, Ohio, and she’s not quite nipping at Kamala…

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En Vogue and fireworks help welcome 2019 in Columbia

Cola Daily 2019 arrived in style in downtown Columbia as tens of thousands of people gathered on Main Street and Gervais Street for Famously Hot New Year. Mayor Steve Benjamin and Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine were among those on hand to greet the event’s headliners En Vogue, one of the five highest-selling female American music groups in history. En Vogue…

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