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Ravenstahl To Be Sworn In Tonight (Pittsburgh's New Mayor - 26 years old)
KDKA Pittsburgh ^ | September 1, 2006 | Webmaster

Posted on 09/01/2006 7:37:55 PM PDT by mcg2000

(KDKA) PITTSBURGH The man next in line to replace Mayor Bob O’Connor will be sworn in tonight.

At 10:30pm, City Council President Luke Ravenstahl will officially become the next mayor of Pittsburgh.

At 26 years old, Ravenstahl will be the youngest mayor in the city’s history.

Earlier today, he told reporters he was ready.

“My experience and my actions on council here over the last two-and-a-half years,” Ravenstahl cited. “I’ll let the people decide that. That is an issue that many will raise.

“I’m here. I’ve been the president, I have been elected by my district, I have been elected by my colleagues,” Ravenstahl added. “I’m more than confident that if and when called upon, I’m here to serve the residents of the city and that’s the way I have approached my job from day one. I will continue to do so if I’m called upon to be the mayor.”

(© MMVI, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: oconnor; pittsburgh; ravenstahl; socialism; taxation; unions

1 posted on 09/01/2006 7:37:57 PM PDT by mcg2000
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To: mcg2000

New city council ordinance: Mandatory shots everytime Rotheliesberger is sacked!


2 posted on 09/01/2006 7:43:37 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (404 Page Error Found)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
New city council ordinance: Mandatory shots everytime Rotheliesberger is sacked!

...or every time he falls off his motorcycle.

3 posted on 09/01/2006 7:44:44 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: mcg2000

Wow. Early start on a political career. Just imagine how corrupt he could be by the time he's in his 50's.


4 posted on 09/01/2006 7:47:31 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: Axhandle

And guess where his strongest allegiance is ... ? You got it ... THE UNIONS!


5 posted on 09/01/2006 7:49:32 PM PDT by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad against The Red Cross.)
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To: mcg2000

Surprise!


6 posted on 09/01/2006 7:51:46 PM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: mcg2000

Methinks he doth protest too much!


7 posted on 09/01/2006 7:53:33 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: mcg2000
Just think - he's 5 years younger than Dennis Kucinich was when he became mayor of Cleveland..
8 posted on 09/01/2006 7:55:39 PM PDT by decal (The Key To Flexibility is Indecision)
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To: decal

9 posted on 09/01/2006 7:59:53 PM PDT by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad against The Red Cross.)
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To: mcg2000
Any Pittsburgh residents out there?

Is Pittsburgh a strong mayor city, or is the mayor just the guy who gets to bang the gavel at the city council meetings?

Is the mayor directly elected or picked by the council?

10 posted on 09/01/2006 8:05:49 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (UN Security Council resolution 1701: I believe it is ceasefire for our time.)
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To: KarlInOhio
The mayor is typically fairly active in city affairs, not just a figurehead. He/she is elected "by the people," not appointed by council.

For decades, the mayor has always been a Democrat. It's a given that once a candidate wins the Democrat primary, the election's a virtual lock. Pittsburgh hasn't been able to muster up much of a Republican party for sometime. Many people who want to get anywhere in politics, business, etc., even if they are Republicans at heart, usually just surrender and register as Democrats.
11 posted on 09/01/2006 8:20:29 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: KarlInOhio

The mayor is elected unless there's a vacancy in the office.
I've been away for some time but it happened twice when I lived in the area. First, when Pete Flaherty left to take a job in the Carter administration, and then when Flaherty's successor Richard Caliguiri passed (late 1980's, I think) from complications due to amyloidosis.

As I recall, Caliguiri had to pledge to not run for reelection as mayor in order to get the council presidency. Flaherty had been an early supporter of Carter, and it was widely expected he would get a job in the Carter administration (turned out to be deputy attorney general). But then when it came time to run for reelection, Caliguiri did not stick to his pledge. That must have been '77. Caliguiri was reelected in '81 and '85 -- not sure about '89.

He was succeeded by Sophie Masloff -- I remember her mispronouncing many of the Pittsburgh Penguins' names (that was part of her charm), and they won the cup in '90 and '91.






12 posted on 09/01/2006 8:32:39 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

I'm from Pittsburgh,people here are die hard democrats,they have a strong hold on the city.I believe at one time the area in the city that I once lived in we were the only Republicans.


13 posted on 09/01/2006 8:39:50 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: patriciamary

To get a city or county job in the city you must be a democrat.


14 posted on 09/01/2006 8:40:43 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: Axhandle

LoL!


15 posted on 09/01/2006 9:05:03 PM PDT by relee
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To: Axhandle

LOL!


16 posted on 09/01/2006 9:06:06 PM PDT by livius
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To: mcg2000
And guess where his strongest allegiance is ... ? You got it ... THE UNIONS!

Does this mean then that PNC Park, Heinz Field and the new convention center will be blown up and construction on new baseball and football stadiums and a new convention center built?

17 posted on 09/02/2006 8:03:41 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: patriciamary

I'm a lifelong Pittsburgher, and Republicans are definitely rarer than hen's teeth.

I went to the polls during a primary a number of years ago on the Southside. Long line, but they were really pleased to see me as the poll workers had inadvertantly forgot to switch the machine back to "Dem" and they needed a Republican to vote first, before they could switch it back and get both voting machines back on line and get the people moving. So they skipped to the front of the line.

Then when I went in to vote, the minority judge of elections entered the voting booth with me, with her name on stickers. She needed me to vote for her for the position as a Republican so she could continue to sit at the table for the elections. Apparently, you need a minimum of 4 votes to win a writein bid.


18 posted on 09/02/2006 8:19:08 AM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: namsman

Ping!


19 posted on 09/02/2006 8:30:42 AM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: mcg2000
At 26 years old, Ravenstahl will be the youngest mayor in the city’s history

He will do fine. He has plenty of seasoned advisors, and he will listen.

20 posted on 09/02/2006 8:32:26 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: KarlInOhio

This is a joke.

No one even knows when the replacement special election for mayor will occur.

The new charter language is ambiguous.

Should it be next May, next November, or November 2009?

There is no right answer.

What a bleeping joke.

Whoever wrote the charter was a moron.


21 posted on 09/02/2006 11:01:20 AM PDT by GEC
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To: GEC

And gambling interests are about to roll in for the kill. This kid is perfect.


22 posted on 09/02/2006 11:02:49 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: mcg2000

Interesting. Now both the county manager for Allegheny County, and the mayor of Pittsburgh are young guys.


23 posted on 09/02/2006 11:03:09 AM PDT by jude24 ("I will oppose the sword if it's not wielded well, because my enemies are men like me.")
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To: scrabblehack

You are correct - he died in 1988, while in office. Mrs. Fury was a cousin of Richard Caliguiri, I understand he was well generally well-liked.


24 posted on 09/02/2006 1:46:46 PM PDT by Fury
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To: Fury

I had forgotten -- Caliguiri pulled a Lieberman -- lost the Democratic Primary but then ran as an Independent -- dang, I want to say he ran as a write-in now -- but then rejoined the Democrats after the election.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Caliguiri


25 posted on 09/06/2006 12:39:57 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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