Friday, July 5, 2013
10. Cleveland, Ohio
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,383.8
2012 murders: 84
Poverty rate: 34.3%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 77.0%
Mayor: Frank G. Jackson. January 2, 2006–Present (Democrat)
CLEVELAND, Ohio is in Cuyahoga County, the most Democratic of all counties in Ohio in each of the last three presidential elections. Obama won 96 percent of the vote in the city precincts east of the Cuyahoga River as he collected 94,088 votes there to Mitt Romney's 3,879
9. Baltimore, Md.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,405.7
2012 murders: 219
Poverty rate: 25.1%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 80.5%
Mayor: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake February 4, 2010 to present (Democrat)
Baltimore, Md. Has been ruled by Democrat Mayors since Theodore McKeldin left office in 1967.
Rawlings-Blake became mayor after Mayor Sheila Dixon (also a Democrat) resigned as Mayor as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors after being found guilty of embezzlement. In 2012, Baltimore, Md. Voted 61.4% for Obama.
8. New Haven, Conn.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,439.2
2012 murders: 17
Poverty rate: 30.1%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 78.4%
Mayor: John DeStefano, Jr. January 6, 1994 to present (Democrat)
New Haven, Conn has had a Democrat as Mayor since 1953. In 2012, Obama clobbered Republican Mitt Romney by a margin of 9 to 1 in the New Haven, Ct.
7. Birmingham, Ala.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,517.8
2012 murders: 67
Poverty rate: 32.0%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 81.3%
Mayor: William A. Bell January 2010 – present (Democrat)
Birmingham, Al has had a Democrat as mayor since 1975. Bell took office after a runoff election. His predecessor Mayor Langford (also a Democrat), along with investment banker William B. Blount and former state Democratic Chairman Al LaPierre, was arrested by the FBI on a 101-count indictment alleging conspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns in connection with a long-running bribery scheme. His public corruption trial ended on October 28, 2009 with convictions on 60 counts, and resulted in his automatic removal from office. After being convicted in a trial in federal court in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Langford is now serving a 15 year federal felony sentence. He is an inmate #27349-001 at FCI Ashland, a Federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky. His projected release date is listed as May 1, 2023.
Although, Romney carried Alabama by almost half a million votes in 2012. Birmingham is in Jefferson County, Alabama's only true purple county. It's where Democrats and Republicans both compete for votes and candidates from either party can be competitive in most races. Obama carried the day in Jefferson County.
6. Stockton, Calif.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,548.0
2012 murders: 71
Poverty rate: 25.8%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 75.1%
Mayor: Anthony Silva January 1, 2013 to present (Democrat)
Before he became mayor of Stockton, Anthony Silva was investigated by the Stockton Police Department for an alleged incident involving a 19-year-old woman. On June 28th, 2012 The Stockton City Council approved a petition for bankruptcy and become the largest of a city in U.S. history to file bankruptcy. California is drowning beneath years of liberal policies that can only be called criminally corrupt. It’s a rarity for an elected official in California not to have a ‘D” behind his / her name.
5. Memphis, Tenn.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,750.0
2012 murders: 133
Poverty rate: 27.2%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 83.4%
Mayor: A.C. Wharton October 26, 2009 to present (Democrat)
Wharton predecessor, 5 term mayor W. W. Herenton (also a democrat) was widely criticized for doing little in response to the significant rise in crime under his leadership; he stated that "No mayor in any American City can solve the crime problem." Wharton has also been criticized for awarding contracts to his friends, underfunding Memphis City Schools, underfunding the Memphis Police Department, and for cutting services for young people and the elderly, while offering incentive packages to corporate interests. He disagrees with the Forbes rating of Memphis as Most Miserable City in America. In 2012. Memphis voted overwhelmingly for Obama.
4. St. Louis, Mo.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,776.5
2012 murders: 113
Poverty rate: 27.0%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 83.9%
Mayor: Francis G. Slay April 17, 2001 to present (Democrat)
During his term, St. Louis was named the most dangerous city in the country in 2006 and 2010, as well as the second most dangerous city in 2007. After the release of the 2010 census Slay stated that he was surprised to learn that St. Louis had lost more than 29,000 residents since the year 2000. St Louis has had a democrat as mayor since 1949. The St Louis Area voted almost 80% for Obama in 2012. Obama carried only three counties and the City of St. Louis.
3. Oakland, Calif.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,993.1
2012 murders: 126
Poverty rate: 21.0%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 79.9%
Mayor: Jean Quan January 3rd, 2011 to present (Democrat)
A KPIX poll after almost a year of Mayor Quan term listed her approval rating of 28 percent, with 69 percent responding with "little or no confidence" the mayor's ability to reduce the city’s crime problem. On October 26, 2011 it was reported Quan responded to a recall petition by saying she believed the signatories were frustrated with her lack of progress in creating jobs. She went on to KGO radio claiming "I'm too busy. ... I haven't even had a chance to look at the petitions." But Quan has remained very unpopular in the city of Oakland. A SurveyUSA poll found 60 percent of residents disapprove of her job performance and 65 percent say the city is on the wrong track. Crime is the voters' primary concern. Even though Quan is Oakland first Asian-American mayor, it is the Asian-American community giving her the lowest marks, with 67 percent disapproving of her performance. Her predecessor, Ron Dellums (also a Democrat) faced a recall attempts as well. After his election to mayor of Oakland, Dellums came under criticism for a wide range of issues, including a lack of transparency in government, ineffectual governance, and alleged extended absence from his duties at City Hall. He was criticized for refusing to disavow a staff-generated letter sent in his name in July 2007 to a Federal Bankruptcy Court in support of the Your Black Muslim Bakery, whose owners were suspects in the 2007 murder of reporter Chauncey Bailey. In 2009, Dellums and his wife were cited with failure to pay over $239,000 in federal income taxes. Oakland has had a Democrat as Mayor since 1977. California is drowning beneath years of liberal policies that can only be called criminally corrupt. It’s a rarity for an elected official in California not to have a ‘D” behind his / her name.
2. Detroit, Mich.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,122.6
2012 murders: 386
Poverty rate: 40.9%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 77.4%
Mayor Dave Bing May 11th, 2009 to present (Democrat)
Dave Bing came to office after his predecessor Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (also a Democrat) resigned office in 2008 after pleading guilty to two counts of felony obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation. On March 11, 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 additional federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. The conviction stemmed from a 38-charge felony indictment, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials. Bing’s time as mayor has been far more lackluster than his MBA career. A campaign to recall Dave Bing is seeking to boot the former NBA star and businessman from office before the 2013 mayoral election. According to WDIV, the petition filed by State Rep. John Olumba (D-Detroit) reads, "Mayor Bing reduced the hours that police precincts are open to the public." Olumba first introduced the petition in October, but the Wayne County Election Commission didn't approve the original language. According to the Michigan Citizen, the original language read: "The mayor has compromised public safety in Detroit. He discriminated against residents by designating only a portion of the city with proper fire emergency response times. He closed fire stations, which has led to prolonged response times for the remaining parts of the city.” In an September 2012 poll More than 63 percent of Detroit residents said they have no faith in Mayor Dave Bing or the Detroit City Council to fix the city, and 82 percent said Bing did not deserve to be re-elected. In 2011: 20 percent of Detroit is on food stamps. Its violent crime rate is 5 times the national average and it’s rated as America’s Most Dangerous City, 40 percent of Detroit residents wanted to leave the city. Home prices have fallen 54 percent in the last 3 years; And Detroit had the highest poverty rate in the nation. Despite the abysmal records of the Democrats running the city, Detroit has had a democrat as mayor since 1962. So guess who Detroit voted for by 98 percent? Obama, naturally. Because when you’re already living in a hellhole, your prime motivation is to drag the rest of the country in with you. The 40 percent of Detroiters who want to leave have drawn no conclusions about the causes of all their problems.
1. Flint, Mich.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,729.5
2012 murders: 63
Poverty rate: 40.6%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 82.9%
Mayor: Dayne Walling August 5th, 2009 to present (Democrat)
On August 4, 2009, Walling won the special general mayoral election to replace Mayor Williamson (also a democrat) after his resignation. Williamson announced his resignation in the midst of a recall election. Time magazine named Flint the "most dangerous city in America" in a 2007 issue. The 14th Annual CQ press publication of "Most Dangerous Cities in America" ranked Flint third. During the 2007 election, Williamson claimed that the city had an $8.9 million surplus. However, after the mayoral elections, it was revealed that the city was in a $4 million deficit. Williamson had to fire 60 city employees and proposed firing 60 police officers and 9 firefighters, and closing the city jail. Williamson was accused of bribing citizens for votes by handing out more than $20,000 at the car dealership that his wife owns as part of a "Customer Appreciation Day." Each recipient of the money was given campaign literature In his bid to be re-elected, Walling came in first the nonpartisan general primary on August 2, 2011 with Darryl Buchanan taking second to face off with him in the general election in November. On November 8, 2011, Walling defeated Buchanan 8,819 votes (56%) to 6,868 votes (44%). That same day, the Michigan State review panel declared the City of Flint to be in state of a "local government financial emergency". His authority as Flint Mayor was superseded by the appointment by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder of Michael Brown as the city's Emergency Manager on November 29 effective December 1st. Flint has had a long history of Mayors being recalled or Mayors being replaced by State appointment of Emergency Financial Manager. Flint has been ruled by Democrats since 1975. Flint like Detroit overwhelmingly voted for Obama in 2012.