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Are also happening, in North Rhine-Westphalia, the largest German state. The CDU has lost a bit, the FDP gained a smaller bit, and the other parties are more or less constant. But the SPD did win Cologne, the fourth city of Germany, from the CDU.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 01:29:16 PM EST
...and, in the mayor election, that with a margin! (55% to 34.5%) Was there some local reason? (dvx?) Left Party at 4.5%.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 01:35:47 PM EST
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Cologne lost its memory

(cheap, but too good to pass up)

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 01:51:57 PM EST
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Fail City went to the polls!

(Was away all weekend and I'm still getting up to speed here. Give me a few minutes and I'll put up something resembling and intelligent comment.)

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 02:39:21 PM EST
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Hey - the cheapest shots are the most fun!

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 03:42:14 PM EST
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They had a major desaster when their city archive building collapsed while a underground line was built.

See the wikipedia text on it for details.

Now what ?

by pi (etrib@opsec.eu) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 02:59:53 PM EST
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I remember that case; but didn't expect that the mayor will the blame for that.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 06:23:36 PM EST
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Having deaths occur under your watch due to apparent negligence tends to stick.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 07:06:59 PM EST
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Here in NRW, the mayors are elected directly, and not by the majority parties in the city council.

Here in Fail City, the destruction through negligence of the most important archive north of the Alps forced the current Mayor Minimum Competence (CDU) to drop out of the race. The CDU could find a local politician, nor even a regional one, who had the courage to stand for mayor as the CDU candidate. So they brought in someone named Peter Kurth from the Berlin CDU (nanne can probably tell us more about the many bright lights of whom the Berlin CDU can boast.) Kurth's pluses (not obviously stupid or corrupt) were not enough to offset his lack of name recognition. Plus, the FDP ran a candidate of its own.

By contrast, SPD and Greens very early on agreed on a joint candidate, Jürgen Roters. This was clever as Roters had earned a lot of recognition in his earlier jobs as head of the police and, subsequently, head of regional administration ("Regierungspräsident"), an appointed office. (Judging by the 2 minutes I got to speak with the man at an SPD event last March, he seems to be intelligent and well-informed, and also someone who listens to what people tell him - even those much farther down in the food chain (who in this case suggested that he give me some face time, as (full disclosure) I was involved in a neighborhood initiative at the time)).

Anyway, that's the story of the mayoral race. The city council breaks down as follows (provisionally):

SPD: 28.04%
CDU: 28.02%
Green: 21.55%
FDP: 9.38%
Pro Köln (wingnuts): 5.36%
Left: 4.86%

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 03:06:23 PM EST
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I suppose I should add that our neighborhood initiative was ultimately able to carry its point (preventing construction on a green space) in June with the support of SPD and CDU, and against opposition from the Greens. When we started this 2 years ago, we anticipated that the Greens would be our natural allies in preserving urban green space. Instead, they were the party that most adamantly insisted on construction (which may or may not have something to do with the fact that the head of the local Greens is on the board of the municipal corporation seeking to "develop" the green space).

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 03:52:05 PM EST
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(nanne can probably tell us more about the many bright lights of whom the Berlin CDU can boast.)

cough, cough, yes, well, see here.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 06:01:39 PM EST
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CDU in NRW trotz Verlusten vorn - Kölner Stadt-AnzeigerCDU ahead in NRW in spite of losses
In Bonn, Dortmund, Bochum und Köln werden SPD-Kandidaten die Oberbürgermeisterwahlen gewinnen, landesweit liegt die CDU in Nordrhein-Westfalen aber bei der Kommunalwahl vorn. Die Wahlbeteiligung liegt noch niedriger als 2004.SPD candidates are on track to win the mayoral elections in Bonn, Dortmund, Bochum and Cologne, but the CDU leads in municipal elections state-wide. Voter participation is even lower than in 2004.
DÜSSELDORF - Die CDU ist trotz Verlusten laut einer WDR-Hochrechnung erneut als stärkste Kraft aus den Kommunalwahlen am Sonntag in Nordrhein-Westfalen hervorgegangen. Sie kam landesweit auf 40,4 Prozent. Das sind 3,0 Prozentpunkte weniger als 2004. Die SPD erreichte 31,3 Prozent und schnitt damit ähnlich ab wie vor fünf Jahren. Die Grünen liegen bei 10,6 Prozent und wiederholten damit in etwa das Ergebnis von 2004. Die FDP kommt auf 8,2 Prozent. Die Linkspartei erreicht 4,5 Prozent. Die Wahlbeteiligung erreichte mit nur 51 Prozent einen neuen Tiefstand in der Landesgeschichte.DÜSSELDORF - According to a projection of [state public broadcaster] WDR, the CDU has once more emerged from Sunday's municipal elections in North Rhine-Westphalia as the strongest party in spite of losses. State-wide, its share of the vote was 40.4 percent. The SPD achieved 31.3 percent, for a result comparable to five years ago. The greens are at 10.6 percent, approximately repeating their result from 2004. The Party of the Left came in at 4.5 percent. Voter participation came to just 51 percent, a new low in the history ofr the state.


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 03:31:21 PM EST
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