Quartzsite, Arizona Mayor Ed Foster says the town’s council declared martial law Sunday in a secret, illegal meeting.
Foster told The Associated Press that the council put Police Chief Jeff Gilbert in charge of the city, making the mayor “deputy chief executive of nothing right now.”
The council members reportedly told Foster that they had declared a state of emergency because they had received death threats after a video of activist Jennifer “Jade” Jones being arrested at a previous meeting went viral.
In the video, Jones appeared to be complaining about tax increases, but several council members said she was out of order.
The Arizona Republic reported that residents of the town’s nearly 70 mobile-home parks had become enraged after the council raised water and sewer rates for the first time in a decade.
Foster has previously asked Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, the Attorney General’s Office and the FBI to investigate corruption in the town.
The mayor is facing a recall election in August.
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After getting scorched by Pelosi, Sinclair reporter James Rosen suggests she’s lying about her religion
James Rosen of Sinclair Broadcasting suggested on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was lying when she said she does not hate people because her Catholic faith teaches her not to.
Rosen caught the Speaker's wrath at her weekly press conference, when he shouted a question about her "hating" President Donald Trump.
Pelosi responded by coming back to the podium and dressing down Rosen. She noted that Catholics are taught not to hate.
Later, the Sinclair reporter showed up at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) weekly press conference.
British woman in Spain revived after 6 hours in cardiac arrest
A British woman suffering from severe hypothermia who was revived by doctors in Spain after more than six hours of cardiac arrest, on Thursday hailed her survival as "a miracle".
Audrey Marsh collapsed at around 1:00 pm on November 3 when she and her husband were caught in a snowstorm while out walking in the Pyrenees mountains.
But it was just over two-and-a-half hours before rescue teams were able to reach them, with the 34-year-old showing no signs of life nor cardiac activity, and a body temperature of just 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
Initial efforts to revive her at the scene had no effect and she was flown by helicopter to a Barcelona hospital equipped with an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO).
Trumpland’s simmering anger at George Conway finally erupts into a bitter public feud
George Conway, husband of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, has been a known vocal critic of the Trump administration for a large portion of Donald Trump's presidency, and his anti-Trump Twitter rants were mostly ignored from within the White House. Now, his clear ideological conflict with his wife and her boss seems to finally be boiling over as a Trump official surprised observers by pushing back against his comments.
In a tweet this Wednesday, Trump's 2020 campaign manager took a shot at Conway for promoting an anti-Trump book.