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Airway Heights mayor faces strict sanctions at tonight’s council meeting

The Airway Heights city council will vote on a resolution tonight that could severely limit Mayor Patrick Rushing’s role, a week after the mayor came under fire for comparing the Obamas to monkeys on his personal Facebook page. The council is also asking that Rushing forfeit his $2,000 monthly salary. The resolution calls for the city to review the mayor’s involvement on boards and commissions, his use of city equipment and his expenditures over the last year. Additionally, the resolution would require that any official travel or communication be approved by the council. “Well, we’re hoping that the community will come out and share their thoughts regarding this particular issue,” City Manager Albert Tripp said. The resolution was drafted by the city’s attorney, Stanley Schwartz. Along with the sanctions the council will decide on a formal vote of no confidence tonight at 5:30. Rushing said the council is trying to restrict his First Amendment rights. “I have the same right as every other American,” Rushing said. ”I have the right to say stupid stuff. I said stupid stuff.”
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