Monday, October 29

ByKevin Sheekey

Good Morning from Detroit, where Mike Bloomberg has opened CityLab Detroit and announced the 9 winning cities of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayor’s Challenge, awarding each city with $1 million to begin implementing potentially breakthrough solutions to homelessness, the opioid crisis, mobility, climate change, and economic opportunity.

The winners are Denver, Colorado; Durham, North Carolina; Fort Collins, Colorado; Georgetown, Texas; Huntington, West Virginia; Los Angeles, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Rochelle, New York; and South Bend, Indiana. Read more about the winning projects here.

CityLab Detroit Opens, Hoping to Offer Creative Thinking on Urban Ills (Detroit Free Press)
Multiple urban experts from around the world will be in Detroit, from Mike Bloomberg to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, and St. Paul, Minnesota Mayor Melvin Carter, who will share the stage with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan for a panel Monday on building inclusive economies.

Bloomberg PAC spends nearly $2M to help Stevens with Ad Touting Dems (Detroit News)
Mike Bloomberg is helping Democratic congressional candidates with a major advertising boost about a week and a half from Election Day. Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC has disclosed a whopping $2 million media buy for a new television ad to help U.S. House candidate Haley Stevens, who is running to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Dave Trott of Birmingham, Michigan. “It’s clearer than ever that we need a new Congress,” Bloomberg tweeted Friday.

Mike Bloomberg Plows $43 million in Support of Democrats in the First Half of October (Washington Post)
This week, Independence USA reported ad buys for the final stretch of the campaign in two of the most competitive House races: $4.5 million in support of Katie Hill, the challenger in California’s 25th Congressional District, and another $4 million boosting the Democratic challenger Harley Rouda against incumbent GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in California’s 48th Congressional District.

Republicans Rushing to Save House Seats From Onslaught of Democratic Money (New York Times)
Much of the Democrats’ unanticipated firepower comes from one source: Michael R. Bloomberg, the liberal former New York City mayor who may run for president, plans to spend about $20 million on House advertising through his super PAC, Independence USA, in the final week of the campaign, a Bloomberg adviser said.

Global Politics:
-As Angela Merkel Prepares to Step Back, Here’s Who Might Replace Her (Bloomberg)
-Brazil Swings Right With Jair Bolsonaro’s Victory (Bloomberg)

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting: Thousands Gather for Vigil Honoring Victims in Squirrel Hill Shooting (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Read Mike Bloomberg’s statement on the shooting here.

The Seeds of Domestic Terror: Cesar Sayoc, Mail Bombing Suspect, Found an Identity in Political Rage and Resentment (New York Times)

Climate Watch: US Government is Refusing to Disclose Climate Information (The Hill)

Climate of Hope: World’s Top Fishing Nations to be Given Millions to Protect Oceans (The Guardian)
Bloomberg Philanthropies and Ray Dalio’s OceanX will help increase the world’s collective understanding of our oceans, driving towards the goal of protecting them. At a time when the oceans require our attention, this new partnership commits $185 million over the next four years to projects for ocean exploration and scientific discovery, awareness and education, issue advocacy, policy development, and conservation. Read the official press release here.

New Today – Sheekey Extra! Visit SheekeyDaily.com for The Week Ahead calendar, highlighting key news events this week including the UK budget, Apple’s product announcement tomorrow from Brooklyn and the final U.S. jobs report before the U.S. midterms.


Best of late night.

“In tech news, according to a new report, Uber is making plans to launch a service that will deliver food using drones. So get ready to have your food dropped off 6 blocks from your house, reeking of cologne. Personally, I am not going to have a drone drop off my food. I’m not! I will eat my ShakeShack the same way I’ve always eaten my ShakeShack: alone, crying in my car, in a carwash, and then throwing away all the evidence before I get home.”
— James Corden

“Yahoo has settled a two-year lawsuit after agreeing to pay $50 million to 200 million U.S. consumers whose information was released during a security breach. Said the consumers, ‘I still have a Yahoo account?’”
— Seth Meyers