Anyone involved in local politics has one (or more) favorite gadfly stories. Below is a growing list of gems, compiled in an effort to amuse as well as educate about the ubiquity of both cameras and 'passion' around city halls.
Send us your best examples and see how your gadfly compares to these hall of famers.
I Say No!
"Who's running this boat?" asks one Pacifica resident. He ought to know, he's "been to every meeting the last year and a half..."
Baboozlements, Mistruths and Unconstitutionalities
From Hall of Famer Zuma Dogg. Includes interesting debate on the Brown Act.
Best Taiwanese Legislative Fights of All Time
Not sure if the soundtrack adds or subtracts...
Country Western, Punk rock... Bosnia?
Put the three together and you get Gadfly hilarity in Richmond, Va...
The Mid Cambridge Society of Egg Laying Hens and their Paramours
Testimony from the Chief Yolk Inspector himself.
Decorum and Order
"Scrantonian" Ray Lyman is back with a potentially fraudulent and "kinda suspicious" letter.
You Callin' Me a Liar?
A Scranton resident rails against the "ridiculous 4 minute" limit on public comment.
"No One Made You Dictator"...
A Councilman with 'bones to pick' gets more than he bargains for...
Not for the faint of heart.
High Octane Gadfly
Quote of the year: "your time is up Mr. Dogg."
Lady in Red (Beret)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Baby Blue Ties and the Mayor of America's Most Beautiful City... Coincidence????
New London, Old Disputes
The councilmembers in Kelo-Ground-Zero New London, CT mix it up at a council meeting. One wonders how they ever agreed on the 'best use' of a certain parcel...
It's Not Just Us
Councils around the world deal with passionate, if not irate, consituents. This one's not in English, but its themes are universal.
Rogue Helicopter Pilots
A Charlotte resident is 'ready to explode like Mt. St Helens' regarding a 'rogue helicopter pilot.' FOIA requests, redacted documents, this one has it all.
Carson City Smackdown
An audience member is hit on the head at a recent council meeting.