11.05.13 Your Morning Buzz

Election Day 2013: Five things to watch today

Transaction Wire

New public works jobs proposed; council to be asked to authorize changes to department

We need a CEO mayor, not a city manager

Melanie Adams Promoted to Hillsboro Building Director

High 5

How Bush learned to quit Cheney – Peter Baker’s “Days of Fire” offers a detailed if not groundbreaking account of the politics in the Bush administration

Crist, Former Florida Governor, Tosses Hat in Ring Again – Charlie Crist, a former Republican who was Florida’s governor from 2007 to 2011, formally announced that he would run for the job again, this time as a Democrat.

Out on the Campaign Trail With Joe Lhota Dead-Enders – The Brooklyn Young Republican Club skews a bit older. “They’re getting ready to put me out to pasture,” says the group’s president, 38-year-old Glenn Nocera, a Brooklyn native brushing up toward the club’s maximum age of 40.

How Republicans Killed America’s High-Speed Rail Plan – A new report suggests that governors may have passed on the trains so Obama wouldn’t “win.”

Camden, A City for Others – Camden was once described to me as “the part of New Jersey that is so bad, everyone tries to forget it exists. Except it’s probably worse than everybody realizes.” But when I got a job at Rutgers University-Camden, I stubbornly decided to live there. So I started asking questions about the city, buoyed by a wonderful previous experience in “dangerous” New Orleans.

50 Nifty

State-Run Health Exchanges Overcoming Their Glitches – HealthCare.gov is a disaster. The state-level stories, however, are quite different.

Strategic Move Exempts Health Law From Broader U.S. Statute – A surprise decision by the Obama administration exempts subsidized health insurance from a law that bans rebates, kickbacks and bribes in federal health programs.

The bureaucracy of poverty – To tackle the issue, Mayor Nutter this year is attempting to reform the city’s antipoverty agency, the Mayor’s Office of Community Services (MOCS), which for years has been a patronage dumping ground with a scattershot agenda and a budget that’s poached by other city departments.

Electeds

In Ala., the GOP establishment fights the tea party for the Republican soul – Polls show a congressional runoff pitting a business-wing favorite and a wild card could swing either way.

Bill to Ban Job Bias Against Gays Clears Senate Hurdle – A measure that would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity overcame a significant obstacle as seven Republicans voted to begin debate on the bill.

In New Jersey, Big Money Aims to Foil Christie’s Plans – Democrats and unions spent more than $35 million in the state trying to prevent any shifts in the Legislature that would give Gov. Chris Christie more power.

The Radical Case for Bloomberg’s ‘Nanny’ State – Is government intrusion into what we eat, drink, and smoke the future of public health?

Social Media

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Google’s Helpouts is now official, experts standing by – System now live for those seeking help, still invite-only for experts

8 Most Annoying Things Celebs Do on Instagram – With the advent of Instagram, celebrities can post pictures from photo shoots, updates from awards shows or just log their daily lives. Still, just because celebrities can upload such personal details to this photo-sharing platform doesn’t necessarily mean they should.

This Algorithm Can Tell Your Life Story Through Twitter – Two university researchers have come up with an algorithm designed to compose user-accurate biographies using only your tweets.

THE 5 SECRETS TO SHERYL SANDBERG’S SUPER POWERS – THE FACEBOOK COO HELPED ZUCK BRING IN A COOL $1.6 BILLION LAST QUARTER, NOT LONG AFTER WRITING A BOOK THAT LAUNCHED A MOVEMENT. AND SHE STILL HAS TIME FOR DINNER WITH HER FAMILY. HOW?

Career Center

Alone or Lonely: It’s How You Think About It – John T. Cacioppo, director at the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, estimates 40% of Americans feel lonely, double the rate in the 1980s.

HOW THE INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW HELPS YOU GET THE JOB – PEOPLE GET JOBS THROUGH CONNECTIONS. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY, MAKE THEM. AND THEN ASK YOURSELF THESE FIVE QUESTIONS TO PREP.

Why Drug Traffickers Love Buses – The most anonymous form of travel is the best one for smuggling. 

Mapping 60 Years of White Flight, Brain Drain and American Migration – An interactive picture of Americans perpetually on the move.

Portlandia

 

Washington County to contribute $1.4 million to trail projects – Washington County might contribute up to $1.4 million for transportation projects seeking state funding in Tualatin, Beaverton, Tigard and Willow Creek

Multnomah County election: District boundary quirks put Hillsboro measure on ballot – When last-minute voters in Gresham-BarlowLake OswegoCorbett and Riverdale fill out their ballots in Tuesday’s local elections, they might wonder what a Hillsboro school bond measure is doing on their voters’ guide.

ODOT: More rail along I-205? ODOT is suggesting either following the current Amtrak route through Milwaukie or sending trains up a new track along Interstate 205 from Oregon City to Interstate 84, where it would follow the light-rail line west into Portland.

Cascadia

Q&A: Pierce County auditor’s work goes beyond ballots – Tuesday is decision day for candidates and ballot measures. But it’s far from a one-day event for Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson.

Eugene hunts up ways to fill budget gap – As the city of Eugene presses ahead to plug the gap between rising expenses and sluggish revenu

Seattle’s Mayor Faces Challenge, Despite Signs of Success – On the eve of Election Day, polls suggested that Mayor Mike McGinn was in trouble, even though the economy is doing pretty well and job numbers are growing.

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New St. Louis city hall construction likely to start in 2014 The impact of the federal shutdown delayed local plans, but the city of St. Louis at last got the official word that its federal financing has been approved.

A New Kind of Deal: Developing Private-Public Partnerships in a Modern Chicago – On November 1, 2013, Commissioner Klein announced that he would resign his post as head of the Department of Transportation at the end of month in order to return to the private sector. Klein made a number of major departmental changes in his time as commissioner, but his likely lasting legacy for Chicagoans will be his championing of bike-sharing and speed camera installation in the City.

Q&A: David Graham, the city-building architect, and his ecosystem approach to density – An architect and founding design partner of Elness Swenson Graham Architects, Inc. (ESG), in Minneapolis, David Graham has cultivated a city-building practice dedicated to urban revitalization. His practice is based on urban-planning principles that marry modern architecture’s spirit and invention with a profound understanding of history, urban evolution, and context.

Detroit Heads to the Polls to Elect a Mayor Who Won’t Have Any Power – Two men, Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon, are vying today in Detroit for an elected office most notable for the fact that it comes with none of the things you generally want if you’re running for elected office.

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