Today’s Buzz features a 24 hour homeless shelter in Seattle, felony ethics convictions in Alabama, and Portland’s first foray into Google fiber. Portland, the City of Roses, is in the midst of celebrating its annual Rose Festival, and the Grand Floral Parade is today at 10 a.m. – grab a camping chair and a spot on the sidewalk!
Right Now with Emily Leuning
What I’m Doing: Getting ready for the USA/Paraguay game this afternoon
What I’m Watching: my chicken Patti chasing a squirrel out of the yard
What I’m Listening To: OPB
Clinton, Trump Kick Off General Election With Very Different Pitches To Their Bases: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both delivered speeches in Washington on Friday aimed at firing up their political bases that they’ll need to win come November. But in a speech to a major evangelical confab, many Republicans still seemed skeptical of their presumptive nominee, while Democrats at a Planned Parenthood gathering were fired up about theirs.
Michael Hubbard, Alabama House Speaker, Is Convicted of 12 Felony Ethics Charges: Alabama’s political crisis deepened Friday as a jury convicted Michael G. Hubbard, the Speaker of the State House of Representatives, of 12 felony ethics charges that stripped him of power and left him facing decades in prison.
Upcoming ELGL Events
- June 15 & 16 – GOVERNING Summit on Leadership & Innovation at Seelbach Hotel, Louisville KY
- June 16 – Technology Efficiency Series: Trello at anymeeting.com/elglwebinar
- June 21 to 24 – Association of Washington Cities Conference at Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, Everett WA
- June 22 to 24 – WCMA & ILCMA Summer Conference at The Abbey, Fontana WI
Trump’s blunders start to catch up to him: While Clinton basks in a very good week, Trump’s campaign is in disarray.
Clinton hires Sanders’ top student organizer: Hillary Clinton’s team is moving to shore up an area where she urgently needs help — the campaign has hired Bernie Sanders’ director of student organizing to serve as her national campus and student organizing director, a Clinton official confirmed to POLITICO.
David Perdue’s Prayer for President Obama: The Georgia senator invokes a psalm calling down divine wrath on an enemy—but insists he meant no harm.
President Obama and Jimmy Fallon slow-jam the news: President Barack Obama joined Jimmy Fallon for Thursday night’s show, where they presented a sensual-but-informative new segment of “Slow Jam the News.”
Scheduled Flights To Cuba Approved For As Early As This Fall: The flights are possible thanks to an agreement between the U.S. and Cuba,announced in December, which allows up to 110 daily flights from U.S. cities to Cuban cities. The return of scheduled flights between the countries is a step in the ongoing thawing of relations; for decades, only charter flights were allowed to travel between the two nations.
Marines Corps sidelines Parris Island drill instructors after death of recruit: The Marine Corps has removed an undisclosed number of drill instructors from their regular duties at its recruit depot at Parris Island, S.C., and launched additional training for staff there as it investigates the death of a recruit who had been in training less than two weeks.
Local Gov Confidential
Seattle Mayor Announces Plans for 24-Hour Homeless Shelter: Mayor Ed Murray announced plans to open exactly the type of homeless shelter Seattle is in desperate need of: a place that’s open 24/7, allows pets and couples, and provides space for people to store their belongings.
Google wins approval for first Portland ‘fiber hut’: City planners signed off Thursday on the first Google “fiber hut” in Portland, another milestone in Google Fiber’s slow march toward bringing its hyperfast Internet service to the region.
Scott Walker’s administration drops plan to shift Family Care to for-profit insurers: Under pressure from advocates for the elderly and disabled, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is dropping its plans for now to remake the state’s two largest long-term care programs by contracting with private health insurers.
New TxDOT downtown Dallas plan includes a scenario with a freeway’s demise: A surprising yet powerful voice is joining the chorus calling for a sea change in downtown Dallas’ car-centric infrastructure building: the agency that typically pours the concrete.