Happy first Sunday of August! Today’s Buzz features congressional support for Gary Johnson, the first US gold, and the Kid being inducted into the Mariner Hall of Fame. Today’s Buzz is dedicated to Brazil’s natural beauty.


Aerial shot of a winding river, Amazon rainforest, Loreto region, Peru.

Right Now with Ian Davidson

What I’m Reading: A Woman in Charge

What I’m Reminiscing About: My two years in Brazil–I am missing it a lot with the Olympics

What I’m Listening To: Hamilton Soundtrack


We’re Buzzin’

Virginia native shoots her way to first U.S. gold: 19-year-old Ginny Thrasher of Springfield, who first fired a gun five years ago while hunting deer with her grandfather, won the 10-meter air rifle finals.

Congressman Backs Libertarian Presidential Candidate in Campaign First: Representative Scott Rigell, a Republican who opposes Donald J. Trump, is the first member of Congress to throw his support to Gary Johnson.


Trending on ELGL

The Chris Traeger List: Top 100 Local Government Influencers

The City Planner Behind Parks and Rec

Podcast: A Day In The Life of Innovation Offices in Illinois, North Carolina & Florida


Smile! National #CityHallSelfie Day is August 15


Upcoming ELGL Events

Supper Club: ELGL Supper Club in San Mateo, CA – August 28

Conference & Networking: League of Women in Government Symposium + Networking – September 24

Networking: ELGL & ICMA BBQ Mixer – September 25

Webinar:Local Governments & Local and Regional Food Economies – October 11

Webinar: Future Schedule Technology Efficiency Series – New Webinar Every Month


50 Nifty

Hillary Clinton’s Moral Conflicts on Abortion: During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly spoken out in support of the right to abortion. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has praised Clinton for treating reproductive issues as “more than just a sound bite” and the pro-choice organizations Emily’s List and NARAL Pro-Choice America have endorsed her. However, Clinton’s views on abortion are more nuanced and reflect her religious commitments to a greater degree than partisans on either side of the issue may realize.

Green Party Sees Opportunity Amid Wide Voter Discontent: The party, which held its convention on Saturday in Houston, has a new sense of vitality as its candidate, Jill Stein, draws about 5 percent in polls.

Making Olympic Boxing Safer by Eliminating Head Guards: The International Boxing Association decided to eliminate the guards for amateur male boxers, concluding that they did not prevent concussions.

Obama Arrives in Martha’s Vineyard for Two-Week Vacation: The president headed into his two-week break in an unusually festive mood, having just celebrated his 55th birthday and with Hillary Clinton ahead in the polls.


Local Gov Confidential

Detroit swarmed by volunteer army on Neighborhoods Day: There are cleanup and fix-up days, volunteer days, street party days — and then there’s Neighborhoods Day in Detroit.

A Safeco Field packed with fans and all-time greats honor Mariners hero Ken Griffey Jr.: The former center fielder, who was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, is the first Mariner to have his number retired.

Oregon Senator Alan Bates dies at age 71: Oregon State Sen. Alan Bates of Medford died on Friday.

The Trouble with Corey Lewandowski on CNN: This week, Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, offered an upbeat assessment of one of the network’s newest additions, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, whom Zucker hired as an on-air political commentator in June. “I actually think he’s done a really nice job,” Zucker said in an interview with Variety.

Pete Fountain, a Clarinetist Known for His High-Spirited New Orleans Jazz, Is Dead at 86: Mr. Fountain brought the traditional jazz of his native New Orleans to a national audience through frequent appearances on the Lawrence Welk and Johnny Carson television shows.