Today’s Buzz remembers former Minneapolis mayor, Minnesota Senator, US Vice President, and 1968 Democratic Party Presidential Nominee Hubert Horatio Humphrey.  He started life in a small South Dakota town as the son of a pharmacist and shopkeeper and went on to nearly become President.  I’m currently reading a biography about him after desiring to do so for several years.  HHH was arguably the preeminent liberal of the 1950s and 1960s and his tireless championship of civil rights led to legislative breakthroughs in 1964, among other years.

Right Now w/ Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Reading: Hubert Humphrey: A Biography

What I’m Watching: Bachelor in Paradise (DON’T JUDGE ME!)

What I’m Listening to: NVDES: The Other Side (talk about an earworm)

What I want to know from you: What non-Kennedy, non-MLK, political figure from the 1960s century would you like to meet?


Confirmed: Your dog really does get you: Your dog gets you. I mean, he really gets you.  No, really — he actually does. So say scientists in Hungary, who have published a groundbreaking study that found dogs understand both the meaning of words and the intonation used to speak them. Put simply: Even if you use a very excited tone of voice to tell the dog he’s going to the vet, he’ll probably see through you and be bummed about going.

Growing Pains for Detroit’s Urban Farms: On a sunny summer afternoon, an ice cream truck sits parked near Woodrow Wilson and West Euclid Street in Detroit, in front of two boarded-up homes with sagging porches and shin-high grass. The doors bear signs warning that the homes are facing foreclosure and imminent transfer to the Detroit Land Bank. The truck’s jingle rings down the block, clanging along with wind chimes. Nearby, a man maneuvers a riding lawnmower in circles around a vacant lot; another batters nails down into his front steps, blanketed with astroturf.

Perry joins ‘Dancing With The Stars’: Rick Perry is ready to take his Texas two-step on a national stage.  The former Texas governor will join the cast of the wildly popular Dancing With The Stars, Entertainment Tonight reports.


This is the biography I am reading.


50 Nifty

  • South Jersey Suburb Seeks Redevelopment, Attracts Controversy: The controversies emerging from Cherry Hill, New Jersey will likely strike a familiar chord for many Americans.
  • Why Aren’t U.S. Police Departments Recruiting More Women?: The message is chillingly clear: If you’re raped or sexually assaulted in Baltimore these days, don’t expect much from the police.
  • A Global History of Sitting Down: Here I was, interviewing the architect Witold Rybczynski about his new book, an appreciation of the chair and its 5,000-year history, and I was doing it from a standing desk. Nearby, I had a perfectly tolerable chair, with snazzy features like a mesh-fabric seat, pneumatic seat-height adjustment, and polyurethane armrests. But it wasn’t looking so appealing, perhaps because the American Heart Association had just ruined chairs for me by advising people to sit less and move more, so as to avoid diabetes and cardiovascular disease. I asked Rybczynski if he felt the chair was unfairly maligned in the Age of Standing Desks and Office Exercise Balls.

#LocalGov Confidential

Ed Martin says Muslims “blow things up.”: Former Missouri GOP chairman also says: “You’re not racist if you don’t like Mexicans.”

Audit finds Senate slush fund for lobbyist-financed meals: Despite a year of pushing for changes to state ethics laws, GOP-controlled Legislature still finds itself tangled up with potential conflicts of interest

Messenger: GOP senator sticks up for head of Missouri public defender system: GOP senator sticks up for head of Missouri public defender system.

As tax incentive tab grows, St. Louis looks to better control abatements: The city and schools have missed out on more than $700 million in revenue over the last 15 years due to tax abatement and tax increment financing.

Lake Forest to Survey Residents: About every five years the City of Lake Forest conducts a resident survey to gain insight on a wide range of issues and services provided. Survey results provide direction to the Lake Forest City Council, boards and staff as decisions are made affecting the Lake Forest Community.  The city has retained the National Research Center (NRC) to develop the 2016 questionnaire, tabulate the results and analyze the results.