Today’s Morning Buzz is brought to you by the Chicago Cubs.  The Chicago Cubs finally ended their 108 year drought and won the World Series.  The City of Chicago has not stopped celebrating since Wednesday night and the good times will continue today with a parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Wrigley Field.


Right Now with Brian Southey (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – Shovels & Rope: Little Seeds

What I’m Watching – Crazy, Stupid, Love

What I Want to Know from You – Did you watch game 7?



Voters Express Disgust Over U.S. Politics in New Times/CBS Poll  An overwhelming majority of voters are disgusted by the state of American politics, and many harbor doubts that either major-party nominee can unite the country after a historically ugly presidential campaign, according to the final pre-election New York Times/CBS News Poll.

U.S. officials warn of Russian mischief in election and beyond  U.S. intelligence agencies do not see Russia as capable of using cyberespionage to alter the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election, but they have warned that Moscow may continue meddling after the voting has ended to sow doubts about the legitimacy of the result, U.S. officials said.

U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs in October as unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent  America’s labor market continues to show signs of gradual strengthening, with newly released government data showing the economy added 161,000 jobs last month. Annual wage growth surged to levels not seen since before the financial crisis, while the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent in October from 5 percent the previous month.




Webinar: How to Get Started with Open Data Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Webinar: Public-Private Partnerships Part I What are partnerships and how PBB leads to unveiling opportunities around partnerships Tuesday, November 15, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Webinar: Public-Private Partnerships Part II CPBB to co-present with leading public-private local government provider SafeBuilt Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST


50 Nifty

Election Update: Why Clinton’s Position Is Worse Than Obama’s  There’s been a potential breach of Hillary Clinton’s electoral firewall. And it’s come in New Hampshire, a state that we said a couple of weeks ago could be a good indicator of a Donald Trump comeback because of its large number of swing voters.

What if everyone’s wrong?  Hillary Clinton leads in most national polls, and in enough battleground states to put her on pace to surpass the 270 electoral votes she needs Tuesday to become the next president.

Here’s how Seattle became so segregated  The maps and reports drawn up by the Home Owners’ Loan Corp., such as those minted for Seattle in 1936, were obvious in their racism. The long-lived practice they fostered – “redlining” – was subtler.

City leaders pass resolution declaring Portland first responders ‘best in the world’  Mayor Charlie Hales and Portland city commissioners honored first responders for “extraordinary efforts” during extensive rainfall and an explosion in Northwest Portland in October.

‘He wanted to help people,’ slain officer’s dad says  Randy Martin of Rockwell City said his son had dreamed of being a police officer since he was a middle school student.

The Urgency of the Lesser Evil  Forget the Grand Canyon, the snow birds, the Navajo Nation, the golf courses, spring break at Lake Havasu, Monument Valley, and earth’s largest grove of ponderosa pine trees. Until election day, the marvel to behold in Arizona is its politics.

Does the Economy Really Need to Keep Growing Quite So Much?  Most things don’t grow forever. If a person grew at the same rate for his whole life, he’d become gigantic and perhaps perish (or else rule the world).

Amazon Planning to Open 2,000 Drive Thru Grocery Stores  Amazon plans to build 2,000 drive through grocery stores across the country.

Advocates to Harvard: We Don’t Need Another Study  After receiving a large grant to study poverty and income inequality, the Hutchins Center of African and African-American Studies finds itself having to justify the need to study the problems, rather than spending that money on programs or services.

In the U.S., Almost No One Votes in Local Elections  Fewer than one in five eligible residents in Los Angeles vote in mayoral elections. In New York City, that figure falls to less than 14 percent. In fact, in 15 of the 30 most populous cities in the U.S., voter turnout in mayoral elections is less than 20 percent.

Portland Does Away With Demolition for Its Oldest Homes  In the midst of a building boom, the oldest houses in Portland, Oregon, are getting a new lease on life—even if they’re being ripped apart in the process.

Bundy Militia Not Backing Down Following Oregon Trial Acquittal  Ammon Bundy’s Oregon trial ended in an acquittal, and now his followers are back with fervor saying government constitutionally does not have the right to the Western lands. But scholars disagree.

The Burden On Black Teachers: ‘I Don’t Belong At Your Table’  Researchers at The Education Trust wanted to better understand the struggles of America’s black teachers.

Big Hospital Network Cracks Down On The Right To Sue  Some networks of hospitals, doctors and medical services are now so dominant in their region that they can hike their prices and force patients to waive the right to sue when things go wrong.


Local Government Confidential

City manager calls for review of process, regulations for termination of cadets  After the termination of several fire cadets in October, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley called for a complete review of the process and regulations for fire and police cadets and probationary employees.

New Orleans City Council avoids rare veto override with taxicab compromise  The New Orleans City Council on Thursday (Nov. 3) avoided a rare veto override with a compromise with Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration over rules involving removing taxicabs from the road when they reach a certain age.

Baltimore City Council Proposes New Ordinance to Ban Toy Guns  The Baltimore City Council decided to take drastic action after a 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot in April. Police believed the boy had a real firearm, when in fact, he had a replica toy gun.