Today’s buzz features CA commuter rail drama, affordable housing in Chicago, and “post-organic” produce. Happy Friday!

In honor of Trump’s election spurring more women to consider running for office (see article below), today’s buzz is full of women in government across the country.

Maxine Waters: U.S. Rep from CA

Right Now with Emily Leuning

What I’m Listening To: Lizzo

What I’m Reading: Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy

What I’m Doing: Planning my 2024 run for President

Kate Brown: OR Governor

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I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House: When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.

Tammy Duckworth, Senator from IL

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Effingham, IL vs. Peoria, IL

Little Chute, WI vs. Cedar Rapids, IA

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Durham, NC vs. Vancouver, WA

Pasadena, CA vs. Mosier, OR

Catherine Cortez Masto: Senator from NV

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Mazie Hirono: Senator from Hawaii

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Trump’s Election Drives More Women To Consider Running For Office: Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create a wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the coming years?

Republican Lawmakers Face Hostile Town-Hall Crowds: In response, some GOP members of Congress are attempting to show sympathy for voter concerns.

What Kind Of Draconian Rules Will It Take To Actually Keep Bike Lanes Clear? Toronto has issued new guidelines about how construction and street closures have to help disrupted bike lanes, but enforcement is harder.

Asian Last Names Lead To Fewer Job Interviews, Still: What’s in a name? A lot, according to a new study from researchers at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, both in Canada.

Muriel Bowser: Washington DC Mayor

Local Gov Confidential

In California’s Commuter Rail Drama, Nobody’s a Winner: Except, ironically, proponents of high-speed rail, the likely target of a major federal grant delay.

‘It wasn’t right,’ says Olathe man wounded at Austins while trying to stop shooter: Ian Grillot, hiding behind a table, counted the gunshots. When he thought the gunman was out of bullets, he jumped up to pursue the man.

Inside The Vertical Farm Growing What It Calls “The World’s First Post-Organic” Produce: Without using any pesticides or chemicals, Bowery—a new vertical farming startup outside of New York City—delivers fresh leafy greens within one day of harvesting, with some help from agricultural AI.

Republican lawmakers introduce bill to ban late-term abortions in Oregon: In what would be a major reversal of current state law, House Bill 3017 would prevent doctors in Oregon from performing an abortion if the fetus is more than 20 weeks old, or about half-way through a typical pregnancy. Nineteen states already ban abortion past 20 weeks. None of those states is controlled by Democrats, whereas Democrats control the Oregon Legislature and governorship.

Opposition to affordable housing in Jefferson Park is nothing new for Chicago: The chants and slogans from the crowd of what appeared to be more than 100 white protesters who gathered outside Branch Community Church in northwest-side Jefferson Park February 9 to oppose a proposed affordable housing development felt eerily reminiscent of the 1960s.

Orlando millennials lead big IDEAS on environment, social change:  On a recent Wednesday night, dozens of people fill an Audubon Park meeting hall, serving vegetarian lasagna and inspiration. Mostly millennials with a sprinkling of baby boomers, the crowd spent nearly three hours tackling topics from food waste to fracking with one over-riding rule: