In today’s Buzz: Wiretaps, Huntsman,  and Governor Cuomo!!

The Buzz is brought to you by the beautiful state of Utah! 

Right Now with Jacob Johnson (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – Rescue Me by Fontella Bass (the hat-jacket combination in this video is fantastic)

What I’m Reading – Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back by Nathan Bomey

What I’m WatchingHouse of Cards

What I’m Doing – Planning a trip to visit my grandparents in Durango, CO



Senators Ask FBI for Evidence of Trump Wiretap Claim Two US senators have written to law enforcement to inquire if there is any evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat, and Republican Lindsey Graham sent the letter to the FBI on Wednesday.

Sen. Tim Kaine’s Son Arrested During Anti-Trump Protest Virginia Senator Tim Kaine’s son, Linwood Michael Kaine, was arrested during a “March 4 Trump” rally in Minnesota on suspicion of felony second-degree riot, according to a Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department arrest log.

Jon Huntsman to Be Trump’s Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has accepted President Donald Trump’s offer to be the next ambassador to Russia, a source close to Huntsman confirmed to NBC News Wednesday. It will be the former Utah Republican governor’s third ambassadorship in a long career of service.




50 Nifty

FL House looks to clamp down on local taxes A wide-ranging bill that would rein in local governments’ ability to increase taxes narrowly passed the House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday.

CA Climate Goals Rely on More Housing on Less Land It’s going to take a lot more than millions of new electric cars for California to meet its ambitious new goals to severely curb greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, state climate officials warn. To get people off the road at the rate needed to reach the state’s targets and accommodate a growing population, cities across California will need to boost housing density.

Transit Advocates want Big Share of Transportation Tax Hike for Buses and Bikes The already thorny negotiations surrounding the idea of a state tax hike for transportation needs are getting even more so.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Plan to Downsize Local Government Comes Under Fire Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to link state aid money to downsizing local government came under sharp criticism Tuesday during a press conference as a “top-down” dictate that doesn’t reflect the fiscal realities facing municipalities.

Montana Bill Would Prohibit Local Officers from Enforcing Federal Gun Bans Lawmakers heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would supersede federal law for any future ban on firearms and magazines. Senate Bill 99 would create the “Montana Federal Firearm and Magazine Ban Enforcement Prohibition Act” and would force local law enforcement agencies in Montana to ignore current and future federal bans on firearms.

City of Wilkes-Barre Demolishes Blighted Property The City of Wilkes-Barre has demolished a blighted building at 559-561 North Pennsylvania Avenue. The demolition happened on Tuesday afternoon. The City of Wilkes-Barre demolished a dilapidated commercial structure at 559-561 North Penn Avenue.

Local Government Confidential

Chief Data Officers: Mapping Which State and Local Governments Have a CDO The role of chief data officer (CDO) is relatively new to government. The position has been increasingly added to states, cities and counties over the last few years, with a handful of people filling the role starting in 2014. Colorado was pioneer in the space, bringing on a CDO in 2010, and New York City followed suit a year later.

More Women Taking Lead in Local Government Eight women were county managers in North Carolina three years ago. Now, 21 fill that role.

Small Town Mayor Offers Different Window on Texas Transgender Debate The first transgender mayor in Texas believes her experience shows the state to be more socially accepting than popularly understood – or than the current debate over Senate Bill 6 might lead outsiders to believe.