In today’s Buzz: Putin makes offers, McCain invokes Watergate, and Vegas builds a homeless campus

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Right Now with Jacob Johnson (LinkedIn/Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – The Tony Kornheiser Show

What I’m ReadingEvicted: Poverty and Profit in America

What I’m Watching – Arrival

What I’m Doing – Planting a garden and hoping that the weather will improve


  • Global Stock Markets Fall as Trump Turmoil Intensifies: Wall Street’s three main indexes shed more than 1.7%, and the dollar erased most gains made since his election. Asia’s main stock markets opened lower following the losses in New York. But the biggest plunge was the tech-heavy Nasdaq which lost 2.6% to 6,011. Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at AxiTrader in Sydney said the falls in Asia are “all about President Trump this morning”.

  • Ryan Stands by Trump; McCain Invokes Watergate: The unfolding controversy around former FBI Director James Comey’s memo about his meeting with President Donald Trump is creating huge waves and disrupting the normal routine of things on Capitol Hill. In the memo, which ABC News has not seen, Comey reportedly wrote about a conversation during which Trump asked Comey to end an investigation into the actions of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. In a statement, the White House denied that Trump had made such a request to Comey.

  • Putin Offers to Release Meeting Record: US media say Mr Trump passed on classified information to Russian officials last week, but Mr Putin says this is not the case. He said he would release a record of the meeting to Congress if requested. The news comes amid reports Mr Trump tried to influence an investigation into his team’s links with Russia.


Upcoming Events

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  • Local officials get a quick lesson in government finance: Tuesday afternoon dozens of area elected or appointed officials, community leaders and those interested in economic development gathered at the Daviess County Security Center to hear Dr. Larry DeBoer from Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics explain the local government revenue system. Hosted by Purdue Extension Daviess County, Senator Eric Bassler and Daviess County Auditor Patty Ball, the two-and-a-half hour workshop was led by DeBoer with assistance from Tamara Ogle, Purdue Extension Community Development; Amanda Mosiman with Purdue Extension Warrick County and Hans Schmitz with Purdue Extension Gibson County.

  • Relatives populate Albany county, city governments: Albany County officials recently lauded the appointment by County Executive Daniel McCoy of the agency’s first female Department of Public Works commissioner. They neglected to mention her family tie to McCoy. Although not directly related, the new DPW commissioner, Lisa Ramundo, is the sister of McCoy’s brother-in-law. McCoy, the county’s most powerful Democratic official, made the appointment last month; commissioners must also be confirmed by the Democrat-controlled county Legislature.
  • Why Michigan has a pension problem: The largest fiscal issue facing the state of Michigan is retiree benefits. For decades, the state and local municipalities have promised more retirement benefits to employees than they have set aside to pay for.
  • Dems push grand bargain and declare progress: Major portions of what is supposed to be the bipartisan “grand bargain” budget compromise won Illinois Senate approval Wednesday in a largely partisan manner, setting off more maneuvering as lawmakers attempt to avoid a third consecutive year without a budget and with the 2018 race for governor heating up.
  • Sheriff David Clarke to join DHS: Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke announced he will “accept a position” at the Department of Homeland Security next month. The conservative firebrand said Wednesday he will be in the Office of Partnership and Engagement, where he will work with local police and governments. “I’ll be a liaison with state and local governments, with the private sector and – one that’s really near and dear to me – liaison to state and local and tribal law enforcement,” Clarke said, announcing the his new position to conservative talk radio host Vicki McKenna, who is based in Milwaukee.

  • Labrador introduces immigration crackdown bill: An Idaho congressman introduced a wide-ranging bill to tighten up immigration enforcement Tuesday that would take away some federal grants from local governments that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities and let the victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in “sanctuary” jurisdictions sue the municipality.
  • Las Vegas council OKs homeless campus: Come March, Las Vegas city officials hope a new courtyard they plan to build off Foremaster Lane will provide local homeless people with a range of services aimed at a path toward stability. The Las Vegas City Council voted 6-1 Wednesday for a campus-type setting with homeless services, but first had a lengthy discussion and criticism about a lack of planning and a hurried approval process.

Local Government Confidential

  • Global ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack offers peek at local government’s next battle: The weekend’s global cyber-extortion attack has reinforced the need for hospitals, businesses, banks, and other large organizations to update their computer operating systems and security software, area officials said Monday. Computers across the world were locked up Friday and users’ files held for ransom after dozens of countries were hit in a cyberattack that targeted hospitals, companies and government agencies, according to The Associated Press. It is believed to be the biggest attack of its kind.
  • City of Keene hopes to hire new manager: Resumes for a new city manager are flowing in, and Keene Mayor Kendall W. Lane says the aim is to have the position filled this summer. “We hope to have it pretty well narrowed down by June, so over the summer we have someone who can start making their arrangements to move to Keene and get settled in,” Lane said. Between 40 and 50 resumes had been submitted as of last week, Lane said, “and they keep coming.” The city post calling for resumes to be submitted was in mid-March.

  • Oregon voters could see more community rights measures: Voters in Coos County said ‘no’ Tuesday to a measure that could have blocked a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline. The results are too close to call for a Lincoln County measure banning aerial pesticide spraying. These Oregon measures stem from the broader “community rights” movement – and organizers say there’s more to come. The concept of community rights animated a series of similar ballot measures in Washington in recent years and it’s now driving several Oregon voter initiative efforts.