Todays Morning Buzz is dedicated to the great local government TV show The Wire. We got so excited with the news that HBO just relaunched all The Wire episodes in HD that we had to dedicate the morning buzz to it. Sit back and enjoy some of the greatest moments from the The Wire and all the local government news that we could fit in this page.


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What I’m Listening to – One and Only by Adele

What I’m Reading – Gray Mountain by John Grisham

What I’m Watching – Sportscenter on ESPN

What I’m Doing – Working on my masters portfolio

What I Want to Know from You – What does ELGL do to benefit your world, & do you have interest in benefitting the ELGL world?


We’re Buzzing

President Obama warns of veto on Keystone XL pipeline – President Obama has announced that he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline if Congress votes to approve it. This could lead to a major battle early in the new Congress.

Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail Road Bump? Property Values – Property values drive so many local government decision as Dallas and Houston are quickly learning. People are opposing the project based on their views of its impact on their property values.

Atlanta Wins Major Corporate Headquarters – One of the biggest economic development projects of the year was the relocation of Mercedes U.S. headquarters. Atlanta won the project over many other cities. Mercedes claims that the decision was based on where the human capital was.



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ELGL and MPA @ UNC announce Fellowship – ELGL and MPA @ UNC are announcing a fellowship that will offer ELGL members a $5,000 fellowship to attend the award winning MPA program at UNC.

Bill Gates Latest Passion: A machine that turns poop into drinking water – Its time to call your public works director because Bill Gates is helping people turn poop into high quality drinking water. California, Florida, and Texas this may be just up your alley.

Angry Student Hacks School Website to Apologize for Lack of a Snow Day– Say you’re a student in a northern Virginia school district that just robbed you of a snow day and forced you to go to school on icy roads, a decision that caused numerous school bus accidents. How do you get back at them? Hack their site, of course.

The U.S. has more jails than colleges. Heres where those inmates live – Americas inmates live all over the country and many in places you would never expect.

How Non employed Americans spend their days: Men vs. Women– Nonworkers spend much more time doing housework. Men without jobs, in particular, spend more time watching television, while women without jobs spend more time taking care of others. And the nonemployed of both sexes spend more time sleeping than their employed counterparts.

Kirby Delauter, Who Didn’t Want His Name In A News Story, Is Now A Story – In attempt to avoid being in a story, a city council member becomes the story. A case study in how not to handle media relations.

Same-Sex pairs in Florida say I do – Wedding ceremonies began and ended in the middle of the night in Fort Lauderdale and Key West, and hundreds of other marriages played out under blue skies in Miami Beach and Orlando, as Florida completed its long, arduous journey Tuesday to become the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Construction begins on California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project – One of the biggest transportation projects the country has ever seen broke ground Monday in Fresno, Calif. In theory, building the much-delayed high speed rail line would allow a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours, with speeds of over 200 miles an hour.


Local Government Confidential

Dubuque, Iowa City Council Bans Sledding in most city parks – Like all good local government professionals, we at ELGL love regulations and policies. But even we are not sure what to think about this new rule. Sure sledding is dangerous but it is also so much fun.

2 NYPD Officers while investigating robbery – A bad couple of weeks for New York City and the NYPD continued with two officers being shot while responding to a robbery.

NYPD Union Leader: An apology from De Blasio would go a long way – Patrick Lynch, the head of the big New York City Police Department union, the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, has been a outspoken critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying there was “blood on the hands” of the mayor in the death of two police officers. Robert Siegel talks with Lynch about the tension between the police and the mayor.


And one to restore your faith in humanity…

HBO releases The Wire in HD – ELGL firmly believes that perhaps the best TV show every written is the The Wire, a gritty drama about crime, journalism, and policing in an urban city. We were saddened by all the negative news while compiling the morning buzz until we realized that we could relax by watching The Wire in HD.

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