4.13.16

4.13.16

If you are like me, then the TV show The West Wing shaped a big portion of your public service passion (well, that and Night Court). Today’s Buzz is dedicated to someone whose life became all about public service literally because of the show The West Wing. If you have not had a chance to read about Melissa Fitzgerald and her path from Hollywood actor to non-profit advocate, then you should take the time to read it here. Who is Fitzgerald? Well, she is the one-and-only Carol, C.J. Craig’s steady press assistant in the White House. Give it a read.

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Right Now w/ Mike Ekey (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Reading: A cover letter for my brother who is applying to be a D1 basketball coach
(apparently, even they need cover letters)

What I’m Watching: KC Royals taking on the Houston Astros

What I’m Doing: Planning an arts festival. While it is not my first event, it is my first event of its kind in my city.

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I’ll just have one: If you order a drink, you expect to receive the same thing no matter where you order it. But according to a scientific study, the size and alcohol content vary wildly from country to country. I mean, this is no surprise considering the state of Kansas has not yet grown out of 3.2 beer when Missouri is enjoying full strength alcohol. Long story short; liquor laws are strange.

McCrory order expands discrimination protections, but disappoints critics:  Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday issued an executive order that he said was needed to clarify widespread misunderstanding about the new North Carolina law regulating protections for gay and transgender people. The governor’s order didn’t change the most controversial provision of the law: requiring transgender people to use bathrooms of their birth gender. Gay rights advocates criticized McCrory for not doing enough, while Republican leaders supported him.

Closing the racial pay gap: There has been a lot of publicity around closing the pay gap between men and women, (and rightfully so) but the Economic Policy Institute says that while that is critically important, there is another pay gap that is not getting the attention it deserves; the pay gap between white workers and, literally, everyone else.

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Justice for Vets Sr. Dir. Melissa Fitzgerald presents former U.S. Congressman and MSNBC "Taking the Hill" Anchor Patrick J. Murphy with the JFV Ambassador Award at the 3rd annual Vet Court Con during The National Association of Drug Court Professionals 21st Annual Training Conference on Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Association of Drug Court Professionals)

Justice for Vets Sr. Dir. Melissa Fitzgerald presents former U.S. Congressman and MSNBC “Taking the Hill” Anchor Patrick J. Murphy with the JFV Ambassador Award at the 3rd annual Vet Court Con during The National Association of Drug Court Professionals 21st Annual Training Conference on Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Association of Drug Court Professionals)

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