In today’s Buzz, read about the expansion of the Ban the Box campaign onto college campuses,  we try to answer the question what is ‘Normal America’,  and we find out why the ‘women card’ caused Kristen Johnson to walk away from her $400,000 a year job.

The Buzz is brought to you by the NFL Draft red carpet.  Who needs the Emmy’s, Grammy’s or Oscar’s red carpet when we have the NFL Draft?  Lets check in to see “Who Wore It Best” last night?


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What I’m Listening to –  Avett Brothers: The Carpenter

What I’m Reading – NPDES Permit Paper Work

What I’m Watching – The NFL Draft (I don’t know why)

What I Want to Know from You – Have you ever tried to actually watch the NFL Draft in recent years?



‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People  Earlier this week, Jim VandeHei, a former executive editor of Politico, wrote an op-ed article for The Wall Street Journal accusing the Washington political establishment of being out of touch with “normal America.” “Normal America is right that Establishment America has grown fat, lazy, conventional and deserving of radical disruption,” he wrote, citing his regular visits to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Lincoln, Maine, as his credentials of normality.

‘Ban the Box’ Goes to College The long-running “Ban the Box” campaign is now gaining ground at colleges and universities. The movement aims to protect job, and now student, applicants from being asked about their criminal histories and was recently bolstered by President Obama, who is taking executive action to ban the practice at federal agencies. Campus officials say the background question helps them learn as much as possible about prospective students and allows them to take steps to keep everyone on campus safe. But opponents say the question—which requires prospective students to check a box if they have criminal histories—is an undue barrier that harms certain groups of students.

She ditched her $400,000-a-year legal job after her ‘woman’s card’ only held her back That “woman’s card” everyone’s talking about? It didn’t work that well for Kristen Jarvis Johnson. Johnson, 33, climbed the ladder of Big Law until she reached a pretty sweet place, making $400,000 a year at Squire Patton Boggs and slaying legal dragons as a senior associate in its Qatar office. She specialized in international disputes. But when we talked this week, she was still jetlagged after pulling the plug on all of it, putting her family on a plane and jetting home. She’d had enough of the 24/7 work, not seeing her two young sons, even missing her grandmother’s funeral.



Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Jarran Reed (Alabama) arrives on the red carpet before the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports



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John Boehner on Ted Cruz: ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’ Former House Speaker John Boehner seems to be enjoying his retirement—and wouldn’t you, after what he went through in Washington? One reason for his buoyant mood, besides the chance to cut grass, is the opportunity to stay far, far away from Senator Ted Cruz.

Seattle cops prep for May Day Anti-cop protesters weren’t the only ones who called out the police’s crowd management on May Day last year — the police department’s Office of Professional Accountability and the Seattle City Council critiqued their approach to quelling the crowd. However, the Seattle Police Department says all officers were trained this year to ensure no one deviates from department policy when May Day comes around again on Sunday.

Austin committee considers recommendations for new expo center  On April 27 an Austin City Council committee considered recommendations for a new expo center in Travis County that would increase and improve resources for Rodeo Austin and other events. Hunden Strategic Partners—a consulting company hired by .

Deadliest month ever for Florida panthers, with nine killed This April will go down as the bloodiest month yet for the Florida panther. So far, nine of the endangered cats have died, all but one killed along Southwest Florida highways and roads. Seven were males, almost all of them at the young age when they start looking to establish their own territory. Altogether, 20 panthers have died this year, a number on track to outpace last year’s record-breaking 41 fatalities.

Email habits that lose friends at work Here’s what busy workers don’t have time to tolerate: Any email that fails to include a subject line. People don’t go to their inboxes for treasure hunts.

The Senate Goes Home Without Funding Zika The U.S. Congress doesn’t look any closer to funding anti-Zika efforts now than it did last week. If anything, lawmakers appear to have taken steps back.
How Hyperconnected Cities Are Taking Over the World In the medieval period, empires battled and colluded with each other in the quest for land. The resulting system, in which nations became the main actors on the global stage, is perhaps the one most of us know best. But it’s changing.
The Day Prince’s Guitar Wept the Loudest Musicians recall the night in March 2004 when Prince, Tom Petty and others performed at the induction of George Harrison into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Germany’s Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date? For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
Oregon district places big order for fire equipment Clackamas Fire District No. 1 in Oregon has placed an order for 15 Pierce fire and emergency apparatus.
This Awesome Dog Walker Takes Daily Group Pics for the Owners Dog walker extraordinaire Chris Iles clearly has a kinship with our canine friends. Each day, Chris somehow manages to get his pack to pose for adorable portraits that he sends daily to his clients.


Local Government Confidential

No-show by City Manager Marc Ott rankles Austin City Council Frustration over the city’s hunt for a new Austin Energy boss spilled over at City Hall on Thursday, as City Council members openly voiced their discontent with the list of finalists selected by City Manager Marc Ott.

Richmond City Council agrees to curtail mayor’s security detail A majority of Richmond City Council members signaled at a budget work session Thursday that they support sharply curtailing Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ security detail.

Local-government payments on $168M tax error not due before 2017 Local governments have until at least January 2017 before the Illinois Department of Revenue begins collecting an estimated $168 million overpaid from a personal property tax replacement fund.