Today’s Buzz features Obama’s rising popularity, Trump’s speech to Hispanics, and Maryland’s new equal pay law. Have a great Sunday!


Right Now with Ian Davidson

What I’m Doing: Celebrating a one year old’s birthday

What I’m Listening To: GovLove, the best local gov podcast

What I’m Reading: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


We’re Buzzin’

Obama’s approval rating is suddenly up — way up: Democrats have slowly looked at Obama more favorably since the beginning of 2015, but independents have begun to look at Obama much more favorably.

How Kosovo Was Turned Into Fertile Ground for ISIS: Extremist clerics and secretive associations funded by Saudis and others have transformed a once-tolerant Muslim society into a font of extremism.

The Full Text Of Trump’s First Address To A Major Hispanic Group Is Really Something “National. Hispanic. Christian. Three. Great. Words. We’re going to take care of you, we’re going to work with you, you’re going to be very happy, you’re going to like President Trump.”




Podcast: Annual vs. Biennial Budget Smackdown with Casey Camors & Haley Fish


The May Confidential: Tactical Moves?

Let’s Eat (Again): Supper Club Returns



Webinar:Bang the Table: Community Engagement With Matt Crozier – May 25, 2016

Webinar:Technology Efficiency Series: Trello – June 16, 2016

Webinar: Future Schedule Technology Efficiency Series – New Webinar Every Month


50 Nifty

Modern Love: No Sound, No Fury, No Marriage: After her peaceful marriage quietly dissolves, a woman comes to appreciate the vitality of conflict and confrontation.

Trump’s campaign dwarfed by Clinton’s:At the outset of the general election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign looks like a well-oiled juggernaut next to Donald Trump’s vastly smaller, self-funded operation, a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday found.

Maryland has passed one of the nation’s strongest equal pay laws: Maryland is on a roll right now when it comes to lawmaking on women’s issues — passing two major laws in two weeks that advocates for women’s economic security have spent years pushing for.

How “Creed” Auteur Ryan Coogler Punches Through The Hollywood Mold: The director behind Creed and the upcoming Black Panther relies on a diverse team and draws inspiration from Hamilton.

Pentagon: U.S. airstrike targets Taliban leader Mullah Mansour: The U.S. conducted an airstrike Saturday against Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, the Pentagon said, and a U.S. official said Mansour was believed to have been killed.


Local Gov Confidential

The Why and How of Locating a School in Downtown Seattle: A Seattle writer makes the case for a new school to be located in Downtown Seattle.

Inside Detroit’s Failing Public Schools: Detroit Public Schools are in crisis. Dropout rates are twice the national average, schools are routinely failing health inspections, and the district is more than three and a half billion dollars in debt.

Frustrated, talented teachers leave Florida classrooms in droves: Noah David Lein has always loved teaching. And if you believe the state of Florida, the honors English teacher at Winter Springs High School is precisely the kind of instructor we want in our classrooms. He sparks kids’ curiosity and was among only 4 percent of the region’s teachers to receive the “Best and Brightest” bonus for “highly effective” teachers last year. Lein still loves opening students’ minds and introducing them to complex thoughts. But not in Florida.

Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Make Performing Abortion A Felony: The legislation, which was the first of its kind, as NPR’s Jennifer Ludden reported Thursday, would have effectively eliminated abortion in the state. Oklahoma lawmakers passed the bill on Thursday, as the Two-Way reported.