02.03.14 Your Morning Buzz

Posted on February 3, 2014


Seattle TimesSUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS!

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Denver PostSEASICK

TRANSACTION WIRE

13 Oregon lawmakers prep for their final session

Dallas city manager receives high praise

Monmouth manager rewarded with leadership program trip

Redmond launches search for new airport director

EDITORIAL: PA city manager’s job needs stability

Tom Kacich: Browning had complicated tenure as city manager

Is Lakeland Ready For a Strong Mayor to Replace The City Manager?

Excellent hire for Stockton city manager

 

HIGH 5

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How Do Tea Parties End? Just how close is the Tea Party to its demise? Last week, Fox News didn’t even bother airing the group’s official response to Barack Obama’s speech, in which the president forcefully called for an end to tactics that prevent the government “from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy.”

Battles Loom Over Surpluses in States Across the Country – Unexpectedly robust revenues from taxes and other sources are filling state coffers, prompting battles over what to do with the newfound money.

Method of Study Is Criticized in Group’s Health Policy Tests – A research center funded by the Affordable Care Act is being criticized for not using proven methods like clinical trials to learn how to best deliver care.

Battle of Super cities is a contest that can’t be won – Everyone — police departments, symphony orchestras, art museums, governors, mayors, newspapers and magazines, airports and transit authorities — is throwing down bets, trying to score points in a bout that can’t be won.

Carroll: What makes Super Cities? We have time for one last comparison of the Super Bowl cities, both of which are widely conceded to be good places to live and work. 

 

50 NIFTY

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Snow Jam ’14: The George Washington Bridge of Dumb – What happened this week was a watershed event in the transportation history of the Atlanta metro region, and very likely in the careers of a couple of politicians as well. But it’s important to remember how small a thing it was that touched it all off — small enough to make us the laughingstock of the country, sure, but small enough also to make us worry about how we’d deal with something worse.

A car races Metrorail to downtown D.C. Think you know who will win?The Post tested two routes from Springfield in the morning rush: One by Blue Line and the other by car.

Sweet Dilemma: Will Syrup Standards Sap Vermont’s Image? The International Maple Syrup Institute is pushing for a uniform grading system for syrup, but some producers are stacked against it.

Win elates Seahawks fans from Vancouver to New York – When Mike and Brittney Gutierrez found their chairs, they figured to be settling in for a football game. It turns out those seats were for a four-hour thrill ride.

LoDo groups rally to revise plan they say will clog streets with buses – The unveiling of the renovated Union Station this spring and the arrival of a second fleet of free shuttle buses in Lower Downtown are fueling talk that Denver is emerging as a full-blown multi-modal transportation hub.

Going carless in Denver easier now with B-cycle and carshare programs – For the past five months or so, I’ve gotten by without a car of my own, cobbling together a system that includes the car-share program Car2Go, Denver B-cycle and RTD.

ELECTEDS

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More campaigns pit one political party against itself – Democrats gathering to run for Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat underscore a California trend of intraparty warfare that’s also growing on the national scene.

Obama Is Tackled by O’Reilly in Pre-Game Interview – Mr. Obama was grilled about the botched rollout of the health care law and the attack on the American post in Benghazi, Libya, among other issues.

2016ers off and running in money race – Political outfits associated with 10 top presidential prospects in each party raised at least $86 million last year for committees that could help launch or support campaigns the minute they announce, according to a POLITICO analysis of recently filed campaign reports and interviews with the prospects’ allies.

PORTLANDIA

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Leadership of Oregon’s SEIU Local 503 suffers big defeat by members – Leaders of Local 503 and Portland-based SEIU Local 49 — which represents more than 10,000 hospital, custodial and security workers — have sought for months to join forces and create a new local that would oversee all of SEIU’s operations in Oregon.

Fish tries to sell suburbs on city water – City Commissioner Nick Fish wants to assure the Water Bureau’s suburban customers that the agency is under new management. Since being assigned the bureau by Mayor Charlie Hales last July, Fish has worked hard to prove he is focused on delivering basic services at the least possible cost.

CASCADIA

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Pierce County’s legislative power still not like ‘mafia’ days – Politicians from the home of the Tacoma Dome are climbing the ladders of power under the Capitol dome.

Digital jobs growing in Lane County, Ore. – Lane County tech companies are on a hiring binge.

Oregon legislative session kicks off Monday – Oregon lawmakers return to Salem on Monday, beginning five weeks of debate over gun control, marijuana legalization, the proposed Columbia River bridge and a wide variety of other matters big and small.

Oregon’s plans to deal with GMO crops slow in developing – A panel to study the matter and advise the Agriculture Department has not been formed

Y not have both? Some say the YMCA could build next to a renovated Civic Stadium

‘Economic leaks’ are costly — What does Polk County need to do to expand and keep more money flowing locally? Discover an unexplored innovation or facet of the local economy?

PURE MIDWEST: Twitter and Column

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Editorial: Deal for new Detroit hockey arena should come with stipulations – A new stadium will be good for Detroit.

Heated sidewalks a welcome amenity in brutal winter – Snow-melting systems in walkways a costly luxury for some and a practical expense for others

Editorial: How the next 2 weeks will shape Detroit’s future – The next few weeks will largely determine whether the city’s historic bankruptcy proceeds at its current pace, or if Detroit — like other cities that have filed for Chapter 9 — spends years mired in lititgation with funds dwindling and little hope of a speedy resolution in sight.

United Airlines says it will drastically cut flights from its unprofitable Cleveland hub – United Airlines told its employees here today that it will slash around 60 percent of its flights that depart from the city beginning in April in a massive downsizing of what it called its unprofitable Cleveland operation.

Government money doesn’t help promote startups – The study, published this week by the Kauffman Foundation, says that other public-sector initiatives, such as research grants and investment incentives, have little effect on a metropolitan area’s level of entrepreneurial activity.

Decision to keep Barb Johnson as president highlights new Minneapolis council’s dynamics – There was no hint that a battle for the presidency of the Minneapolis City Council had taken place when the newly sworn-in members voted unanimously at their first meeting to retain Barb Johnson as president.

Ex-Chicago Mayor Daley Still in Intensive Care – Richard M. Daley, 71, is undergoing tests to determine the nature of his illness.

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST: Twitter and Column

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City of Midland hires management firm for Currie Municipal Golf Course – With a new golf season brings new changes at Currie Municipal Golf Course. This time, it’s outside help: The City of Midland recently hired Billy Casper Golf to manage Currie.

A rising interest in a dwindling landscape – From its early beginnings, the city of Pflugerville’s foundations can be found rooted in its nutrient-rich black soil.

Vision clears for Imperial Sugar Land development – Two neighborhoods within Imperial Sugar Land—a more than 700-acre mixed-use development surrounding the former Imperial Sugar Factory—have been announced. Several builders are slated to begin construction of 116 patio homes and 27 town homes in 2014.

Key projects taking shape as 2014 begins – Area cities will move ahead in 2014 with plans intended to build or strengthen their identities and economies for years to come.

TxDOT rolls out I-35 mobility plan in Travis County – The projects the Texas Department of Transportation has identified to aid mobility on I-35 in Travis County are meant to be short-term fixes, and area leaders still face the challenge of planning long-term solutions.

Costco, Geico lead 2014 Katy area development – Three weeks before Costco’s scheduled Feb. 6 opening, wooden palettes loomed overhead in tall stacks on the concrete floor of the goliath warehouse

Texas Republicans Vying for Lieutenant Governor Lean Heavily Right – The four rivals in a close primary race for a position that is a powerful behind-the-scenes force are trying hard to appeal to grass-roots conservatives and Tea Party supporters.

CAREER CENTER: 01.28.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Wild and Wacky Grammy’s Remix)

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Bored at Work? Here’s What To Do! Even the most exciting job can go a bit stale after a while, and at first we don’t even notice.

Ten Ways Companies Drive Away Talent – If there’s one word that’s almost certain to appear on every business’s website, that word is talent. Companies of every size love to talk about talent!

The Middle Class Is Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. The post-recession reality is that the customer base for businesses that appeal to the middle class is shrinking as the top tier climbs higher.

At Hilton, job interviews are going digital – The hotel giant says digital video job interviews are saving time and money and are helping it find better workers.

SOCIAL NETWORK: FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterest, and Twitter

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Seahawks players react on Twitter after win – Live reaction from Seahawks players after beating the Broncos

Supply of news is dwindling amid the digital media transformation – Despite the proliferation of new digital news ventures, hard information is becoming more difficult to procure. As a result, consumers may become less informed about broad issues of general interest.

Chrysler, GM, Ford score touchdowns with Super Bowl ads despite crowded field – Automotive companies have been among the biggest spenders during the Super Bowl in recent years and Sunday night’s game was no different as each of the Detroit Three along with Audi, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kia, Toyota and Volkswagen all battled for attention.

20 Twitter Accounts to Follow For the 2014 Winter Olympics – Wondering how to stay informed and entertained during the 2014 Winter Olympics? Here are 20 Twitter accounts to get you started.

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