Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 6.14.11

Lawmakers without degrees, Wilshire bus lanes, how is HuffPost actually doing, returning to Dodger Stadium and more.

Politics and politicos

Budget wrangling in Sacramento, facing a Wednesday deadline for lawmakers to lose their own pay. Bee, LAT

Speaker John A. Perez and six other California legislators lack college degrees. Our state legislature has the most lawmakers with a degree (by percentage) of any in the country. California Watch

The City Council is expected to take up the question of a dedicated rush hour bus lane on Wilshire Boulevard today. The Source

President Obama suggested that New York Rep. Anthony Weiner should resign from Congress. LAT

Michelle Obama's swing through Southern California. LAT, SGV Tribune

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the way she would build consensus while a leader in the Arizona legislature: "I’d get everybody together and cook Mexican food, and we’d sit around outside and eat Mexican food, and drink beer, and make friends with each other. That worked." Zocalo

Media and media people

Editor Roy Sekoff is indispensable to Arianna Huffington, writes her columns and takes dozens of phone calls from her daily, an anonymous former insider claims. Business Insider
Plus: Huffington denies that traffic is down at her sites, despite a purported insider's memo that says the Huffington Post is losing its focus. The Wrap
And: That anonymous memo says "The editorial team is miserable and views Arianna as unpredictable and her leadership unsteady. Several editors are racing to close book deals to be write the “Devil Wear’s Prada” of the digital age. Others are aggressively pitching unflattering profiles to New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, and the LA Times." Business Insider


Frank McCourt will be able to make Wednesday's Dodger payroll, but owes $30 million on the June 30 payroll and has "no chance" of coming up with it, according to one source of Bill Shaikin's. Meanwhile, lawyers for Frank and Jamie McCourt negotiated Tuesday on a divorce settlement. LAT

KTLA anchor Frank Buckley returned to Dodger Stadium with his boys and friends, including the author Jesse Katz, and blogs that it's time to come back to the stadium. KTLA

The FBI is investigating alleged abuse of a county jail inmate after an ACLU monitor said she saw two deputies beat and Taser the inmate as he lay limp. LAT

David Mamet, writing and directing an HBO movie about Phil Spector, says he was railroaded because of his fame and should not be in jail. LA Weekly

Los Angeles - urban and suburban both in hybrid mixture - "is the kind of hometown a lot of American's desire," says D.J. Waldie. SoCal Focus

A Goodyear blimp caught fire and crashed in central Germany, killing the pilot. AP

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