Today's news -- December 5, 2017

 

 

 

Labor groups denounce "union-busting" bill *

A bill opponents describe as "union-busting" legislation meant to target Florida's public school teachers is back again after facing defeat in the Florida Legislature. Bills such as House Bill 25, by Republican Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood, are being introduced in legislatures across the country. While Plakon claims it will add greater transparency to labor unions, opponents say it's part of a coordinated effort to undermine the voices of public workers. Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, says the bill even further marginalizes women. "I am the largest labor union in the state of Florida," she says. "As a matter of fact, we are the largest labor union in the Southeast, and we represent 75 percent women. This bill is directed at us." Under the bill, any public-sector union -- except those representing firefighters and law-enforcement or corrections officers -- would be automatically decertified if more than 50 percent of the workers they represent don't pay dues to the organization. Last year, the bill passed the full House but died in a Senate committee. Retired teacher and Pinellas County School Board member Joanne Lentino says House Bill 25 is just another way for some lawmakers in Tallahassee to divide and conquer, not realizing their actions will impact families living paycheck to paycheck. "They obviously don't understand that you can't create a law to make everybody join a union, and in the same regard, you can't make a law for people to have less than 50 percent to decertify a union," she explains. "So there is some oxymoron there, I think." Florida is a "right to work" state, and employment is not dependent on joining a union. Statewide, about 10 percent of state workers belong to an organized labor group. House Bill 25 is favored to gain strong support from the Republican-controlled Legislature as the bill already is fast tracked with just one committee stop before it gets voted on by the full House.

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-12-05/livable-wages-working-families/labor-organizations-denounce-union-busting-bill-demanding-workers-pay-for-representation/a60533-1

 

Senate GOP essentially defunds public schools to pay for private ones

https://thinkprogress.org/taxes-schools-public-private-d89e5157d5bf/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a2361ab04d3014f2781d974&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/tax-bills-private-schools-public-schools.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171204&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y (NEA mentioned)

What happens when you bust public sector unions? Nothing good.

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/11/21/happens-bust-teachers-union-nothing-good/?utm_source=cerkl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-11222017&cerkl_id=739099&cerkl_ue=gn0yTs8anzhtPwP92BJYA4qgHtvxcGpagv9WsJZDr1A%3D

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/12/04/nonprofit-quarterly-what-happens-when-you-bust-public-sector-unions-nothing-good/

 

Hillsborough teachers balk at school district offer of $1.8 million in bonuses (Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/Hillsborough-teachers-balk-at-school-district-offer-of-1-8-million-in-bonuses_163267335

 

Negotiations for Brevard teacher raises resume (Dan Bennett quoted)
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/12/04/negotiations-brevard-teacher-raises-resume-but-little-agreement/919392001/

 

Palm Beach school district weighs tax for teacher salaries (Justin Katz quoted)
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-palm-teacher-raise-tax-20171204-story.html

 

Plasencia bill seeks to turn teacher evaluations back to school boards

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/250992-rene-plasencia-bill-seeks-turn-teacher-evaluations-back-school-boards

 

U.S. high school graduation rates rise to new high

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/12/04/u-s-high-school-graduation-rates-rise-to-new-high/?utm_term=.5d69b657c3e5

 

Teacher: We didn’t sign up for this

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/04/teacher-we-didnt-sign-up-for-this/?utm_term=.66eb75c62e16

 

Colorado school board votes to end voucher program

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171204/colorado-school-board-votes-to-end-voucher-program

 

Scott won’t appoint special prosecutor in Latvala case

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/250991-rick-scott-special-prosecutor-latvala

 

Affidavit: Latvala accuser boasted about sabotaging people’s careers

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/250969-affidavit-jack-latvala-accuser

 

Perrin Rogers disputes Senate staffer's claims of trying to “sabotage” her career

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/12/04/perrin-rogers-refutes-senate-staffers-claims-of-trying-to-sabotage-her-career-133017

 

Simpson attacks Latvala for launching "smear campaign" against his aide

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/04/wilton-simpson-breaks-silence-and-attacks-latvala-for-launching-smear-campaign-against-his-aide/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20120417&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

First GOP calls for Latvala resignation surface in Senate over sexual harassment

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/12/05/first-gop-calls-for-latvala-resignation-surface-in-senate-over-sexual-harassment-133627

 

Forget the accusers, Latvala is taking himself down

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/Romano-Forget-the-accusers-Latvala-is-taking-himself-down-_163268516?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

PSC nominee withdraws after state senator accuses him of “vulgar” conduct

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/12/04/psc-nominee-withdraws-after-state-senator-accuses-him-of-groping-her-at-charity-event-132209

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/04/rick-scotts-appointment-for-psc-resigns-after-sexual-misconduct-allegation/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/04/gov-scott-pick-ritch-workman-resigns-after-misconduct-allegation-sen-benacquisto/920862001/

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/scott-psc-appointee-drops-out-after-accusation-benacquisto/nlVhRIugHt41zKCL8vgG6J/

 

House storm proposal includes bolstering evacuations

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171204/house-storm-proposal-includes-bolstering-evacuations

 

500 families displaced by Hurricane Irma still living in Northeast Florida hotels

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-12-04/500-families-displaced-hurricane-irma-still-living-northeast-florida-hotels#.WiXk2F9wI94.twitter

 

Florida growers catching up after delays due to hurricane

https://www.thepacker.com/article/florida-growers-catching-after-delays-due-irma

https://www.agweb.com/article/florida-growers-report-good-quality-despite-irma/

https://www.thepacker.com/article/strong-market-tomatoes-after-irma

 

Puerto Rico business owners seek post-Hurricane Maria success on mainland

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/brinkmann-on-business/os-puerto-rico-hurricane-businesses-20171204-story.html

 

Court rules against insurer on “assignment of benefits”

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171204/court-rules-against-insurer-on-assignment-of-benefits

 

Brown get five years in prison for fraud

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-11-30/former-us-rep-corrine-brown-sentenced-five-years-prison?utm_source=SayfieReview&utm_medium=SayfieReviewWeb&utm_campaign=sayfiereview

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-12-04/corrine-brown-can-keep-federal-pension-while-fighting-conviction-says-taxpayer

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/12/04/corrine-brown-sentenced-to-five-years-in-federal-prison-132164

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/corrine-brown-sentenced.html?ribbon-ad-idx=8&rref=politics&module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Politics&action=click&region=FixedRight&pgtype=article

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/rep-corrine-brown-gets-years-prison-for-charity-scam/ckJa4DIHY3ezl1fEGj45IJ/

http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/former-rep-corrine-brown-to-be-sentenced

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/12/04/former-congresswoman-corrine-brown-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison-in-charity-slush-fund-case/?utm_term=.311e17464cf8

 

Republicans are coming for your benefits

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/opinion/republican-tax-bill-benefits.html?emc=edit_th_20171205&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Governors unite to blast tax bill, but next steps are unclear

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/nyregion/governors-unite-to-blast-tax-bill-but-next-steps-are-unclear.html?emc=edit_th_20171205&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

House conservatives almost topple tax vote

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/04/house-conservatives-tax-plan-206549

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/republicans-tax-plans-corporations.html?referer=https://t.co/IbrDZNMM55?amp=1

 

Rushed tax bill rewards corporate America

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/business/dealbook/tax-bill-corporate-america.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171204&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Senate passes $1.4 trillion tax bill but can’t fund children’s health insurance

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/chip-tax-cuts-republicans

 

Republicans sought to undercut an unfavorable analysis of the tax plan https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/republicans-joint-committee-on-taxation-estimate.html?emc=edit_th_20171205&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Two ugly quotes from Republicans reveal the truth about their tax plan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/12/04/two-ugly-quotes-from-republicans-reveal-the-truth-about-their-tax-plan/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.973548c17753

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/12/04/why-arent-you-paying-the-estate-tax-maybe-because-you-bought-311000-bottles-of-whisky/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e95ab553fecd

 

Senate GOP accidentally killed some of its donors’ favorite tax breaks

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/12/senate-gop-accidentally-killed-all-corporate-tax-deductions.html

 

No wonder millennials hate capitalism

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/opinion/millennials-hate-capitalism.html?emc=edit_th_20171205&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Miami Republican opposes allowing Arctic oil drilling in tax bill

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article188037329.html

 

Can presidents obstruct justice? The latest Trump fight, explained

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/obstruction-of-justice-trump-explained.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

 

Trump adopts Nixon strategy, claims president is above the law

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-feels-walls-closing-in-embraces-argument-that-the-president-cannot-obstruct-justice-ae9c854d80ab/amp/

 

The White House’s latest fallback: Who cares if Trump colluded with Russia?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/the-white-houses-new-russia-defense-who-cares/2017/12/04/e03e05d4-d93f-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html

 

Trump’s lawyer: The president can’t obstruct justice. 13 legal experts: Yes, he can.

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2017/12/4/16733422/fbi-deal-trump-flynn-russia-comey

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/opinion/president-trump-obstruction-justice.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171204&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/04/trumps-lawyer-says-a-president-cant-technically-obstruct-justice-experts-say-thats-fanciful/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.4a5b451983f7

 

Two big holes in Trump lawyer’s explanation of that very unhelpful tweet

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/04/the-2-big-holes-in-trump-lawyer-john-dowds-explanation-of-that-disastrous-tweet/?utm_term=.f2065251d027

 

What is Trump so desperate to cover up?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-we-already-know-about-trump-and-russia-is-bad-enough/2017/12/04/8d2a7de6-d935-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html?utm_term=.f4a62a4d8acb

 

Trump says Clinton repeatedly lied to the FBI. The FBI disagrees.

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-says-hillary-clinton-repeatedly-lied-to-the-fbi-the-fbi-disagrees-3ab6767d1a74/amp/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/fbi-michael-flynn-trump.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171204&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Six Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweets about the FBI that are very awkward now

https://thinkprogress.org/6-sarah-huckabee-sanders-tweets-about-the-fbi-that-are-very-awkward-now-9dbbdad5a145/

 

Director defends FBI after Trump says bureau is in “tatters”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/christopher-wray-fbi-agents.html?emc=edit_th_20171205&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Law enforcement officials warily eye White House as Trump criticizes FBI

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/law-enforcement-officials-warily-eye-white-house-as-trump-criticizes-fbi/2017/12/04/371e9ea6-d939-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html?utm_term=.82cee0dd5384

 

Trump's personal banking information handed over to Mueller

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/05/donald-trump-bank-records-handed-over-robert-mueller?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=255375&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-05/deutsche-bank-is-said-to-have-received-subpoena-on-client-trump

 

McFarland’s testimony about Russia contacts is questioned

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/kt-mcfarland-flynn-russia-emails-congressional-testimony.html?emc=edit_th_20171205&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Mueller: Manafort trying to “violate a court order” while under house arrest

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/12/4/16735648/mueller-manafort-russia-investigation

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/04/politics/manafort-bail-russian-intelligence/index.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-12-04/manafort-and-russian-colleague-ghostwrote-editorial-u-s-says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/manafort-russia-special-counsel-investigation.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171204&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/prosecutors-say-longtime-manafort-colleague-has-ties-to-russian-intelligence/2017/12/04/201ae098-d93e-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html?utm_term=.56dc392baa96

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/04/manafort-russia-prosecutors-oped-278786

 

Mueller is moving quickly compared to past special counsel investigations

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/mueller-is-moving-quickly-compared-to-past-special-counsel-investigations/?ex_cid=story-twitter

 

Mueller’s facts and Trump’s make-believe

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/opinion/trump-mueller-facts.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171205&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Democrats question GOP commitment to Senate's Russia inquiry

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/04/senate-russia-probe-democrats-republicans-279928

 

Don’t prosecute Trump. Impeach him.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/opinion/trump-impeach-constitution.html?emc=edit_th_20171205&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump’s Florida friend Ruddy bashes Mueller investigation

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/04/trumps-florida-friend-chris-ruddy-bashes-robert-mueller-investigation/?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Daily%20Buzz%20on%20Florida%20Politics%20-%20120417&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

10 reasons to revive the 1968 poor people’s campaign

https://www.thenation.com/article/10-reasons-to-revive-the-1968-poor-peoples-campaign/

 

Trump wants restaurant workers to share tips. They fear bosses will snatch them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/04/the-trump-administration-wants-workers-to-share-tips-opponents-fear-their-bosses-will-snatch-them/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.45adcb06660f

 

With shutdown looming, conservatives try pushing back the next spending deadline

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-congressional-leaders-set-to-meet-with-shutdown-looming/2017/12/04/c84f4608-d91d-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.30fe459017f3

 

Supreme Court allows Trump travel ban to take effect

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/trump-travel-ban-supreme-court.html?emc=edit_th_20171205&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-allows-full-enforcement-of-trump-travel-ban-while-legal-challenges-continue/2017/12/04/486549c0-d5fc-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.c7f064d20929

 

Border arrests plunge, deportation arrests soar

https://apnews.com/3252d88390ed4ddea736b4a85a0b78a9/APNewsBreak:-Border-arrests-plunge,-deportation-arrests-soar

 

ICE tracks down immigrant who spoke to media

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/ice-tracks-down-immigrant-who-spoke-to-media-in-sw-washington-you-are-the-one-from-the-newspaper/

 

Republican congressman introduces bill to penalize immigrant-friendly lawmakers

https://thinkprogress.org/todd-rokita-immigration-bill-b7660b98c59e/amp/

 

Cornyn rules out DACA fix, setting up government shutdown fight

https://thinkprogress.org/cornyn-senate-daca-fix-spending-bill-1a7fb892da3c/

 

As “Dreamers” protested outside Rubio’s office, a Border Patrol truck showed up

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article188054014.html

 

Net neutrality: AT&T case could let telecoms slow internet speeds at will

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/net-neutrality-att-court-case-could-let-telecoms-slow-internet-speeds-will-2622642?amp=1

 

Trump announces the largest national monument reduction in history

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/trump-bears-ears.html?emc=edit_th_20171205&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-announces-national-monument-reduction-bears-ears-grand-staircase-escalante-5c00767330ce/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-scales-back-two-huge-national-monuments-in-utah-drawing-praise-and-protests/2017/12/04/758c85c6-d908-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html?utm_term=.f8e6f6c3142a

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-monuments-utah-activists-8d07ff8e9214/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5a26985304d30143bb762e8f&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

 

Elite terrorist interrogation team withers under Trump

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/05/elite-terrorist-interrogation-trump-279930

 

State Department warns of violence ahead of Trump Jerusalem decision

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/04/trump-israel-jerusalem-violence-279735

 

Arab warnings mount as U.S. suggests shift to name Jerusalem as Israeli capital

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/arab-warnings-mount-as-us-suggests-shift-to-name-jerusalem-as-israeli-capital/2017/12/04/4540df3e-d8ef-11e7-8e5f-ccc94e22b133_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e546d4c7a77c

 

France warns Trump over plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/macron-trump-jerusalem-israel.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171204&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Trump always lashes out when he’s cornered. He told me so years ago.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/12/04/trump-always-lashes-out-when-hes-cornered-he-told-me-so-years-ago/?utm_term=.d35f317c787a

 

Trump may face a reckoning in case brought by female accuser

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-may-face-a-reckoning-in-case-brought-by-female-accuser/2017/12/04/dd8f783a-d39b-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.407e5ed57434

 

Trump accuser: We’re forgotten by those who “put party above all else”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-accuser-were-forgotten-by-those-who-put-party-above-all-else

 

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