Today's news -- March 3, 2017

 

 

 

For real education reform, listen (by Scott Mazur)
For too long public school educators have been dictated to by policymakers with little to no formal educational or practical experience in the classroom. When legislative mandates yield unsatisfactory results, they blame teachers for poor policies teachers did not support or help craft. When policymakers diminish the pool of viable teachers by forcing highly effective educators out of the field because they "were not a good fit" or overburdened with policy and procedure which keep them from meeting their students' needs, they shifted blame to districts and administrators. This system of self-fulfilling prophecies has kicked the door down for an expansion of charters and vouchers. Some naively see these as magic bullets for public education, when in fact, they are simply "smoke and mirrors" to deflect attention from a lack of true, positive funding and reform of public education. Look at Jefferson County to see the impact of stagnant wages, principal turnover and generational poverty. Real reform is not about addressing symptoms but dealing with the source. Public education is about assessing the needs of the student, parents, and community and collaborating to create an environment which allows the student to maximize their potential so they become a productive participant in our democracy and society. The deterioration of public education is directly related to the undermining of the classroom teacher, marginalization of the profession, and lack of cooperation between educators, administrators and policymakers. Until this toxic level of distrust is addressed, real change will not occur. The Legislature's removal of due process and creation of annual contract teachers was as misguided as the Best and Brightest Scholarship. The Legislature believes via their policies that paying teachers a $10,000 bonus for a test score taken in high school is OK, but giving those same teachers stability in their jobs based on performance is not acceptable. There are many more examples of the cognitive disconnect between policies and desired results, because public education is not a business. The primary function of public education is not about creating consumers or economic growth. Instead, it is about harnessing the potential power of our democracy to make a more fair and just society. Yes, standards should be high. Yes, every student deserves the greatest teacher. Yes, we should have an accountability mechanism. Moreover, yes, we should start listening to educators about what they need to meet the needs of their students. The Florida Constitution requires policymakers to provide a uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high-quality public education system. It is time for policymakers to demonstrate to the children and voters of Florida that they are ready to meet their constitutional obligation. Let’s ask our public school teachers and listen to their needs. Let’s ask all stakeholders and listen as well. The Leon Classroom Teachers Association is ready and willing to be a part of the solution. LCTA would like to invite conservatives, liberals, progressives, business owners, parents, community leaders and those who sincerely care about students and public education to join LCTA in our goal to give all students a quality public education experience.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2017/03/01/mazur-real-education-reform-listen/98575060/

 

An education checklist for the 2017 session

Florida spends 51 percent of all the tax revenue it collects on education -- which, if you ask folks in the education world, is a blessing and a curse when it comes to the Legislature. The amount of money spent commands the lawmakers' attention, and that's the level of interest that education deserves. The curse: Sometimes that attention leads to the kind of ill-advised tinkering that ends up wasting everyone's time and energy. Going into the 2017 legislative session, though, it feels like the good kind of attention has prevailed so far, with a number of substantive proposals worthy of debate. In the Florida Senate, President Joe Negron declared early on that his top priority this session will be to start the process of making "our good universities great" by elevating them to "national elite destination universities" like the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina. The vessel for that goal is Senate Bill 2, which would significantly sweeten scholarship programs like Bright Futures, bolster efforts to recruit world-class faculty, and improve certain graduate programs, among other measures. The bill also would push the system to get students through their studies "on time" in four years, thereby minimizing their college costs and getting them into the workforce faster. As for K-12 schools, leaders in both chambers say they have heard the growing calls to tame state testing and are pushing major changes to two pillars of Florida's accountability system that have been around for years. "Maybe we've taken a good thing too far, and now it is time to bring some common sense to it," Sen. Tom Lee, a Brandon Republican and former Senate president, told a gathering of school superintendents earlier this year. Two proposals (SB 926 and HB 773) would push state tests for English language arts and math to the last three weeks of the school year, addressing a long-standing complaint that Florida's springtime testing regimen begins too early and takes too much time from classes. The bills also would require the state Department of Education to investigate the possibility of allowing high school students to meet the graduation requirement by taking the SAT or ACT rather than the state's 10th grade test. Another pair of bills (HB 131 and SB 1280) would remove the requirement that third-graders who perform poorly on the state's English language arts test be held back from fourth grade.  http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/an-education-checklist-for-the-2017-session-raise-up-floridas-universities/2314840

 

Lawmakers propose revisions to Best and Brightest

Two powerful Florida state senators have filed bills this week to revamp the controversial Best and Brightest teacher bonus that lawmakers created two years ago. Both Senate Education Appropriations chairman David Simmons and Agriculture chairman Keith Perry have called for changing the criteria by which educators could qualify for the added annual pay bump, which in the past has been based on getting a "highly effective" evaluation and having a high enough SAT or ACT score. Under Simmons' bill [SB 1460], could substitute for the college entry test score a cumulative university grade point average of 3.5 or better, a Florida certification subject area test score in the top 10 percent, or even an agreement to teach at a D- or F-rated Florida school the following year. Perry's measure [SB 1410] would lower the level a teacher would have had to earned on the SAT or ACT, and add several other tests that could be considered including the GRE and LSAT. Both proposals would also make school administrators eligible for the bonus. These ideas come amid a growing movement to find better ways to recruit and retain teachers to Florida's schools, which have faced an increasing shortage of qualified applicants. Educators have complained that the original Best and Brightest model did not adequately identify and reward excellent teaching, and it did little to attract people into the profession.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-lawmakers-propose-revisions-to-best-and-brightest-teacher-bonus/2315126

 

St. Johns plans on expanding diversity recruitment efforts (Michelle Dillon quoted)

http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2017-03-02/school-district-plans-expanding-diversity-recruitment-efforts

 

Teacher pay raises to be discussed in Manatee
http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local/teacher-pay-raises-to-be-discussed-in-manatee-county/article_66ea96ae-ff81-11e6-ac92-132b52ebce27.html

 

Pasco district will let students read when done with state tests

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-school-district-will-let-students-read-when-done-with-state/2315080

 

Pinellas “transformation zone” schools showing signs of progress, officials say

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/pinellas-transformation-zone-schools-showing-signs-of-progress-officials/2315179

 

Florida needs teachers, but high schoolers aren’t interested

http://watchdog.org/289991/florida-needs-teachers-but-high-schoolers-arent-interested/

 

Union, school board at impasse over retro pay in Santa Rosa
http://news.gulfbreezenews.com/news/2017-03-02/School/Teachers_union_School_Board_at_impasse_over_retro_.html

 

Trump to highlight vouchers program at Orlando school President Trump will call the nation’s attention to one of Florida’s most controversial school choice policies for the second time this week during a planned visit to a Catholic school in Orlando today. During Trump's speech to Congress earlier this week, he urged lawmakers "to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth" without giving further details. But his national program could be modeled on Florida’s long-running tax credit scholarship program, which was created in 2001 to help low-income families pay for private schools. Under the program, corporations get 100 percent tax credits for donations that fund private school scholarships for poor children. The amount of tax credits the state will offer this fiscal year is capped at about $560 million, and nearly 98,000 students currently attend private schools using the scholarships. Trump will see the program in action firsthand today when he tours St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, which enrolls 330 students in pre-K through 8th grade. Nearly all — 291 — of the students are recipients of tax credit scholarships that help cover the $6,000 tuition bill, according to Step Up For Students. He's also taking part in in a "parent-teacher conference listening session." Gov. Rick Scott will join Trump for the event. Florida’s program, however, has been beset by legal challenges led by traditional public education advocates. Affiliated national groups say they will fight any proposals to introduce such plans on the federal level. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said Trump and DeVos have “demonstrated … an antipathy toward public schools” in favor of private alternatives. Weingarten said the president should visit a public school, specifically Evans Community School, an Orange County high school that offers a variety of social services to students and families such as health and dental care, free meals and after-school programs. The school is operated by the district in partnership with the University of Central Florida and the Children’s Home Society of Florida. Unions have pushed the community schools model as a strategy for helping impoverished students succeed in traditional public schools. Instead, Trump will use a religious school “as a backdrop for [his and DeVos’] ideological crusade," Weingarten said. “Trump is in Florida to push school choice and a backdoor voucher proposal as a way to turn education into a commodity,” she said. The Florida Education Association, a statewide teachers’ union and affiliate of both AFT and the National Education Association, has argued the state's tax credit scholarship program creates an unconstitutional parallel and inferior system of public education, siphons resources from the traditional public schools that serve the most disadvantaged students and violates the separation of church and state. The union also objects that private schools accepting the scholarships are not held to the same accountability standards as public schools.  “It makes more sense to put precious resources into making our public schools as great as they can be,” FEA President Joanne McCall said Thursday. FEA led the fight against the scholarships all the way to the state Supreme Court, which earlier this year declined to hear the lawsuit. The union and its co-plaintiffs, including the Florida chapter of the NAACP, weren’t able to argue their case in court, though. Both trial and appeals courts have deemed the plaintiffs lack standing as taxpayers to challenge the law, because would-be revenue forfeited through a tax credit is never collected or appropriated by the state. Throughout the legal process, FEA and its allies have made themselves targets for the ire of conservative politicians in a right-to-work state already hostile to labor causes.

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/trump-highlights-floridas-controversial-vouchers-in-speech-school-visit-110028

https://apnews.com/1d430d5ef5eb41bfa88977251016b4aa/Trump-to-visit-private-school-to-promote-school-choice

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-trump-orlando-saint-andrew-catholic-family-20170302-story.html

http://www.wftv.com/news/local/a-family-divided-over-trump-visit-to-pine-hills-catholic-school/499164759

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-trump-visit-advance-20170302-story.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SentinelSchoolZone+%28Sentinel+School+Zone%29

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/trump-returns-to-florida-today-for-school-visit-mar-a-lago/2315152

 

Arizona shows what can go wrong with tax credit vouchers

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/upshot/arizona-shows-what-can-go-wrong-with-tax-credit-vouchers.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170302&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Bush encourages virtual and charter schools during Missouri Capitol visit

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/jeb-bush-encourages-virtual-and-charter-schools-during-capitol-visit/article_705bf602-ff80-11e6-a7a8-8b10e5118f03.html

 

Are charter schools the second coming of Enron?

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2924886#.WLhJ6pBriy4.twitter

 

Kansas Supreme Court says state education spending is too low

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/kansas-supreme-court-school-spending.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170302&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Report: Florida is No. 1 state for higher education

https://apnews.com/68d3488f09ed48bcb5f88ff8d92a2c99/Report:-Florida-is-number-1-state-for-higher-education

 

FSU gets high marks for black graduation rate

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/03/02/fsu-gets-high-marks-black-graduation-rate/98631982/

 

Palm Beach State College opens new fifth campus

http://gotowncrier.com/2017/03/palm-beach-state-opens-new-campus/

 

DeVos’ power over black colleges

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/opinion/betsy-devoss-power-over-black-colleges.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170303&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=11&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Scott to invoke Trump in Florida House leadership fight

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/at-rnc-fundraiser-scott-to-enter-trump-into-messaging-war-with-house-110046

 

House bill to kill Enterprise Florida includes cuts to other development funds

http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/03/house-bill-quietly-takes-aim-at-300m-in-economic-development-funding-110013

 

Scott calls out Miami-Dade Republicans who want to eliminate Enterprise Florida

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/03/scott-calls-out-by-name-miami-dade-republicans-who-want-to-eliminate-enterprise-florida.html

 

The battle over Florida's free market

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/the-battle-over-floridas-free-market/2314845

 

Combative new Florida House speaker vows contentious session

https://apnews.com/923fae19736748088e91f6bdb723a691/Combative-new-Florida-House-speaker-vows-contentious-session

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/heres-how-richard-corcoran-stormed-floridas-capital-and-made-some-people/2315176 (FEA mentioned)

 

Corcoran brings incentives debate to Sarasota on eve of session

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170302/corcoran-brings-incentives-debate-to-sarasota-on-eve-of-session

 

A guide to the session players of 2017

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/03/02/guide-session-players-2017/98601598/

 

Welcome back to the lamest show on earth

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/romano-welcome-back-to-the-lamest-show-on-earth/2314850

 

State Supreme Court upholds ban on openly carrying guns

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/03/02/justices-uphold-ban-on-open-carry-guns/

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233094-court-upholds-ban-guns

 

Representative aims to clarify when cops should seize guns

http://news.wfsu.org/post/fl-rep-aims-clarify-when-cops-should-seize-guns

 

Lawmakers consider making Secretary of State an elected position again

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233118-lawmakers-consider-making-secretary-state-elected-position

 

Florida reports three Zika cases in Miami as CDC says virus increased birth defects

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article136092123.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/02/zika-birth-defects-cdc-central-nervous-system

http://www.pantagraph.com/lifestyles/zika-it-hasn-t-gone-away-but-some-travelers-are/article_2b7146c7-06c4-50fe-a192-6c98dfcb31d6.html

 

Abortion bill is a thinly veiled attempt to intimidate doctors

https://www.bustle.com/p/this-florida-abortion-bill-is-a-thinly-veiled-attempt-to-intimidate-doctors-41785

 

Coalition seeks full funding for affordable housing in state budget

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/233104-sadowski-coalition

 

Should logging be allowed in Myakka River State Park?

http://www.wmnf.org/logging-myakka-river-state-park/

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170302/meeting-on-myakka-river-state-park-gets-heated?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_NL&utm_content=INKA_SHT

 

Tree harvesting, cattle grazing at Savannas Preserve State Park?

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-lagoon/health/2017/03/01/tree-harvesting-cattle-grazing-savannas-preserve-state-park/98590636/

 

Sessions will recuse himself from any probe related to campaign

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/top-gop-lawmaker-calls-on-sessions-to-recuse-himself-from-russia-investigation/2017/03/02/148c07ac-ff46-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.eeb4158a0fc1&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/russia-sessions-attorney-general.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/02/us/politics/sessions-russia-timeline.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Sessions had no choice

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/opinion/jeff-sessions-had-no-choice.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170303&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=0&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/jeff-sessions-violated-his-oath.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170303&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Sessions’ recusal can’t be the end of the story

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sessionss-recusal-cant-be-the-end-of-the-story/2017/03/02/3b69b6c6-ff73-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.9e6e72e9d1d4&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Sessions has a big problem. And that’s just the beginning.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/03/02/jeff-sessions-must-recuse-himself-but-thats-just-the-start/?utm_term=.c13f22a0944a&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Trump has “total” confidence in Sessions amid calls for resignation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/02/trump-has-total-confidence-in-jeff-sessions-amid-calls-for-attorney-generals-resignation/?utm_term=.181509a5b6a1&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-nearly-indestructible-bond-between-jeff-sessions-and-donald-trump/2017/03/02/53aa4af8-ff59-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.3306e137be68&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Sticking with Trump, Republicans resist call for broader Russian inquiry

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/pelosi-schumer-ryan-sessions.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=9&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Sessions’ puzzling news conference

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/02/jeff-sessionss-puzzling-press-conference/?utm_term=.066784f794fa&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Sessions needs to go

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/opinion/jeff-sessions-needs-to-go.html?ref=opinion

https://www.thenation.com/article/jeff-sessions-is-a-disgrace-to-the-justice-department/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/02/jeff-sessions-is-in-deep-trouble-bigly/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.a5d9ef7b4077

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/02/jeff-sessions-resign-perjury-russia-donald-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215842&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Wasserman-Schultz, Crist, Castor say Sessions should resign

http://www.cltampa.com/news-views/politics/article/20853771/charlie-crist-debbie-wasserman-schultz-among-growing-chorus-calling-on-sessions-to-step-down-in-wake-of-russia-revelations

http://saintpetersblog.com/charlie-crist-calls-jeff-sessions-resign-reports-meeting-russian-ambassador-surface/

http://saintpetersblog.com/kathy-castor-says-jeff-sessions-resign/

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/some-florida-members-of-congress-call-for-sessions-to-recuse-himself-or/2315111

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-alcee-hastings-jeff-sessions-resign-20170302-story.html

 

Kushner and Flynn met with Russian envoy in December, White House says

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/kushner-flynn-sessions-russia.html?utm_source=All+Poynter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=344e92fcbd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5372046825-344e92fcbd-196862717

 

Former Trump adviser also met with Russian envoy

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/carter-page-russian-ambassador-meeting-235626

 

The Trump presidency can’t seem to escape Russia’s shadow

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-trump-presidency-cant-seem-to-shake-russias-shadow/2017/03/02/7661fa08-ff74-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.1fd8df97df12&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Who is the Russian ambassador rattling Trump's presidency?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/03/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador-profile-donald-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215842&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/world/europe/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador-profile-235625

 

Sessions and the Trump administration’s never-ending amateur hour

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/02/the-jeff-sessions-saga-proves-the-trump-administration-is-amateur-hour-at-best/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.e6384c42a377

 

The GOP’s protective wall around Trump is beginning to crumble

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/02/the-gops-protective-wall-around-trump-is-beginning-to-crumble/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.431855b1ff19

 

Trump’s many shades of contempt

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/trumps-many-shades-of-contempt.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170303&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

House leaders forge ahead with health bills, hoping to bulldoze strife

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-leaders-forge-ahead-with-health-bills-hoping-to-bulldoze-internal-strife/2017/03/02/17790e38-ff50-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.9be2cc215c21&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Ryan’s feeling confident about repeal-and-replace. McConnell not so much.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/paul-ryans-feeling-confident-about-repeal-and-replace-mcconnell-not-so-much/2017/03/02/d931b26a-ff59-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.368aed65f3f1&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/house-leaders-obamacare-repeal-pass-month-235623

 

GOP senator: For many voters, Obamacare is “a subset” of the Affordable Care Act

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/02/key-gop-senator-obamacare-is-a-subset-of-the-affordable-care-act/?utm_term=.62e3034929e8&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

GOP accused of playing “hide-and-seek” with Obamacare replacement bill

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/obamacare-aca-repeal-replace.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=1&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/rand-paul-blocked-gop-obamacare-bill-235613

 

Trump’s health insurance proposal would start a race to the bottom

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-health-insurance-plan-would-start-a-race-to-the-bottom/2017/03/02/ad6e2466-ff8f-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.4287d1a8b6f3&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

The GOP’s wrong answers on health care

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-wrong-answers-on-health-care/2017/03/02/8680f0ea-fd37-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.6266bc0074bc&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

At Obamacare rally in Miami, activists call on Congress to preserve health law

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article136036558.html

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/public-and-childrens-hospitals-urge-members-of-congress-to-push-for-an/2315119

 

Republicans already think Obamacare repeal is a nightmare

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/02/republicans-already-think-obamacare-repeal-is-a-nightmare-its-about-to-get-worse/?utm_term=.03d859e46d62&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

Matt Gaetz: Insurer transparency needed in ACA overhaul

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/02/gaetz-obamacare-affordable-care-act-insurance-transparency-needed-aca-overhaul/98587946/

 

Welcome refugees, churches say in a public challenge to Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/churches-welcome-refugees-trump.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=12&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Dreamer arrested after speaking to media will be deported without hearing

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dreamer-deportation-daniela-vargas_us_58b8920fe4b0d2821b4cc632?oakr09x07hu5mnp14i&&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Morning%20Email%20030317&utm_content=The%20Morning%20Email%20030317+CID_21c73f27787aee22e09fe6fb09d632bf&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=HuffPost&

 

In cooperating, Miami-Dade folded to Trump’s “blackmailing,” judge hears

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article136044313.html

 

A “sanctuary city” seizes the moment, and the name

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/a-sanctuary-city-seizes-the-moment-and-the-name.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170303&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Democrats dismiss Trump's immigration reform talk

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-immigration-democrats-235588

 

After a wave of bomb threats, Homeland Security offers help to Jewish centers

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article135928998.html

 

Florida reps to Trump: Get tougher on anti-Semitism

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/florida-reps-to-trump-get-tougher-on-anti-semitism/2315075

 

Jewish donors boost fundraising effort after Thonotosassa mosque arson

http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/jewish-donors-boost-fundraising-effort-after-thonotosassa-mosque-arson/2315128?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

Across the country, a Republican push to rein in protesters

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/when-does-protest-cross-a-line-some-states-aim-to-toughen-laws.html?emc=edit_th_20170303&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump’s latest fear-mongering media lie
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/03/02/president-trumps-latest-greatest-fear-mongering-media-lie/?utm_term=.0bcdd63f3575&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/goodbye-spin-hello-raw-dishonesty.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170303&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

A great new accidental renaissance

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/a-great-new-accidental-renaissance.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170303&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=5&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Touring warship, Trump pushes plan to expand military

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/trump-navy-warship-military-spending.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=3&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/02/trump-to-travels-to-newport-news-to-rally-support-for-boosting-military-spending/?utm_term=.6c0081def5dd&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump may give the Pentagon more authority to conduct raids

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/world/middleeast/airstrikes-are-said-to-target-al-qaeda-in-yemen.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Military expects more shopping money, if not all Trump seeks

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/business/trump-pentagon-budget.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=2&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Throwing more money at the military won’t make it stronger

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/throwing-more-money-at-the-military-wont-make-it-stronger/2017/03/02/74716c22-ff99-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.639bc49743f8&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Under Trump, an already depleted IRS could face deep cuts

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/trump-mnuchin-irs.html?emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Top Trump advisers are split on Paris Agreement on climate change

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/climate-change-trump.html?_r=0

 

Trump’s war on science

https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trumps-war-on-science/

 

Five Trump Cabinet members who’ve made false statements to Congress

https://www.propublica.org/article/five-trump-cabinet-members-made-false-statements-to-congress

 

Trump’s FCC chair is already gutting public-interest regulations

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-net-neutrality-hating-fcc-chair-is-already-gutting-public-interest-regulations/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

 

Public lands in private hands?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/public-lands-in-private-hands.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170303&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=9&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Carson is confirmed as HUD secretary

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/ben-carson-housing-urban-development.html?smid=tw-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur

http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/02/palm-beach-gardens-man-ben-carson-confirmed-as-hud-secretary/

 

Senate votes to confirm Perry as energy secretary

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/02/senate-votes-to-confirm-former-texas-governor-rick-perry-as-energy-secretary/?utm_term=.923d111d4c62&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/senate-confirms-rick-perry-as-energy-secretary.html?emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

McMaster was rebuked in 2015 over handling of officers accused of sexual assault

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/h-r-mcmaster-national-security-adviser.html?emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

White House pushing back against Mattis appointment

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/jim-mattis-appointment-white-house-pushback-anne-patterson-235633

 

Rubio chides Tillerson over absence on Human Rights Report's launch

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/marco-rubio-rex-tillerson-human-rights-report-state-department-235635

 

How Trump’s post-election stock surge compares with other presidents

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/02/how-trumps-post-election-stock-surge-compares-with-other-presidents-and-other-surges/?utm_term=.328b7bd35ebc&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump courts donors with eye on 2020

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-donors-2020-235632

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt--politics/trump-speak-republican-donors-during-weekend-visit-palm-beach/lDBQCkK2rgHAKRjm7YZNPM/

 

Pence used his AOL email for state business as governor – and was hacked

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/02/mike-pence-personal-email-hacked-aol-governor?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=215842&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/02/pence-used-personal-email-state-business----and-hacked/98604904/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/mike-pence-used-private-email-as-governor-news-report-says.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_cn_20170303&nl=first-draft&nl_art=6&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/02/hackers-accessed-a-private-email-account-vice-president-pence-used-for-official-business-as-indiana-governor/?utm_term=.12fb9ac9bf87&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

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