Today's news -- May 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

Legislature fails to get budget, must extend session *

The Republican-dominated Legislature will need extra time to finish work on the state budget for the second time in three years, as lawmakers ended Tuesday with no agreement on an $83 billion spending plan for the year beginning July 1. Negotiations between House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Senate President Joe Negron and their budget chiefs failed to work out a final deal that would allow the annual legislative session to end Friday, as scheduled. Because of a constitutionally required 72-hour “cooling off” period, an agreement on the budget needed to be finished Tuesday for the session to wrap up on time. Instead, Negron stood on the Senate floor around 6:30 p.m. and conceded what had become increasingly clear: The House and Senate would miss the deadline. “We will definitely not complete the budget work prior to the end of Friday,” said Negron, R-Stuart. “So we’ll continue to work diligently. … I think given the current schedule, it’s improbable we’d be able to finish before Friday.” Instead, legislative leaders will now try to work out a deal by Friday at the latest, which would allow the budget to be voted on as soon as Monday. It seemed unlikely that lawmakers would meet over the weekend, when Florida State University is scheduled to hold its graduation ceremonies and fill up hotel rooms across Tallahassee. Negron’s concession came less than a week after lawmakers had confidently predicted that they would be able to hammer out differences in their competing versions of the budget despite a tight timeline for negotiations. Indeed, Corcoran had dismissed reporters’ questions on the process Thursday by implying that reporters were upset that they were wrong about the potential need for a special or extended session to finish the budget. “I know all of you wrote that it was going to be a train-wreck, we’re going to go into 18 special sessions, we’re never going to get done, but now that we have come together, we’ve worked out our differences and now we’re having a conference, I think it’s going to be a spectacular session,” Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, said at the time. “There’ll be no crashes, despite your reporting, and I think it’s going to be a good day for the state of Florida.” Corcoran told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he believed there was a 90 percent chance that the budget would be done on time. But the obstacles to a final deal apparently proved to be too much. Negron blamed “the number of issues that we were confronted with,” from his own plans for higher education funding and a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to Corcoran’s push for extra money for charter schools and teacher bonuses to what little lawmakers did to accommodate Gov. Rick Scott’s agenda. Corcoran and Negron stepped in to take over the negotiations Sunday afternoon following talks between their respective budget chairs. But there have been no public meetings since then. The final stumbling block appeared to be over how to distribute $651 million in Medicaid cuts to hospitals. The House and the Senate have different formulas for how to hand out those reductions.

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/florida-legislature-fails-get-budget-time-must-extend-session/1BJ4WMlKrAnSe9RIaGcIgL/?ecmp=newspaper_email&user-access=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpYXQiOjE0OTM3NTUyMDAsImV4cCI6MTQ5Mzg3MDM5OSwicHJvZHVjdHMiOlt7InBpZCI6Ind3dy5teXBhbG1iZWFjaHBvc3QuY29tIiwiZXhwIjoxNDkzODcwMzk5LCJhdXRoZW4iOiJieXBhc3MifV19.UvArQVRhxynOZWrnQPpB_VPg8bZO9kX-2urDtFAsSwQ&uuid=FEA48C6A-5EE4-4B9B-8AEF-47B755B9127B

Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon of Miami Gardens said Democrats are ready to stay in Tallahassee. "All my members have been prepared for summer, for special session. That's not a threat to us," Braynon said. "If it's a terrible bill, terrible budget, we're willing to stay."

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/legislature-cant-agree-how-to-spend-83-billion-so-session-goes-to-overtime/2322484

http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/02/florida-legislative-leaders-consider-extending-session-one-day/101197760/

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/whys-the-budget-in-a-stalemate-hospital-cuts/2322457

 

Hmmm … does budget proposal boost – or cut – student funding?

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/237322-hmmm-budget-proposal-boost-cut-student-funding

 

Pasco School Board approves raises, sends deal to employees (Kenny Blankenship quoted)
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-county-school-board-approves-raises-sends-deal-to-employees/2322394

 

Sarasota School Board bans smoking on school property (Pat Gardner quoted)
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170502/sarasota-county-school-board-bans-smoking-on-school-property

 

Ban school books? Don't make it any easier

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/os-ed-offensive-books-not-a-problem-in-seminole-myword-20170501-story.html

 

Back to business as usual for Fresen

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2017/05/back-to-business-as-usual-for-erik-fresen.html

 

Charter schools and vouchers not a solution for Australian schooling

http://theconversation.com/charter-schools-and-vouchers-not-a-solution-for-australian-schooling-76937?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

 

Teachers unionize at California schools led by Rhee

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/05/03/teachers-unionize-schools-rhee/101219020/

 

Polk State College down to six finalists in its presidential search

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170501/polk-state-college-down-to-6-finalists-in-its-presidential-search

 

House rejects letting local officials meet secretly

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/the-public-won-8212-florida-house-rejects-letting-local-officials-meet/2322474

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/05/02/byron-donalds-florida-house-sunshine-law/101214670/

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/237262-house-florida-open-meeting

 

A rare victory for open government

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-a-rare-victory-for-open-government/2322468

http://www.heraldtribune.com/opinion/20170502/editorial-voters-protected-sunshine-law

 

Voters in 2018 will decide new property tax break

https://apnews.com/6cf48f523bd741faa124bb2fb7cb6c5d/Florida-voters-in-2018-will-decide-new-property-tax-break

 

Higher homestead exemption will pit voters against the cities where they live

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article148190004.html

 

A preposterous political parable

http://staugustine.com/opinion/2017-05-03/editorial-preposterous-political-parable

 

Scott to rail against GOP Legislature in state tour

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170502/gov-scott-to-rail-against-gop-legislature-in-state-tour

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/05/02/gov-rick-scott-visit-pensacola-week/101210872/

 

Citizens CEO's salary soared as state insurer shed policies

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/ceos-salary-soared-as-citizens-shed-policies/2322387?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20BUZZ%20-%20050217&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

State drinking water ranks among nation’s worst, study finds

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article148112799.html

 

Republicans try again to let employers offer comp for overtime

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-02/republicans-try-again-to-let-employers-offer-comp-for-overtime

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2017/05/02/house-republicans-just-voted-to-change-overtime-rules-for-workers/?utm_term=.0fe94af961ca&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Mammoth tax cut could be worth $1.5 billion to Trump’s wealthy Cabinet

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/02/this-mammoth-tax-cut-could-save-trumps-wealthy-cabinet-1-5-billion/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.695007a72764

 

Escaping poverty requires almost 20 years with nearly nothing going wrong

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/04/economic-inequality/524610/

 

Comey is expected to face tough questioning at Senate hearing

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/james-comey-fbi-senate-hearing.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170503&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Sources: Yates to contradict administration about Flynn at hearing

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/02/politics/sally-yates-michael-flynn-testimony-contradict/index.html

 

Kremlin critic says attack left him mostly blind in an eye

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/world/europe/russia-aleksei-navalny-opposition.html

 

Rubio furious after Senate stalls vote on Russia sanctions for election meddling

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/marco-rubio-furious-after-gop-senate-stalls-vote-on-sanctions-against-russia-for-election-meddling/

 

Republican moderates set to thwart party's bid to repeal Obamacare

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/02/obamacare-repeal-republican-healthcare-bill-opposition?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=224359&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-health-care-push-faces-new-obstacles-as-concerns-about-preexisting-conditions-grow/2017/05/02/d25fc760-2f47-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html?utm_term=.d20902a278b9&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/us/politics/health-care-paul-ryan-fred-upton-congress.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170502&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/ahca-second-whip-count/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.b06b5a059c5b

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/01/us/politics/health-care-whip-count.html?emc=edit_cn_20170503&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

GOP changing health bill as Trump leans in hard

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/02/health-care-republicans-obamacare-237910

 

No good GOP options if Obamacare repeal fails

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/03/republicans-obamacare-repeal-fails-237903

 

Republicans are risking millions of Americans’ health coverage

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/republicans-are-risking-millions-of-americans-health-coverage/2017/05/02/d109b7fe-2eb1-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html?utm_term=.3d80fb9ee7e1&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Kimmel’s emotional monologue: his new son’s heart condition

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/arts/television/jimmy-kimmel-baby-son-wife.html?emc=edit_cn_20170503&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Patients who rely on Obamacare protections are worried

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/health/obamacare-patients-preexisting-conditions.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170502&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Ryan straight up deceives people in a last-ditch attempt to sell Trumpcare

https://thinkprogress.org/paul-ryan-straight-up-deceives-people-in-a-last-ditch-attempt-to-sell-trumpcare-f68ebd77dec4

 

House Republican: Move to another state if you have a pre-existing condition

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/house-goper-move-to-another-state-if-you-have-a-pre-existing-condition?utm_content=buffer222f5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Republican blurts out that sick people don’t deserve affordable care

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/republican-sick-people-dont-deserve-affordable-care.html

 

50,000 Haitians living in the United States could face deportation

https://thinkprogress.org/50k-haitians-face-deportation-1dd9229d835a

 

Exploitation and abuse at the chicken plant

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/08/exploitation-and-abuse-at-the-chicken-plant

 

Trump's immigration policy lifts prison privatizer Geo earnings by 27 percent

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-geo-first-quarter-20170502-story.html

 

Spending bill excludes border wall, but Trump declares victory anyway

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/02/spending-bill-excludes-border-wall-but-trump-declares-victory-anyway/101200694/

 

Trump, in wake of deal to avoid a shutdown now, calls for one later

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/us/politics/good-shutdown-congress-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20170503&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-sees-a-way-forward-shutting-it-down/2017/05/02/dc49c9b4-2f66-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term=.c8d93b005a77&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Trump’s tax and infrastructure plans couldn’t come at a worse time

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-tax-and-infrastructure-plans-couldnt-come-at-a-worse-time/2017/05/02/faff0792-1ba3-11e7-bcc2-7d1a0973e7b2_story.html?utm_term=.2d12796466c9&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Key takeaways from a report on racial gaps

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/us/urban-league-report.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170502&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y&_r=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/02/cdc-life-expectancy-up-for-blacks-and-the-racial-gap-is-closing/?utm_term=.386a8af4c631&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

 

U.S. auto boom seems to be history, just as Trump counted on jobs

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/business/auto-sales-decline.html?emc=edit_cn_20170503&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump’s promise to bring back coal jobs is worse than a con

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-promise-to-bring-back-coal-jobs-is-worse-than-a-con/2017/05/02/8aecd0b4-2e91-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html?utm_term=.b305a8c95be9&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Airlines abuse passengers, and Washington weighs a crackdown -- on passengers

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/airlines-abuse-passengers-and-washington-weighs-a-crackdown--on-passengers/2017/05/02/b0357574-2f72-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term=.5ded7ef2b3b9&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Carson wants to make housing available, just not too comfy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/ben-carson-hud-poverty-plans.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170503&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

23 environmental rules rolled back by Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/02/climate/environmental-rules-reversed-trump-100-days.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

Trump might be the first president to scrap a national monument

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-might-be-the-first-president-to-scrap-a-national-monument/?ex_cid=538twitter

 

Trump picks antiabortion activist to head HHS family planning section

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/01/trump-picks-antiabortion-activist-to-head-hhs-family-planning-program/?utm_term=.5156b8068863&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/opinion/abortion-charmaine-yoest-teresa-manning.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20170503&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

White House aims for Thursday signing of religious liberty executive order

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/02/donald-trump-religious-liberty-executive-order-237888

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/os-ed-executive-order-on-religion-would-make-everyone-less-free-front-burner-20170502-story.html

 

Trump's civil war comments master the Republican art of downplaying slavery

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/02/donald-trump-civil-war-comments?CMP=edit_2221

 

Historian on Trump's Civil War comments: "God help us"

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/historian-donald-trumps-civil-war-comment-god-help-us

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-jackson-saw-civil-war-coming?utm_content=buffer02678&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

“Why was there the Civil War?” Here’s your answer.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-was-there-the-civil-war-heres-your-answer/2017/05/02/1445c796-2f76-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html?utm_term=.0408a837558e&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

Trump's speech, overtures to rogue leaders disquieting

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-trumps-speech-overtures-to-rogue-leaders-disquieting/2322466

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-keeps-praising-international-strongmen-alarming-human-rights-advocates/2017/05/01/6848d018-2e81-11e7-9dec-764dc781686f_story.html?utm_term=.d1b30b9681b2&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Trump and Putin agree to seek Syria cease-fire

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/world/europe/trump-putin-syria.html?emc=edit_th_20170503&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

It’s not just North Korea. Trump has a South Korea problem, too.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/03/its-not-just-north-korea-trump-has-a-south-korea-problem-too/?utm_term=.3921250ad3a1&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

In Trump White House, momentum has turned against the Paris climate agreement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/02/in-the-trump-white-house-the-momentum-has-turned-against-the-paris-climate-agreement/?utm_term=.cd4ae411ce1d&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

 

Trump administration is full of mind-boggling conflicts of interest

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-trump-administration-is-full-of-mind-boggling-conflicts-of-interest/

 

While in White House, Trumps remained selling points for Philippines project

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/while-in-white-house-trumps-remained-selling-points-for-very-special-philippines-project/2017/05/02/09ee6164-2e99-11e7-9dec-764dc781686f_story.html?utm_term=.22760be498d8&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

Exploring Trump’s network of unnamed friends

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/05/02/exploring-donald-trumps-network-of-unnamed-friends/?utm_term=.e0eda6a367dc&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

 

A long ago call
https://www.buzzfeed.com/jasonleopold/if-you-keep-fucking-with-mr-trump-we-know-where-you-live?utm_term=.jwAbNZb9d#.hxmJy9J53

 

Trump transition staffers head to K Street despite lobbying ban

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/03/trump-lobbying-ban-transition-237850

 

How much influence does Ivanka Trump really have over her father?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/05/02/how-much-influence-does-ivanka-trump-really-have-over-her-father/?utm_term=.fe8d8e50fb13&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

 

The NRA and Trump are teaming up to go after the media

https://thinkprogress.org/nra-convention-media-f585120d3b96

 

No, Trump campaign. You don’t get to call CNN “fake news” on CNN.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/05/02/no-trump-campaign-you-dont-get-to-call-cnn-fake-news-on-cnn/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.1e62f5ac5a1d

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/business/media/cnn-trump-ad-fake-news.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170502&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/2/15518860/trump-campaign-cnn-censorship

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-cnn-fake-news-100-days-ad-48787f87aef7

 

What we can learn from our “radical” past

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-we-can-learn-from-our-radical-past/2017/05/02/f155b1ce-2e85-11e7-9dec-764dc781686f_story.html?utm_term=.d6fa9f833349&wpisrc=nl_popns&wpmm=1

 

I was arrested for protesting. My idealism did not prepare me for that experience.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/03/i-was-arrested-for-protesting-my-idealism-did-not-prepare-me-for-that-experience?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=224359&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Department of Justice is actually prosecuting a woman for laughing at Sessions

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/2/15518574/desiree-fairooz-justice-department

 

 

 

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