By Thomas D. Elias | | PUBLISHED: May 27, 2019 at 10:18 am | UPDATED: May 27, 2019 at 10:18 am The more elections go by with Californians electing huge Democratic majorities to the state Legislature and no Republicans to statewide offices, the more secure elected Democrats feel. The more secure they feel, it seems, the more taxes they want to impose on the folks who put them in office. It’s not enough that California already has among the highest income and sales taxes in America, ranking the state No. 11 among the 50 states in terms of overall tax burden. Only the property tax limits of Proposition 13 keep California away from the top of the list. But this year legislative Democrats, who saw one of their number recalled over a smallish 12-cent increase in the gasoline tax imposed two years ago, have sought to charge a slew of new, previously unthinkable taxes. Their original list included levies on new tires, sugary soda, firearms, water, prescription painkillers, … [Read more...] about Could too many taxes turn this blue state red?
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Annabelle Tometich Fort Myers News-Press Published 11:56 AM EST Nov 13, 2018 I could smell it before I could see it. The bright, vinegary tang of adobo; the sour undercurrent of tamarind wafting from a pot of sinigang. Eat Sarap in Bonita Springs smelled like home. That's not to say it smelled comforting. It smelled, well, complicated: a mix of nostalgia and shame, happiness and guilt. Growing up Filipino-American in Fort Myers, I did everything I could to escape those smells. I emptied cans of Lysol before allowing new friends over. I stuffed towels under my bedroom door when my mom fried tuyo, the dried-and-salted fish that radiates a nose-searing, thoroughly fishy funk that seeps into your every pore. More: 3 restaurants open, 2 close, 1 grows in Fort Myers, Cape Coral Whereas my friends' houses smelled like pizza rolls and roasting chicken, ours smelled of bitter melon and fish sauce, of frying pork skin and … [Read more...] about 2 new Filipino restaurants offer hope, halo-halo in SW Florida
PASCO COUNTYCOUNTYWIDEVoters can get a free ride to the pollsPasco County Public Transportation will offer free bus rides to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 throughout the county. For poll locations, contact the Supervisor of Elections office toll-free at 1-800-851-8754 or visit the website at bit.ly/PrecinctsPasco. For Pasco County Public Transportation bus schedules, visit pascocountyfl.net/246/Routes-Schedules or call (727) 834-3322.Big Brothers Big Sisters needs mentorsBig Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has scheduled orientations for those interested in becoming mentors. The orientations will provide prospective adult mentors with information on the children the organization serves, the requirements to become a "big," volunteer commitments and expectations, how to handle cultural differences and the variety of programs offered through the organization. Upcoming sessions include:• 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 3, New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. Another … [Read more...] about Hernando and Pasco Briefs for Nov. 2
Mike Davis Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 AM EDT Oct 25, 2018 JACKSON - This township is a community with too many houses and not enough businesses, according to the candidates running for municipal office this year. Those are the recurring themes in the municipal election in which voters will have their choice from a litany of candidates running for mayor and township council. Both the mayor's office and the two open council seats come with four-year terms. The election features two slates, one headed by Mayor Michael Reina — seeking reelection to a fourth term — and one headed by middle school teacher Tracie Yostpille. Voters will also elect three school board members — incumbents John Burnetsky, Vicki Grasso, Scott Sargent and newcomer Gus Acevedo are running — and decide whether to spend over $411,000 to hire six new full-time school security officers. Learn more about the school security issue in a video at the top of the page. The … [Read more...] about Jackson election: Too many houses, not enough business, candidates say
1 of 32 View 32 Items Brigham Young Cougars running back Squally Canada (22) walks to the locker room after an injury against the Washington Huskies in Seattle on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Washington won 35-7. Related Links No. 11 Washington wallops mistake-prone No. 20 BYU, 35-7 Washington QB Jake Browning plays almost flawlessly in easy win over BYU BYU football notebook: Washington owns the rushing game in handing Cougars humbling defeat BYU football report card: Low grades abound after the Cougars get smoked by the Huskies 35-7 SEATTLE — BYU was big enough for the moment in Wisconsin, but in Seattle, the moment was way too big for the Cougars. In an attempt to capture the nation’s attention a second time in September, No. 11 Washington outclassed No. 20 BYU in about every way imaginable in Husky Stadium Saturday night in a 35-7 win. Jake Browning completed 23 of 25 passes for 277 yards and one touchdown to lead Washington … [Read more...] about Washington too good for mistake-laden Cougars in 35-7 Husky win