TAMPA — County Comissioner Stacy White is asking a judge to speed up the timeline on his lawsuit challenging the one-cent transportation sales tax voters passed in November.White's attorney, Chris Altenbernd, wrote in a motion filed Wednesday that the tax takes effect on Jan. 1 and "it would be better to resolve this case faster rather than slower."Another reason: Altenbernd is leaving for a three-week prepaid anniversary trip to New Zealand with his wife on Jan. 14 and wants this settled before then.The emergency motion argues that the case should be "a relatively straightforward decision for the Court," because a majority of the counts raised in the lawsuit focus on whether the county tax is inconsistent with state lawWhite filed the lawsuit on Dec. 4 asserting that the charter amendment voters approved to raise money for transportation projects is in conflict with Florida statutes. White, who opposed the sales tax, said the new citizens committee set up as part of the … [Read more...] about Commissioner Stacy White asks for a quick ruling in Hillsborough transportation lawsuit
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LARGO — Weeks after other Pinellas County school employees settled their union contracts, the district’s 7,000 teachers are still holding out.District leaders have proposed a 2.55 percent pay raise, the same bump they gave the other unions. But the teachers want more, though money is not the sticking point.The Pinellas teachers union says working conditions have steadily declined in recent years. And while teachers wish for higher wages, their union says they are more concerned about issues like intense oversight of lesson planning, piling on of tasks not related to instruction, and limited recourse for teachers who perform well but are not reappointed to their jobs."Anyone who thinks (the teachers union) will sell out the contractual rights of our members for a raise is dead wrong," Mike Gandolfo, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, said in a recent YouTube video. "They will not break us."EDUCATION MATTERS: Keep track of news and trends that affect … [Read more...] about ‘They will not break us.’ Pinellas teachers turn down a raise to press for better working conditions.
The first decision facing Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in his quest to retain his 2nd District congressional seat is whether to seek a recount. Poliquin, who finished second in the ranked-choice race, must ask for a recount Monday if he wants one. He did not respond Friday to a question about his decision. If Poliquin requests one, his campaign would be on the hook for the entire cost of the multi-week process of counting the almost 290,000 ballots again unless it results in a reversal of the initial outcome that declared Democrat Jared Golden of Lewiston the victor. After factoring in ranked-choice votes, Golden got 50.53 percent of the total vote compared to Poliquin’s 49.47 percent — a tad shy of the 1 percent difference he needed to seek a free recount. Poliquin has another option for potentially retaining his seat despite his loss at the polls. He has a federal lawsuit filed in Bangor that calls for a judge to declare unconstitutional the ranked-choice voting … [Read more...] about Bruce Poliquin has until Monday to ask for recount in 2nd District race
Lisa, a mom desperate to give her son a little brother, is looking to trade embryos with another mom. Doing so, she’s wading into legal territory colored in shades of gray, experts say. Just this week, Lisa’s son spotted a pair of young brothers on the street near their home in Bushwick. He turned to his mom with pleading eyes. “When am I going to get a brother?” asked Daniel. The 5-year-old kindergartener wants nothing more than a little brother with whom he can share his bedroom, go to soccer games and support his beloved Boston Red Sox. Normally Lisa, who has struggled with infertility issues for nine years, would shrug. (Names have been changed for privacy reasons.) But this time, she could dare to hope. The 37-year-old actress is so desperate to have another son, she is ready to trade her one female embryo — the last embryo she has remaining after multiple rounds of IVF — for the male embryo of a stranger. More On: ivf Embryo swapping is … [Read more...] about Mom to the Internet: Anybody want to trade my girl embryo for a boy?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Martin Finucane Globe Staff August 02, 2018 Massachusetts US Senator Elizabeth Warren is part of a group of senators who have asked the Air Force and Defense Department to investigate who President Trump has invited to tour Air Force One.The senators cited a report that members of Trump’s exclusive clubs in Florida appear to have been invited on a tour last year.“This use of Air Force One would not only raise questions about readiness, security, and taxpayer cost, but it also violates the basic principle against using public office for private gain, and could constitute a violation of federal ethics rules,” said the letter, which was sent to the inspectors general of the Air Force and Defense Department. Advertisement The other senators who signed were three fellow Democrats, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of … [Read more...] about Warren, other senators ask for probe into Air Force One tours