The presidential and Senate elections were the headlines on Tuesday and through the rest of the week, but it’s worth noting a few key places where voters said yes to ballot measures making life a little better for working families. In Florida, voters passed a $15 minimum wage amendment. It phases in very slowly, not reaching $15 until 2026, but it’s progress. If you’re wondering WTF is going on with more than 60% support for a minimum wage increase while Donald Trump won the state, welcome to Florida. The state’s voters did the exact same thing in 2004, voting for George W. Bush and a minimum wage increase.Colorado voters passed paid family leave. The state legislature had failed to pass such a bill, so organizers took it to the voters, and won. The law, which doesn’t go into effect until 2024, will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave at between 65% and 90% of their pay, up to $1,100 per week. It’s funded by a payroll tax.- Advertisement – And Arizona voters approved a tax on high-income households that will raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education. That comes after Arizona teachers went on strike for school funding in 2018. – Advertisement –
It would have been a remarkable feat, a feather in the cap for their coach Ernesto Valverde to help soothe the pain of a quarter-finals exit from the Champions League.But Levante had other ideas, scoring three times in 10 minutes to lead Barca 5-1 before prevailing 5-4. “We are angry not to have come through this game and to lose the opportunity to finish unbeaten,” Valverde said.On their way to qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League this time, Barcelona drew at home to Tottenham on Tuesday when Valverde took the chance to rest several key players, including Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The irony is they will be fresh this weekend for the same opponent many believed knocked the stuffing out of them last season, three days before their collapse to Roma.Perhaps Valverde has since heeded accusations he was naive, that he chased the unbeaten season when rotating his players could have helped them go further in Europe.He has appeared keener to make changes this term and in those games, Barcelona have also dropped points.Just as Levante tore them to shreads on the break, Barca still look vulnerable against speed too. Sergio Busquets has been exposed. Gerard Pique has been off the pace. If La Liga was ordered on fewest goals conceded, Barcelona would sit 13th.Levante might feel the plan they executed so brilliantly back in May still holds. The surge away from the relegation zone under Paco Lopez has been maintained and the team currently sit seventh.Barcelona’s vulnerabilities can be more easily shrugged off while they are the league’s frontrunners and those around them have problems of their own.Real Madrid also rested players against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday but lost 3-0 at home, the Russians becoming the fifth side to score three or more against them this season.And while Ousmane Dembele’s sloppiness off the pitch continues to vex Barca, Real have their own unruly attacker in Isco, who was whistled by his own fans during the CSKA defeat and allowed his frustration to boil over.“What do you want?” he seemed to shout at one point towards the stands. Later, he passed up the captain’s armband too. “I tried to give the armband to Isco,” said Marcelo. “He told me that I had to give it to Dani Carvajal, why I don’t know.”Madrid should have little trouble against their city neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, which will be their last league game before setting off for the United Arab Emirates and the Club World Cup.Atletico Madrid have fewer problems at the back and more up front, where goals, particularly away from home, have been hard to come by.Barca and Real’s troubles are there for Atletico to exploit but if they are three points off the top when their rivals have stumbled, how will they keep pace when they inevitably improve?Sevilla, in second, have taken advantage. They host Girona on Saturday while Valencia hope to retain momentum after beating Manchester United in the Champions League in midweek. They play away to Eibar.Fixtures FridayCelta Vigo v Leganes (11pm)SaturdayGetafe v Real Sociedad (3pm), Real Valladolid v Atletico Madrid (6:15pm), Real Madrid v Rayo Vallecano (8:30pm), Eibar v Valencia (10:45pm)SundaySevilla v Girona (2pm), Espanyol v Real Betis (6:15pm), Huesca v Villarreal (8:30pm), Levante v Barcelona (10:45pm)MondayAlaves v Athletic Bilbao (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has appeared keener to rotate players this season © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Dec 14 – Barcelona will head to Levante on Sunday night top of La Liga and with a score to settle.Seven months ago, they were two games away from becoming the first team to finish a Spanish top-flight season unbeaten since Real Madrid in 1932, and even then there were only 18 games in a 10-team division.
ATHBHLIAIN FAOI MHAISE DAOIBH GO LÉIR – HAPPY NEW YEARWe want to take this opportunity to wish Donegal people here and around the globe a wonderful, peaceful and very happy 2015.No matter where you are, and no matter what you are doing, enjoy the holiday. Donegal and its people have had some very tough times over the years, as we continue to export our young people to the four corners of the globe.To all of you away from home – especially those enjoying the adventure – Happy New Year.We are a resilient people from a resilient county. Stick together – work together – help each other. We are always stronger together.Help those who don’t have families around them this year. A wave on the road or a knock at the door may bring some light into someone else’s home this year. Remember especially the families of the 12 people who died on our roads in 2014. Support your community; support your local sporting organisations. They bring a cohesion and meaning to life and make Donegal stronger.Support local businesses when you can – they are the lifeblood of our economy. Small businesses keep us all going. (Like Donegal Photographic Tours – Gerard O’Kane’s marvellous pictures are here).To each and every single one of our readers, thank you for making us the No1 media organisation in Donegal in 2014.ATHBHLIAIN FAOI MHAISE DAOIBH GO LÉIRDonegal Daily Staff ATHBHLIAIN FAOI MHAISE DAOIBH GO LÉIR was last modified: January 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2015donegalDonegal DailyHappy New Yearnorthern lights
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix One of my favorite articles to write of the week, the #Twitter12Pack, is yours to enjoy.Sit back and witness, or revisit, some of the wackiest, funniest, and unbelievable things of the weekend’s action.1 – This seemed excessiveDam that man got ass slapped 5 yards. pic.twitter.com/SEkkpifcim — Casey Davis (@SwaggyMut) October 22, 20172 – Proof that nothing is impossibleChicago rookie safety Eddie Jackson is first player in NFL history with multiple defensive TDs of at least 75 yards in a single game.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 20173 – Faking a cramp three minutes into the game Arkansas? #CMonMan!lol Arkansas pic.twitter.com/FiWFa3yPuX— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) October 22, 20174 – The 95-yard pick six to win the game in OT is impressive enough to make the list, but there’s also a player from the opposing team caught in the winning team’s celebratory dog pileWalk-off 95-yard pick six in overtime? That is something that happened today! #SCTop10 #FCS(via @Bucknell_FB) pic.twitter.com/odml2mdoya— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) October 22, 20175 – McNeese State (FCS – KY) record four pick-sixes this weekend…and Guthrie HS (OK) outdid them with FIVE, including two in the span of 23 seconds!MCN’s 4 Pick-6s tie the all-time @NCAAFootball and @SouthlandSports record for INT returned for a TD in a game (4) #FearTheRider #GeauxPokes— McNeese Football (@McNeeseFootball) October 22, 20176 – Mike Leach hates when his offense goes three-and-out, so he has them do up-downs on the sideline during a gameWack job Mike Leach makes his entire offense do pushups after a bad series.#Wazzu #Coug pic.twitter.com/kAgVnjkb7O— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) October 22, 20177 – Just wrapped up Week 8 and Michigan and Rutgers are sitting with the same conference record. Didn’t see that coming8 – I’d be interested to hear how the referee would explain this one…Throw it!! pic.twitter.com/PLtDRvtIdH— Chris Fore, MA, CAA (@CoachFore) October 22, 20179 – Everyone was holding their breath to make sure nothing bad happened to Corso hereIs ESPN trying to kill Lee Corso?!? pic.twitter.com/zJuhGhy5VU— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) October 21, 201710 – When the sideline has some extra juice, sometimes a coach goes flyingMaybe don’t shove your coach though #SCNotTop10 pic.twitter.com/C684L0Pcom— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 201711 – Uhhhh….wowSyracuse’s quarterback is a Mortal Kombat character pic.twitter.com/d2q3gOsazT— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 21, 201712 – Sleeves on coaching gear is optional at Texas, as evidence here provesTexas – Where sleeves on your sideline coaching shirts are purely optional pic.twitter.com/94WUSWzSou— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) October 21, 2017Bonus: OK, so not football related, but so good it needed to be shared. Rookie Jonathan Isaac forgot to wear his jersey to his first NBA gameJonathan Isaac was so nervous he forgot to put his jersey on. (via @bismackbiyombo) pic.twitter.com/Uss5y7R71d— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 20, 2017