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WaPo:
Democracy is literally on the ballot

It’s a political truism: The candidate whose name appears first on the ballot has an advantage over the competitors listed below. That’s not just folklore — numerous studies around the country have shown that candidates who are listed first receive more votes. The advantage is so marked that in Illinois, one of several states where ballot position is based on the order of filing, candidates wait in line overnight to gain the top spot.

Elsewhere, the way ballot order is determined varies widely from state to state. In November, a federal court blocked Florida’s ballot order law, which automatically gave the top position in every race to the candidate of the party of the last-elected governor.

As a result of that law, Republican candidates have been listed first in every race on every ballot in the state for the last two decades. In 2016, Donald Trump’s name appeared before Hillary Clinton’s. In 2018, Ron DeSantis was listed above Andrew Gillum in the gubernatorial race, and Rick Scott was listed above Bill Nelson in the election for U.S. Senate.

The federal court in Florida struck down the ballot order statute because it unconstitutionally gave candidates of the governor’s party — in this case Republican candidates — an unfair advantage over their Democratic opponents. The court found the advantage to Republican candidates to be, on average, five percentage points. Trump defeated Clinton by just over one percentage point. DeSantis won his election for governor by four-tenths of a point. And Scott beat Nelson by just one-tenth of a point.
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Florida 2020 Python Bowl to offer prizes for eradicating invasive snakes

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla.
– Forget the Super Bowl, a different kind of slithering competition is set to bring big prizes to the Sunshine State with the Florida Python Challenge.

The contest, which is open to hunters of all skill levels, is a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee and a number of public and private agencies.

The Florida 2020 Python Bowl kicks off Friday, Jan. 10, with competitors being tasked to remove Burmese pythons from specific areas of the Everglades. Those who catch the most and longest pythons in each skill category will be awarded what’s promised to be some impressive prizes.

“We need to get this snake under control so we can have a healthy environment in the Everglades,” says “Alligator Ron” Bergeron, a champion for Florida’s vast ecosystem.

Bergeron says the only way the billion-dollar Everglades restoration project can be successful is if pythons are eradicated. The non-native snakes can can grow to be 20 feet long and weigh 200 pounds.

“There’s a lot of invasive animals in the Everglades, but this one is extremely dangerous to the environment because it becomes top of the food chain.” said Bergeron.
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Nothing about trilobites. :|
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Trilobites maintain a low profile, <.5" generally
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Southern? Shit, that's my backyard.
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Iguana curry solves the iguana problem!

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Closer to me

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/loca ... e-counties

Had one as a pet once. Damn thing bit my nose. Still have scars.
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We have it all down here :)
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How Miami Became a Haven for Venezuelan Jews

Since the 1980s, the population of Jews in Venezuela fell from 25,000 to 5,000

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Miami is home to a large Latin American Jewish population. The first wave of Jewish immigrants from Latin America came from Cuba after Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959. The area has since seen Jews come from a number of other countries in the region - including Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Peru.

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The fastest growing ethnic group within the Jewish community of Miami is Hispanic Jews, who represent the plurality of foreign-born adults, according to a 2014 population study by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The study also found that Venezuela was the fourth largest home country for foreign-born Jews in the region - after Israel, Cuba and Argentina.

Venezuelans have continued to move since then and many settle in North Miami Beach and nearby Aventura, a Miami suburb.
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Can I take it that there is no symbolism or other hidden meaning connected to this post coming on the heals of a few posts on an invasive species?

You realize that if the story was about Africans you'd be a racist by now, right?
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ed wrote: Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:07 pm Can I take it that there is no symbolism or other hidden meaning connected to this post coming on the heals of a few posts on an invasive species?

You realize that if the story was about Africans you'd be a racist by now, right?
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Former Mrs. Florida Karyn Turk headed to prison for stealing mom's checks

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A federal judge in Florida ordered Mrs. Florida 2016 to spend a month in jail for stealing her mother's Social Security checks rather than using the money to pay for nursing home care.

U.S. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart also sentenced Karyn Turk on Thursday to five months of house arrest when she gets out of prison and to perform 100 hours of community service in a nursing home, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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Turk is a conservative media commentator and her attorney told the judge her career is dead without the ability to hob-nob in the community, travel to interview celebrities for YouTube broadcasts and to host fundraisers.

"Her livelihood is based on networking and being a social media commentator," Tarras said.

She brought a check for $46,000 to court to reimburse the government, the attorney told the judge, adding that should be enough.

But Reinhart disagreed. He said that even though Turk had apparently led an otherwise law-abiding life, her crime was a serious one, and she couldn't "buy her way out of jail" by writing a check.

"Choices in life have consequences, I'm sorry to tell you," the judge said. "If you steal from the government, you're not going to have a reputation as an honest person."
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Warning: Turn your sound off!

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Fisherman lands 350-pound grouper off Florida coast and scales in comparison

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A man who was fishing off the coast of southwest Florida reeled in a 350-pound Warsaw grouper that marine biologists from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, estimated was 50 years old.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted a photo on Instagram of the fisherman standing next to the oversized grouper for scale and wrote in the caption that it was caught with a hook-and-line in approximately 600-foot deep water on Dec. 29, 2019.

The whopping catch also made history for the FWC ageing program as the oldest sample ever collected.

The researchers harvested its otolith, also known as an "earstone," which is a hard, calcium structure behind the brain of the fish that they said was "extremely valuable" to help determine its age.
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From last month but I don't think anyone posted it yet.

Disney security guard arrives naked to Florida prostitution sting
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Authorities have arrested more than 100 people in an undercover sting targeting prostitution, human trafficking and child predators in Polk County, including a pastor and two people who work at Orlando theme parks.

The six-day investigation, dubbed “Operation Santa’s Naughty List” aimed to identify and help victims of human trafficking who might have been forced into prostitution.

“I in my heart believe that every one of these prostitutes at some point in their time in their life were a victim of human trafficking, if in fact they’re not currently a victim of human trafficking,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.

Sheriff Judd said a number of people answered online ads and arranged to meet with undercover detectives at a location in Polk County.
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This is the "Gator Hole" in Myakka State Park
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As the crow flies about 5 miles from my house +/-, maybe a bit more.
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Have you considered a gator? Probably easier than crawdads in the long run. Plus, you'll know they are there.
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Plus they keep the annoying child population in check.

Did you know that gators are the natural predator for children?

True fact.
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Children of all species
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ed wrote: Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:35 am As the crow flies about 5 miles from my house +/-, maybe a bit more.
Hmmm, looks like a great place for a refreshing swim!

https://goo.gl/maps/3ac9CTC3djQ1aSN96
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Dawn yesterday looking into my backyard.
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National Weather Service warns Floridians about falling iguanas

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80 reptiles caught in Miami Super Bowl Burmese python hunt

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MIAMI (AP) — Eighty Burmese pythons were caught during Miami’s 10-day Super Bowl hunt, designed to raise awareness about the invasive species decimating the Everglades.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Saturday that 80 pythons were caught during the competition.

Pro grand prize winner Mike Kimmel won an ATV for capturing eight pythons and rookie grand prize winner Kristian Hernandez removed six pythons and also won an ATV. Pro grand prize winner Tom Rahill won $2,000 for bagging a 62-pound python. Several other cash prizes were also awarded.

The game’s organizing committee worked with Florida to promote the Python Bowl. The pythons, which can grow to 20 feet (6.10 meters), are descended from pets released starting five decades ago.

Wildlife officials estimate the population may exceed 100,000. The big serpents have been devouring native mammal and bird populations.
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Central Florida Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist Arrested

ORLANDO, Fla. — A former Lake County Schools employee who frequently appeared on Alex Jones' radio show and questioned what happened at Sandy Hook has been arrested and charged with possessing the personal information of a Sandy Hook parent.

Wolfgang Halbig, 73, of Sorrento, Florida was arrested early Monday morning and charged with unlawful possession of the personal identification of another person, according to a Lake County Sheriff's Office affidavit.

In a probable cause affidavit filed in the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida, state prosecutors say Halbig has been harassing Leonard Pozner over the internet since October 30, 2019.

Pozner is the parent of a Noah, 6, who was among 20 children and six school educators who were shot and killed by 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut school on December 14, 2012. Officials say Lanza killed himself at the school.

Prosecutors in the probable cause affidavit called Halbig a "conspiracy theorist" who is "investigating" the Sandy Hook shooting. Since then, Halbig has contacted Pozner's family, harassing them with emails and phone calls, and has accused the Sandy Hook children of being "crisis actors."

Halbig got a copy of Pozner's social security number, date of birth and other personal identifying information and sent it to hundreds of people via email, prosecutors say. Pozner has had to take steps to protect his identity.

Halbig is a former police officer, according to the Associated Press, and once worked as a risk manager with Lake County Public Schools. He was named as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by Pozner against Jones and his "Infowars" media company.

The offense with which Halbig is charged is a first-degree misdemeanor.
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Where's ed?
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Haha - also on that huffpost:

“Harvard Law Professor Warns Senators: Call Witnesses Or Face ‘Dictatorship’

Laurence Tribe described Alan Dershowitz’s legal defense of Donald Trump as “remarkably absurd and extreme and dangerous.””


Got that plebs? Letting the hicks decide who is president in an election is dictatorship. A partisan vote from elites is freedom. Big brother loves you!
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Opera singer danced on an SUV, then crashed through Mar-a-Lago barricades. Cops opened fire

A Connecticut woman chastised for dancing on her car at a Palm Beach hotel late Friday morning ended up driving away and crashing her vehicle through two security barricades outside Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club and home, drawing gunfire from law enforcement officers, before leading a police helicopter on a chase that ended in her arrest.

Hannah Roemhild, 30, a trained opera singer, is now in the custody of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is not a terrorist thing,” Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a Friday afternoon news conference. “This is somebody that obviously was impaired somehow.”

Roemhild could face charges for assault on both federal and county law enforcement officers, Bradshaw said. No one was injured, although the situation might have easily ended differently, officials indicated.
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Florida Woman wanted just to impress Orange Man. :mrgreen:
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They'd be perfect for each other: They're both impaired.
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https://nypost.com/2020/02/01/roving-ba ... t-florida/

Roving band of herpes-ridden monkeys now roaming northeast Florida

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First Coast News obtained two videos and several photographs taken of the monkeys. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials call the reports credible, a likely expansion of the feral monkey population in Central Florida.

Rheseus macaques were first introduced to Silver Springs State Park in the late 1930s when a tour boat operator named Colonel Tooey released six of them on a manmade island as a tourist attraction. He released another six a decade later.

“Guess what?” laughs Johnson. “They can swim. They left the island.”
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They've always harbored it. It's part of the monkey condition.

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/ ... -florida#1
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:45 pm But tomorrow she will be sober. :)
Woman Charged in Mar-a-Lago Police Chase Refuses to Appear in Court

(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — A Connecticut opera singer charged with using an SUV to blast through barricades outside of President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, drawing law enforcement gunfire, refused to appear in court Saturday, delaying her initial appearance.

Palm Beach County Judge Ted Booras said Hannah Roemhild’s first hearing would be held Monday if she could be brought from the jail to the court without endangering herself or deputies, local media reports.

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At some point, Roemheld picked up a female relative before automatic license plate readers soon tracked her to a motel near Palm Beach International Airport. A trooper tackled her as she tried to flee into her room, officials said.

TV video shows a dazed Roemheld showing a blank expression as she was handcuffed and placed into a patrol car.

Roemheld has appeared in several Connecticut operas and said on social media recently that she had an unspecified performance scheduled in Palm Beach this past week.
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Some more details:
After breaching Mar-a-Lago security, she picked up her mom at airport in bullet-riddled car

As agents sprayed an SUV with bullets while it plowed through two security checkpoints near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, the driver managed to elude authorities in her bullet-riddled car.

Her next stop: the West Palm Beach airport to pick up her mother, according to sources familiar with the Friday incident.

Hannah Roemhild, 30, a trained opera soprano singer, picked up her mother at Palm Beach International Airport and together they checked into a local motel, where authorities tracked her down and arrested her that afternoon.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/ ... 71188.html

She's from Connecticut but clearly Floridian in her heart. :lmao:
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↑ Yes, yes, he's an immigrant too! :)

Where is he, BTW?