Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

Folio Weekly Profiles Clay Yarborough

Picture 4In this week’s Folio Weekly, Owen Holmes returns with a compelling profile of Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough.

The article—“How an unelectable Bible Boy became a Jacksonville City Council force majeure”—is a must read.

You can find it here.

The article includes a quote from an article first published here.


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Ethics Officer = Endangered Species

Susan Cooper Eastman has a top-notch article out in this week’s Folio Weekly about the life and trials of Carla Miller.  You may recall that Ms. Miller, a former federal prosecutor, was hired by Mayor Peyton as the City’s Ethics Officer in the aftermath of several scandals that severely damaged his reputation.  At the time, the action was widely dismissed as nothing more than window dressing, particularly since Ms. Miller (and the Ethics Commission) would be forced to report to the very individuals she was tasked with investigating—the Mayor and City Council.  Ms. Miller; however, doesn’t perform the role of wallflower all that spectacularly.  She’s had a busy year in her new role and she’s made plenty of enemies—something she doesn’t exactly shy away from.  While fantasizing about a truly independent commission and an ethics officer with true enforcement capabilities, Ms. Miller has set about to go to war with the army she has.  Along the way she’s been threatened, ostracized and belittled.  But, she—and the hope for true ethical reform in Jacksonville’s government—trudges on.  

Read the story in its entirety here.

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Miss Otis Regrets

Folio Weekly has printed their annual “Regrets and Resolutions” issue and we have to admit some are rather amusing. For example:

1. Daniel “Walshie” Walsh, candidate for state representative, regrets appearing shirtless and slam-dunking a basketball on his campaign website.
2. Adam Hollingsworth regrets allowing his soft spot for lady politicians in need to get the better of him during Tropical Storm Fay. Mme. Corrine Brown and Mme. Denise Lee regret the public finding out.

Their resolutions are assumed, of course, but equally as amusing… Read the rest of this entry »

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FOP and “pretty boy Matt”

Proving once again that politics makes strange bedfellows –


And police officers would celebrate the election of a Public Defender why???

For those of you who haven’t picked up this week’s issue of Folio, you can read their piece on “pretty boy Matt” here.


*Hat tip to Tia Mitchell at the TU for posting the invite on her political blog.

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Jesus and Tebow outpoll Peyton

According to Flog, Hillary Clinton was the most popular write-in candidate for President in Duval County. Also picking up votes? Jesus, Tim Tebow and Twice Cooked Pork $4.95. How did our local elected officials fair? A big fat zero.

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