DUVAL REPUBS EJECT FOLIO WEEKLY WRITER (WHO IS NOT REALLY A FOLIO WEEKLY WRITER) FROM REC MEETING

So at last night’s meeting of the Duval County Republican Executive Committee — a group that has not been immune to scandal lately — the party did what everyone expected and rallied around establishment candidate Lenny Curry … except, not exactly, maybe. According to Jesse Wilson — who was until last month a Republican candidate for City Council and is now the social media consultant for the mayoral campaign of Bill Bishop, also a Republican — on the first round of balloting, Bishop got just enough support to deny Curry the party’s endorsement, which meant the party wouldn’t endorse at all, which … wouldn’t look so great. 

So newly installed REC chairman Robin Lumb decided to have something of a do-over, this time allowing three new members, who previously were disallowed from voting, to vote. And they all voted for Lenny Curry. Imagine that. (Skip ahead to the bottom of this post for Supervisor of Elections Jerry …More

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ART ATTACK! FOLIO WEEKLY INVADES ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH

The first week in December is becoming know as Miami Art Week every year since Art Basel (the world's premier international contemporary art fair formed in Basel, Switzerland in 1970) started to work with roughly 250 leading art galleries around the world to showcase work in the Miami Beach convention center. The show spills out into the environment transforming Collins Park and surrounding public spaces with sculptures, film, and live performance art. With Art Basel comes over 20 other major art fairs which take over an area stretching from South Beach to downtown Miami to the Wynwood Arts District.

Northeast Florida artists always flock south to participate in this international spectacle, which draws over 70,000 people from around the globe.

I met Florida painter Kevin Grass at the Red Dot art fair in 2013 as he was selling an original work to a Jacksonville resident. This year, partially aided by a crowd funding campaign, Grass was set up in the Spectrum art show run by the …More

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COO COO FOR YOKO

After learning that Let Them Eat Cake not only creates a multitude of sugary 
 confections, but also serves five styles of grilled cheese sandwich, I knew I'd be in

there for lunch.

A chalkboard wall with sprawling hand-lettering (excellent penmanship, by the way) proclaiming "TREAT YOURSELF!" lists the five cleverly named offerings: Frenchy, La'Merican, Brit, Cuban-ish and Suth'ner. Each is $8 and accompanied by potato salad or tomato bisque.

We picked the Brit (cheddar, blue cheese, chutney and fried egg, on pumpernickel) and the Suth'ner (goat cheese, tomato marmalade and bacon, on wheat). Local bakery The Village Bread Company supplies the bread, and it's your choice of white, wheat or pumpernickel (they were out of rye).

After waiting a considerable amount of time for our two sandwiches, the woman behind the counter came up to our table and said that — and I quote — there was "an issue with the blue cheese." (I'm guessing moldy.) Equal parts sad and baffled, we …More

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Not Feeling It

Q: Touch screen phones don't work very well for me. When I touch the screen of a smartphone it often doesn't recognize that I've touched it. The strange thing is my mom has the same problem with touchscreens. We've always figured it had something to do with our circulation or something, but neither of us has cold or clammy hands. So my question is two part. First, what's up with that? Why don't touch screens like me? And second, I'm getting to the point where I need to upgrade my old phone which has a fold-out keyboard. Can you recommend a new phone that has a keyboard?

A: That does seem kind of unusual. I did a little Googling though, and you're not alone in your complaint. Some people refer to it as 'zombie fingers'. But don't worry, you're probably not about to develop a taste for brains.

The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of touchscreens - resistive and capacitive. Resistive screens are pressure sensitive. They are composed of two layers, and when …More

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Go Big or Go Home?

Please Don't Stop The Music

Cleanin' Out My Closet

Wrap It Up

Christmas is next week; so is Kwanzaa. As a rule, I avoid participating in major holidays (I’m counting the days until National Grilled Cheese Day, though). But that doesn’t mean I don’t imagine the presents I would give. Here, then, are some gifts I would hand out to some well-known locals and businesses. I mean, it’s the thought that counts, right?

Mayor Alvin Brown: I can’t decide which he needs more, a thesaurus or a sense of humor

 

Mrs. Mayor Alvin Brown: what does one get an invisible woman?

 

Fred Durst: a trip in a time machine back to 1999 when anyone actually cared about Limp Bizkit

 

Blood Alliance: as much A-negative blood as they need so they can stop stalking me 

 

Capt. Sorensen of Firehouse Subs: a restraining order against me 

 

Public Defender Matt Shirk: a good divorce attorney, preferably one who has never worked at Whisky River and doesn't like to take showers

 

Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert: a one-way …More

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Shopping Small = Bigger Impact

Be a Star

Thanks a Million

I CAN’T BREATHE: WEEK 16, JAGS VS. TITANS

After Brent Martineau and Dan Hicken tweeted out the picture of Cecil Shorts and the Jags wide receivers in the I Can’t Breathe shirt, I checked Hicken’s Twitter feed, where the responses were full of nothing but condemnation and venom.

What else would be there? Hicken is right now the ultimate sports host in the region; he knows he can say whatever he wants and he won’t lose his audience. Part of that is that he connects with the local sports fan. And, quite frankly, the local sports fan doesn’t like black athletes very much. They bury them sooner or later, every time.

Byron Leftwich and Dave Garrard got The Treatment. Jimmy Smith and Reggie Williams and Rashean Mathis, too. Not at first. But after a while. And those cats kept it non-political. Not our Jags WRs.

They aren’t the first athletes this week to take a stand on police brutality. But they are the ones who did it here, in a city where the sheriff and the mayor came together just last …More

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ONE SPARK 101

The city will soon ignite again. Many remember last April, the inaugural One Spark festival, when downtown was transformed into a creator’s utopia.

One Spark is a five-day, crowd-funded festival that serves as a platform for creators to exhibit their ideas. The projects will be exposed to more than 100,000 people with the idea of connecting creators to the resources they need to make their ideas a reality.

People will display projects from the five categories: art, music, science, technology and newly added, innovation. They will have the chance to win from $310,000 of crowd funds and awards.

Last year the top winner was Rethreaded, a creative company with the mission to break the cycle of the sex trade. The project brought home more than $6,000 in crowd-funds.

The founder of Rethreaded, Kristen Keen, said that One Spark was a game changer and not only because of the winnings.

“It put us on the map,” Keen said, ”most people in Jacksonville heard …More

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CONNECTING JACKSONVILLE

STAYING ON GUARD

STAYING POSITIVE

Tricky Bullets

T ricky bullets beget tricky problems, death-wise, legal-wise and otherwise. The yearly appearance of ammunition new and strange reminds me of the kaleidoscopically colorful fishing lures that change constantly on the merchandise hooks at Walmart. They're designed to catch anglers, not fish.

The new bullet on the block this year is a dazzler. The Multiple Impact™ Bullet (MI™ Bullet) is made by Advanced Ballistic Concepts. When fired, the slug separates into three pieces tethered by cords. The array spins like a propeller and upon impact saws a salad-bowl-sized slice out of the bad guy.

The advertising emphasizes that, because of the array's 14-inch spread, even dithery amateurs (your name goes here) can't miss. The photos show targets zapped impressively at 25 feet. You might infer that, with such ammo, you can shoot attackers from farther away!

Dream on.

When you fire in self-defense, you have two problems: staying alive and staying out of prison. Behind the attacker …More

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Stand Your Wallet

Open Season