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It’s been about three weeks since the United States elected businessman-turned-demagogue Donald J. Trump as our leader. There have been protests, Facebook rants and one article after another asking, “How could this have happened?”

But at the University of North Florida, students have remained largely unaffected. Campus remained clear of campaign signs, except for Election Day when Trump/Pence signs were lined up along the Kernan Blvd. entrance and the day President Obama paid us a visit. After Obama's speech, signs reading “I’m with Her” and “Do the Most Good” littered dorm hallways and students' bedroom windows.

“The mood on campus after the election was not noticeably different,” said civil engineering student Brandon Diaz. “I really don’t believe anything will change for us, at least not for a while.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, many Trump supporters “came out of the closet.” Students could finally sport Trump t-shirts, slap a “Trump/Pence 2016” sticker on their Yeti Tumblers and wear those lovely red hats.

“I am willing to give him a chance partially because he’s backtracking on many of the policies he was hardcore about during the campaign,” said history major John McCrone. “His new policy ideas like a ban on lobbying in Washington sound good, but I’m concerned about all of the cabinet and staff picks." 

Students seem displeased about the white nationalist and anti-gay personnel Trump has surrounded himself with, but largely remain either indifferent or optimistic. “I see people just going about their normal lives,” said student Russell Fidler. “People in the [on-campus] game room are still the same, and I am personally indifferent to the outcome of the election.”

On Nov. 14, UNF president and former Jacksonville mayor John Delaney sent an email to students, staff and faculty urging …   More


The SPIRIT of the Season

Tis the season for giving! Ordinarily we like to poke fun of, well, everything, but in the spirit of the season, we're taking a break from all that sarcasm to bring you this handy-dandy list of events, charities and more so you can get into the spirit by doing good deeds - that or just work your way off that "naughty" list.


FIRST COAST AIDS WALK. The eighth annual walk is held at 10 a.m. (registration at 9 a.m.) on Nov. 19 at Riverside Avenue Christian Church, 2841 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 389-1751, Proceeds benefit local organizations and primarily support the Hitzing Fund, designed to provide photo identification and documentation necessary for healthcare services for low-income HIV clients.

TOYS FOR TOTS/19TH STREET CHARITIES POKER RUN. The Sons of the Beaches hold this third annual run 8 a.m. Nov. 19, starting at FRA Branch 290, Mayport Road. A raffle, silent auction, barbecue and live music by Highway Jones are featured. $20 per bike, $10 per passenger. Details, 866-1165, 237-5277,

FEED THE CITY. The 22nd annual event is held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 20 at Clara White Mission, 613 W. Ashley St., Downtown; for details, call 354-4162 or go to

CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER. The COA’s annual fundraiser is held 5-8 p.m. Nov. 20 at River House, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine. The Festival of Wreaths, featuring one-of-a-kind wreaths hand-crafted and donated to the COA by local garden clubs, florists, 4-H’ers and Master Gardeners and a silent auction and a wine tasting are featured. Proceeds benefit COA’s programs. 209-3687,

JOHNSON FAMILY PRAYER BREAKFAST. The annual breakfast is held at 9 a.m. Nov. 17 at Johnson Family YMCA, 5700 Cleveland Rd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $15 per person. For more info, call 765-3589 or go to

BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK. ServPro holds its second annual Fancy Pants Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at …   More


Turning the PAGE

My fingers have never been heavier typing a sentence than this one: Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.

I did not believe that in the 21st century it was remotely possible that my America would elect a person as president who has been a lightning rod of bigotry, racism, nationalism and xenophobia, who has threatened journalists for doing their jobs, mocked the disabled and treated women as his own personal fuck dolls for his entire adult life. But here we are.

Those of us in the media owe the nation a sincere apology. For we must have let you down in some deeply abiding way, elsewise just under half of the electorate would not have ignored our dire warnings about the results of voting for an inexperienced man who routinely takes intolerance to new and frightening levels. Perhaps we were too smug, too confident in your trust that we, who are tasked with pointing our lenses and pens at that which is wrong and ugly in the world, do in fact know what we are talking about. Perhaps we do not yet grasp the full implications of the Internet age, for we thought that certainly people would not believe the farces and lies published by fake news and propaganda sites, some of which receive their nuggets of deceit directly from foreign nations that have no greater desire than to take America down and destroy our power. For we seem to have underestimated the desire of 50 million Americans to be told things that jibe with their opinions, regardless of whether those things are true.

Today, my morning got off to a different start than most other mornings. Having stayed up until it was certain that Hillary Clinton could not win, I grieved until sleep carried me away and woke five hours later crushed with dread for the years to come. To comfort myself and secure some semblance of normalcy, I sought solace in the woods, running through the rain to pound out the worst of my horror before facing the world.

At work, I gathered the rest of the …   More


These Stickers Are Our ELECTION 2016 Everything

Who's ready for it all to be over with? After 15-16 months that felt like decades, Election 2016 is hours from the grand finale, barring hanging-chad shenanigans that require the Supreme Court to intervene. (We can do this, Florida, keep it together!)

For many of us, this year's field of presidential candidates has left, shall we say, a little sumpin' sumpin' to be desired - sumpin' like a hari-kiri or a lobotomy or a big, refreshing glass of cyanide punch.

Recognizing what Folio Weekly's therapist called "election fatigue" before she forked over the goods, Kristen Bankert and Jen Domaradzki, two loquacious assistant creative directors at the local office of St. John & Partners, an advertising and public relations firm, decided what this horrible, agonizing, painful, intense, cage match-style election needs most is laughter.

Bankert tells FW that the impetus of the idea came when they noticed people posting pictures of their "I voted" stickers that were "tainted with an undercurrent" of feeling that was different from past elections, when such stickers have historically been worn with pride.

"That was kind of the spark of the idea . . . [that] we should create 'I voted' stickers that capture the truth of how people really feel when they're walking out of the voting booth this year," Bankert says.

So, with full support from their company and less than two weeks to go before the big day, they created "2016 Brutally Honest Voting Stickers" that play off the "I voted" stickers distributed to voters at the polls.

"I voted and I could use a hug," "I voted and now it burns when I pee," "I voted and I just threw up in my mouth," and "I voted and I think some got on me," are just a few.

The stickers took off like wildfire.

"We posted it on our pages and it started getting shared and shared and shared," Bankert says.

As of this afternoon, Bankert says the post has been viewed two million times, with 10 million engagements (i.e. …   More


PRESIDENT Visits Jacksonville

President Barack Obama visited the University of North Florida on Thursday campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Obama used the visit to discuss the dangers of electing Donald Trump and how a vote for Clinton is a vote to continue progress.

"I'm not on the ballot, but everything we've worked for these last eight years is on the ballot," said Obama.

He admitted that in his own campaigns for office, he disagreed with the policies of John McCain and Mitt Romney, but never feared they put the republic at risk. The same, he declared, cannot be said of electing Trump.

Obama criticized Trump's ability to lead effectively and said that his actions thus far on the campaign trail will only be magnified if he is elected to office.

"Somebody who gets fired up by a Saturday Night Live skit is not somebody who should have nuclear weapons," he said.

According to Obama, people have become complacent to what he perceives as negative attitudes and statements spewed by Trump. But protesting is not enough to correct the issue, he said. Rather, Obama pleaded with young voters to engage in politics and vote for politicians they believe will further their ideals.

"If you have one person you know is not qualified and one is evidently qualified, all you have left to do is vote," said Obama.

And that's exactly what Alexis Kmieck plans to do.

Kmieck, a sophomore at Florida State University, said she drove from Tallahassee to see Obama. She was the first person in line, arriving at 1 a.m. for the event that didn't open until noon. She stood with her boyfriend for an hour before the next attendees arrived.

"I'm a huge President Obama fan. I've never seen him in person, this will be my first time," Kmieck said.

It's also Kmieck's first time voting and she said she's voting for Clinton.

Clinton, according to Obama, is the best candidate for the job of being president. He told attendees that her career in politics has allowed her to understand what the job …   More


12 Reactions to Realizing Northeast Florida is Presidential Election GROUND ZERO

In case you're still high on Halloween candy and missed the announcements, on Thursday President Obama will be campaigning in Jacksonville for Hillary Clinton. Proving once and for all to all the doubters out there that they are not the same person, Donald Trump will also be in town on Thursday for a campaign event.

Thus far, the ongoing soulsuck that is Election 2016 has brought Northeast Florida Bill Clinton three times, Donald Trump four times (provided he shows on Thursday and doesn't ghost us like he did at least one reporter when he came to St. Augustine last month), Hillary Clinton once - though to be fair it was a private event, Bernie Sanders once, POTUS twice as of Thursday, and Marco Rubio as many times as he can fit into his busy schedule of skipping votes and campaigning circles around Patrick Murphy.

Who's Patrick Murphy, you ask? Don't worry; it probably won't matter after Tuesday. Six more years of Rubio. Whee. Wonder what he'll skip next...

So, basically, folks, it turns out that Northeast Florida is the pretty pink starfish (read: butthole) of the election season. Don't blame us - that's what you get for living in a swing region in a swing state.

In the interests of finding something, anything to laugh about, we've compiled a list of 12 reactions you probs had to realizing that you now live - for one more week at least - in Election 2016 Ground Zero.




























Get Ready, Set: Florida Georgia BINGO!

Way, way back in the year of our lord 2009, Folio Weekly created these groovy Bingo boards to increase your Florida-Georgia joy factor by at least ten thousand.

The rules are simple: get your closest friends and foes (up to five), grab a pen and mark off the item when you spot it. Only the first person to spot the item may mark it. In the interests of making the game easier to play, feel free to substitute "Make America Great Again" hats or "Hillary for Prison" shirts, hats or stickers for any of the McCain/Palin items. That or keep it O.G. for an even more challenging game.

May the sharpest eye (read: the person who isn't seeing double) win!





Trump Reveals Plans to "FIX our Country"

Donald Trump announced the plans for his first 100 days in office at a St. Augustine rally Monday. The list included dozens of initiatives to be carried out by executive order or with the help of Congress, something Trump is confident he'll have. His confidence stems from the allegation that polls showing him behind in the race are the result of polling only Democrats.

Here's a rundown of Trump's grand scheme for his first 100 days in office:


Introduce a corruption act in D.C. to enact ethical reforms



Renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

List China as a currency manipulator. Trump told the crowd he's made "a lot of money in China" and the country has told him they are.

Direct the Secretary of Commerce to end foreign trade abuses that hurt U.S. workers




Develop clean coal

Approve the Keystone Pipeline to create jobs for American workers

Cancel payments to United Nations climate change programs


Foreign Policy

Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Trump dismissed the ACA as "terrible" and "not working."

Introduce patient center reform. Trump ensures this concept is "totally affordable and much better" than reforms to the ACA


Pass a school choice opportunity act to allow parents the ability to choose which schools their children attend.

End Common Core and make education more localized


Pass a middle tax relief and simplification act. Briefly describing this act, he said that a family with "two children will get a 35 percent tax cut."

End the Offshoring Act and impopse a 35 percent tax on businesses that relocate overseas


"Oh, we're going to build a wall. Don't worry. Don't even think about it. Don't think about it."

Cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities. According to Trump, this will allow for the U.S. to "swiftly remove …   More


Bill Clinton Campaigns in DOWNTOWN Jax

“If you don’t want someone to drive the truck off the cliff, don’t give them the keys,” said former President Bill Clinton at a campaign rally in downtown Jacksonville Friday afternoon.

The remark was one of many directed at Republican candidate Donald Trump during a Hillary Clinton campaign rally that also featured Florida House Rep. Mia Jones, Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The free event drew thousands of people to the Main Library where Clinton spoke to a crammed room that overflowed into the surrounding hallways.

Duval County Democratic Party chairman Neil Henrichsen kicked-off the event to encourage voters — he said 240,000 in Jacksonville were registered Democrats — to “make sure Florida goes blue.”

The mood shifted and the crowd came alive when Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz took the stage. She fired shot after shot at both the GOP and Trump, a man she referred to only as “he who shall not be named.” And yes, the Voldermort reference was intentional.

Wasserman Schultz, who recently resigned amidst scandal as the chair of the Democratic National Convention, claimed the GOP was so muddled they “couldn’t organize themselves out of a paper bag.”

Once the bashing concluded, she turned her attention to the Hillary Clinton campaign’s promises of continuing the Affordable Care Act, ensuring equal pay, investing in infrastructure and raising the minimum wage to $15/hour.

Nelson was more tame than the animated Wasserman Schultz, but began his speech by claiming Hillary would carry Florida by five points. CNN shifted Florida from “battleground” to “leaning Democrat” status Thursday. 

Hillary wasn’t the only individual receiving praise from Nelson; he spoke highly of Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, calling him “the real deal.” Nelson also called for voters to elect current Rep. Patrick Murphy …   More


The Oct. 16 line-up at 1904 Music Hall had a little sumpin’ sumpin’ for everyone — even the thousands of trippy hippies who packed out Veterans Memorial Arena’s Phish show earlier in the night.

Openers Mercury Girls, an indiepop band from Philly, played their first show in Florida, with lead singer Sarah Schimeneck bringing a chill energy that got the night off to a mellowy bum rock kind of start.

Then we jammed out to Foxing, a band out of St. Louis that features heavily in horns and strings. Everyone was digging on frontman Conor Murphy’s singing and trumpeting on their high-energy tunes that had the dance floor packed. Foxing’s blend of delicate and soft, mixed with intense buildups, somehow just worked and kept the crowd fully engaged throughout the set.

The next act, out of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was Balance and Composure, whose new album just dropped on Oct. 7. It’s somewhat of a departure from previous works in the sense that it’s less aggressive and more melodic, even trance-inducing. Even though few were familiar enough with Balance and Composure’s newer songs to sing along, everyone was into Jon Simmons’ calm, soothing voice that in turns blends and contrasts against the backdrop of tunes that range from slow to upbeat and heavy. In the heavier jams, a few braver souls even mustered the (possibly liquid) courage to crowdsurf.

Though we working folks had to hit the pillow for a bright and early Monday morning, after the Phish show let out, 1904 kept the tour kids going with an afterparty that was slated to last until the wee hours of the morning. Feature act The Heavy Pets grooved out with a jam-band style that was a perfect follow-up to Grateful Dead’s heir apparent. The Heavy Pets, hailing from Fort Lauderdale, is a five-person band with major bonafides, having being gigging around for about a decade, playing their signature crossover style that fuses rock, blues, R&B, …   More