Folio Weed

Folio Weed: Interesting Whites

It’s been a summer of anniversaries, large and small, for people and institutions across Northeast Florida, as you may have noticed. It’s the 200th anniversary of the city itself (which was founded on a Saturday, very on-brand), the 100th anniversary of the Garden Club, the 50th anniversary of WJCT, the 25th for iconic local DJ Wes Reed and so much else. The same is true for Folio, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. This past July 8 marked the 25th anniversary of my own debut in this illustrious local rag, some seven editors and maybe a million words ago. A …

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Crist Crossed, Nikki Fried versus the Democratic Party

By the time you’re reading this column (and how long it takes you to read it), we will be just over a month away from this year’s statewide primaries in which our two main political parties (Democrats and Republicans, for the uninitiated) will select their nominees for a variety of positions on the local, state and national level. Depending on what county and neighborhood you live in, you can expect to see everything from your local school board to the U.S. Senate (which is apparently still a thing) on the ballot Aug. 23. Our main event pits Nikki Fried against …

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In Through the Out Door

Nikki Fried works the room Democratic darling Nikki Fried flew into Jacksonville on a Sunday morning and spoke to exactly 28 people, and it was the smartest political play anyone made that weekend. She breezed in through the side entrance of the Hyatt Regency Downtown just after 11 a.m., flanked only by a single staffer, having driven there straight from the airport after campaigning downstate the day before. Like Chris Partlow, she gets there early. Inside, the Florida Young Democrats amassed in a third-floor conference room for day two of their convention, and I was the only journalist there. Her …

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