One last look at 2016 before we bid it good f*cking riddance

Worst. Year. Ever.

One last look at 2016 before we bid it good f*cking riddance

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Despite losing the popular vote by more than two million votes to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States through the fanciful math of the Electoral College. In the 10 days after his election, the Southern Poverty Law Center logged 867 hate incidents across the country, with the majority being motivated by anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-LGBT, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiments. At the University of Central Florida, white supremacist posters were posted around campus. Trump appointed a white nationalist as a senior adviser, an attorney general with a racist past, a doctor with no experience in housing to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other billionaires to his cabinet. America watched as Trump had his first round of Twitter tantrums as President-elect and yeah, it was as bad as we had feared it would be.

In Orange County, where Clinton won by about 60 percent, Democrats won big with the elections of Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto, Carlos Guillermo Smith, Linda Stewart, Randolph Bracy, Victor Torres Jr. and Amy Mercado. After besting Orange-Osceola State Attorney Jeff Ashton during the August primaries, Aramis Ayala won again and became the first African-American elected as a state attorney in Florida. Environmental activist Emily Bonilla pummeled incumbent Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards for his seat in a campaign that focused on two controversial developments east of the Econ River; commissioners later rejected one project that put 1,999 homes in the area and a potential bridge across the river. An amendment to legalize medical marijuana and expand the number of potential patients who can use the drug passed, while a solar proposal backed by utilities that did nothing but protect energy companies did not get enough votes. Orlando dedicated its biggest Come Out With Pride parade ever to the victims of Pulse. Exiled Cubans in Miami banged pots and pans to celebrate after Fidel Castro, Cuba's communist dictator, died at 90. In Orlando, two bald eagles fighting in the sky fell into a storm sewer; only one survived.


Orange County law enforcement officials increased their use of civil citations for juvenile offenders but still arrested more kids than anyone else in the state. The OneOrlando Fund paid $27.4 million to Pulse families and survivors from money raised by people locally and across the world; the fund plans to disburse $29.5 million in total. Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse, decided not to sell the nightclub to the city of Orlando for $2.25 million; one city commissioner said the club's owners were capitalizing on the tragedy after asking for $570,000 above appraised value.

A Tampa woman was charged for harassing the parents of a child who died in the Sandy Hook massacre because she thinks the shooting was a hoax. Three teenagers were arrested in the death of Roger Trindade, a 15-year-old Winter Park High School student who was found unconscious after a fight in October. Floridians ran over and killed a record number of manatees and panthers this year. A federal judge denied another request by President-elect Trump to throw out a lawsuit against his Jupiter golf club for allegedly bilking members out of an estimated $6 million. Florida Rep. Scott Plakon filed a bill to allow people with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on college campuses.

We'd love to end this by saying it's almost over. But we have a bad, bad feeling that 2016 is the frying pan, and 2017 is going to be the fire. See you on the other side!


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