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

Worst. Year. Ever.

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A men's rights group that supports "legal rape" tried and failed to hold a meeting at Lake Eola Park. A Libertarian candidate for Florida's Senate seat who previously confessed to sacrificing a goat and drinking its blood also admitted he uses LSD and released his drug-induced musings. Twenty-six people contracted Zika, a virus that causes mild flu-like symptoms but can lead to microcephaly in unborn babies, while they were abroad, including someone in Orange County. The New York Times reported an ethics investigation into how U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, Orlando's progressive firebrand, mingled his hedge fund work with his job representing Central Florida. (Conflict of interest? HAHA THAT'S NOT A THING)

In West Palm Beach, a baby-faced 17-year-old named Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested after allegedly tricking adults into believing he was a doctor. The city of Groveland reckoned with a 67-year-old skeleton in its closet by apologizing to four African-American men falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1949. Former Gov. Jeb (!) Bush quit the presidential race after asking his supporters to "Please clap." (They did, but he quit anyway.)


Trump split Iowa's electoral votes with Ted Cruz, then took New Hampshire and the next two Republican primaries. Gov. Scott signed HB 1411, a classic TRAP law meant to eliminate legal abortion by making it almost impossible to run a clinic. (Admitting that many women's health clinics offer services besides abortion, supporters of the law offered a list of alternatives that was found to include podiatrists, dentists and school nurses.) A brown tide algae bloom killed so many fish that the Indian River Lagoon had a solid surface of belly-up stank, angering nearby residents (who were accused of causing the problem with their lawn fertilizer and septic tanks).

After years of years of cuts in public health budgets under Scott, data showed in January that Florida led the nation in new HIV cases. So in March, the Florida Department of Health responded to the crisis by ... revising its numbers so that Florida came in behind California and Texas. Not to be outdone, an Orange County medical examiner announced that heroin-related deaths had quintupled in the county between 2011 and 2014, and kept rising in 2015.

On March 14, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi endorsed Donald Trump. On March 22, Trump's aides admitted his charitable foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, made a mistake when it gave $25,000 to a campaign PAC backing Bondi in 2013, which is "a potential violation of federal rules," and another mistake when it failed to disclose that contribution to the IRS. (Getting ahead of ourselves on the calendar: In June, the Associated Press reported Bondi "personally solicited" that political contribution from Trump while her office decided whether to join the investigation into Trump University. After Bondi's political committee received a $25,000 donation from Trump, Bondi decided not to go after Trump. And in December, Bondi was named to President-elect Trump's transition team. None of these things are connected, of course. Nope, no way.)

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