Is Katherine Harris A Ruthless Soviet Dictator?

Not much time this morning, so just a few South Florida media news gems to pass along:

-- Scott Hiaasen's report on the continuing fallout of Arthur Teele Jr. A co-defendant in a criminal case is expected to go on trial soon and his lawyer, Richard Sharpstein, promises: "Even in death, we will vindicate Art Teele's name.'' Spare us the melodrama, Dick.

-- The Herald's Jennifer Lebovich tells us about the auditor of Southwest Ranches quitting because the town's records are in such disarray. This is the same town that contracts out the government to former Broward County finance director John Canada, a man who has turned the town into an incestuous pit of insider land deals involving insiders like Richard Rubin (husband of county commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin) and wheeler-dealer/ex-con Ira Cor. I wrote about this place last year and had some impact, but thanks to our incredibly lame state attorney, Michael Satz, the town's government is still a festering sore of corruption. On the plus side, there's real pretty horses out there.

-- The Sun-Sentinel's new Palm Beach County political writer, Josh Hafenbrack, illustrates why it's imperative that the Democratic Party get Howard Dean back on his Ritalin. Katherine Harris as Stalin? Well, her role in electing George W. Bush in 2000 certainly puts her in the pantheon of historic wrongdoers (considering the result), but seriously, I doubt she's killed half as many people as the Russian dictator. Dean is a jackass, if for no other reason than the fact he's giving people a reason to actually feel sympathy for Kruella Harris.

-- News 6, via the Sun-Sentinel, tells us about one Hollywood cop's very bad day at the office.

-- There's a fourth human casualty of lobster season and a fifth person missing, the Palm Beach Post's Kevin Deutsch informs us. Wake up, people. This senseless slaughter is only blowing up in our faces. Lobster-killing, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. (Except the unmatched taste of succulent white claw meat dipped in hot butter).

-- And the Sentinel's Scott Travis does a good job of bringing us up to speed on FAU's clusterfuck of an election.

(Gonna be on Barry Epstein's radio show (1470-AM or on the Internet here) at 10:20 a.m. Barry's talking to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis right now).

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