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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Elaine de Valle's Political Cortadito blog channels Sherlock Holmes and catches the crook red-handed: FL Rep. Frank Artiles. Blogger 1, Lying Pol 0

Elaine de Valle's Political Cortadito blog channels Sherlock Holmes and catches the crook red-handed: FL Rep. Frank Artiles. Blogger 1, Lying Pol 0
Elementary, my dear Watson!

Above, Florida Rep. Frank Artiles, the guy who couldn't find a place to live since the election of November 2nd. How could you trust someone who was both so unethical and so stupid?

Score so far: Blogger 1, Egregiously-unethical legislative rep 0.

After reading the Marc Caputo story below that was posted online just before midnight Thursday morning, why-oh-why is there STILL no movement on the Joe Gibbons campaign registration/residency issue?

BrowardPalmBeach New Times
The Daily Pulp blog
House Pro Tem Investigated for Homestead Fraud
By Bob Norman
November 15 2010 @ 10:15AM

Naturally, it being the Herald, they didn't have an online link to Elaine de Valle's
blog, http://politicalcortadito.blogspot.com/

Common sense dictates that State Rep. Frank Artiles should've been expelled weeks ago.
To soon be followed by Gibbons if rules and laws mean anything.

Now THAT would set an example for the future: when you register to run for office, the information you write on the documents filed with the State of Florida are true and legally-binding, and you actually LIVE at the address you write down -in the District.
Otherwise, why abide by the rules?

That's why all the other legislative members ought to just pile-on these guys and ruin their political careers.
Seriously, w
hy would you want to have such low-lifes in your group?

Could you have any faith or confidence in someone who'd shown themselves to be incapable of appreciating that what they were doing was reprehensible?

NOT really too much to ask that the Florida legislature enforce the State Constitution and the public's right to be represented in Tallahassee by someone who ACTUALLY lives in the legislative district.

In fact, that should just be the bare minimum one expects.

State Representative: an elector and resident of the district upon taking office and a resident of the state for at least 2 years prior to election.
Above, from website of State of Florida Dept. of State, Frequently Asked Questions,
Residency requirements for Florida House of Representatives.


And yet, here we are in the Florida of 2011, with
Mike Haridopolos, the ethically-challenged Senate president and U.S. Senate wannabe, and Dean Cannon, the Florida House Speaker so little known outside of his own family and a small clique of Tallahassee-based reporters.

Lightweight legislators and junior-varsity crime-fighters are the "leaders" of the fourth-largest state in the U.S.A. and so far, they seem unable to even police their own minions and occasionally throw one smelly fish out before he infects the whole bunch.

It sure explains a lot in the Sunshine State, doesn't it?


Miami Herald

Busted by a blogger for not living in his district, Rep. Frank Artiles said he’ll move to his West Kendall district soon. But he could pay a hefty fine.
By Marc Caputo Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
April 21, 2011

TALLAHASSEE -- More than 170 days since Republican Rep. Frank Artiles was elected, he still hasn’t moved to the west Miami-Dade district he represents in the Florida House — a potential Constitutional violation that could cost him 5 months’ pay.

Artiles was caught living in his Palmetto Bay home two nights ago when a Miami political blogger knocked on the door of his Palmetto Bay home.

Wearing gym shorts and socks as he watched the Miami Heat basketball game, Artiles admitted to blogger Elaine de Valle that he didn’t live in his district...

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of now-closed ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016 Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's yet another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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