In celebration of Halloween this year, I decided to take a look at one of the most unknown and definitely most morbid, elected offices in America – County Coroner. Many if not most be would be shocked to find out coroners are still an elected position in America. Indeed, just under 1,300 counties in the United States still use elections to decide who holds a very obscure but important office. The Coroner’s responsibilities vary from state to state, but the key one is the same… determining the cause of death. This of course is very important when potential homicide is in play and incorrect determinations by coroners can cause serious problems in cases.
October 31st, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 These to the the Catholic Church door in his town, beginning what we now call the reformation; the great split of the Catholic Church in Europe. Ok, actually the whole nailing to the door thing has been dramatized a bit, but the point is this is the date that is used to mark the beginning of the reformation.
Florida House District 44’s special election received little attention compared to other more high-profile races like St Petersburg Mayor and Senate District 40. The district was opened when Rick Scott appointed Incumbent GOP Representative Eric Eisnaugle to be a circuit judge. This meant a traditionally GOP seat that flipped to Clinton last year would be open. The question was, how competitive would the race be?