Across America, pundits are debating the political story of the year.
That's where 36,983 voters did something that hadn't been done in a quarter-century: oust a chosen speaker of the Florida House.
Newspapers from all over the state marveled at the defeat of Speaker-designate Chris Dorworth, calling it "shocking," "stunning" and "one of the largest upsets in the history of the Florida Legislature."
Really, though, all local voters did was take a stand against self-serving politics, conflicts of interest and abuses of power.
And in doing so, they sent shock waves throughout the state — and a wake-up call to Tallahassee.
In fact, the entire Legislature is now talking about revamping the shady way it does business, cracking down on lawmakers' access to special-interest money, high-priced travel and political perks.
It's reform that is overdue — yet which probably wouldn't even be on the table if voters in this one district hadn't united in bipartisan fashion to say: Enough.
Ironically, Dorworth should have been able to cruise to re-election.
Not only was his district drawn specifically for him, he was flush with special-interest money.
He had political sugar daddies ranging from Disney World to mega-trial lawyer John Morgan.
Dorworth would support legislation that Disney wanted. And Disney would fill Dorworth's campaign coffers — $180,000 last year alone.
It was the kind of "magic" Disney doesn't like to talk much about when promoting its squeaky-clean image.
And this political marriage probably would have continued to thrive … if Dorworth had simply kept his head down.
But low-key was never Dorworth's style.
Instead, he chose to live high on the hog — even when he was so broke he couldn't afford to pay his home mortgage.
With his house facing foreclosure — he hadn't made a $10,000-a-month mortgage payment for three years — Dorworth began jetting around, staying at posh resorts and racking up massive restaurant and bar bills.
Special interests underwrote it all.
Dorworth also made a slew of other cringe-inducing headlines — for everything from conflicts of interest to unpaid tolls. One day he was revealed to be on the payroll of a local developer. The next, the state was siccing a collections agency on him for not paying an elections fine.
In Tallahassee, veteran politicos began sharing worried whispers.