by Alan McBride
TALLAHASEE, FLA. -- The debacle of the 2000 election earned the Sunshine State the moniker "Flori-duh," and the state lived with that albatross hung around its neck for years.
After a time, it seemed that the worst was over and the state was recovering its dignity.
Recent legislation, however, has put Florida back under the satirical spotlight.
And for the second time in a 30-day period.
The first time Florida got roasted was during an episode of The Daily Show, when the state's welfare drug-testing law was lampooned.
Thursday night, political satirist Stephen Colbert targeted the new voting law, in a "People Who Are Destroying America" segment that featured Pace teacher Dawn Quarles.
Quarles was cited for violating the voter law for her voter registration efforts in her classroom.
Also featured in the segment are ACLU Executive Director Howard Simon and State Representative Rich Glorioso.
The voter law, like the state's welfare law, is ending up in court.
And both laws appear to have become the proverbial Godsend to satirists.