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Happytown | 10/21/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Dear Kendrick Meek, this isn’t easy for us, but we have something we have to tell you: We think you should take one for the team and get out of the goddamned Senate race.  Yes, we’re well aware that ...[MORE]

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Happytown | 9/30/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

It was a showdown at the OC Corral last week when the Orange County commission blustered into a dustbowl at its Sept. 21 meeting of the rather large heads. Normally, county commission meetings carry w...[MORE]

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Happytown | 9/2/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

With everybody’s post- primary-night hangovers firmly in check, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson – who now gleefully faces stodgy old (alleged) woman-hater Daniel Webster in the November general election – mad...[MORE]

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Happytown | 8/26/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout, Erin Sullivan

Here comes a train wreck! Probably the strangest thing to come out of the seemingly endless battle over SunRail (and high-speed rail) clogging the political arteries of the Sunshine State has been the...[MORE]

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Happytown | 8/19/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Editor's note: This column has been edited for clarification. Make it stop! The fetid stench of acrimony and its obstacle course of cardboard yard-sign vanity, the televised attack ads, the curle...[MORE]

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Happytown | 8/11/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

“It’s not easy being green,” lamented a fisted frog named Kermit, and this week – amidst the hot drip of the still-melting economy – the viridian glow of several years’ worth of economic marketing sav...[MORE]

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Happytown | 8/4/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

It seems like only yesterday – well, actually it was just over a month ago – that we were firing exclamation points from our polemics perch in the general direction of the Florida legislature and its ...[MORE]

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Happytown | 7/28/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

If you’re anything like us (you aren’t), you probably spend ridiculous amounts of precious thumb-twiddling time down in your mother’s non-existent Florida basement wearing a tinfoil hat and torn pajam...[MORE]

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Happytown | 7/21/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Remember the halcyon days of wine and roses, way back when we could simply glare at Attorney General Bill McCollum’s equine mug with a modicum of contempt and yet still get on with our regular dribs...[MORE]

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Happytown | 7/14/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

In the high-stakes, win-at-any-cost culture of today’s higher learning institutions, it can get easy for young minds to grow so panicked over stats and percentage points, so obsessed over every little...[MORE]

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Happytown | 7/7/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout, Erin Sullivan

“I’ll just die if I don’t get this recipe. I’ll just die if I don’t get this recipe. I’ll just die if I don’t get this recipe.” In a brief hot-flash of Internet virulence last week, Florida once aga...[MORE]

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Happytown | 6/30/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Oh, crap. The healthcare wars are back! Way back on April 22, the legislature approved House Joint Resolution 37, a wildly divisive bit of political hackery intended to save the great state of Florida...[MORE]

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Happytown | 6/24/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Back in the blustery days of institutionalized meteorological homophobia – say, 1998, when Pat Robertson warned Orlando that God and all of his whirling curses would spin into a hurricane formation an...[MORE]

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Happytown | 6/17/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

A loud rattling cough of protest could be heard throughout the county last week when somehow word leaked – well, actually, WFTV Channel 9 News published a false story online June 7 and then suspiciou...[MORE]

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Happytown | 6/9/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

Sometimes we give Florida politics too much credit. The other night, while we were passing out in a personal apocalypse, the moving lips up on the glowing TV box started whispering a genius conspiracy...[MORE]

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Happytown | 6/3/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

While we would have preferred some sort of wink-wink confirmation involving Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” splattered with glitter and tears – welcome to Gay Days, stereotype fans! – last week’s an...[MORE]

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Happytown | 5/26/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

If it were anybody else’s slightly overbitten mug of equine complacency, we might feel bad about such a rat-tat-tat succession of bad-luck shots aimed at one man in just two weeks: political sure-thin...[MORE]

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Happytown | 5/19/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

As Florida’s frightfully conservative battleground gets bloodier and bloodier – see last week’s announcement that Tampa will be hosting the pasty-white belly bump known as the Republican National Con...[MORE]

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Happytown | 5/12/2010 | By Jim Gaines, Billy Manes, Justin Strout

This week in queer schaden- freude, the breathing world stopped for a hot minute to point and laugh at National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality board member – and Family Researc...[MORE]

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Happytown | 4/28/2010 | By Billy Manes, Justin Strout

In a Whac-A-Mole week for Florida politics that saw Republican rodent Marco Rubio finding his way to the mallet’s heavy end via some unsavory American Express spending – spending that is now under pre...[MORE]

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