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Happytown
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: The week where quiet deference in the state legislature gave way to aborta-palooza, Newt Gingrich tapped Rich Crotty (and the horse he road in on) for his Florida campaign and Floridians opted out of health insurance because they were broke. Such a pretty mess. By Billy Manes and Erin Sullivan 1/12/2012
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: The week where a call to arms brought unpleasant attention to the bumbling Republican machine, some oil cash brought more tackiness to the Panhandle and Joe Biden's brother brought bad education to Florida. It's already been brought-en! By Billy Manes 1/5/2012
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: It may not have been the year of the rat, but 2011 sure was full of rodents. Also, expect more of the same - plus an added twist of Jesus - in 2012. Happy New Year? By Billy Manes 12/29/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: All we got for Christmas were political consequences, a shiny new Tom Feeney and some elephant arthritis via Cloris Leachman. A mixed bag, then! By Billy Manes 12/22/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: The week in which the mayor got all crabby with Florence Henderson, The Daily Show got all pissy in Tallahassee and Santa got all drinky in front of the kids. Everything itches! By Billy Manes 12/15/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: The week in which we hopped into an unregulated bed with heavy firearms, lamented the state's environmental time machine and then hoped we died before we got old. Talkin' 'bout our (lost) generation! By Billy Manes and Erin Sullivan 12/8/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: In which Mike Haridopolos confuses himself into a lawsuit, Rick Scott confuses state universities for idiots and the gays are about to be less confused – legally speaking – in Orlando. A ball of confusion for everyone! By Billy Manes and Jeff Gore 12/1/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: The local Democratic machine gets a swift kick in the ass, a Food Not Bombs founder exchanges anarchist recipes and we take a look at the sports that happen when no sports are happening. It's a Happytown Thanksgiving! By Billy Manes and Jeff Gore 11/24/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: The week we weathered Gov. Rick Scott's terrible foray into teaching Immokalee kids about owl pellets and farming ... before getting lost in the gay crossfire of a mayoral bitchfest over a benefits ordinance. Floridian pride overload! By Billy Manes and Jeff Gore 11/17/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: Gov. Rick Scott crashes a gun range, state Republicans play a game of legislative chicken and wouldn't everything be better in the NBA (or otherwise) with an electronic whip? We've got that whip appeal, baby. By Billy Manes, Jeff Gore and Zachary Cowart 11/10/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: The week the city got all gay on the county, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd continued to get all hot on the porn and the Siegel's unfinished mansion overshadowed the region's hunger crisis. Sex and money, then! By Billy Manes, Jeff Gore and Erin Sullivan 11/3/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: The week that Gadhafi got killed, the occupiers got arrested and the chamber got off scot-free. Is there no justice? Well, sometimes. By Billy Manes and Jeff Gore 10/27/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: This week we contemplated cruel and unusual punishment. Would it be death by firing squad, electric chair or a blood-spitting whip at the Holy Land Experience with Lizz Winstead? We'd prefer the comedic Jesus option, frankly. By Billy Manes and Jeff Gore 10/20/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: We got preoccupied with the Occupation of the City Beautiful, then we snapped out of it and measured imaginary drapes with the latest mayoral contender. Orlando is on fire! Run for your lives! By Jeff Gore and Billy Manes 10/13/2011
Happytown

Happytown

COLUMN: We're proud Linda Stewart was born this way and born to run for office. We're not so proud the the Creative Village may turn into Portlando. That Commander X hacking thing? We don't know what to think. We're too busy marching. By Billy Manes and Jeff Gore 10/6/2011
  • Happytown The Republicans were coming! In lieu of eating pizza with Herman Cain, we popped in on a Ron Paul confab, looked for the sequestered bobbing heads of protest outside of the convention center and figured out that – surprise! – conservatives are talking about Jesus weather again. We were blown away. | 9/29/2011
  • Happytown This week we take a SWAT at Patty Sheehan's condo-hostage shenanigans, get ready to take a bullet wound in all 50 states and listen to Newt Gingrich fans discuss a new target-practice immigration policy. BANG! | 9/22/2011
  • Happytown Alan Grayson called Newt Gingrich fat. We drank. A federal judge tossed out the redistricting lawsuit. We drank. The ACLU challenged piss tests for the poor. We drank. And then we, along with the firefighters, took to Facebook to post inappropriate pictures. We don't remember any of it. | 9/15/2011
  • Happytown The week when Haridopolos learned how to lie on YouTube, Republicans falsely conjured reparations and objectivity was kicked out of the Middle East. This is the week we'll never forget? | 9/8/2011
  • Happytown This week we get all hot and bothered with Debbie Wasserman Schultz at an Obama office launch, then we get get all cold and critical in our private prison cell. We go to extremes. | 9/1/2011
  • Happytown This week, we race for the merch booth on Rick Scott's rhubarb reinvention tour, hide in your backyard (because you don't want us in your backyard) on the municipal redistricting tour and adjust our baby monitors to the "controversy" frequency at Disney. We are everywhere. | 8/25/2011
  • Happytown Cover boy Rick Scott rolls into town in a Walmart shopping cart (we roll our eyes), the Republican machine rolls in the dirt of activist profiling and a bunch of trucker mustaches roll through the convention center. We're on a roll, here | 8/18/2011
  • Happytown | 8/11/2011
  • Happytown The traveling redistricting circus reminds us what wasting time feels like, Phil Diamond throws Jesus chicken at us and WFTV Channel 9 concocts a class war via homeless paranoia. | 8/4/2011
  • Happytown Wherein we work ourselves up for the redistricting tour of awesomeness only to be summarily dressed down (naked! In prison!) by Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. Oh, the agony. | 7/28/2011
  • Happytown The wingnuts are coming! The wingnuts are coming! Oh, wait. They're already here. While we were busy scrubbing the vomit out of our polyester suits (a somewhat unavoidable catharsis resulting from our annual Best of Orlando shenanigans), an entirely different flavor of vomit was rising in our throats. | 7/21/2011
  • Happytown | 7/13/2011
  • Happytown Vouchers are like depression gift certificates, city elections are like moving goalposts and gas prices are too damn high for Brian Feldman. | 7/7/2011
  • Happytown In which we playfully crash the bejeweled intentions of the Dr. Phillips Center's tent party and then try to get all up in the face of evil Gov. Rick Scott. We will survive! | 6/30/2011
  • Happytown The week where we play Frankenstein inside Rick Scott's charisma vacuum, get taken for a ride down to J.J. Redick's pubic floor and dive Six Feet Under for a family photo. Scary! | 6/23/2011