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The feds give a royal two fingers to Medicaid privatization, the Dems shout down Dan Webster and not all chambers are full of secrets

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That and other serious statements from the undead about fiscal policy blended awk-
wardly with a series of half-hearted zombie grunts, and another activist experiment was concluded with most Winter Garden residents wondering what the hell they just saw.

While the power-drunk antics
of the Florida Chamber of Commerce are usually enough to satisfy Happytown's business beat, it's good to point out once in awhile what other, less paranoid chambers of commerce are doing. On April 28, the Metropolitan Business Association of Orlando, the city's gay chamber of commerce, which counts more than 300 LGBT-friendly businesses as members, celebrated the opening of its headquarters at a spacious, 1930s-era home on the corner of Pine Street and Osceola Avenue. Though the chamber was founded in 1992, it has, until now, never claimed a physical location. "We've stuck a flag in the ground, and we're here to stay," says MBA President Gina Duncan. "It's a symbol of the economic success that the LGBT community is enjoying."

The following day, the British-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida threw its own party at the Citrus Club, celebrating the marriage of England's Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Though many of the guests had already watched the wedding - it occurred at 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time - they watched it again, this time wearing stately top hats, munching scones topped with Devonshire cream and sipping imported British tea. Mili Boreham, the chamber's executive director, compared the pomp and circumstance to the Kentucky Derby, which begs the question: Will a horse be incorporated into the royal honeymoon?

We hope so. Cough!

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