Uprisings!: Fox Business Network will be hosting the worst Republican dinner party ever tonight. We’ll be liveblogging at 9 p.m.

By : Billy Manes
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And here we thought we were going to go sweetly into that warm bubble bath as the evening met its slumber. Nope. Instead, we’ll be doing what we do best while drinking in our underpants with dogs akimbo: liveblogging our thoughts on the currents and currency of the Republican presidential runaway train as it makes its next wobbly stop on the TEEVEE at 9 p.m. One and all should gather around their television tubes and bend their antennae in the direction of something onerous called the Fox Business Network. OR, you can pull out your phone, your iPad, your Kindle, your hair and just watch as we ruminate on how low politics can go. Either way, it will be fun. There are numerous drinking games, of course, because that’s what we’ve turned into. Our friend Peter Scorsch at saintpetersblog.com has been getting a chub about them all day. However, we have to work early in the morning, and our drinking will likely be supplemented with a lot of “How bloody dare you?” and “What would your mother think?” exhortations. Still, you don’t want to miss it. (We didn’t liveblog Friday’s Democratic “forum” because it was a “forum” and we were busy, but it was pretty spectacular and civil; Rachel Maddow is our spirit animal). Enough ranting for now. We’ll see you for the BIG GAME tonight. Over/under on Jeb and Marco making out? 0/0.

8:48 p.m.: TOOK A NAP! I have no idea what happened in Junior Varsity yet. Sometimes it’s better when you don’t know. Of course, that’s impossible. Bobby Jindal went batshit and Chris Christie’s “side fender” has been dented according to FOX guy.

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Viewpoint: The Other Side of Life, Property Axes

By : Jason Leclerc
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I’ve discovered a patch of invasive, non-indigenous flowering weeds on my little patch of American soil. While I wait for the herbicide to kick in, I’m going break out a hatchet to keep it from spreading to my neighbors’ lawns. I’m going to do my duty as a good citizen, destroy an otherwise pretty bed on my own property and protect the fragile native ecosystem. This process may look self-destructive, but it must be done. Stand back, friends, Election Day is coming.

The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution declares, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Many conservative arguments for states’ rights are rooted in this simple yet powerful clause. Strict constructionists have used this to justify local control over such important institutions as education; it’s invoked in arguments about abortion and gay marriage. Let’s not forget that little squabble about local hegemony in the 1860s.

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Transgender Southern Comfort conference comes to Florida

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The 2015 Southern Comfort Conference took place at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, Fla. Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 with more than 400 transgender activists and allies in attendance.

This was the first time the conference has been held in Florida.

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Georgie’s Alibi St. Pete is no more

By : Jeremy Williams
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(story edited at 6:50 pm. A representative from the Metro Center reached out to say erroneous statements were made by Robert Barnum. Metro Center is not a part of the Georgie’s Alibi sale. The story has been updated with a statement from Metro Center.)

After nearly 18 months on the market, the famed Georgie’s Alibi closed their doors Sept. 19 to the sound of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” playing on the dance floor. See photos from Georgie’s final happy hour, and final night in business.

The Alibi made the announcement to the community via Facebook on Sept. 9 after St. Petersburg realtor Robert Barnum, who brokered the deal on behalf of the Alibi, spoke with Watermark about the sale.

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A finish line is in sight for Stonewall Orlando’s extensive renovations

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando – Stonewall Orlando is known for its fiercely loyal regulars, but even they might not recognize the nightclub once the current, extensive renovation project is complete.

Steven Watkins, Stonewall’s owner, says he’s wanted to renovate the bar since it opened its doors eight years ago. The project has been ongoing since 2013, and there is an end in sight – Watkins says the project is “85 percent complete,” and his contractor is telling him that a renovated Stonewall will be open for business by Orlando Pride in October.

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A Gay Bar Star Reborn: Janine Klein brings self-effacing cabaret madness back to Parliament House

By : Billy Manes
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Local off-off-off-Broadway (like downtown Orlando’s Broadway Avenue for purposes of context) sensation Janine Klein has popped into our living space and plopped onto our couch as the summer storms have inclined her to. She’s not running away from anything. She’s just running.

“That’s God talking,” she laughs, tugging from a drink. “He doesn’t want me to do this show again.”

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Tampa is tops

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Glenn Beck thinks St. Pete is just sinful
Glenn Beck, the conservative “Chicken Little” doomsdayer, has released a list of the 15 cities he finds to be the least religious in America, and our very own St. Petersburg made the list, coming in at number six. Beck ran down the list on his radio show and posted it up on his website Aug. 11, saying, “These are the cities to avoid like the plague. And if you look at that list, these are the cities that are already having trouble. We haven’t even hit the road bump.” Beck does not offer up the criteria of how he came up with the list. One can only assume it was some divine presence (Cheney can you hear me?). Still, not everyone saw being Beck-listed as a negative. After the list was released, St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted, “Woke up, sun shining, & @glennbeck lumping #StPete in w/ Portland-San Fran-Seattle-Denver-Phoenix as cities to avoid. An honor! #ThanksGlenn.”

A picture worth a thousand spaces
One of the things that can make living in the concrete jungle of a big city a bit dreary is the colorless sides of skyscrapers, high rises and parking garages, but the city of Tampa is looking to spruce things up by having the outside of the William F. Poe Parking Garage in downtown painted. The city has recruited the artistic skills of muralists Leon “Tes One” Bedore and Ales “Bask” Hostomsky to paint images along the outside of the garage. The images will be large enough so that travelers along Interstate 275 will be able to see them. The art project will begin this October and should take about eight weeks to complete. Hostomsky told the Tampa Bay Times that he and Bedore have known each other since they were teenagers and are still refining the details of the mural. The theme for the work is “Stay Curious” and will incorporate many of the cultural landmarks in the area. The mural will cost the city $100,000 and will come from the budget for public art.

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Fitting In: The LGBTQ Employee & Business Culture

By : Steve Yacovelli
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Imagine: It’s your first day on the job, and your friendly HR person gives you a pamphlet on what you should look like at work. In this “look book” it defined what your hairstyles should look like (men: short!), the amount of jewelry you can wear (women: very little!), what to do with body art you might have (cover it!), types of clothing style (no pants for women!), even the amount of cologne or perfume you can wear (very minimal!).

Now imagine you’re a transperson sitting in that HR office who is just starting to transition. What do you do? You don’t want to potentially lose the new job you fought so hard to get, but you want to be authentic to yourself and who you are as a person. Or consider you’re a cis- or gay man who doesn’t necessarily conform to the gender stereotypes of “masculinity,” or a cis- or lesbian woman who doesn’t conform to the stereotypical “femininity.” What do you do when that “look book” is shared with you, defining what your “work self” should be?

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Australian lawmaker introduces gay marriage bill

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – A maverick lawmaker broke from conservative government ranks Aug. 17 to introduce legislation that would legalize gay marriage in Australia as a new opinion poll confirmed that most Australians support such a reform.

Warren Entsch, a 65-year-old former crocodile farmer who has been dubbed a progressive redneck in the media, introduced a private member’s bill that would allow same-sex marriage throughout Australia.

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Hamburger Mary’s to bring Vegas feel and feathers to Daytona

By : Gina Avile
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Daytona – The spark is coming back to downtown Daytona, but it isn’t fireworks lighting up this quaint beachfront town. It’s the brand new location of Hamburger Mary’s, the popular franchised burger joint known for hosting killer drag shows. Co-owner of the new location Gary Motes says there will be feathers – lots of feathers – and a Vegas-style cabaret.

With 38 years of restaurant experience under his belt and a love for drag, Motes – partnered with his brother and sister – opened Hamburger Mary’s Jacksonville three years. With the success of the Jax location, the family decided it was time to expand.

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New York museum embraces gay pride in honor of Victorian-era photographer

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NEW YORK (AP) — A museum dedicated to a Victorian-era photographer who challenged gender roles is expanding its mission by championing tolerance and sending a contingent to New York’s gay pride parade.

The Alice Austen House on Staten Island has celebrated Austen’s work as a pioneering female photographer since the site opened to the public in 1985.

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Preaching to the converted: Say Goodnight and Go

By : Ken Kundis
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KenKundisHeadshot_808353452Last week, I had the occasion of being in Orlando for a big technology conference. The timing was fortuitous. I am also in the process of putting my Audubon Park house on the market. This gave me the excuse to combine business with…well, personal business. I went by the old girl on Virginia Drive to clean out what I had left and turn it into the hands of my very capable broker.

I bought the house in 2003 and expanded shortly after. If I had sold the resulting three bedroom, two bath house when I moved to NYC in 2007, I would have made an almost 100% return on my investment. Nineteen months later, I was upside down on my mortgage.

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