Tampa Strip Clubs See Big Bucks In GOP Convention Hordes


HUFFINGTON POST

As the Gulf Coast waited for Tropical Storm Isaac to make landfall Monday, strip club owners and “exotic” dancers in Tampa anticipated a windfall of ‘stimulus’ spending as the Republican National Convention gets underway.

The city that is home to the originator of the lap dance and has been called the strip club capital of the country, is geared up for an influx of randy Republicans.

Extra strippers have been hired. Delegate discounts have been offered. And patriotic decorations, like the GOP elephant logo posted at the entrance of the 2001 Odyssey strip joint, have been put in place. (HuffPost first reported on the efforts of Tampa strip clubs to get ready for the convention in 2011.)

“We’re amping up for it,” Todd Trause, manager of the 2001 Odyssey club, told theNew York Daily News. “We’ve got extra girls coming in. We’ve made sure to have everything in the best condition.”

Despite predictions that baudy business would be triple that of Super Bowl weekend, though, by Monday Tampa’s 20 or so “gentleman’s clubs” reported no bump in business.

“I’m sure it’s the hurricane,” said Vicki Baham, manager at Tampa’s most famous strip joint, Mons Venus, where owner Joe Redner introduced the lap dance. “People are freaking out about it.”

Still, strip club owners have placed ads encouraging Republican delegates “to party like a liberal,” says CNN.com. Not that that would be good for business. FULL ARTICLE

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POLITICO: “Unpopular House GOP lies low in Tampa”


By JAKE SHERMAN and ALEX ISENSTADT | 8/27/12 6:04 PM EDT

r/l  Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor

TAMPA, Fla. — It’s no big secret here: House Republicans aren’t exactly the belle of this ball.

Despite reviving the party in 2010 with gigantic gains in the lower chamber, just five House GOP lawmakers will address the pared back convention – a reminder just how unpopular the House Republican majority is in this country.

None of the heralded freshmen will take the stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) – the highest-ranking Republican Jew – isn’t speaking to the crowd here.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), chatting with reporters at a lunch, is talking about the need for a shorter convention and simpler platform — and he doesn’t have a premiere speaking slot either, according to a new schedule provided to POLITICO.

This all comes after House Republicans have spent the past few weeks throwing their entire party off message. Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) comments on rape and Rep. Kevin Yoder’s (R-Kan.) naked swim in Israel forced Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to answer for their rambunctious colleagues… More…

“Chris Matthews defends attack on Priebus: GOP ‘dividing country along racial lines’ “


By DYLAN BYERS |

8/27/12 8:46 PM EDT

TAMPA — In an emotional interview with POLITICO tonight, MSNBC host Chris Matthews defended his spirited attack against RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in which he alleged that the Republican party was guilty of playing the race card against President Barack Obama.

“It is obvious that this is something I care passionately about: race was abused by white politicians in my lifetime, including Reagan. For someone to come on the program and deny that this is part of their process, I couldn’t take that,” Matthews said. “This is something I really, deeply believe in. We grew up in a country where appeals to race have been awful, terrible. This language — we are beyond this. It had to be called out.”

(See alo: Chris Matthews’s 5 best rants)

On today’s edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Matthews told Priebus that Republican attacks on President Obama’s welfare stance, as well as Mitt Romney‘s remark about his birth certificate, were evidence that the Republican party was playing “that little ethnic card… the race card,” and called it an embarrassment to the party.

Matthews criticism, leveled with a remarkable emotional intensity, visibly rankled the show’s co-hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. RNC spokesman Sean Spicer called it “outlandish.” Priebus called it “garbage,” and later charged Matthews with trying to be “the biggest jerk in the room.” In an interview with Matthews Monday evening, Newt Gingrichcharged Matthews with racism. FULL ARTICLE

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IN GOP PRIMARY NEWT GINGRICH WON SOUTH CAROLINA BY FANNING THE FLAMES OF THE STATES HERITAGE OF RACISM AND RACIAL HATRED. NOTE: SOUTH CAROLINA STARTED THE CIVIL WAR OVER STATE’S “RIGHT TO KEEP FORCED AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS AS SLAVES.

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Convention coverage: A network guide on how to follow political developments


Major networks are limiting their live reporting, but online streaming and news channel attention will be heavy

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

PUBLISHED: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012, 6:00 AM
UPDATED: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012, 6:00 AM

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PBS is the only broadcast network that will turn over all of prime time to the Republican convention this week and the Democratic convention next week.

ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will condense matters into a one-hour mix of highlights and live coverage, on the premise that conventions now are so scripted and choreographed that no day produces more than an hour’s worth of actual news.

Political junkies who want more, however, can find plenty on the cable networks, satellite radio and Internet streams.

All the major networks will live-stream most of the action and almost all will have social-media links. Current is heavily linked into Twitter, NBC is tied in with Google Plus, Univision to YouTube and so on.

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“Chris Christie: I may ‘stray’ during keynote”


[A YOUNG CHRISTIE?]

By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 8/27/12 7:07 PM EDT

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday he will stick with his signature style and may “stray a little” from the teleprompter during his keynote address at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.

Christie told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in an interview set to air Tuesday morning that he finds working off of a prepared speech on a teleprompter “less natural” than his more informal, off-the-cuff style.

“I don’t use text almost ever,” Christie said on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, according to a “Morning Joe” transcript. “So most of the time I think about what it is I want to talk about and then I get up there and I talk about it. Now, with the time restrictions here and obviously the different stage, they want you to work off a text and that’s fine.”

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