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Saturday, Feb 06, 2016

Joe Henderson Columns

COLUMN

Was head table at state fair luncheon a preview of next governor’s race?

The annual Governor’s Day Luncheon on the opening day of the Florida State Fair is a time to see and be seen. It’s one of those “must-go” events.
Published: 02/05/16
Local singers come together for a choir to back up Manilow concert
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Local singers come together for a choir to back up Manilow concert

When organizers of the Barry Manilow concert Thursday at Amalie Arena needed local singers on short notice to form a backup gospel choir, they knew who to call.
Published: 02/02/16
Updated: 02/03/16
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We know Washington is gridlocked, but does it even want to get out?

You may be among those who can’t fathom how Donald Trump could be the next president of the United States. Or perhaps you thought you knew how our political system works, but the rise of Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders forced you to rethink.
Published: 01/31/16
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Cambridge Christian prayer case will be interesting to watch

The separation of church and state is not an actual law. It’s basically a doctrine that has evolved over the years after various legal rulings, including some by the U.S. Supreme Court. It generally is accepted to mean that government can ...
Published: 01/29/16
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If the NRA wins on open carry for Florida, what will it want next?

Leaders at the National Rifle Association always think several moves ahead and they are relentless. With the consent of the Legislature, Florida has morphed from a state with reasonable gun restrictions 10 or 15 years ago to what we have now, and it&...
Published: 01/27/16
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Stop Act proposal on fundraising is a Jolly good idea

Voters from Florida’s 13th Congressional District had every right to believe they were sending David Jolly to do the people’s work when they elected him in 2014 to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Published: 01/24/16
Updated: 01/25/16
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Less drama, more focus the new normal at Hillsborough school board

The Hillsborough County School Board passed an important milestone a couple of days ago. In keeping with the way things operate there these days, not many people noticed. But, yes, it has been a year since the board, by a 4-3 vote, dismissed rock sta...
Published: 01/24/16
Who knew there so was much interest in property appraiser race?
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Who knew there so was much interest in property appraiser race?

I had to do a double take Tuesday night when I arrived at the Columbia Restaurant museum in Ybor City. The occasion was the formal re-election campaign kickoff for Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez, and the joint was packed.
Updated one month ago
Eakins controversy is a tempest in search of a teapot
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Eakins controversy is a tempest in search of a teapot

Jeff Eakins, the superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools, is a Christian. It’s no secret. One of the first things he promised after succeeding MaryEllen Elia last year was to push the concept of servant leadership throughout the district...
Updated one month ago
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Nikki Haley made so much sense, many in her party were outraged

President Barack Obama was optimistic and upbeat last week in his final State of the Union speech and, well, HOW DARE HE!!!
Updated one month ago