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Saturday, Feb 13, 2016

Joe Henderson Columns

Laughing at The Donald’s chances to win is a bad idea
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Laughing at The Donald’s chances to win is a bad idea

Donald Trump's flirtation with the presidency may have started during some ribbing from President Obama in 2011, Joe Henderson writes. But it's no joke: Trump - in Tampa tonight - has a very real chance to win the election.
Published: 02/12/16
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Florida Senate assumes the role as adult in the room

Let’s try to boil your state government down to its basics.
Published: 02/10/16
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Tell us why you’re good instead of why the other guy is bad

In the never-ending political season, candidates have two choices: A) lay out specific proposals in a thoughtful, non-terrifying way, or, B) warn that electing their opponent will plunge the nation into eternal darkness and despair.
Published: 02/08/16
Just another homeless person on the street? Look closer
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Just another homeless person on the street? Look closer

Take a walk along the streets in downtown Tampa. It’s a cold morning, so maybe you pull the collar of your winter coat higher around your neck. You see what looks like a park bench, where someone covered by a thin blanket appears to be asleep....
Published: 02/07/16
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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 ...
Updated one month ago
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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&...
Updated one month ago
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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.
Updated one month ago