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Fox News said it best with Cruz: “What have you actually accomplished?”


About 19 months ago, Ted Cruz, the junior U.S. senator from Texas, was the leader in a move that shut down the federal government for two weeks. Standard & Poor’s estimated the ploy by this balance-the-budget ...

Buckhorn’s second term set to kick off with a bang


News outlets will do their thing Wednesday when Bob Buckhorn is sworn in to begin his second term as Tampa’s mayor. It’s what we do, even though everyone in town has known for at least the past two years th...

Inglis, Republican to the core, says climate change is real


Bob Inglis is a Republican who preaches the gospel of gun rights, lower taxes and less government. He spent 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, sent there by voters from one of South Carolina’s most con...

Time to bring common sense back to prep athletics

- Transfer restrictions for Hillsborough County schools are over the top after changes prompted by Armwood High being caught using ineligible players, Joe Henderson writes. Proposed changes to the FHSAA will help change that.

Five little words still rattle the American political landscape


Mitt Romney was trying to score points with potential voters at the Iowa State Fair in 2011. If he was elected president, he promised them, No! New!! Taxes!!!

Any notion that MacDill might close has to be taken seriously


In May 1939, Southeast Air Base opened in Tampa, but it wasn’t long before it was renamed MacDill Air Force Base. Among many other things, it’s where pilots for the B-17 Flying Fortress were trained, and it...

Youth soccer complex plan is gamble worth taking


There are lots of things Hillsborough County leaders could do with $15 million besides building a youth soccer complex.

‘Motown The Musical’ is a non-stop sensory treat


If you plan to catch “Motown The Musical” at the Straz Center, be forewarned: get ready ‘cause here they...

Negative campaign just raises more questions

- Joe Henderson doesn’t recall any candidate wanting to win a council seat as badly as Jackie Toledo. It is that drive to win and the way she is going about it that is making a lot of people nervous.

GOP should be wary about what it just unleashed


The once-august U.S. Senate has become a Romper Room filled with squabbling children 15 minutes overdue for a nap. It won’t be long before a cream pie in the face passes for statesmanship. Maybe it already does.

With Riverwalk completion near, Tampa’s stage will be fully set


A few years ago, I spent some time in San Antonio during a trip to Texas. It definitely is a fine city, but I have to be honest about one of its main attractions. When I saw its famed Riverwalk for the first time, I was ...

How can anybody hurt a dog like this?

- The question that keeps going around in columnist Joe Henderson’s head: If someone is despicable enough to do something like that to Cabela, what else would they do?

Maybe denying climate change isn’t policy, but it sure is dumb


Our state never needs help to look Flori-dumb.

Iran treaty is risky, but so is Boehner’s gambit


President Barack Obama has made reaching a nuclear treaty with Iran a priority. At best, it’s a debatable strategy, and at worst it’s globally dangerous. Most, if not all, Republicans, more than a few Democ...

Tackling casino issue puts Young squarely in the spotlight


State Rep. Dana Young of Tampa is, in the words of her Plant City House colleague Dan Raulerson, “thoughtfully tenacious.”

Even-keeled Eakins what Hillsborough needs

- He has been a loyal, accomplished employee of Hillsborough County schools for a quarter-century. Now, Joe Henderson says, Jeff Eakins will bring a soothing familiarity in his role as MaryEllen Elia’s successor.

The perils of venomous online posts

- When social media stops being social, as was the case when former pitcher Curt Schilling came to the defense of his daughter, consequences can be harsh, Joe Henderson writes.

Just when you think Obama-bashing can’t get worse, it does


It wasn’t enough for the residents of Wingnut Nation to argue in defiance of facts that Barack Obama was not born in America. Some of them even cling to the belief he is an agent of radical Islam sent to destroy o...

City elections important, but so few people seem to care


There is an election Tuesday in Tampa to choose a mayor and city council members, but it appears to be a well-kept secret. There are 211,158 registered voters in the city, but by late last week only 14,271 mail ballots h...

Henderson: This shows what happens when a community comes together


Adrian White is one of those people willing to help anyone at any time. All you have to do is ask, and he will be there.

Festival reminds us getting into a jam (or jelly) can be good thing


I told the kind lady at Gate 4 of the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds Tuesday morning I was there as a judge. She pointed me toward a building filled with every imagi...

It must be different when mandate comes from Tallahassee


We’ve all seen the collective heads of Republican legislators in our state spin ’round and ’round any time a mandate for almost anything comes down from Washington.

Relief may be coming from testing mania in Florida schools


It’s a busy month in Hillsborough County’s schools.

It’s foolish to think Rays will stay in St. Pete


I understand why members of the St. Petersburg City Council aren’t willing to roll over and let the Tampa Bay Rays move to Tampa or anywhere else. I always expected they would put up a fight. It’s what good...

Tampa’s Uber migraine could soon be St. Pete’s too


St. Petersburg surely seems like a perfect place for the upstart ride-buying companies Uber and Lyft to prosper. Combine the city’s bustling downtown social and arts scene with an influx of younger residents who d...

Republicans have total AND complete chance on health care


Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the 60th time since 2011 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, just in time to beat the Feb. 15 deadline to sign up for health insurance...

How can we be surprised when the system breaks?


You might not think a state agency charged with protecting children has anything in common with the one running the prison system. You would be incorrect.

Henderson: Jim Norman’s rise from political undead scary


Jim Norman is thinking of running again for the Hills­borough County Commission. Of course he is. We don’t have ex-politicians in this town, we just have politicians taking time in between legislative gigs.

TV news’ credibility in doubt before Williams’ gaffe

- It’s no big deal if Brian Williams is fired, quits or returns to the anchor desk after his suspension, writes Joe Henderson. No matter how this ends, the news doesn’t stop and someone will one day take his p...

Jeb would tote lots of baggage into a national campaign


Pundits probably assume that because we know him well, Floridians will vote for Jeb Bush in a 2016 presidential race. Consider that from the other side, though.

Henderson: Buckhorn’s school board tweet illustrates the big divide


The impact of 60 characters can be substantial. That’s all Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn used from the 140 keystrokes Twitter allows to get across his view that Hillsborough County School Board members who voted to fir...

Scott says he could have handled mess better — we know, we know


Gov. Rick Scott opened Thursday’s much-anticipated Cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fairgrounds with a startling admission. Of his ham-handed decision to dismiss Florida Department of Law Enforcement chief Ger...

Scott finding, again, that governing in the shadows doesn’t work


The annual Governor’s Luncheon to kick off the Florida State Fair is scheduled for Thursday, and it could get weird. It is supposed to be a celebration of the good things in our state, but controversies are erupti...

Placing kids in need with adoptive parents is mission at New Life Village


Like anyone with a soul, Sister Claire LeBoeuf was horrified when she read how the biological father of 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck threw her off a bridge in Pinellas County to her death. To LeBoeuf, the case underscored ...