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Friday, Jan 30, 2015

Joe Henderson Columns

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Once again, Florida’s poor left wanting in health care debate

Florida is not among the 28 states that expanded Medicaid programs to cover their neediest citizens. Six more states are strongly considering expansion. Florida is not one of those, either.
Updated: 12 hours ago
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Putnam: “Time not on our side” in fight to save citrus

Drive through eastern Hills­borough County, parts of Polk, or head south through Hardee, and you will pass farms and orange groves that make up the backbone of this state.
Published: 01/28/15
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Here’s a friendly Rx for what ails the NFL

Ten trillion bazillion people, more or less, from here to (Bruno) Mars will watch the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Published: 01/25/15
Updated: 01/26/15
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Tampa moving up in rankings, but it’s a steep climb

You can almost hear the chant slowly build inside Tampa’s halls of power — “We’re Number 141, We’re Number 141.”
Published: 01/25/15
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Scott’s stumbling start casts shadow over his next four years

Two weeks into his second term, Rick Scott is facing denunciations, allegations and demands for investigations. And that’s from his friends.
Published: 01/23/15
Elia decision shows big divide county must address
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Elia decision shows big divide county must address

Many people will mock the 4-3 decision Tuesday night by the Hillsborough County School Board to terminate the contract of Superintendent MaryEllen Elia....
Published: 01/21/15
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Is the state of our union really that bad?

Although most Republicans have honest, deep disagreements on policy and style with the president, they keep it professional out of respect to the office he holds. But not the representatives of Wingnut Nation. They hate him with a passion that is alm...
Published: 01/18/15
Updated: 01/19/15
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Asking voters to approve a tax increase is a dubious venture

Supporters of the Greenlight Pinellas referendum last November did a lot of things right trying to persuade voters to pay higher taxes for mass transit needs, including (cover your ears, folks) r-a-i-l.
Published: 01/18/15
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Elia bears some responsibility for the problems, too

Hillsborough County School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is a remarkable woman. Even her critics concede that.
Published: 01/16/15
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Governor, are you sure trying to bring Philly here is a good idea?

Gov. Rick Scott plans to travel to Philadelphia next month to coax the city’s business leaders and other people with lots of money to, in his words, “buy a one-way ticket to the Sunshine State.”...
Published: 01/14/15