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Monday, Mar 30, 2015

Joe Henderson Columns

Fox News said it best with Cruz: “What have you actually accomplished?”
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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 hawk cost the economy $24 billion. ...
Updated: 15 hours ago
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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 that a second term for this popular mayor was ...
Published: 03/29/15
Inglis, Republican to the core, says climate change is real
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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 conservative districts. The American Con...
Published: 03/27/15
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Time to bring common sense back to prep athletics

It was a major embarrassment to Hillsborough County schools a few years ago when Armwood High got caught using ineligible players and was stripped of a state football championship.
Published: 03/25/15
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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!!!
Published: 03/22/15
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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 was later home to the Strategic Air Command...
Published: 03/22/15
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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.
Published: 03/20/15
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Negative council campaign raises more questions than answers

If Jackie Toledo wins a runoff to represent District 6 on the Tampa City Council, she may well prove to be an outstanding public servant. She seems to have most of the bases covered. On her website, she makes sure we know she is an engineer, business...
Published: 03/18/15
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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.
Published: 03/16/15
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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 under-whelmed.
Published: 03/15/15