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Joe Henderson has had a 45-year career in newspapers, including the last nearly 42 years at The Tampa Tribune. He covered a large variety of things, primarily in sports but also including hard news. The two intertwined in the decade-long search to bring Major League Baseball to the area. Henderson was also City Hall reporter for two years and covered all sides of the sales tax issue that ultimately led to the construction of Raymond James Stadium. He served as a full-time sports columnist for about 10 years before moving to the metro news columnist for the last 4 ½ years. Henderson has numerous local, state and national writing awards. He has been married to his wife, Elaine, for nearly 35 years and has two grown sons – Ben and Patrick.

Joe Henderson: There is more to being patriotic than wrapping yourself in the flag

in 2017 by

Kellyanne Conway, as she has a way of doing, said something Friday on “Good Morning America” that was over-the-top baloney to, well, everyone – including supporters of President Donald Trump. If they don’t realize that, they should. Asked about the escalating war between the president and the media, Conway defended her boss by saying, and I quote, “It doesn’t help the American people to have a president covered in this light. I’m sorry. It’s neither productive nor patriotic. The toxicity…

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Joe Henderson: Hillsborough Confederate monument controversy isn’t going away

in Statewide/The Bay and the 'Burg by

The four Hillsborough County commissioners who voted to keep a Confederate monument on public grounds may have thought/hoped the issue was behind them. If so, they are mistaken. That much was clear from Tuesday’s rally in downtown Tampa by a coalition of leaders, clergy and people who are just plain fed up with the divide the monument has created in the community. That divide can only be closed when the monument is more to a more appropriate location. Commissioner Pat…

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Joe Henderson: Lawmakers may write health care bill, but the people always have final say

in 2017/Top Headlines by

If you have many hours to spend on a project where the only sure thing is that you will have a headache at the end, the full text of the U.S. Senate Republican health care proposal is available online. I tried reading it all. I really did. I made it about 20 pages before I realized it was a fool’s errand. Read this one snippet, copied and pasted from the actual draft of the bill, and you will understand why:…

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Joe Henderson: In losing his seat, David Jolly found his voice. Republicans better listen.

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Losing an election can be liberating. At least it seems to be that way for David Jolly. The former Republican congressman from St. Petersburg always had an independent streak, but he has gone full-blown solo since losing his seat last November to Charlie Crist in CD 13. He takes every opportunity on Twitter to bash President Donald Trump, including a jab about the suspension of live on-camera press briefings in a recent missive. But that was small potatoes compared to what the…

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Joe Henderson: Jack Latvala sounds like a candidate for Governor, even though he hasn’t announced

in Statewide by

State Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater keeps saying he’ll decide in a few weeks whether he is running for the Republican nomination for Governor, but he sounds like a candidate right now. He is making himself available for interviews (always a good sign) and speaking engagements around the state. More importantly, he actually is saying things that are newsworthy and sound suspiciously like common sense. Take this quote, for example, given over the weekend to WFOR-CBS 4’s Jim DeFede on…

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Joe Henderson: Hillsborough commissioners vote to preserve history, but what kind?

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

I’m still waiting for anyone who can find real nobility in the slaughter we euphemistically call the Civil War. War, by its nature, is anything but civil. More importantly, what was so noble about the bloody conflict that four Hillsborough County Commissioners felt it was worth preserving a monument to a time where racial strife tore the nation apart. What are they honoring? Southern history? The war was fought over the South’s insistence on holding on to slavery. Look it…

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Joe Henderson: Dan Raulerson ‘certainly’ not backing down after saying everyone should be armed

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Dan Raulerson and I disagree on many things about policy but we always have done so amicably. I have found him to be thoughtful, principled and willing to listen to ideas other than his own. Raulerson represents Florida House District 58, which stretches from Plant City and eastern Hillsborough County into Temple Terrace. He is not generally prone to hyperbole. So, I was taken aback when Raulerson said that in light of the attack last week in Washington that wounded…

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