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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: What did we learn? Hopefully lots

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The winds have died and the mopping up has begun. Businesses are reopening as people head back to work while dealing, at least for now, with their new realities. I know people whose homes were badly damaged by this storm, while others – myself luckily included – had only minor inconveniences. No matter whether Irma dealt you a mighty blow or a glancing scratch, we’re all in this together.

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Joe Henderson: Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio agree Donald Trump made poor choice to lead NASA

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Florida’s members of the United States Senate don’t agree on much, but with a Category 5 hurricane bearing down on Miami and the east coast, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in advocating for their state. Well done.

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Joe Henderson: Hurricanes are tough, Floridians are tougher

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Floridians generally are a cocky bunch when it comes to hurricanes. A lot of people take the batteries-and-beer approach to these things: make sure you have plenty of both. Fill up the propane tank on the grill, fill the cooler with ice, and ride it out. Not this time.

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GOP arrives at crossroads choice of ‘mean’ & ‘compassion’

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My Republican friends (yes, I have them) loathe being called the party of mean people, and I completely understand why they feel that way. What some see as mean, others see as principled. That’s particularly true with programs like Medicaid expansion in Florida, which many Republicans say costs too much and doesn’t work well enough. I respect that point of view because it’s not looney, even if I don’t agree. But when it comes to so-called Dreamers – the children…

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Joe Henderson: Keeping eye on Hurricane Irma while remembering 2004

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I guess I should be scared that North Korea wants to vaporize us, but just now watching a nasty lady named Irma churn her way through the Atlantic, maybe toward us, has priority on my freak-out list. I fear for the wonderful U.S. Virgin Islands, where I just visited about six weeks ago. They appear to be in the hurricane’s path. But after that, I can’t help wondering if this isn’t the “one” that could turn coastal Florida into the…

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Joe Henderson: Corcoran tourism threat isn’t a bluff

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran is right on the money, so to speak, with his latest fiscal gambit. Corcoran has put 12 tourism development agencies throughout Florida on notice that they better have an accurate and public accounting of how they spend taxpayer dollars — and quickly. That includes big ones in Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay.

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Joe Henderson: St. Pete mayor race headed to runoff? Logic says yes but I say no

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The polls have former St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker fluctuating around six to eight percent ahead of current mayor Rick Kriseman in the race to the city’s next mayor. That’s a solid lead, but a bit short of the 50 percent threshold Baker must cross to avoid a runoff. Most learned pundits seem to believe that’s where this race is headed. I know that’s sound logic, but I’ll crawl out on a limb and say after the ballots are counted today, it…

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