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Richard Corcoran again blasts Hillsborough schools spending

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Richard Corcoran isn’t backing down from his criticism of local school districts as they continue to face wreduced funding from Tallahassee.

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Joe Henderson: Separation of powers there to keep legislators from running amok

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Politicians have long been outraged – OUTRAGED, I tell you – about so-called “activist judges” who make them follow that pesky thing known as the law. I guess it’s logical, therefore, for frustrated lawmakers to try and beat judges at their own game. FloridaPolitics.com reported that State Rep. Julio Gonzalez, a Republican from Venice, filed two bills to address this issue. If passed, voters would be asked to approve a constitutional amendment to basically allow the state to thumb its…

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Will Weatherford’s timing off, but only for the moment

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Like comedy, politics is most often all about timing. No one knows this better than Will Weatherford, who at the age of 26 rocketed from obscure legislative aide to Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives because of unanticipated, but perfectly placed, events (more about which in a moment). Now, arguably, this once-rising star of the Republican Party has fallen victim to his breathtaking start. In short, two years after he surrendered the gavel as America’s youngest state House speaker,…

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Joe Henderson: New House rules put lobbyists in their place and increases transparency

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Mike Fasano, the Pasco County Tax Collector and former state legislator, lives near incoming Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran. They are friends and they speak frequently with each other. Sometimes they agree on policies, sometimes they don’t. But they are in total accord about the dramatic changes regarding lobbyists and other measures Corcoran has planned for the upcoming year in the Legislature. “During my 20 years in the Legislature, I saw firsthand how much lobbyists were in control of the…

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Joe Henderson: There is no roadmap for where America goes next

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If it’s morning after the election and you are reading this, then the exit polls were correct on at least one point. The sun did indeed come up on all the blue states, red states, and especially on the Sunshine State. So, there is that. But for the moment at least, that’s pretty much the end of normal as we knew it. We now live in a nation where the president-elect broke every rule of campaigning and won the White…

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Joe Henderson: Open government office goes behind closed doors

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According to the Associated Press, the governor’s office just got a $153,000 makeover. Well, technically it was to the reception area outside the place where Gov. Rick Scott conducts the weighty affairs of state. There was new carpet to replace the 13-year-old stuff that covered the floor. That’s good. We want visitors to think we run a classy joint here in Florida. There was what AP called “bulletproof material” in the reception desk. No problem there. I don’t make jokes…

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Appreciation Day for Tampa Tribune staffers to be held this Sunday at Skipper’s Smokehouse

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It’s been more than two months now since the Tampa Bay area became a one newspaper town, after the Tampa Bay Times purchased the Tampa Tribune and dissolved it on May 3. A handful of Trib reporters were retained by the Times, and while a few others (Keith Morelli, Joe Henderson and Tom Jackson) have become contributors to SPB, many other staffers are still looking for work. This coming Sunday, July 10, WMNF radio and Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa are putting on…

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