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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.

Tom Lee reintroduces two insurance-related bills for 2018 Session

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Republican state Sen. Tom Lee of Thonotosassa doesn’t give up easily. He has filed two bills that for the 2018 session that are essentially repeats of proposals that didn’t pass this year.

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Joe Henderson: Jack Latvala will bring a sensible GOP voice to a shrill campaign for governor

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The official entry of Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala into the race for governor is welcome news to those hoping someone would come along to give them a reason not to cover their ears during the upcoming campaign. I think they just got their guy. Whether his candidacy will attract enough support to grab his party’s nomination is an iffy proposition, but his chances might be better than you first think. If the electorate is looking for an alternative to…

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Joe Henderson: As Dan Raulerson leaves HD 58, only question is which Republican replaces him

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Today marks the end of Dan Raulerson’s five years in the Florida House representing District 58. He is stepping down following recent back surgery and to concentrate on his local accounting business in Plant City. As he told me during a recent chit-chat, “I’ve got to make a buck.”

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Joe Henderson: We’re heading for a defining showdown in the battle against hatred

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Sometimes you just have to get away, and for the last month or so I tried to do just that. I really did. I went to the U.S. Virgin Islands to watch my oldest son get married, and I highly recommend the island of St. John to anyone considering a Caribbean trip. It’s the place to go if you want to unplug for a while. To be honest, though, the events of last weekend prove that suspicion, hatred and mistrust…

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

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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

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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

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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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