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Joe Henderson: Unopposed candidates create ‘great void’ in local politics

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Elections are supposed to be about choices, but after candidate qualifying ended in Florida last week, many of the elections are already decided. Voters in 11 districts won’t get to choose their state senator because the incumbent faces no opposition — seven Republicans and four Democrats, if you’re keeping score. And in District 24, Pinellas County Republican incumbent Jeff Brandes faces only a write-in candidate. The theme is the same in the state House, where 29 candidates face no opposition…

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Joe Henderson: Love is perfect message on day of horror

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(Editor’s note: We bring this column to highlight an important viewpoint on Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando.) The sermon Sunday morning in my house of worship was about love. In light of current events that seems odd, doesn’t it? We woke to the news that a gunman with apparent ties to radical Islam murdered at least 50 people during a shooting rampage in Orlando. Pastor Patina Ripkey acknowledged the horror 90 miles to the east. And then spent the next…

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Jackie Toledo asks Hillsborough Republicans to help her ‘make history’

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There’s less than a week to go in the Tampa District 6 City Council runoff election, and though the race is officially non-partisan, both candidates are making a partisan pitch to their fellow party members. “We have a great opportunity in one week to make history. I could be the first Republican in District 6 to win this race,” Jackie Toledo told the dozens of members in attendance at the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee meeting Tuesday night at the…

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