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Joe Henderson

I have a 45-year career in newspapers, including the last nearly 42 years at The Tampa Tribune. I 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. I also was the 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. I served as a full-time sports columnist for about 10 years before moving to the metro news columnist for the last 4 ½ years. I have numerous local, state and national writing awards. I have been married to my wife, Elaine, for nearly 35 years and have two grown sons – Ben and Patrick.

Joe Henderson: Jeb Bush, school choice advocates could not be more pleased with Trump’s pick for education secretary

Jeb! Bush generally is considered the father of school choice, especially in Florida.

As Governor in 1999, Bush pushed through the first statewide school voucher program in the nation. He was the champion of grading individual schools on how well students do on standardized testing. He pushed for what became known as “accountability” for public school teachers through a battery of standardized tests.

Boiled to its essence, the philosophy is this: If the kids flunk, it’s the teacher’s fault. It’s not an idle threat.

The school and the teacher can pay the price for that. Schools can get labeled as failing. Teachers can lose their jobs.

”Why should we trap kids in schools that aren’t working?” Bush told the The New York Times in a 1999 interview.

Given all that, it figures he would herald the announcement that Betsy DeVos has been chosen to be the next federal Secretary of Education. She is considered a champion of school choice, including funneling public tax money into schools with a religious background.

She and her husband have been major Republican donors for years. She also served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and was the finance chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She has conceded that for her efforts and money, she expects a “return on investment.”

Now she has that.

“I cannot think of more effective and passionate change agent to press for a new education vision, one in which students, rather than adults and bureaucracies, become the priority in our nation’s classrooms,” Bush wrote on his Facebook page after DeVos was announced.

A “new education vision” sounds good, but let’s see this for what it really is. That vision likely will amount to an all-out assault on the way public schools are funded and how they educate children, a tactic signaled by new Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

He said a lawsuit against by the state teacher’s union against the corporate tax scholarship program – a deftly named voucher program – was “evil.”

Then he really got rolling.

“They are literally trying to destroy the lives of 100,000 children. Most of them are minorities, and all of them are poor. It flies in the face of common sense, and it defies every single study. It’s downright evil,” Corcoran said at his swearing-in ceremony.

Corcoran is known for blunt talk and power politics, but he outdid himself with this one. To say this lawsuit is “literally trying to destroy” lives is ridiculous and incendiary – not to mention wrong.

I have always believed the worst thing that happened to education in this state is when politicians began seeing teachers as a target instead of an ally. Bush was at the forefront of that. While I don’t doubt his sincerity in trying to address problems in struggling schools, I think his premise – implied or otherwise — that students fail because of bad teachers is wrong.

In many instances, the problem begins at home. Bush and Corcoran should spend a few days in the front office of a public school and listen to the abuse administrators and staff take from parents and students. Full disclosure: My wife works in the office at a local high school, and my oldest son is a teacher.

They are far from my only source on this, though. I hear all the time about students who won’t do their work and cause disruptions in class, only to have the parent file a complaint (or just start screaming) when the student fails.

Would that be different at a for-profit charter school? I doubt it, especially if the operator of the school is well-connected politically. Given Republicans’ zeal to weaken (if not destroy) the teachers’ union though, we will no doubt get a picture now from Washington that “choice” and “charters” are the key to make America great again!

Tallahassee has a head start in taking Florida in that direction. Jeb! couldn’t be more pleased.

Joe Henderson: Donald Trump has political cover to bring Cuba under U.S. umbrella

Fidel Castro is dead!

That was the totality of a simple tweet Saturday morning from president-elect Donald Trump as the world awoke to the news that millions have waited for so long to hear. The exclamation mark was telling about how Americans feel on either side of the issue of restoring normal relations with Cuba.

There isn’t much middle ground. You either believe that is time end the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba and restore full diplomatic ties, or you’re in the camp that screams “Hell No!”

About six in 10 Americans believe that we should re-establish relations with that rogue island nation, and that exclamation mark on Trump’s tweet may be a clue on how his administration will proceed. Trump has criticized President Obama’s executive actions to open commerce and reduce restrictions with Cuba, but the incoming chief executive now has the opening hard-liners have always said was the first step to pushing ahead with reform.

Those people wanted Castro gone, and by the time you read this, his body will have been cremated into ashes. It doesn’t get much more gone than that.

With Castro dead and the beginnings of a move toward reconciliation under way, Trump has political cover to push ahead with moves to bring Cuba back under the U.S. umbrella. Raul Castro, Fidel’s 85-year-old brother, remains in charge of Cuba, but he likely is contemplating his own mortality this morning.

If Trump moves swiftly to build on President Obama’s initiatives, it could lay the groundwork for lasting reform with the next Cuban leader – whomever eventually takes charge.

It will be a tricky game of global intrigue, though. The next world war will be over trade and commerce, and Cuba represents a big prize 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited Raul Castro in September, resulting in the signing of 30 trade agreements between the two nations. Vladimir Putin dropped by for a visit in 2014 and to tell Raul that he was forgiving Cuba’s debt to Russia. Many other nations have been doing business for years there.

Trump ran for president based largely on his business acumen, and now he will have the opportunity to show that. He can make a difference, because there are two Cubas.

Don’t be fooled the singular picture of an emerging, vibrant Havana. Once you get outside the city, a different story emerges. There, the Cuban people still struggle for basics like fresh water and adequate housing. Wages are stagnant. While Cuban heath care has made significant advances, many people need help to even obtain things like vitamins.

Human rights violations still occur. Government censorship remains the norm.

You can expect a lot of tough talk in the coming days and weeks that America should keep the sanctions in place until Cuba adopts a democratic form of government. But this also is a chance for a major move by the incoming president to rebuild ties with a nation that has been a source of irritation since Castro swept to power in 1959.

It’s a new dawn.

As Trump said, Fidel Castro is dead!

That’s what people wanted. Now they have it.

Joe Henderson: Look for Pat Kemp to turn Hillsborough Commission on its ear

Pat Kemp officially joined the Hillsborough County Commission when she was sworn into office Wednesday. If she stays true to her nature – and there is no to believe she won’t – Kemp might just turn the Commission on its ear.

I hope she does.

Most politicians like to play it safe and tell voters what they want to hear. Pat Kemp’s style is to tell what she believes they need to hear.

Get used to it.

Running for a public office isn’t easy, but I think Kemp has had to work harder for her seat than most. It seems like she has been campaigning nonstop since she was defeated narrowly by Al Higginbotham in 2014. That’s when she set her sights on the District 6 countywide seat this year. She handily defeated a tough Democratic primary field in August, then beat Republican Tim Schock in the general election.

Why so determined?

Spend a few minutes with her, and you’ll understand. This former aide to U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor is perpetual motion and passionate about accomplishing as much as she can. When she gets going, she tends to talk in breathless run-on sentences while waving one hand and using the other to check her phone.

It stands to reason, then, that Kemp believed winning a seat on this government body was a must-do because that’s where decisions are made that affect everyone.

It won’t be the same-ol’ approach to solving transportation problems, that’s for sure. Kemp made transportation the cornerstone of her campaign and voters have clearly shown they believe finding a solution is a top priority.

Commissioner Sandra Murman said Wednesday at Kemp’s swearing-in that she was glad to have another woman on the board. That is no doubt true, but we also safely guess that if Murman still proposes Band-Aids for transportation she will find Kemp an exasperated and sharp voice of opposition.

Kemp won’t play it safe, either. She blasted the ill-fated “Go Hillsborough” transportation plan, but not because it was a sales tax increase. She hated it because it was all about roads and cars and didn’t go far enough to address the area’s real transit needs.

As she says on her Facebook page, “Simply stated, a good transit system is the gas that makes cities go.”

True, Kemp is just one vote on a body where most of the members have been around for a while. Ken Hagan was first elected in 2002. Higginbotham has been on the board since 2006. Murman, Victor Crist and Les Miller have been commissioners since 2010.

To accomplish what she wants, Kemp will need to convince them to take chances and do what’s right for the county, even if it isn’t right for their political careers. That won’t be easy.

Regardless, though, I think we can make one assumption with no fear of being wrong. There is a new voice on the board, and by golly, it is going to be heard.


Joe Henderson: Despite opposition, ‘campus carry’ returns

Remember that measure some Republicans in the Legislature have tried to pass the last couple of years to allow guns on college campuses?

You know, the bill the House passed last year before it died in the Senate (thank goodness).

Well, it’s back.

Of course, it’s back. It never really left, and it won’t leave until the National Rifle Association finally rams this thing into law.

Never mind that a survey last year by the University of South Florida showed 73 percent of Floridians oppose allowing the state’s 1.4 million concealed permit holders to tote their weapons on campuses. Doesn’t matter.

Every state college and university president opposes this idea.

Doesn’t matter.

The Florida League of Women voters is against it. Really doesn’t matter.

As the Tallahassee Democrat reported, incoming Sen. Greg Steube, who pushed this idea while in the House, said, “I don’t see how you can say it’s not a more favorable landscape.”

Favorable for what? Favorable for foisting something through against the will of the people?

If this went to a popular vote, it likely would be crushed. Just because the political climate might be, in Steube’s words, “favorable” for passage doesn’t mean this is the right thing to do. Of course, logic is another thing that doesn’t matter when talking about guns.

The evidence is overwhelming that the NRA and its legislative minions don’t care who opposes them, how many oppose them, or how whacked the idea of bringing guns more into the everyday college mainstream seems to be.

I will save proponents the time of typing a rebuttal, because I know what they will say: Since only holders of concealed permits will be able to legally carry, what’s the problem?

The problem is what comes after that, when their insatiable thirst for gun expansion needs to satisfied again. We already know that enough is never sufficient for the NRA. This is an organization that wouldn’t give ground when 20 elementary school students and six adults were slaughtered in Newtown, Connecticut.

The NRA’s answer to every problem is a gun.

To these people, guns seem to matter more than anything.

So, of course, the idea of legalizing guns on college campuses is back. You can’t kill this idea, no matter how much opposition there is among the citizens of this great state. This is the zombie apocalypse of lawmaking.

Maybe that’s why some of the more strident Second Amendment folks vow you’ll have to pry their cold, dead fingers from their guns.

Joe Henderson: Kevin Beckner made a difference, which should never be forgotten

All politicians start out by saying how they want to make a difference. Well, Kevin Beckner did.

His now-former colleagues at the Hillsborough County Commission acknowledged that Wednesday during his final meeting as a member of the board. He is leaving because of term limits after serving eight years.

Yes, Beckner was the first openly gay man to serve on the commission, which by itself was highly significant given that just a decade ago Hillsborough banned any recognition of gay pride at county-sponsored events. Former Commissioner Ronda Storms even stipulated the ordinance would be spelled with lowercase “g” and “p” in case anyone doubted we were serious around here about bigotry.

When Beckner led a contentious but successful push to overturn that law, he stipulated it would be spelled with a capital “G” and “P” in case anyone doubted it was a new dawn.

Beckner wasn’t a one-issue commissioner, though. Far from it.

He pushed for juvenile first-time misdemeanor offenders to be issued civil citations so they wouldn’t be tagged with a police record so early in life.

He championed the push to shut down pill mills and insurance fraud. He pushed for the county to amend its Human Rights Ordinance to include prohibitions against discrimination based on sexual or gender identity.

He was a strong voice for transparency in government and fiscal restraint. He helped create an animal abuse registry so that people convicted of abuse on our four-legged friends could no longer own an animal.

But the thing that always stood out to me about Beckner was his determination. Once he set his mind on accomplishing something, he went after it with a righteous zeal. He is one smart guy, too. If you wanted to debate him on an issue, you had better come armed with the facts to back up your argument.

He pushed for the board to act on tough issues when it was clear some members would prefer to avoid that, oh, forever.

It is true that his campaign for Hillsborough Clerk of Courts was basically a disaster. It was sometimes over-the-top negative against incumbent icon Pat Frank, which was out of character for Beckner. I think he would have made a fine Clerk, but going negative backfired and Frank beat him easily last August in the Democratic primary.

Beckner has a lot of fences to mend after that, but here’s where the bigger picture needs to evolve for local Democrats who say they’ll never get over what he did. Beckner is exactly the kind of person needed in government.

We need intelligence. We need visionaries. We need people whose motto isn’t go-along-to-get-along. We need boat rockers. We need people who can take the heat. We need people who aren’t afraid.

Kevin Beckner checks every box and he made a difference. That never should be forgotten.

Joe Henderson: Facing many hurdles, Bob Buckhorn could make a good governor

The rebirth of downtown Tampa brought inevitable speculation that Mayor Bob Buckhorn might parlay it into a shot at the governor’s mansion in 2018. The job obviously has appeal for someone like Buckhorn, who likes a big stage and challenge.

Asking him to tip his hand about a possible run, though, has proved to be a necessary, but ultimately fruitless, endeavor.

As he told Mitch Perry of Wednesday, “Like a lot of people who are contemplating the future, you have to sort of sift through the carnage of last Tuesday and see what the landscape is, see whether or not there’s a path for victory for Democrats there, whether I’m the guy that can carry that torch, that I can inspire people to follow my lead.”

He then added, “ultimately it’s gotta come down to whether in my gut whether this is something that I want to do.”

Oh, I think a big part of him wants to do it. I also believe Democrats have a path to victory in the race to succeed Rick Scott. Whether Buckhorn can lead his party down this road and win is another question, though.

I like Buckhorn. I like his style. I like what he has done as Tampa’s mayor. I like his determination. I have known him for a long time, dating to his days on the Tampa City Council in the 1990s. I think he would make a good governor.

Whether any of that matters won’t be decided for a while and Buckhorn has a lot of hurdles to overcome, starting with his own party. U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham from Tallahassee has all but declared her intention to run, and high-profile attorney John Morgan might get into the race as well.

Graham is the daughter of one of Florida’s legendary politicians, former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham. Morgan has been on TVs around the state nearly every night for years with his relentless “For the People” slogan, and voters just strongly approved his signature issue — making medical marijuana legal.

Escaping the shadow of either of those two would be a huge challenge for Buckhorn, or anyone else.

Plus, statewide Democrats may have a case of Tampa Bay Fatigue. There have been four races to be Florida’s governor in this century and a Democrat from the Tampa Bay area has been atop the ticket each time — Bill McBride (2002), Jim Davis (2006), Alex Sink (2010) and Charlie Crist (2014).

They all lost.

Buckhorn is a loyal Democrat, though. He went all-in for Hillary Clinton in this year’s election and worked for Barack Obama here before that. He has been outspoken in his disdain for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. That’s all fine, but Clinton lost, Rubio won, and Obama is leaving office.

One thing to keep in mind: Buckhorn isn’t afraid of losing.

He lost in a primary for state House seat in 1992. He finished third out of five candidates running for mayor in 2003. And then there was the humiliating loss to former pro wrestler and first-time candidate Brian Blair in a 2004 county commission race.

He came back to take an upset win for mayor in 2011 and was re-elected without serious opposition.

Buckhorn always says being mayor of Tampa was his dream shot. Whenever I’ve told him it looks like he never sleeps, he responds that there will time to sleep when his second term is up. Whether he decides to postpone that nap to run for governor remains to be seen.

At this point, I don’t like his chances.

But knowing Buckhorn, he will figure out a way to be involved even if he is not on the ballot. He loves this stuff too much.

Joe Henderson: Looks like Donald Trump insider Pam Bondi is movin’ on up

It great to have choices, especially the kind in Pam Bondi’s world these days.

If there was any doubt about her clout with President-elect Donald Trump, that was put to rest when she was named to his transition team executive committee late last week.

This is as close to being brought into the official Trump family as one can get without bloodlines. It’s a team of power figures that includes Trump’s children, several important lawmakers, and key insiders whose work helped him win the election.

Trump clearly believes Bondi deserves “insider” status.

“I’m honored to serve President-elect Donald J. Trump in making this historic transition and assisting in finding the best individuals to bring change to Washington on Day 1, grow our economy, protect our children and families, and be unafraid to stand up for Americans,” Bondi said in a statement.

No one will be surprised if Florida is looking for a new attorney general soon. I don’t think Trump brought Bondi in this close to merely shake her hand when the transition is done and say, “Hey, thanks. Appreciate it. See you in four years.”

And Bondi, who is nothing if not ambitious, must know this is the time to jump. It won’t be long until the wrestling match for slots in the 2018 statewide and U.S. Senate races begin in Florida (I know, I know … sorry) and Bondi doesn’t seem to have a natural fit anywhere.

She hasn’t been mentioned in any serious chatter about running for governor. Her current boss, Gov. Rick Scott, seems to have his eye on Bill Nelson’s Senate seat. Bondi’s best bet might be to get what she can now with Trump and see where that takes her.

If she does join the administration, there are a lot of people who will consider it a quid-pro-quo for Bondi’s look-the-other-way performance on questions about consumer rip-offs in Florida by Trump University. The $25,000 campaign check Trump wrote for Bondi’s 2014 race might come up a time or two — or several thousand.

It sure has the look of something cozy.

That’s the thing about her, though.

That ambition-driven interior is covered by a Teflon exterior. Nothing seems to stick to her. Don’t forget, Bondi originally backed Jeb Bush for president, only to swear allegiance to the candidate who insulted and trashed him.

Trump won Florida by 1.3 percent, or about 120,000 votes out of about 9.3 million cast. Did Bondi’s support help swing the necessary votes his way? I doubt it. I think Trump voters chose him for reasons that had nothing to do with Bondi’s endorsement.

Once she was on Trump’s team, though, she was all in — and the incoming president didn’t forget that. Now that the race is over, she has moved to the head of the line for whatever awaits. I suppose it’s possible she could come back to finish her remaining two years as attorney general.

At this point, though, it seems a lot more likely that she is headed uptown.

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

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 process,” Fasano said. “I told Richard that what he has done will help create a member-driven Legislature instead of one driven by the lobbyists.”

It’s about damn time.

Corcoran is regarded as no-nonsense conservative with zero tolerance for anything he considers a frivolous use of the public’s purse.

His list of proposed rules designed to keep lobbyists in their place and increase transparency is the way the affairs of state should be conducted.

This site and other news outlets around the state reported this week on what Rep. Jim Boyd of Sarasota called “a seismic shift in the balance of power in Tallahassee and a return to a more open, accountable, and responsive state government.”

Among other things, the Corcoran Plan would require lobbyists to declare publicly what bills they are supporting and how they will be paid for. It would prohibit text messages between lobbyists and representatives while business is being conducted on the House floor. That practice has led to lawmakers reading texted “suggestions” from lobbyists straight from their phone like it’s a teleprompter.

Lawmakers can no longer fly on jets provided by lobbyists, even if they pay the regular commercial flight rate.

For taxpayers though, the most important change is Corcoran’s pitch that would end the devious practice of tacking pet projects as conforming bills on to other laws being considered at the end of the session. Such bills would now have to be filed and considered separately.

“This absolutely will cut down on the horse-trading and last-minute deals,” Fasano said.

Loosely translated, that means many of them never will be filed because sponsors know they are turkeys with no chance of passage.

“We commend House Speaker-Designate Corcoran’s efforts to increase accountability and transparency in the budget process,” Florida TaxWatch head Dominic Calabro said in a statement.

“His goal of making sure every appropriation that is placed in the budget be scrutinized and debated is one we share. Floridians deserve assurance that their money is being invested in critical needs and projects that provide the best return.”

Give the man credit. He has seen the enemy — and it is those who view the Legislature as an ATM of self-enrichment.

Now, talk is easy and policing the rules can be hard because, as we know, there are always work-arounds. You can bet a steak dinner lobbyists will try to find them.

Anyone on the prowl for loopholes, though, should be reminded of whom they are dealing with. Corcoran says what he thinks and means what he says.

“The special interests have been put on notice,” Fasano said. “The members of the House have been put on notice. He is sincere about this. Members who might think, ‘OK, we’ll pass these rules and then put in our back pocket’ better think again.”

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

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 House. Whether the outcome of this race was an embrace of the outsider Donald Trump or a rejection of Hillary Clinton as a soiled remnant of the establishment is a debate for pundits and historians.

What is undeniable is that the people wanted change and now they have it. That deserves a moment of pause and reflection.


The moment is over. That crashing sound was your 401(k) as it struck the rocks at the bottom of the cliff. We have entered a world where no one has a map. Everybody wide awake now? No, you aren’t dreaming.

The Republican Party of Reagan has been taken over by a foul-mouthed misogynist outsider who essentially ran against both the Democrats and the party that nominated him. The Bill Clinton Democrats and his successor-designate wife have been rejected by an American public fed up enough with the whole lot of them to roll the dice on a planetary scale.

Trump was supposed to be the wrong messenger; everyone said so. The polls said so, pundits said so, and logic said so. None of that applied, though, because the essence that drove his campaign was spot on. That’s how we got here, and the outcome of this election proves that.

I grew up in Ohio, the son of a working man who spent more than 30 years in a smoky factory in our small town. When he was about 60, the bosses moved that factory and all the jobs to a source of cheaper, southern labor. This proud man learned about age discrimination and the value of a lifetime spent working with his hands and back.

Things haven’t changed that much since 1969, have they? That was Trump’s platform.

Working men and women still feel like they get nothing but the back hand from their government. Unions that were supposed to protect them were impotent in the clutch and are now seen as part of the problem.

They felt abandoned. They felt betrayed.

They decided no was listening to them.

Well, they’re listening now.

I know those people. I love those people. Those are my friends, and I understand at least some of their anger. They want to be respected. I don’t like their solution, but I get it.

They feel like they pay for programs they can’t share. They are handed the bill for benefits they don’t receive. They see big business send their jobs overseas or out of state, while the rich CEO walks away with all their money.

They see elected representatives on the take from lobbyists. Where they saw Washington as the solution, they now see the nation’s capital as the problem. When people ask how Trump could win the presidency, it’s because these people saw him as their only voice.

They struck back the only way they could.

Did you see that sea of red-colored counties on the election maps Tuesday night? That was small-town, rural America screaming ENOUGH!

They believed that strongly enough to hand the keys to the White House to a crude man with a history of bankruptcy, both moral and business, because that man said he heard them.

He was the only one who did.

It was a strong enough message to swamp 15 other Republican candidates in the primaries. It stunned pollsters, pundits, and now the worldwide financial markets by winning the White House against the Chosen One.

What’s weird about this result is that President Barack Obama will leave office with historically high approval levels. The public loved him, but not enough to let him pass the baton to Clinton.

Trump won the day by recognizing millions of people are fed up. Trump made them believe Clinton was the problem and he is the answer. That’s what happened Tuesday night.

As for what happens now, well, we’ll get back to you.

Pat Kemp defeats Tim Schock in Hillsborough County District 6

Democrat Pat Kemp defeated challenger Tim Shock for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat.

Kemp had 55 percent of the vote for a solid victory.

Voters had two strong choices in this countywide race.

Kemp, who narrowly lost to Republican Al Higginbotham in 2014, had transportation as her main issue. She has long been a vocal advocate for solutions to the area’s top long-term issue that goes beyond adding new roads.

She advocates stronger growth management policies to help control urban sprawl, which contributes to transportation problems.

Kemp also has been a voice for transparency in government and diversity. She is a former aide to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and the former chair of the Hillsborough Democratic Party.

Schock, a small-business owner who has never held elective office, soundly defeated veteran Jim Norman in the primary. He, too, listed transportation as a major issue.

“It’s a quality of life issue. It’s about getting to work on time, getting home on time, being with our loved ones on time. That’s really what this is about,” Shock said in a video posted on his website.

“The goal for our transportation system has to be free-flow mobility, the ability to move people efficiently and effectively around our county — and in doing so, reduce our overall traffic congestion. It’s becoming a bigger and bigger problem, and it’s something we can no longer ignore.”

Schock advocated a regional solution for transportation, especially in the Hillsborough suburbs.

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