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At Tampa Tiger Bay, advocates push for restoring felon voting rights

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This summer, the Tampa Tiger Bay Club has bypassed inviting politicians into its den. Instead the organization has asked speakers to discuss pressing issues facing Florida.

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Why Andrew Warren left Tampa’s Charlottesville vigil

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Activist Jae Pass is not backing down from her criticism of the Tampa Police Department‘s at a vigil Sunday evening in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Things got so heated that it prompted an early exit from Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren.

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Hillsborough to expand civil citation program for juveniles

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State Attorney Andrew Warren campaigned on a platform of reforming the criminal justice system in Hillsborough County. On Thursday, he delivered on that promise, announcing an expanded plan for law enforcement to issue civil citations to first-time offending juveniles who commit nonserious, delinquent acts.

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Hillsborough Democrats blast Confederate monument vote as ‘white supremacy, white privilege’

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Two days after Hillsborough County Commissioners made national news by voting to keep a Confederate monument in front of its County Courthouse Annex, the Hillsborough Democratic Party says the commissioners who did so “should be ashamed of themselves.” Four commissioners, all Republicans, voted to maintain a statue built in 1911 of a Confederate soldier in front of the courthouse. They also approved Crist’s proposal to add a mural behind the monument, showcasing what Crist called “love and diversity” of the…

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In Tampa, public officials call for common sense solutions to end gun violence epidemic

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After the bloody assault at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando nearly a year ago resulted in the deaths of 49 people, 13 members of the Florida Legislature — 12 Democrats and Miami GOP state Sen. Anitere Flores — were on the losing side of a request to hold a special session on gun regulations. Despite that attitude at the Capitol, Michelle Gajda, the leader of the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, says Floridians have the power to end gun violence. “There…

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Tampa Bay-area activists to ‘wear orange’ for National Gun Violence Day events this weekend

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A 10-year-old was shot in the arm and shoulder Monday by an 11-year-old in St. Petersburg. According to the SPPD, the gun was brought into the home by 17-year-old Marquis Strickland. “It’s absolutely tragic,” says Michelle Gajda, Florida chapter leader with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “There is no way for a child to get their hands on a gun that hasn’t first passed through the hands of an adult, ” she said Tuesday, adding that such an incident should in…

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Andrew Warren, Aramis Ayala blast Jeff Sessions plan for stricter sentencing in criminal cases

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In recent years, criminal justice reform, especially in drug sentencing, has taken on more momentum, with governors in some of most conservative parts of the country embracing such efforts. In Florida, progressive State Attorney candidates like Andrew Warren in Tampa and Aramis Ayala in Orlando won their respective races last year by running on a similar platform. The two State Attorneys joined a group of current and former prosecutors last week in blasting Attorney General Jeff Sessions recent directive that the Justice Department return to…

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