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Tampa must look for new police chief as Eric Ward steps down

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After just a little more than two years on the job, Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward is leaving the force for a position with Coca-Cola Beverages Florida as head of security. “It was not an easy decision for me to make, and it was something that I did not take very lightly,” the 50-year-old soft-spoken chief said at a news conference Thursday at TPD headquarters to announce his departure. “It’s a great opportunity,” Ward said after he was asked why…

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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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More endorsements come rolling in for Darden Rice’s re-election

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice is announcing an extended list of new endorsements Thursday for her District 4 re-election bid. As a popular first-term Council member and longtime civic activist, Rice enjoys a wellspring of support from elected officials, colleagues and well-wishers on both the local and state levels. The growing list of endorsements includes several prominent local elected officials: State Sen. Darryl Rouson, State Reps. Ben Diamond and Wengay Newton, as well as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman,…

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Joe Henderson: Hillsborough commissioners vote to preserve history, but what kind?

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I’m still waiting for anyone who can find real nobility in the slaughter we euphemistically call the Civil War. War, by its nature, is anything but civil. More importantly, what was so noble about the bloody conflict that four Hillsborough County Commissioners felt it was worth preserving a monument to a time where racial strife tore the nation apart. What are they honoring? Southern history? The war was fought over the South’s insistence on holding on to slavery. Look it…

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Bob Buckhorn: It was Hillsborough, not Tampa, which voted to keep Confederate monument

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“Confederate monument in Tampa will stay put” is the headline published on CNN’s website on Wednesday, shortly after the Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 to keep a statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the annex of the county courthouse located in downtown Tampa. “Officials in Tampa decide not to move Civil War monument,” is the headline in the Washington Post. “Tampa leaders won’t remove Confederate Monument,” reads the headline in the Orlando Sentinel. On Thursday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn sought…

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Bob Buckhorn says Tampa is doing plenty to combat climate change

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Although Bob Buckhorn isn’t likely to sign onto a Sierra Club pledge putting Tampa on record as attempting a 100 clean energy portfolio by a certain year, his administration says he’s doing plenty to combat the negative implications of climate change on the city. Buckhorn did join St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman in signing on to a group of over 300 mayors earlier this month who say they intend to fully the intended mission of the Paris Climate agreement, which President Trump…

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Shawn Harrison kicks off HD 63 re-election bid at Tampa Theater June 29

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Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison is holding a campaign kickoff party later this month to launch his re-election bid in House District 63. The event, hosted by House Majority 2016 and featuring special guest Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, is Thursday, June 29, beginning 5 p.m. at the historic Tampa Theater, 711 N. Franklin St. Included on the extensive list of local GOP leaders making the host committee are House Speaker Richard Corcoran from Land O’Lakes, and Speakers-to-be Jose Oliva and…

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