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Save Southern Heritage files defamation lawsuit versus two Hillsborough Democrats

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Save Southern Heritage is going back to court, charging two Hillsborough County Democrats with defamation for calling them a “white supremacist group.” The leading advocacy group for keeping a Confederate monument in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse annex is reacting to statements from Ione Townsend, chair of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee. The action also takes issue with comments posted on the activist group Organize Florida website as well as those by Tim Heberlein, the political director of the group.

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Does Adam Putnam still support Confederates in Veterans’ Hall of Fame?

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Two years ago, Adam Putnam was the lone vote in the four-member Cabinet to support adding three members of the Confederacy into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame, but he’s not saying now if he would vote that way again. Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and CFO Jeff Atwater all opposed placing former governor Edward Perry; Florida’s first adjutant general, David Lang; and Samuel Pasco, a Harvard-educated prisoner of war and U.S. senator for whom Pasco County is named; to be included…

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Andrew Warren: Save Southern Heritage dossier ‘creepy,’ but not illegal

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Citizens supporting the removal of a Hillsborough County Confederate monument are seeking legal action against a “creepy” dossier containing personal information published by a pro-Confederate group. On Monday night, the Hillsborough County Democratic Party contacted State Attorney Andrew Warren to decide if there was anything illegal about a document issued earlier this month by Save Southern Heritage Florida. The file held personal information on more than 100 people who spoke out on removing the statue, a group that included elected officials.…

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Fundraisers appear to have reached goal to move Confederate monument from Tampa

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Led by two Major contributions, the private sector has raised the $140,000 required by the Hillsborough County Commission to move a controversial Confederate monument in downtown Tampa. Bob Gries, the founder and managing partner of Gries Investment Funds in Tampa was watching CNN Wednesday night when he learned that county commissioners  had reversed their position yet again on their decision regarding moving the monument. The report said that unless the private sector came up with half the estimated $280,000 needed to…

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Fundraising for moving Hillsborough Confederate monument spikes

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The private fundraising website created to pay to move a Confederate monument in Hillsborough County saw a surge of contributions over the past 48 hours, but still has only raised a total of $7,025, far short of its $100,000 goal. Most of the contributions came in after the racially-motivated violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Some of the contributions came in after the individual who created the GoFundMe site, attorney Tom Scarritt, made a request Friday morning before a group of…

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At rally in Tampa, a call for County Commission to revisit Confederate monument vote

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Activists and interested citizens gathered in front of the Confederate monument in downtown Tampa on Tuesday, seeking to push the Hillsborough County Commission to reverse its 4-3 vote last week to keep the statue where it’s been standing for more than 100 years. Calling themselves the Hillsborough Community Protection Coalition, they included members of the Hillsborough County branch of the NAACP, CAIR Florida, Fight For 15, clergy, pastors and concerned citizens. “This is a spiritual warfare,” said the Reverend James T.…

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Some Hillsborough citizens already fighting possible removal of Confederate statue at courthouse

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In the wake of southern cities like New Orleans, Gainesville and Orlando removing Confederate monuments, Hillsborough County Commission Chair Les Miller is poised to make a proposal this week calling for removing a Confederate statue outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse. The idea comes two years after the board voted to remove the Third National Flag of the Confederacy from the County Center. But opposition is forming, even though Miller has yet to make a formal proposal to the BOCC. “We will be providing significant opposition…

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