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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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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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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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After fierce debate, Hillsborough Commissioners vote to keep controversial Confederate statue

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After three hours of intense debate, the Hillsborough County Commission decided to keep a Confederate monument that has stood outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex for more than a century. Commissioners also approved Wednesday a plan to enhance the statue of a soldier by adding a painted mural celebrating diversityon a wall behind it. The 4-3 vote was a bitter defeat for Commissioner Les Miller, the lone black member of the BOCC, who announced earlier this month he believed…

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Those who know her best: All 5 Republican members of Hillsborough Commission endorse Ashley Moody for Attorney General

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Former Hillsborough County judge Ashley Moody just kicked off her campaign for Attorney General and is already building support amongst those who know her best – Republicans from her home county. On Tuesday, Moody announced that all five Republican members of the Hillsborough County Commission – Stacy White, Sandy Murman, Al Higginbotham, Ken Hagan and Victor Crist – are backing her campaign. “As a native of Hillsborough County it is incredibly humbling to have such overwhelming support from our County Commissioners,” Moody said of the joint endorsement.…

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Hillsborough Commission votes to increase number of medical marijuana dispensaries to approximately 19

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(UPDATE) Reacting to criticism from citizens that allowing only 13 medical marijuana dispensaries in Hillsborough County would be insufficient, County Commissioners on Wednesday supported a measure to increase the number by a modest amount. However, proposed legislation in Tallahassee would effectively negate the board’s work, by stating that local governments cannot put any caps on the number of dispensaries. The board had been moving toward restricting the number of dispensaries to a particular formula of one for every 67,222 residents in unincorporated areas —…

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Yolie Capin to run for Hillsborough County Commission District 1 seat in 2018

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Yvonne Yolie Capin is hoping to move from Tampa City Council to a spot on the Hillsborough County Commission. Currently the longest-serving member of the Council, Capin filed Wednesday for the District 1 seat to be vacated when incumbent Sandy Murman steps down to run in District 5 next year. “I feel that my expertise in land use will come very handy,” Capin said, in saying why she’s chosen to run for the county commission. “Growth management is very important in…

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