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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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New poll: Hillsborough voters support candidates who want to keep Confederate monument

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A majority of Hillsborough County voters would side with commissioners who voted to keep a controversial Confederate monument in front of a county courthouse annex, according to a new poll.

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Hillsborough Commissioners clash on strategy, cause of sea-level rise

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Over the weekend, The Washington Post reported that major cities in the Tampa Bay area have barely begun to address sea-level rise and its effects on the region, Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp alerted her colleagues Wednesday that it was the time to act in dealing with the situation. The Post cited an assessment that within the next 12 years, the value of state property under encroaching water in the Tampa Bay region could drop by $15 billion. By 2050, that number could reach $23…

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Victor Crist would have voted against moving Confederate statue

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Had the vote to remove a controversial Confederate monument been delayed until Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist could participate, he would have opposed moving the statue. Commissioners voted 4-2 July 19 to move the monument to a cemetery in Brandon, four weeks after Crist had initially joined three other Republicans on the board to vote to keep the memorial in front of the Hillsborough County courthouse annex on Pierce Street. That vote generated an intense backlash, prompting Commissioner Les Miller…

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Political group considering campaign to recall Sandy Murman

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A political action committee called “Conservative Response Team” is considering organizaing an effort to recall Hillsborough Commissioner Sandy Murman after her vote to remove a Confederate monument. 

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On second thought: Hillsborough Commission opts to remove Confederate monument

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Four weeks after the Hillsborough County Commission voted to keep a controversial Confederate monument outside the courthouse annex, commissioners have changed their minds. In a 4-2 vote Wednesday, “Memoria In Aeterna” will now likely be relocated to the Brandon Family Cemetery. Earlier in the day, county officials said the owner of that facility came forward with an offer to house it. The Confederate monument has stood outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse for more than a century. Commissioner Sandy Murman…

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Critics of Confederate monument: ‘Move the damn statue’

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Less than 24 hours before a vote to remove a controversial Confederate monument, a coalition of Tampa political leaders and activists is asking one member of the Hillsborough County Commission who voted last month to maintain the monument to change their mind. “The bottom line to those three remaining commissioners … I just got one message for you,” Tampa City Councilman Frank Roddick said at a press conference in front of the monument on Tuesday afternoon. “Vote to move the damn statue.”

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