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Victor Crist says ‘telling whole story’ could end Hillsborough Confederate monument controversy

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Although Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist has been a politician serving in elective office for more than 24 consecutive years, he also has something of a creative side. As the president of an advertising agency he founded in college, Crist’s day job involves rebranding clients who might be suffering from a poor public image. That experience is why Crist thinks the citizens should pay attention to his plan to solve the brewing controversy over the idea of removing a Confederate monument in…

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Proposal to remove Hillsborough courthouse Confederate statue sets off fierce backlash

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Two years ago, the Hillsborough County Commission voted to remove the Third National Flag of the Confederacy from downtown Tampa’s County Center. The vote came in the immediate aftermath of the racially motivated shooting of nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina. Also removed from the lobby were flags of the other countries that once occupied Florida — Spain, France, and Great Britain — which were sent to the Tampa History Museum. Although supporters of the Confederacy protested, the board voted 5-2 to…

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Bob Buckhorn, other mayors trying to get Donald Trump travel ban reversed

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Showing support for the Muslim community, Bob Buckhorn attended prayer services Friday at an east Tampa mosque. Afterward, Tampa’s mayor ripped into President Donald Trump‘s executive order banning travel into the U.S. by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. “This city has your back,” Buckhorn told congregants packed into the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay mosque. “I don’t care what this President did – that is not who America is. That is not what we represent. That is not what we are all about!” he shouted toward the end of his seven-minute address.…

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