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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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Darryl Paulson: Groveland — Florida’s legacy of hate

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On July 16, 1949, seventeen-year-old Norma Padgett claimed that her husband Willie was assaulted and she was raped by four black males near Groveland, Florida. Groveland is located in Lake County in central Florida. In July 1986, I co-authored the first scholarly article on the Groveland case in the Florida Historical Quarterly, along with historians David Colburn and Steven Lawson. It wasn’t until 2013, when Gilbert King‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Devil in the Grove, focused national attention on Groveland. The…

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Activists cheer Andrew Warren’s swearing in as new Hillsborough County State Attorney

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As Andrew Warren was being sworn in as the new Hillsborough County State Attorney early Tuesday morning, approximately a dozen activists stood outside the at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse to cheer his ascension. “Our purpose this morning is to welcome change into this Hillsborough County criminal business system!” declared Life Malcolm through a megaphone. In what was considered a major upset in Hillsborough politics, Warren defeated 16-year Republican incumbent Mark Ober by less than one percentage point (50.44 percent vs.…

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New poll shows Charlie Crist with three point lead over David Jolly, but will unforced errors do him in?

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First, the good news for Charlie Crist. A new St. Pete Polls survey shows that the Democrat is maintaining his lead in the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District over Republican David Jolly. The bad news is that this lead is a narrow three points, giving him little margin for error during the final two weeks of the campaign. But unforced errors seem to be something the Crist campaign can’t avoid lately. Crist leads Jolly 48 to 45 percent with CD 13 voters. Two weeks ago, Crist was…

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Pinellas schedules first meeting of sewer task force

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As Hurricane Hermine churned its way northward in the Gulf of Mexico, it dumped as much as 22 inches of rain on portions of Pinellas. Heavy rains and flooding caused sewage overflows across the county and the dumping of millions of gallons of raw and partly treated sewage into the Gulf. Within days, Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice called for a countywide task force comprised of representatives from cities and private companies that own sewer systems in the county. “We…

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On eve of primary election, Kathy Castor laments low turnout so far in Hillsborough County

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Tampa Bay Democratic U.S. Representative Kathy Castor expressed disappointment on Monday that only 13 percent of eligible voters in Hillsborough County have voted by mail or at the polls heading into Election Day on Tuesday, the last day to vote in this year’s primary election. “We can do a lot better,” said Castor, who will face Republican Christine Quinn when she runs for her seat in Florida’s 14th Congressional District this November. “People need to value their right to vote, and they need to get…

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As contentious primary campaign comes to a conclusion, Kevin Beckner has no regrets

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On the eve of what has been the most raucous primary race in Hillsborough County, Kevin Beckner says he wouldn’t do anything differently in his campaign to defeat Pat Frank for Clerk of the Circuit Court. “No regrets whatsoever,” Beckner said while attending the NAACP sponsored “Souls to the Polls” event at the College Hill Public Library in East Tampa on Sunday afternoon. “Some people have characterized it as a negative campaign, but I have based it on a campaign of facts,…

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