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Hillsborough Commissioners temporarily change policy on public speakers

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The publication of a dossier of critics of a Confederate monument in Hillsborough County has prompted at least a temporary change in how the board’s policy on how public speakers address the board.

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Aakash Patel picks up endorsement of prominent Fla. Republican Joe Gruters

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Tampa entrepreneur Aakash Patel is touting the endorsement of another prominent Florida Republican backing his bid for the District 1 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. This time It’s Joe Gruters, the Sarasota-region state Representative who also serves as the vice chairman of the Florida Republican Party. Gruters was Donald Trump’s campaign co-chairman in Florida in 2016.

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It’s official: Janet Cruz running for Hillsborough County Commission

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Joining what is expected to be a bruising Democratic primary, state Representative Janet Cruz has filed to run for for the District 1 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. Cruz, who is term limited out in 2018, had said months ago that she would be running for the seat, so it’s not much of a surprise that she entered the race. But that does not take away from the interest level in her decision because she is running against Tampa City Councilwoman…

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Matt Gaetz endorses Aakash Patel for Hillsborough Commission

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Panhandle-area Republican U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz is endorsing Aakash Patel in his bid for the District 1 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. “Proud to support my longtime friend @pateltimes in his run for the Hillsborough Commission!” Gaetz tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

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Confederate monument issue prompts Kimberly Overman to enter race for Hillsborough County Commission

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Certified financial planner and Seminole Heights activist Kimberly Overman has filed to run for the countywide District 7 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission.

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Save Southern Heritage to file lawsuit blocking Confederate monument move

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While advocates supporting the removal of a Confederate monument in Tampa were celebrating on Thursday afternoon after meeting a fundraising goal required to move the statue. proponents of keeping the monument where it is say the issue isn’t over yet.

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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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