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Bob Buckhorn ponies up $1,000 to fund to remove Confederate monument

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has contributed $1,000 to the private fundraising effort to pay for removing a controversial Confederate monument. “Not a City statue but I have a moral obligation to do my part. Now take it down,” the Mayor tweeted Thursday morning. “This monument represents a dark time in America; It’s time for County Commission to stop playing politics with people’s very real emotions and remove this monument immediately,” he said in a statement issued later by his office.…

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Without private funding, Confederate statue won’t be moved

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The topsy-turvy saga regarding a Confederate monument in Tampa took yet another turn Wednesday when Hillsborough County Commissioners voted that the monument will stay in front of the courthouse annex unless the private sector raises $140,000 in the next 30 days.

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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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John Dingfelder wants to return to Tampa City Council in 2019

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It’s been seven years since John Dingfelder had to abruptly leave his Tampa City Council seat after more than seven years of service, and he has the itch to return.

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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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Ignoring public clamor, HART approves plan to cut bus routes by nearly 20%

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Ignoring pleas by the public to not cut specific bus routes, including from the blind and disabled community, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Agency (HART) Monday approved a plan that could cut nearly 20 percent of its routes. Called “Mission Max,” the plan goes into effect in October.

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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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