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After fierce debate, Hillsborough Commissioners vote to keep controversial Confederate statue

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After three hours of intense debate, the Hillsborough County Commission decided to keep a Confederate monument that has stood outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex for more than a century. Commissioners also approved Wednesday a plan to enhance the statue of a soldier by adding a painted mural celebrating diversityon a wall behind it. The 4-3 vote was a bitter defeat for Commissioner Les Miller, the lone black member of the BOCC, who announced earlier this month he believed…

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Shawn Harrison kicks off HD 63 re-election bid at Tampa Theater June 29

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Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison is holding a campaign kickoff party later this month to launch his re-election bid in House District 63. The event, hosted by House Majority 2016 and featuring special guest Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, is Thursday, June 29, beginning 5 p.m. at the historic Tampa Theater, 711 N. Franklin St. Included on the extensive list of local GOP leaders making the host committee are House Speaker Richard Corcoran from Land O’Lakes, and Speakers-to-be Jose Oliva and…

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Those who know her best: All 5 Republican members of Hillsborough Commission endorse Ashley Moody for Attorney General

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Former Hillsborough County judge Ashley Moody just kicked off her campaign for Attorney General and is already building support amongst those who know her best – Republicans from her home county. On Tuesday, Moody announced that all five Republican members of the Hillsborough County Commission – Stacy White, Sandy Murman, Al Higginbotham, Ken Hagan and Victor Crist – are backing her campaign. “As a native of Hillsborough County it is incredibly humbling to have such overwhelming support from our County Commissioners,” Moody said of the joint endorsement.…

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Tampa Bay History Center says it won’t house Confederate statue

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If Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller ultimately proves successful in persuading his fellow board members to remove a Confederate statue from the front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse later this month, the monument will not be housed at the Tampa Bay History Center. “The history center will not be accepting the monument,” museum spokesman Manny Leto said Friday afternoon, claiming a lack of space for the structure. Miller says the Confederate Soldier’s Monument which sits in front of the courthouse is divisive, and it’s time to have…

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Issue of Confederate statue in Hillsborough just revving up

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Shortly after the Hillsborough County Commission concluded its board meeting this week without taking any action regarding the removal of a Confederate statute in front of the county’s courthouse, the group Save Southern Heritage Florida issued a press release boasting that this was due to its public pressure that the measure be dropped. “After press reports of this plans surfaced, SSH members and supporters were notified and the intense push back pre-empted his plans,” read a statement issued out by David McCallister, a spokesman…

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Hillsborough Commission votes to increase number of medical marijuana dispensaries to approximately 19

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(UPDATE) Reacting to criticism from citizens that allowing only 13 medical marijuana dispensaries in Hillsborough County would be insufficient, County Commissioners on Wednesday supported a measure to increase the number by a modest amount. However, proposed legislation in Tallahassee would effectively negate the board’s work, by stating that local governments cannot put any caps on the number of dispensaries. The board had been moving toward restricting the number of dispensaries to a particular formula of one for every 67,222 residents in unincorporated areas —…

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Aakash Patel becomes first Republican to file for District 1 seat on Hillsborough Commission

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Tampa-based entrepreneur and civic activist Aakash Patel has filed to run as a Republican for the Hillsborough County Commission District 1 seat in 2018. Technically, Patel has filed for 2020. However, incumbent Sandy Murman is expected to step down next year to run for another seat, creating the need for a special election next year. Patel is founder and president of consulting firm Elevate, Inc. and has been extremely active in Tampa Bay-area civic causes in recent years. He currently serves as the chair…

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