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Second vote on Hillsborough Confederate monument could be delayed until August

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist said he now supports moving the Confederate monument. The Republican voted the opposite way last month, but now thinks it should be relocated if a proper location will accept it. Crist was one of four Republicans on the County Commission who sided with activists to keep the monument in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex, a controversial decision that has outraged many parts of the community.

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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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Pam Keith disagrees with Alan Grayson’s ‘Crips and Bloods’ comment, but says she’s not offended

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The attacks keep coming in the Patrick Murphy-Alan Grayson Democratic U.S. Senate primary, and it’s only the first day of fall of 2015. Early on in Alan Grayson’s remarks to the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee on Monday night in Tampa, the Orlando congressman and 2016 aspirant said the Democratic Party was a club, but not just any old club, but one more like a gang, “like the Crips or the Bloods.” The exact quote went like this: “A lot of…

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Tampa City Council moves forward on creating civilian police review board

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The Tampa City Council today moved ahead toward the creation of a citizens police review board, but what that agency will ultimately look like and who will appoint its members has yet to be determined. The Council approved a motion brought forward by Councilman Mike Suarez that will have the city’s legal department review whether the Council can create such an advisory committee, and if so, can it be a hybrid review committee, with the powers to do so under the City Charter. “An…

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Bob Buckhorn battles his first major test as Tampa Mayor

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By any measure, Tampa has flourished since its citizens elected Bob Buckhorn to become Mayor in 2011. Saddled with budget deficits in his first couple of years in office, he adroitly put the city’s economy back on solid footing post-recession. There’s been a plethora of new parks and swimming pools built throughout the city, and an expanded Riverwalk has brought a whole new focus to downtown. Improvements have been made in quality of life issues like code enforcement, adding new street lights to…

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Bob Buckhorn among the speakers at Fight for 15 protest in Tampa

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The “Fight for 15” movement for fast-food and retailer workers advocating for higher wages and better treatment has been ongoing for over two years now, and on this Tax Day culminated in a protests in over 200 cities across the country, including events at City Hall in St. Petersburg and later in the day in Tampa’s Copeland Park. Although the movement has focused on fast food workers, the effort – organized by the Service Employees International Union – has also…

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