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I Won’t Stop Fighting for Florida

May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

Just like I have done throughout my entire time as governor, I fought for priorities this session that I believe will help the families and job creators in our state prosper. I committed to Florida families that I would fight for jobs everyday and that is why I have continued to fight for policies that will grow our economy. I am pleased the Legislature cut taxes by more than $700 million, but cutting taxes alone is not enough to diversify our economy for our future generations. 

Ben Pollara: What Happened in Tally and Where We Go from Here

May 9, 2017 - 6:00am

Medical marijuana implementing legislation died Friday in Tallahassee. The House and Senate couldn't come to a reasonable negotiation on the last day of session. As a result, implementation will have to operate under rules soon to be finalized by the Department of Health -- at least until lawsuits are filed and the courts rule on behalf of patients.

Access to Capital Critical for Florida’s Economic Growth

May 8, 2017 - 1:15pm

The Sunshine State continues to recover from the 2008 economic recession, which hit our housing market particularly hard. We can take a new tack and encourage continued upward movement by encouraging our government to adopt pro-growth policies that support our economy.

Medical Marijuana: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

May 3, 2017 - 8:30am

The Florida House yesterday overwhelmingly passed HB 1397, Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues’ bill on implementing medical marijuana.

A Fond Farewell to Floridians

May 2, 2017 - 12:15pm

For five generations, my family has called Florida home and there is no place in these United States where I would rather live, work and raise a family. In addition to enjoying our great state’s rich natural history and unmatched landscapes, I have had the honor of getting to know many of you personally. From Pensacola to Key West, and all stops in between, I have had the unique privilege of meeting your families, hearing your stories and answering your calls. You have graciously welcomed me into your homes, invited me to share meals and memories. Your words and life stories have been edifying to me and helped shape my time in public life. As I approach the end of our shared journey, the impact, influence and inspiration you have provided cannot be overstated.

COUNTERPOINT: I'm Tired of Apologizing to Families in Need of Medical Marijuana

April 28, 2017 - 8:00am

The following video is Rep. Katie Edwards' impassioned plea to Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, to kill the 90-day wait period in House Bill 1397 on medical marijuana -- asking him to make sure the bill considers patients first.

Edwards, D-Plantation, is one of the originators of Florida's 2014 medical marijuana law allowing noneuphoric strains of marijuana for epilepsy and cancer.

POINT: Legislature's Careful Approach to Medical Marijuana Is Right

April 28, 2017 - 8:00am

Medical marijuana seems to be the topic du jour as the Legislature is getting ready for its final week of session.

Exposing the Tangled Webs of Insurance Networks

April 26, 2017 - 6:00am

Nothing could be more confusing than fees charged by hospitals and doctors. There are many reasons why hospitals would like to keep it that way.

Keep Survivors in Mind on Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 24, 2017 - 11:45am

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah, we honor the memory of the six million Jews and other political, religious, and social minorities who were murdered in the worst genocide in human history. We take this moment to not only pledge to never let their memory fade, but solemnly rededicate ourselves to never allowing something so evil and heinous to occur again.

Mandatory Minimum Laws for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Are Not Working

April 20, 2017 - 8:00am

William Forrester was on disability, and recently had a lung removed due to cancer. After he was unable to obtain painkillers legally, Forrester forged a prescription for 120 oxycodone pills, which he then filled at a drug store. When he did it again, the pharmacist called the doctor to confirm the authenticity of the prescription. After the doctor told the pharmacist he had not authorized the prescription, Forrester was charged with trafficking 15.6 grams of Oxycodone.

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