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Janet Cruz visits Hillsborough senior center to celebrate signing of medical synchronization bill

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Florida House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz visited the Town & Country Senior Center in Northwestern Hillsborough County on Friday to celebrate passage of a health care bill she sponsored in the House that will soon become law. Governor Rick Scott recently signed the Senate version of her bill (SB 800). It prohibits health insurers from denying patients the ability to receive a partial refill of a prescription if they choose to enroll in a medication synchronization program through their pharmacy. Medication synchronization,…

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Rick Kriseman heads to Tampa next week for re-election fundraiser

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman hits the other side of Tampa Bay next week for a fundraiser in his re-election effort, joined by some of Tampa’s leading Democrats, including fellow Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Hosted by attorneys Ron Christaldi and Patrick Baskette, the event is Tuesday, June 20, beginning 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2800 in Tampa. In addition to Buckhorn, event chairs include Tampa City Council members Luis Viera, Harry…

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In Tampa, Richard Corcoran faces hostile crowd angry about school bill

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It was a tough room for House Speaker Richard Corcoran.   Speaking before an unfriendly crowd of public school supporters in Tampa, Corcoran doubled down on his support of an education bill that creates a new system of charter schools to replace underperforming public schools. On Thursday, Corcoran stood beside Rick Scott in Orlando as the Governor signed the controversial HB 7069. To its critics, the most provocative part of the omnibus education bill was Corcoran’s ‘schools of hope’ plan, which includes a $140 million incentive…

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Rick Scott signs Janet Cruz-sponsored bill letting patients make fewer drug store trips

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Rick Scott signed SB 800, the Senate companion to House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz’s HB 1191, putting medication synchronization into law. What’s that, you ask? Many patients, especially those with chronic conditions who may have been prescribed medications from different specialized physicians, currently face various refill dates and multiple trips to the pharmacy each to maintain their prescribed treatment plan. This lack of alignment (or synchronization) in prescription fill dates has been identified as a major contributor to medication nonadherence, which results in…

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Bob Buckhorn crosses party lines to help Shawn Harrison’s bid for re-election

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In 2016, Democrats targeted a handful of Florida House districts they believed they could flip from red to blue. One of them was Hillsborough County’s House District 63, where the Florida Democratic Party put some money behind Lisa Montelione in her bid to oust Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison. After a close race, Harrison ultimately prevailed, 51 to 49 percent. Although off-year elections are traditionally harder for Democrats, there is hope that an energetic resistance to Donald Trump could make 2018 a year of opportunity.…

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Yolie Capin to run for Hillsborough County Commission District 1 seat in 2018

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Yvonne Yolie Capin is hoping to move from Tampa City Council to a spot on the Hillsborough County Commission. Currently the longest-serving member of the Council, Capin filed Wednesday for the District 1 seat to be vacated when incumbent Sandy Murman steps down to run in District 5 next year. “I feel that my expertise in land use will come very handy,” Capin said, in saying why she’s chosen to run for the county commission. “Growth management is very important in…

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Fifth annual list of Tampa Bay’s 25 Most Powerful Politicians

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Now in its fifth year, SaintPetersBlog/FloridaPolitics.com is offering its annual list of the Most Powerful Politicians in Tampa Bay. In compiling the 2017 list, FloridaPolitics.com queried several of the region’s leading political consultants, activists, bloggers, operatives and local lobbyists to name who they consider the 25 most powerful pols in the area. No suggested names were provided. For this exercise, the Tampa Bay region is defined as Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco, but can also include Hernando, Polk or Sarasota, particularly…

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