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Samantha Pollara: In defense of my big brother Ben Pollara

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For the last five years, my big brother, Ben Pollara, has fought to bring medical marijuana treatment to suffering citizens in the state of Florida. He acted as campaign manager for United for Care, which was the chief facilitator of Amendment 2’s passage November, and has since worked tirelessly to craft and pass fair legislation to enact it. His goal was a feasible plan for implementation that not only best represented the interests of sick patients, but also protected and…

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Chris Nocco, Will Weatherford to headline Mike Moore campaign kick-off event

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Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and former House Speaker Will Weatherford will be headlining a campaign kickoff fundraiser next month for County Commissioner Mike Moore’s re-election effort. Moore, the founder of a medical supplies business which he later sold, was first elected to District 2 in 2014 and has served as vice-chair of the county commission board since 2016. He will also become chair in 2017. The event is Wednesday, May 17, at Seven Oaks Clubhouse, 2910 Sports Core Cir.…

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Easter and Passover as brought to you by these lobbyists and political associations

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Grab your bonnet, pull out the seersucker and get ready for a good-old-fashion Easter egg hunt. Americans are expected to spend about $18.4 billion on Easter this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. That projection is 6 percent higher than last year’s record of $17.3 billion and marks an all-time high in the 14 years the national organization has conducted the survey. The increase in spending is likely due to how late the holiday falls on the…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay politics — the ‘it’s October’ edition

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Hello, October. This is the final full month of the 2016 campaign cycle. In five weeks, we will know so much more about the future of the country, the state and our communities. But, no matter what, life will go on. For those in “The Process” — Florida Politics’ term for the unending legislative campaign/legislative session system — it’s just two months before committee meetings begin. In fact, like many people I talk to who are in “The Process,” we’re planning for the 2017…

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Dana Young starts out general election campaign with nearly $1 million advantage over Democratic challenger

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Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young had more than $1.2 million on hand between her SD 18 campaign and committee accounts as of Aug. 25 while her opponent, Democrat Bob Buesing had $255,000. Young brought in nearly $72,000 of that money during the Aug. 13 to Aug. 25 reporting period that led up to Florida’s primary election, despite facing no GOP opponent for the newly redrawn Hillsborough County seat. On the donor roll during the two-week stretch were Florida Blue, Fontainebleau…

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The company you keep: Sam Rashid turns up at Marco Rubio Tampa fundraiser

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An old proverb goes: “You are the company you keep.” Another saying, not quite as old, is “stop saying dumb things on social media.” That last one is a bit of wisdom Marco Rubio might have imparted on Republican activist Sam Rashid during Thursday’s $500-a-plate “Day One Marco” fundraiser in Tampa. Florida’s junior Senator has been very busy this summer, crisscrossing the state in his re-election effort. That means pressing a lot of flesh. So it should come as no surprise to see Rubio…

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