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Ben Pollara: Why I support Jeff Brandes for Florida Senate

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I’ve been a member of the Florida Democratic Party since I first registered to vote at 18. I’ve never voted for, nor given money to, a Republican running for a partisan office. “Hyperpartisan” is an apt description of my political state of mind. But the other day, I contributed $1,000 – the maximum I could give under Florida law – to state Sen. Jeff Brandes’ re-election campaign, and I could not have been happier to do so. My donation wasn’t…

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Jeff Brandes’ Right to Try Act heads to governor’s desk

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A compassionate bill aimed at patients suffering from terminal illnesses is on its way to the governor’s desk. The Right to Try Act by St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes earned broad support in the committee stops and has been approved by both chambers. Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign the bill into law. The law would allow dying patients to access experimental medical treatments that have passed a Phase One Clinical Trial, but have not yet been approved…

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Important week ahead for medical marijuana advocates

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Florida is poised to take a significant step in making medicinal cannabis available to people who need it. This week, decisions by lawmakers at the Florida Capitol and an administrative court judge could determine when and how. Frustrated by legal challenges preventing implementation of the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, lawmakers are pursuing a legislative fix allowing doctors to treat a select group of patients with low-THC cannabis oil. Patient advocates see SPB 7066, by state Sen. Rob Bradley, as an opportunity…

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Jeff Brandes’ ‘Right to Try Act’ clears Health Policy committee

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A compassionate bill aimed at patients suffering from terminal illnesses pushed its way through the Senate Committee on Health Policy today. The Right to Try Act by St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes earned broad support in the committee. The law would allow dying patients to access experimental medical treatments that have passed a Phase One Clinical Trial, but have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. “Floridians deserve to have access to medical treatments that could…

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#4 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Jeff Brandes

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If Rand Paul is the most interesting man in politics (as he was labeled last fall by Time magazine), then Jeff Brandes is definitely on the short list for the most interesting lawmaker in Tallahassee. Though he skews right (sometimes extreme right, as when he was the only state senator who opposed the Joe Negron “hybrid” proposal on Medicaid expansion in 2013), he’s also got a strong libertarian bent that distinguishes himself from the majority of his GOP brethren. He…

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