Thursday, December 13, 2018
At the State Board of Education meeting at the end of last week, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart presented Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega with more than $1 million to help first-generation college students and students interested in healthcare. 
On Thursday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, on which Gaetz sits, approved the Panhandle Republican’s “Medical Cannabis Research Act” on a voice vote. Gaetz introduced the bill in April and seven members of the Florida delegation are cosponsoring the proposal. 
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum was able to get the provision included during the U.S House Appropriations Committee markup of the Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill which passed on a voice vote. Congress is expected to pass the minibus before adjourning. 
Nelson’s bill would also have the VA study the impact of medical marijuana. 
Democrats think they can win the seat in Congress being left by gubernatorial hopeful U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and they are putting their hopes on a Clinton-era national security expert to get it done. 
The animal was tested as part of APHIS’s routine surveillance of cattle that are deemed unsuitable for slaughter. APHIS and Florida veterinary officials are gathering more information on the case.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum showed off his biggest endorsement in the race to be the Democratic nominee for governor, bringing U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. to the University of Cental Florida to rev up crowds as early voting continues in the Sunshine State. 
If this socialist, who looks headed to Congress, has her way, we will see growth sink back to 2 percent annually so revenues to the government will go down, not up as her model-building Nobel prize winning economist would suggest.
FMA PAC President Dr. Mike Patete announced the endorsement on Thursday. 
Bilirakis insists Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans exposed to toxic chemicals from burn pits are being denied medical care and are now dealing with various illnesses, several of them fatal.