About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.

Florida Five: Is a Bush/Rubio ticket legal?, Gov. Scott to sue feds over Medicaid funding

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Can the president and the vice president be from the same state? – The links between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have some talking about a Bush/Rubio ticket in 2016. But is it even possible? The day after Rubio announced he was running for president, liberal […]

Florida Five: Rubio hauls in $1.25 million online, Fla. Legislative Session could go into overtime

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Marco Rubio raises $1.25M online in first day of campaign – From the Associated Press: Sen. Marco Rubio raised $1.25 million online during his first full day as a presidential candidate, a person close to the Florida Republican’s campaign said Wednesday. The first-term senator entered the […]

Florida Five: Miami mega-mall gets green light, DWS draws smallest crowd ever

Miami Dade mega mall

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Florida Cabinet approves land sale for Miami-Dade County mega-mall – The state is selling 82 acres near Hialeah for $12.3 million to a mega-mall developer for what will be the nation’s largest shopping mall and entertainment complex. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved the […]

Florida Five: The Florida buzz on Marco Rubio’s jump, Former US Senator seeks 9/11 answers

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Marco Rubio enters presidential race calling 2016 a ‘generational choice’ – Saying America faces a “generational choice” in the upcoming presidential election, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio jumped feet first Monday into the race for the highest office in the land. Read more Florida politicos respond to […]

Florida Five: Which Hillary Clinton will Florida see?, Charlie Crist in hot water again

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Adam C. Smith: Which Hillary Clinton will Florida get to see? – And now we get to meet Hillary Clinton, who over 24 years has introduced herself to America over and over again. We’ve met the first lady of Arkansas, America’s first lady, New York’s senator, […]

Florida Five: Two Fla. counties could get slot machines, House passes huge tax cut package

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: House committee votes to authorize slot machines in two more counties – The ice is melting on Florida’s gambling debate. After being frozen in inaction for the last several years because of powerful competing interests, House and Senate committees this week approved legislation to end the […]

Florida Five: Rand Paul slams DWS’ ‘horrific’ abortion stance, Mystery GOP ‘superPAC’ forms

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: SLAM! Rand Paul crushes Debbie Wasserman Schultz in abortion fight — with her OWN words – As polls show Americans becoming increasingly pro-life, the left is getting more strident in its support for abortion. The abortion debate came to a head Wednesday in a back-and forth […]

Florida Five: GOP sweeps NE Fla. special elections, Steelers’ Rooney for US Senate?

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Republicans sweep NE Florida House, Senate special elections – Rep. Travis Hutson prevailed big time in his bid to jump up to the Legislature’s upper chamber today, defeating Democratic nominee Adam Cox by a margin of around 2-to-1 with nearly all precincts reporting. Hutson will become […]

Florida Five: Murphy too Republican for progressives, Brawl brewing for South Fla. swing seat

Murphy and Grayson

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Courted by progressives, Alan Grayson still hasn’t decided on Senate run – Rep. Alan Grayson says he’s in no rush to decide about a Senate run, though he’s been paying attention to the recruitment effort from progressive Democrats. “I don’t have any set date for deciding,” […]

Florida Five: Bill targets drone ‘spying,’ Budget takes center stage in Legislative Session

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Hukill bills seek to stop drone ‘spying’ on private citizens — Two bills offering protection against drones and electronic snooping are moving through the Florida Legislature. The measures, sponsored by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, target private citizens who spy on other people. Existing limits, including […]