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: Students can’t ‘opt out’ of testing says commissioner, Woman in ‘stand your ground’ case freed

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Florida: No option to opt out – Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart reiterated this week that student participation in state exams are “mandatory” and that consequences exist for teachers, schools and districts who help students “opt out” of required exams. School districts could losing funding, and […]

Florida Five: DeSantis joins ‘House Freedom Caucus,’ Grayson may run for Rubio’s Senate seat

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Alan Grayson mulls a run for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat – Outspoken Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson represents a safe Orlando-area district, but it seems he has bigger things in mind. Scott Powers of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Grayson is talking about running for U.S. Senate, […]

Florida Five: Priebus, Wasserman Schultz mislead on immigration, Online voter registration bill filed

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Priebus and Wasserman Schultz mislead on immigration, but Dems have political edge – One of the most bipartisan aspects of immigration reform is the inability of the Republican and Democratic leaders to talk honestly about it. Simply look at how Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus […]

Florida Five: Lodging for military bill filed, Ros-Lehtinen says Obama’s deal ‘great’ for Castro regime

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Hager, Brandes bills take ‘pre-emptive’ stance on lodging for military members – Members of the military would be able to rent hotel and motel rooms in Florida regardless of their age, under bills beginning their trip through the state House and Senate this session. Sponsored in […]

Florida Five: Gwen Graham blasted for GOP-leaning votes, Alan Grayson divorce circus delayed

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Gwen Graham draws fire from Democrats for Keystone and other GOP-leaning votes – U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is under fire from Democrats for votes in favor of the Keystone pipeline, to roll back Wall Street reforms and other issues, illustrating the difficulty she faces in a […]

Florida Five: Fla. politicians’ reactions to SOTU, ‘Charter’ school district idea revived

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Compilation of Florida politicians reactions to the State of the Union – Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child […]

Florida Five: Congressional wealth revealed, Michelle Obama, Marco Rubio SOTU guests have Cuban ties

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Alan Gross to sit with Michelle Obama at State of the Union; Marco Rubio invites late Cuban activist’s daughter – Alan Gross, the American contractor held for five years in a Cuban prison, will attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address as a guest of First […]

Florida Five: Lawmaker wants guns on school campuses, Fla. GOP picks new chair

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Florida lawmaker pushing to allow guns on school campuses – Almost 2 months after 3 students are shot at Florida State University, a lawmaker pushes for guns on campus. The scary scene in front of FSU’s Strozier Library is still fresh in the minds of some […]

Florida Five: Gov. Scott hangs with Pitbull in the 305, Fla. reps. will respond to SOTU

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Pitbull, Gov. Rick Scott, announce expansion at SLAM! Academy – Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, kicked off his birthday celebration with a special announcement regarding future expansion at the Sports Leadership and Management Academy charter school (SLAM!) in Miami which he helped  co-found. Pitbull was joined by […]

Florida Five: Feds raid firm with ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ link, Emergency carry gun law filed

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: FBI raids Florida firm with ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ link: witnesses – U.S. FBI agents on Wednesday raided the offices of Med-Care Diabetic & Medical Supplies Inc, a Florida medical device company whose executive vice president helped inspire the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” according […]