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: Welfare drug test appeal dropped, Court hears one more challenge to district maps

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Scott drops fight to drug-test welfare applicants — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has dropped further appeals aimed at reviving a law that would require welfare benefits applicants to submit to mandatory drug testing. Scott’s administration did not seek U.S. Supreme Court review by a Tuesday deadline. […]

Florida Five: Lawmaker accused of punching college student, Greyhound bill first to pass

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: College student says Miami lawmaker punched him – A college student spending Spring Break in Tallahassee didn’t expect to get punched in the face by a Miami lawmaker. But that’s what happened sometime between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, hours before the start of […]

Florida Five: Tom Rooney fights Obama’s gun grab, Plan could bring resort casinos to Miami

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Tom Rooney leads the charge against Obama’s latest gun grab – President Barack Obama’s administration plan to ban “green tip” ammunition is drawing fire from a Republican congressman from Florida who has introduced a bill against this latest gun grab. The White House announced on Monday […]

Florida Five: A preview of the 2015 Legislative Session – who to watch, what to expect

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: The week ahead: Tally turns into Capital City – Tallahassee will become the capital city this week when lawmakers arrive at the state capitol Tuesday for the 2015 Legislative Session and begin debate on how to spend $77 billion. Other issues as well will be considered […]

Florida Five: Fundraising binge hits Tallahassee, Former House speaker seeks legal fees

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Fundraising binge begins for lawmakers – Days before the Florida Legislature convenes for its annual 60-day session, state lawmakers already are busy and shifting into overdrive — raising money from special interests, that is. In what has become an annual rite, most state legislators are in […]

Florida Five: Obama mocks TV anchor’s hair, James Carville says Fla. ‘ground zero’ for 2016

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: That time Obama made fun of a TV anchor’s dye job – Nothing drew more laughter during President Obama’s brief visit to Miami on Wednesday than when he made a playful jab at Telemundo and MSNBC anchor José Díaz-Balart. The quick exchange happened at the end […]

Florida Five: Ted Cruz explores space with Buzz Aldrin, Adam Putnam decries Keystone veto

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Cruz holds hearing on space exploration with Buzz Aldrin, other astronauts – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who just took over leadership of the Senate’s space committee, hosted Buzz Aldrin and other former NASA astronauts on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a discussion on space exploration. Cruz opened […]

Florida Five: Gov. Scott poaches jobs from Penn., Fla. senators’ wealth revealed

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Florida governor comes to Pennsylvania to draw companies to the Sunshine State – Fewer taxes and better weather. That’s what Florida Gov. Rick Scott hopes will draw Pennsylvania businesses to the Sunshine State. “You know my experience is that everybody wants to move to Florida,” said […]

Florida Five: Columba Bush’s jewelry habit poses a problem for Jeb’s campaign, Dems don’t want Wasserman Schultz for Senate

Columba Bush

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Columba Bush’s spending on jewelry could be problem for Jeb Bush campaign – In 1999, Columba Bush, the wife of then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was detained and fined by federal customs officials for misrepresenting the amount of clothing and jewelry she had bought while on a […]

Florida Five: Wasserman Schultz offers flipflop on marijuana, Meet Florida’s new legislative leaders

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s backroom deal goes massively, horribly, terribly wrong  – Politics is dirty business and no one probably knows that better than Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz – especially after a failed backroom deal she tried to make was exposed on social media. […]