Florida Five: Veteran posts VA-bashing billboards, Cyclists protest against Iran deal

VA is lyingFive of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

‘The VA is lying’: Fla veteran spends own money on BOLD billboards warning that VA is killing people – A Florida Marine veteran is making his displeasure with the Department of Veterans Affairs known in a big way, while trying to start a national movement to improve veterans’ healthcare. Roger Gagnon, who served in Beirut in the 1980s, has paid out of his own pocket to place a dozen billboards nationwide, including several in his home state, which read “The VA Is Lying. Veterans Are Dying!” Read more

South Florida cyclists protest against Iran nuclear deal in 15-mile ride – A group of local cyclists took a ride around the city in protest of the recent support from a Florida congresswoman to the Obama administration’s controversial Iran nuclear deal, Monday morning. The group of cyclists rode 15 miles in protest of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s decision to support the accord. “Sixty one percent of Floridians are against this deal,” said a protester. Read more

Rep. Lois Frankel opposes Iran deal – Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, said this afternoon she opposes the Iran nuclear deal “because it legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program after 15 years and gives Iran access to billions of dollars without a commitment to cease its terrorist activity. It’s too high a price to pay,” she said. Florida Democrats in favor of the deal… Read more

Fla. cops make headlines for what they did with Arby’s free ‘apology meals’ – In what proved to be a plus for all parties involved, two South Florida cops are in the spotlight after giving a homeless man a free meal. Coral Springs police Officers Jonathan Greenleaf and Tyler Reik are drawing lots of attention after they decided to take advantage of an offer from Arby’s Restaurants for a free meal for police officers in two Florida counties. Read more

Speaker contender Eric Eisnaugle pens op-ed blasting top-down House leadership – Rep. Eric Eisnaugle put pen to paper this weekend and wrote a scathing op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel calling for an end to “autocracy” in the state House’s internal affairs. Citing a regime of strictly enforced loyalty and near-universal deference to leadership – which he described as a “pyramid of power” – Eisnaugle blasted the House’s prevailing culture in his hometown paper’s Sunday edition. Read more

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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

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