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House committee passes military Occupational Opportunity Act

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A House subcommittee unanimously passed a bill to help service members and spouses find and keep jobs when they relocate to Florida. HB 615, known as Occupational Opportunity Act, sailed through the Florida Careers & Competition Subcommittee Tuesday with a bipartisan vote. Next stop for the bill is the full Commerce Committee. Palm Beach Republican Paul Renner filed HB 615, with Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg introducing the Senate version. The Occupational Opportunity Act seeks to expand opportunities for the military community in Florida by…

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Veterans group releases priorities ahead of 2017 Legislative Session

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Veterans advocacy group Concerned Veterans for America announced its priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session, including support for bills that would help veterans by giving them tax breaks and helping them hold down jobs after leaving the military. “Florida should welcome veterans and military families, instead of pushing them away with burdensome taxes and regulations that put special interests first,” CVA Director Diego Echeverri said in a statement. “When veterans or service members hang up their uniforms, our state government…

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Group sponsoring Ron DeSantis appearance in Tampa denounced for associations with the Koch Brothers

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Hours before he was scheduled to speak about military issues at an event at the Cuban Club in Ybor City on Friday night, the Democratic opposition group American Bridge 21st Century, is blasting the group sponsoring the event featuring GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ron DeSantis. The event is being produced by the Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), a veterans group that has been funded by the Koch Brothers. “This propped-up veterans group by the Kochs isn’t fooling anyone. Never would a legitimate veterans’ group…

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Hillary Clinton targeted in ad from group tied to Koch brothers

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday makes her first appearance in a negative advertisement funded by the wealthy Republican donors tied to billionaires Charles and David Koch. A 30-second ad aimed at Internet users in South Carolina and Florida shows headlines about the number of veterans who have died while awaiting health care. Then it shows a recent MSNBC interview with Clinton, who said of problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, “It’s not been widespread as it…

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Concerned Veterans for America names Diego Echeverri as Florida director

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A national veterans group, Concerned Veterans for America, appointed entrepreneur and public policy pro Diego Echeverri as its new Florida State director. Echeverri, who served as coalitions coordinator for the Mitt Romney 2012 campaign, is a U.S. Army veteran who enlisted shortly after 9/11. After training as a paralegal specialist, he deployed to Afghanistan between 2003 and 2004. After leaving the Army, Echeverri served as special assistant to the governor of Florida, director of political and economic affairs at the…

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