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Charlie Crist says veterans’ services need more funding

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist sat down with a group of veterans Friday to listen first-hand to their experiences and thoughts on how best to serve those who fought for the U.S. “Some of the things we’ve touched on today are new to me,” Crist said. Among those new issues are a lack of services geared to women veterans. Among the new insights Crist said he gained was the disconnect that exists between the diagnosis of medical issues and the time…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.13.15 – All aboard the Sunshine Summit

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Happy Friday to you all, and what a weekend it will be as virtually the entire Republican presidential field (including Jim Gilmore!) makes its way to Orlando for the next two days for the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit. We’re off to the event shortly ourselves, so let’s be succinct: Will we hear more about who’s the toughest of them all when it comes to immigration? Let’s face it, none of the candidates are going to go as extreme…

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David Jolly campaign unveils “Freedom Card” petition

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The 2016 Senate campaign of U.S. Rep. David Jolly rolled out a new petition Monday in support of Jolly’s so-called “Freedom Card” Veterans Affairs reform plan. The Clearwater Republican unveiled a new website, VeteransforJolly.com, where voters can register their support for Jolly’s proposal to issue new ID cards to vets which would allow them to access care outside of existing regional or VA constraints. “The time has come to put the veteran in charge of their health care decisions, not the VA,” said…

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Alan Grayson accuses David Jolly of wanting to “dismantle” the V.A.

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Florida Democratic Senate candidate Alan Grayson has sent a mass e-mail to supporters, asking them to sign a petition denouncing GOP Senate candidate David Jolly for proposing to dismantle the Department of Veteran Affairs. “Say you won’t let him dishonor our veterans like this by adding your name to our petition right now,” the statement says, calling on those who sign the petition to list their name, email address and postal code. On a Boston radio program last week, Jolly, a Pinellas…

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David Jolly touts “Freedom Card” VA plan, takes swipe at Hillary Clinton

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly took his campaign for the Senate on the road Monday. Speaking with Boston Herald Radio, the Clearwater Republican urged members of Congress to get behind his so-called “Freedom Card” legislation to ease the path of military veterans seeking care from the Department of Veterans Affairs which has been beset by widespread reports of long wait times and dysfunction across the nation. Jolly responded to a recent remark by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who reportedly said…

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Rick Scott is in a letter-writing mood

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Gov. Rick Scott has been on a tear lately, shooting off a series of letters to the feds. In the last two days, the governor sent letters to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell regarding Florida’s strained relations with the federal government. Scott sent the VA’s McDonald a letter on Wednesday thanking him for two things: providing Florida access to a survey report and accreditation of Veteran’s Nursing Homes. Scott expressed gratitude to McDonald for a follow-up to a…

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Darryl Rouson draws a challenger in House District 55 and, boy, she’s a winner!

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State Rep. Darryl Rouson has drawn a challenger in Florida House District 55 and, boy, let me tell you she is a real threat.  After all, April Sheffield, backed by that son-of-a-bitch Ed Helm, was only arrested two years ago for exploiting the elderly: The owner of four care homes has been charged with exploiting the elderly, grand theft and forging checks. Police say that April Sheffield, 41, cashed a check to an 82-year-old resident of one of her homes.…

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