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In Adam Putnam's Hometown, Democrats Offer Solutions on Health Care Issues

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Florida Democrats used today's rural tour stop to highlight Democratic solutions to the rural healthcare crisis created by Rick Scott, Adam Putnam, Ron DeSantis and the Florida GOP Bartow, Fl. — In Polk County Friday, Democratic candidates and health care experts held a round table to discuss the issues caused by Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and the decision not to expand Medicaid. Polk County is currently facing a doctor shortage, high uninsured rates, and a 20% premium hikes, and Republican's continue to fight to repeal the ACA. The presentation of…

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WATCH: Local Residents Fed up With Rick Scott's Handling of Algae Crisis

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Stuart Residents Also Highlighted Actions Scott Took as Governor to Help Create the Algae Crisis As Rick Scott visited Stuart yesterday, local residents lined up to express their displeasure that Scott has taken little action to help algae crisis that is devastating their community. After out-right lying about a "security concern", Rick Scott did not speak with any residents, nor did he answer any questions from the media. Responding to Rick Scott's refusal to meet with members of the public after his visit, former Congressman Patrick Murphy told the TCPalm, "If you are uncomfortable…

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Former Congressman Patrick Murphy and Environmental Experts Slam Rick Scott's Record on Preventing Algae Blooms

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Murphy and Environmental Experts Highlighted How the Current Algae Crisis Is Not a Both Sides Issue Today on a call, former Congressman Patrick Murphy, Florida Conservation Voters Executive Director Aliki Moncrief, and Dr. John Capece identified how Rick Scott helped create the current algae crisis. Former Congressman Patrick Murphy: "To see Rick Scott act like he has done anything to help this problem is an embarrassment. Ever since he was elected governor, he has drastically hurt our environment. When you cut a large amount of staff from the Department of Environmental Protection…

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WATCH: Ron DeSantis: Tallahassee Won't Do Anything About Rising Sea Levels If I'm Governor

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DeSantis Will Do Nothing to Support Communities Imacted by Rising Sea Levels At Wednesday's Republican gubernatorial primary debate, Ron Desantis promised that if elected governor, state government would do nothing to address rising sea levels hurting communities across Florida. During a discussion about environmental issues, DeSantis said that the Democratic candidates think "they can stop the sea levels from rising. Not going to happen from Tallahassee." DeSantis made clear that, like Rick Scott, his administration would do nothing to combat climate change and keep Florida communit…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on Democratic Gubernatorial Town Hall

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Following tonight's Democratic Gubernatorial Town Hall in Jacksonville, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: "Our Democratic candidates showed once again tonight why each of them is a better choice to move Florida forward than their Republican opponents. "Five times the Democratic candidates have faced tough questions about how they would govern, showing they have plans to increase public school funding, end the toxic algae crisis, expand healthcare, and bring more high-paying jobs to Florida. "The choice has never been more clear, and we are more excited than …

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At Press Conference, Elected Officials and Education Leaders Say: "Rick Scott Deserves an F on Education Issues"

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Today in Orlando, State Senator Victor Torres, State Representative Amy Mercado, State Representative Carlos G. Smith, and Orange County Classroom Teachers Association President Wendy Doromal held a press conference to discuss Rick Scott's horrible record on K-12 education. Specifically, they highlighted Rick Scott's cuts to public school funding, how teacher pay in almost $10,000 below the national average, and how Scott drained millions of dollars from public schools to give to private corporations that want to profit off children’s education. State Senator Victor Torres: "…

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WATCH: GOP Candidates Support Funneling Taxpayer Money Away From Public Schools and Towards For-Profit Companies

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Candidates Come Out in Support of HB 7069, Which Will Cost Public Schools Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Tonight, both Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam came out in support of funneling taxpayer dollars away from public schools and towards unaccountable, for-profit private charter schools. Both candidates made clear at tonight’s debate that they support HB 7069, which passed the legislature two years ago and allows hundreds of millions in taxpayer money to be diverted from public schools and go into the hands of for profit, unaccountable private interests.

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WATCH: Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam Say that Health Care is Not a Right

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The GOP Candidates Agree on One Thing: Denying Health Care to Floridians Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam don't agree on much — except that health care is not a right and it’s ok to deny coverage to 800,000 Floridians. At tonight’s debate, both candidates said that they do not believe health care is a right for Floridians and that they would do nothing as governor to expand access to care for the one in five Florida adults who do not have health insurance. Watch the exchange below: DeSantis and Putnam have both refused to put out health care plans, almost never menti…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on the Final Republican Gubernatorial Debate

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on the final Republican gubernatorial debate: "Tonight's debate was vicious, ugly, and deeply divisive — and ignored the critical issues facing Florida. Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis spent more time tearing each other down than talking about what they would do to build up Floridians. It's disturbing that some of the only things the two candidates could agree on is denying healthcare to hundreds of thousands of Floridians and refusing to invest in Florida's teachers. "This was another bad night …

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Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis Want to Deny Health Care to Millions of Floridians

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Health care is Republican primary voters second most important issue — and one of the top issues this cycle among Floridians. But you wouldn't know it from watching Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam. Both candidates have refused to lay out a substantive health care plan to expand coverage for Floridians. Instead of laying out a plan, DeSantis and Putnam have simply supported the Trump administration's efforts to take away health care from 1.5 million Floridians, scrap protections for pre-existing conditions, and deny expanding coverage for 800,000 Floridians. What's clear is that if…

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