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Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Senator Lori Berman, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo and Advocates Bring Medicaid Expansion Tour to West Palm Beach

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Florida Democrats continue to put health care at center stage as they look to end nearly 20 years of Republican rule. On Monday, FDP brought its statewide Medicaid Expansion tour to West Palm Beach with Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Senator Lori Berman, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo, medical professionals and people who have been affected by Rick Scott's decision not to expand Medicaid in Florida. "What’s going to be on the ballot is if 800,000 plus people will be able to go to the doctor and receive medicine," said Congresswoman Lois Frankel. "Democrats say yes to healthcare, which is a…

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After Roller Coaster Crash, Volusia County Democrats Call for Accountability from Adam Putnam

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At a presser today in front of the Sand Blaster roller coaster, Volusia County Democrats called for Adam Putnam and the Department of Agriculture to be held accountable for signing off on the roller coaster just hours before it crashed: Susanne Raines, President, Democratic Club of Northern Volusia County: "I'm frustrated with the lack of competence and accountability from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is not the first example of mismanagement: 291 people got concealed weapon permits because Adam Putnam's agency wasn't doing background checks. Now we have…

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In Latest Scandal, Adam Putnam's Department Green Lighted a Roller Coaster Hours Before it Crashed

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Coaster Derailment Injured Nine and Plunged Two Riders 34 Feet In the latest example of incompetence at Adam Putnam's Agriculture Department, on Friday Department inspectors approved the safety of a roller coaster — hours before it crashed. The derailment caused two riders to plunge more than 34 feet and sent six individuals to the hospital to be treated for injuries. "Every week, there's a new report about Adam Putnam's department failing to do its job. Putnam has created a culture of mismanagement, lack of accountability and incompetence at the Department of Agriculture. Pu…

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Health Care Is the Top Issue for Voters, and Rick Scott Has Proven He Doesn't Care

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  Rick Scott repeatedly refused to stand up to Trump's attacks on pre-existing conditions Recent polling has found time and time again that health care remains the top issue for voters. Kaiser: A majority of Americans "are worried about their out-of-pocket costs increasing so high that" they won’t be able to afford care. CBS: "Health care tops the list of most important issue for voters, ahead of the economy -- and by two to one voters say they've been hurt, not helped, by the GOP's changes to the health care laws." NBC: Health care is top issue in new poll. Asked…

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Florida Democrats Release New Digital Ad Hitting Adam Putnam for Endangering Floridians' Safety

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In a Gaggle Yesterday, Putnam Refused to Explain Why He Kept Scandal Hidden from the Public for a Year Today, the Florida Democratic Party released a new digital ad, "Sellout" targeting "proud NRA sellout" Adam Putnam's failure to enforce Florida's gun laws and his record of endangering Floridians' safety. Putnam's agriculture department failed to conduct background checks on 365 concealed carry applications — and then kept it hidden for more than a year. During a gaggle yesterday, Putnam refused to say why he kept his department's mismanagement and negligence hidden from the…

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Yet Again, Rick Scott Won’t Stand Up to Trump to Protect Healthcare for Millions of Floridians With Pre-Existing Conditions

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Yet again, Rick Scott refused to stand up for Floridians' access to quality and affordable healthcare coverage after the Trump Administration recently launched an effort to strip protections for those with pre-existing conditions. According to recent estimates, over seven million Floridians have pre-existing conditions. According to Florida Politics, when asked on Wednesday about the Trump Administration's decision to no longer fight for patients with pre-existing medical conditions, Scott "remained vague on the issue." Earlier this week, Politico reported on Scott's unwillingness …

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What They Are Saying: "Medicaid Expansion is on the Ballot in 2018"

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Democrats will "push Medicaid expansion" in 2018 — and the issue is central to the party's efforts to take back the Governor's mansion and legislature. At the launch of the FDP's Medicaid Expansion Tour yesterday, Gainesville leaders made clear that Rick Scott's failure to expand Medicaid for 800,000 had devastated Florida and that reversing Scott's cruel health care policies will be a rallying cry in 2018. Scott's failure to expand Medicaid has left hundreds of thousands of Floridians without access to care. Both Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis have strongly opposed Medicaid expan…

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Statement from FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo: Today's Cabinet Meeting Reeked of a Cover-up

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  Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on today's cabinet meeting: "Today's cabinet meeting reeked of a cover-up. "Florida Republicans self-serving, corrupt politics were on full display at today’s cabinet meeting. Instead of addressing the fact that Adam Putnam let 291 Floridians get concealed carry permits without a background check, Rick Scott, Jimmy Patronis and Pam Bondi tried to sweep the scandal under the rug. Scott, Putnam, and Patronis showed that they care more about winning re-election than protecting Floridians.…

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Florida Democratic Party Kicks Off Statewide Rural Tour

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The Florida Democratic Party is announcing a statewide rural tour that will focus on connecting with people in smaller counties and rural areas, and having honest conversations about issues affecting their communities, in an effort to to earn their votes in November. The tour kicked off Tuesday with a stop in LaBelle, with FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo who hosted candidates and voters from Glades and Hendry County to talk about Democratic policies, grassroots organizing and how we rebuild rural communities after 20 years of Republican rule has left them with fewer jobs, fewer opportunities…

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Florida Democratic Party Launches Statewide Medicaid Expansion Tour

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  On Tuesday, the Florida Democratic Party launched its statewide "The Time is Now: Medicaid Expansion Tour" in Gainesville. At the event, Mayor Lauren Poe and Dr. Cynthia Moore Chestnut, amongst other local activists, discussed why Medicaid expansion is one of the most critical issues in the 2018 election — and highlighted how Rick Scott broke his election-year promise to expand health insurance to 800,000 Floridians. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe: "Floridians access to health care is under threat from both Donald Trump and Rick Scott. Washington and Tallahassee are workin…

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