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The Triumph of the Parkland Students, In the Face of the GOP’s Failure

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The Triumph of the Parkland Students, In the Face of the GOP’s Failure   By: Terrie Rizzo, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman   Link: https://medium.com/@FlaDems/the-triumph-of-the-parkland-students-in-the-face-of-the-gops-failure-1ee3c2cc6c7c   Like so many Floridians, my own thoughts since the Parkland tragedy have been filled with a rush of emotions. Shock, anger, and a fresh resolve that our leaders in Tallahassee must finally take action to make us safer from gun violence. Sadly, we’ve felt this succession of emotions too many times before. …

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Cruel Corcoran’s House Republicans Shock the Nation

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Cruel Corcoran’s House Republicans Shock the Nation   For Years, Richard Corcoran Has Been One of the Fiercest Opponents of Gun Safety and Mental Health Coverage   In the past week, Richard Corcoran’s House of Representatives’ cruel indifference to the demands of Parkland students has shocked the nation. Florida’s House Republicans have become a national embarrassment and earned themselves a reputation as a cesspool where staffers spread deeply offensive conspiracy theories and meaningful efforts to address gun violence go nowhere.   In the …

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While Rick Scott Hides From His Record, New Questions About Tax Incentives for Gunmakers

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While Rick Scott Hides From His Record on Guns, New Questions Arise About Tax Incentives for Gunmakers   While Governor Rick Scott failed to face students, parents, and Floridians at last night's CNN Town Hall, Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Ted Deutch showed up to answer questions, and talk about real solutions and commonsense gun legislation. It is clear who wins in Rick Scott's Florida: gunmakers, not students.    The Tampa Bay Times, 2/21/2018, Rubio faces tough audience at CNN forum, backs some gun restrictions while refusing to disavow NRA "Nelson …

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Putnam Sold His Soul to the Gun Lobby. Now It’s Catching Up to Him.

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Adam Putnam Sold His Soul to the Gun Lobby. Now It’s Catching Up to Him.    As Florida Demands Action, A “Proud NRA Sellout” Dodges, Ducks and Deflects   Tallahassee, Fl. — Adam Putnam has spent years shilling for the gun lobby — and now it’s finally catching up to him.      In the past week, Putnam has struggled to defend his record and drawn sharp rebukes from members of his own party:   A PROUD NRA SELLOUT — OR NOT?: In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, Putnam removed an online petition…

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Rick Scott is Hiding from Floridians, His Record at CNN Town Hall

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Rick Scott is Hiding from Floridians, His Record at CNN Town Hall   In response to Rick Scott’s refusal to attend tonight's CNN town hall on gun safety, Florida Democratic Party Spokesperson Caroline Rowland issued the following statement:   “Rick Scott’s refusal to join survivors, students, parents, teachers and Floridians at tonight’s discussion shows how afraid he is to explain his long record of opposing commonsense gun safety measures. He can’t defend the last eight years he’s spent making Floridians less safe f…

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Chairwoman's Statement on GOP Block of Assault Rifle Ban

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Yesterday, Republican lawmakers turned their backs on our children. As student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High watched on, every member of the Republican House of Representatives voted against opening discussion on a bill that proposed bans on the assault rifles used in the Parkland shooting.      “Yesterday’s vote is just one more reminder that Governor Scott, Richard Corcoran and the GOP-led legislature continue to fail to provide the leadership needed to put an end to senseless mass shootings," said FDP Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo…

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Pulse survivor to Scott, GOP: 'Do your job or get out of our way'

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Orlando Sentinel: Commentary: Pulse survivor to Scott, GOP: 'Do your job or get out of our way'   By Brandon Wolf   Dear Gov. Scott and the GOP: Our patience has come to an end.   Almost two years ago, I witnessed hell. Standing in a dark bathroom at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I choked down tears, held onto a dozen trembling bodies, and breathed gun smoke. We were unarmed and unassuming; we were under attack.   Forty-nine innocent lives were lost that night. And as the dust settled, we buried our loved ones and our grief turned to anger. “Ne…

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Sun Sentinel: On public safety, Florida Republicans get an F

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ICYMI: Sun Sentinel: On public safety, Florida Republicans get an F   Key Point: "Florida Republicans control the Governor’s Mansion, the Cabinet and both chambers of the Legislature — and they refuse to do anything to address gun violence. Instead, swayed by the money and machine of the gun lobby, they keep chip, chip, chipping away at the laws we have now. After each mass shooting in Florida, Republican leaders say the killing has to stop. But they’ve done nothing to stop it. Nothing."   Sun Sentinel, 2/17/2018, On public safety, Florida Repu…

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Parkland Students, Floridians Speak Out Against Rick Scott

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Parkland Students, Floridians Speak Out Against Rick Scott   Led by Parkland students, Floridians across the state are speaking out against Rick Scott’s long record of opposing common sense gun safety measures, and why they don’t trust him to look out for anyone but himself when it comes to this critical issue.   Here are the facts: Scott “signed a bill that barred doctors from asking patients whether they had access to guns” “Did not propose new gun laws or seek significant mental health funding increases after the Pulse nightclub massa…

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FDP Requests Adam Putnam Release All Correspondence with Gun Lobby

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Florida Democratic Party Requests that Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam Release All Correspondence with the Gun Lobby   Tallahassee, FL. — On Friday, the Florida Democratic Party filed a public records request with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services requesting copies of any communications between Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and gun lobby groups.   The letters request any emails, text messages, faxes, and letters, between Putnam or his staff and the National Rifle Association, the National Rifle Association Institute for …

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