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Florida Democrats Continue Grassroots Momentum, Elect Terrie Rizzo as Florida Democratic Party Chair

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Florida Democrats Continue Grassroots Momentum, Elect Terrie Rizzo as Florida Democratic Party Chair The party has the momentum and grassroots support that it takes to win in 2018   Today, the members of the Florida Democratic Party used their grassroots power to elect Terrie Rizzo as the new chair of the Democratic Party. Chairwoman Rizzo is committed and ready to continue the string of victories seen by Democrats this year.   "Acting Chairwoman Judy Mount led the Florida Democratic Party in the lead-up to today's election. Chairwoman Mount was the first African-America…

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Florida Democratic Party Calls on Jack Latvala to Resign

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Florida Democratic Party Calls on Jack Latvala to Resign    In response to the numerous allegations of sexual harassement against Jack Latvala and the mishandling of the complaint filed against him, Florida Democratic Party spokeswoman Johanna Cervone issued the following statement:    "Jack Latvala's behavior is unacceptable and there is no place for it in our government or our state. Using a position of power to harass, touch, demean and pressure women—or anyone else— is wrong, plain and simple. Now, Latvala's smear campaign against Rachel Per…

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Florida Democratic Party Interim Chair Judy Mount announces she will not seek the position of Chair permanently

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Florida Democratic Party Interim Chair Judy Mount announces she will not seek the position of Chair permanently After careful consideration and wide consultation, Chair Mount said she will back the Chair elected. “I have always supported the Florida Democratic Party, its candidates and the causes so important to all of us true blue Democrats. I will continue to do so, just not as the next elected Chair,” Mount said. Mount said she intends to work as Interim Chair to swiftly and effectively elect a new Chair to fill the vacancy created by Stephen Bittel’s resignatio…

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FDP Statement on Governor Scott's New Budget

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The Florida Democratic Party issues the following statement on announcement of Governor Scott’s new budget:   Governor Scott’s budgets have always reflected the same self-serving politics that have defined his career: slashing investment in our public schools, zeroing out funding for key environmental programs and cutting funding for veterans, healthcare and public safety – while giving huge handouts to his well-off and well-connected donors and friends. Today’s budget is more of the same – and more importantly,&nb…

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2018 Looks Blue: Florida Democrats Re-elect Mayor Rick Kriseman

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2018 Looks Blue: Florida Democrats Re-elect Mayor Rick Kriseman Florida Democrats scored another big win tonight with Mayor Rick Kriseman's re-election.   St. Petersburg, FL - Florida Democrats are more fired up than ever.    A little more than a month ago, Florida Democrats scored a historic victory in the special election for Senate District 40. In a low turnout election, Democrat Annette Taddeo flipped a competitive state Senate seat from red to blue, defeating the well-funded Republican, Jose Felix Diaz.   After a wincing defeat,&…

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Florida Democratic Party Statement on Sutherland Spring Shooting

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Florida Democratic Party Statement on Sutherland Springs Shooting   In response to the shooting in San Antonio, Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel issued the following statement:   "Now IS the time to talk about gun control. Once again, innocent lives were taken due to gun violence. All of us - regardless of party affiliation - must put aside politics and take action on gun reform. Enough is enough."    We are devastated to learn of the mass shooting in San Antonio. Less than a year and a half since the Pulse massacre, we co…

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ICYMI: Gov. Scott would be a big winner under GOP tax plan

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ICYMI: Tampa Bay Times, Alex Leary, November 2, 2017   Gov. Scott would be a big winner under GOP tax plan AMT and estate tax changes would benefit wealthy governor.   Key Points: "Vice President Mike Pence took the GOP tax cut quest to Orlando on Thursday and promised utopia... 'We're going to simplify the tax code once and for all,' he said. The plan would also save money -- a ton of it -- for the man standing with him, Gov. Rick Scott."   "Among potential savings for the ultra-rich is an elimination of the alternative minimum tax. Scott's 2013…

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Rick Scott's Special Interest Servant, Jimmy Patronis, Declares Candidacy for Florida Chief Financial Officer

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Rick Scott's Special Interest Servant, Jimmy Patronis, Declares Candidacy for Florida Chief Financial Officer In response to Jimmy Patronis' decision to run for CFO, Florida Democratic Party Communications Director Johanna Cervone issued the following statement:   "Now more than ever, Floridians need a competent, experienced Chief Financial Officer to tackle the economic challenges created by years of disastrous Republican policies. Jimmy Patronis—Rick Scott's handpicked yes-man—has no applicable qualifications to be CFO. In fact, Jimmy Patronis is best known f…

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Florida Democratic Party Statement on Senator Bill Galvano as Next Senate President

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Florida Democratic Party Statement on Senator Bill Galvano as Next Senate President In response to an official vote by the Senate GOP confirming Senator Bill Galvano as Florida's next Senate President, Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Johanna Cervone issued the following statement:    “Senator Galvano has consistently voted against the interests of Florida. From the disastrous mammoth education bill--HB 7069--to passing a state budget in total secrecy, Senator Galvano has shown that he is willing to put special interests before Floridians. After 20 years of disa…

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Rick Scott’s Proposed Environmental Budget is Nothing but a Cover-up

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Rick Scott’s Proposed Environmental Budget is Nothing but a Cover-up In response to Governor Scott’s announcement on  Florida’s environmental budget , Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Johanna Cervone issued the following statement:    “Governor Scott may have talked a big game at today’s press conference about protecting the environment, but his self-serving record tells a different story. Not only has Scott repeatedly denied the existence of climate change, but he’s done everything in his power to hamper the state&rs…

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