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Florida Democrats Terrie Rizzo Congratulates Our Presidential Hopefuls for a Wonderful Debate

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The Florida Democratic Party congratulates all of the presidential hopefuls that took part in the DNC's fifth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with MSNBC. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, stated: "Time and time again our candidates have shown how diverse the ideas of the Democratic Party can be while still united in our values. We are the party that knows no one should go without access to health care, that social security must be protected and workers' rights are essential for our economy to work for everyone. All of them tonight showed how they tower ove…

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Florida Democratic Party Mourns Those Lost on This Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Each year on November 20, we remember members of the transgender community who have been attacked and murdered. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least twenty two transgender people have been murdered in the United States in 2019. In Florida, at least fourteen members of the transgender community have lost their lives this decade, three of those murders happened in 2019 and five in 2018. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement: "Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to mourn and a time to remember those we have lost in the …

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Florida Democrats Crowdfund Nearly $4,000 in 20 Hours to Bring the Baby Trump Balloon to Florida

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Florida Dems will welcome Trump to Florida Tuesday with Baby Trump Balloon. In advance of Donald Trump's November 26 rally in Sunrise, Florida, Democratic activists raised more than $3,700 in just 20 hours from 163 donors via a GoFundMe crowdfunding page to bring the Baby Trump balloon to Florida. The average donation was less than $23. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, stated it was a sign of the passion Democratic activists have to take on Trump in 2020: "This is a sign of Trump's weakness in Florida. Democratic activists in Florida are fired up to send Trum…

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Democrats Host Dialogue on Gun Violence in Tampa

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The Florida Democratic Party hosted its second Cease Fire community dialogue Saturday morning in Cyrus Greene Park in Tampa. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, along with State Senator Darryl Rouson, State Representative Dianne Hart, and State Representative Fentrice Driskell joined community activists, local leaders, and residents in a dialogue on gun violence prevention in communities of color. The event was led by Clifton Addison, a gun violence survivor and coalitions director of the Florida Democratic Party. Addison wrote about his experience with gun violence…

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Florida Democrats Trained More Than 70 Potential Candidates in the Tampa Area

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This weekend, over 70 people participated in the Municipal Victory Program candidate training. The training included potential candidates from multiple counties including Citrus, Polk, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Orange, Volusia and Pasco, where over 40 elections will be held from now to 2020. The training focused on campaign fundamentals, from best practices to fundraising, political strategy, communications and how to maximize their digital and field operations. Trainings were led by Democratic campaign experts including political strategist Ashley Walker, finance expert Marley Wilkes…

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Roger Stone is Now the 5th Trump Associate to Be Guilty of a Crime

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Following the ruling that Roger Stone has been found guilty, Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement: "Five of Trump's lieutenants, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and now Roger Stone, have all either pleaded guilty or have been convicted of a crime. The stench of corruption is all around Donald Trump, and today's ruling reminds us just how important and needed Congress' impeachment inquiry is. "The American people have a right to know what our president is up to, and the more we know, the more it app…

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Democrats' Statement on Major Ballot Order Victory in Florida

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Today, Democrats won a major legal victory in Florida as a court overturned the state's law requiring that ballots list Republicans first, giving GOP candidates a documented and unfair advantage. Democrats are also challenging similar ballot order statutes in three other states. From the court's opinion: "Plaintiffs have proven — and this Court hereby finds — that candidates of the major parties in Florida receive an average primacy effect vote of approximately five percent when listed first in their office block on the ballot, and that this advantage accrues to a can…

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Ross Spano Should Resign Immediately

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Following reports Thursday that Ross Spano is under criminal investigation for campaign finance violations, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement, calling for his resignation from Congress: "Ross Spano knew what he was doing when he illegally accepted money from his friends. He broke the law to get elected to Congress. Floridians deserve better. Spano should immediately step down from his seat, and if he doesn't, he can be sure we will send him to an early retirement next year."

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Rizzo Calls for the Resignation of Stephen Miller

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo joins calls for the resignation of White House Advisor Stephen Miller after a Southern Poverty Law Center report shows Miller's affinity toward white nationalism: "Florida is one of the states impacted the most by Stephen Miller's white-nationalist beliefs. Communities of color have felt the criminalization and discrimination emanating from the Trump administration and created under the advice of a person who should have never be shaping national policy. Miller's beliefs are against the American values and he needs to leave the White Hou…

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Wakulla Democrats Energized and Ready to Defeat Trump in 2020

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On Wednesday, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo joined local Democratic leaders in Wakulla for an event as a part of the ongoing statewide Rural Tour. Rizzo focused on energizing and encouraging local Democrats to get involved to help elect Dems up and down the ballot in 2020. The Florida Democratic Party began its Rural Tour in 2018 to reach to voters across the state and talk about the issues they are concerned about. The Rural Tour events also lift up candidates in rural areas that are seeing Democratic candidates for the first time in decades. For more than twenty year…

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