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Florida Dems Fight Republican Agenda With New Ad Campaign

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The Florida Democratic Party launched a year-long ad campaign in African American newspapers focused on educating voters on the damaging effects President Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans are having on communities of color. The series titled "Don't Fear The Future. Fight For It." began in African American outlets last week and each month will highlight policies implemented by President Trump, Governor DeSantis, and Florida Republicans that marginalize communities of color including defunding public education, placing guns in schools, continued voter suppression, and …

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Democratic Party Announces Launch Of Statewide Voter Protection Program

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In response to Florida Republicans long history of voter suppression — underlined by the recent passage of SB 7066, that created a poll tax on ex-felons and would have invalidated 53,929 mail-in ballots if it were law in 2018 — the Florida Democratic Party is announcing a year-round voter protection program to tackle this growing threat to Floridians right to vote. As part of the program launch, the Florida Democratic Party has named Brandon Peters as it's new Voter Protection Director. Peters is the first person to fill this role for the Party in a year-round capacity. …

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Florida Democrats Call On Rick Scott and Marco Rubio to Support the Equality Act, Now!

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The House of Representatives passed a sweeping civil rights bill that will protect millions of LGBTQ Americans from discrimination. If passed by the Senate, the Equality Act would be a historic piece of legislation that moves America one step closer to equal opportunity for all her citizens. Juan Peñalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, praised the House of Representatives and called upon senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio to pledge their support to pass the Equality Act: "Today was a historic day for all of us. The Equality Act will ensure LGBTQ Amer…

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Florida Democrats Want Answers, Demand Seat at the Table for Voter Security

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On May 15, Florida Democrats issued a public records request for the non-disclosure agreement that Governor Ron DeSantis signed and all correspondence between the governor's office and the FBI related to the Russian hacking of Florida's election systems. Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Juan Peñalosa released the following statement: "Two days ago we learned that then-Governor Rick Scott failed to keep our 2016 elections secure from Russian hackers. And now Governor DeSantis has revealed he is part of the cover-up. It has been forty-eight hours and Governor DeSa…

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Florida Democratic Party and Andrew Gillum Launch Joint Voter Registration Program

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The Florida Democratic Party and Florida Forward Action announced a joint voter registration effort ahead of the 2020 primary election, with the goal of turning Florida Blue in 2020 and, as Mayor Andrew Gillum stated, "build a progressive movement in this state that will last a generation." During the event, Mayor Gillum announced that Florida Forward Action would invest $100,000 into the Florida Democratic Party's voter registration efforts. Earlier this year, Mayor Andrew Gillum and the Florida Democratic Party announced a voter registration goal of over 1.2 million new voters ahe…

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Congratulates Our Victorious Team in Jacksonville

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Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement on the result of the Jacksonville elections: "The voters of Jacksonville have spoken! With the victories of Democrats Brenda Priestly Jackson for City Council District 10, Ju'Coby Pittman for City Council District 8 and Tommy Hazouri for City Council At-Large 3, Florida Democrats have an amazing team that will turn Duval blue and take back the White House in 2020."

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The Public Has A Right To Know: DeSantis Must Disclose Which Counties Were Hacked

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Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference today, where he acknowledged that Russians hacked Florida Supervisors of Elections, but refused to disclose which counties in the state were hacked –– because he signed a nondisclosure agreement with Donald Trump's administration. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, stated: "Florida voters deserve to know the truth about Russian hackers accessing Florida election information. The governor's claim that he signed a nondisclosure agreement with Donald Trump's administration is a violation of the public's trus…

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Statement From Terrie Rizzo on the Announcement of the Location of the First Democratic Primary Debate

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Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo on the announcement that the first Democratic Primary debate will be at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami: "The DNC has chosen a perfect location in the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. The venue is located in the cultural crossroads of Florida and in the heart of one of the fastest growing multi-cultural communities in the United States. I can think of no better place for our Democratic candidates to introduce themselves to Florida and the country. The venue, the city and the historic occasion will be a time for all of our…

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Democrats Slam Trump's Inaction on Disaster Relief for the Panhandle

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In advance of the president's campaign rally, the Florida Democratic Party hosted a press call with U.S. Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Darren Soto, along with Walton County State Committeewoman Samantha Herring. The speakers discussed Trump and the Republican Party's inaction to provide federal disaster relief to the Florida Panhandle — nearly seven months after Hurricane Michael devastated the area. The residents of the Florida Panhandle were hard hit by Hurricane Michael: Hurricane Michael was a category 5 hurricane — one of only four to hit the mainl…

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Florida's DNC Delegate Selection Process Goes Out For Public Review

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Today, Friday, May 3, 2019, The Florida Democratic Party is presenting the proposed Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan for the 2020 DNC Democratic National Conference. Starting today, it marks the beginning of the 30 day comment period, which will end on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 5:00pm. The proposed Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan is accessible on the Florida Democratic Party website. During this 30 day comment period, the public is able to review the plan and provide comments online. The final version of the plan will be voted to be approved by the Florida…

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