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After Shocking CNN Interview, FDP Calls on Ron DeSantis to Fire Lourdes Castillo de la Peña

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Lourdes Castillo de la Peña, a longtime supporter of Ron DeSantis, has drawn national condemnation for her vicious attacks against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on CNN. de la Peña is a member of DeSantis' Florida finance team and his Campaign Coordinator in Miami-Dade. Today, FDP Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo released the following statement calling on Ron DeSantis to fire de la Peña and denounce her attacks on Dr. Ford: “Lourdes Castillo de la Peña’s attacks on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford were horrifying and have rightfully drawn national condemnation. …

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Olivia Babis Rolls Out New Ad in Her Quest to Become First Disabled Person to Serve in Florida Legislature

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"I don't back down from a fight" Days after a new poll shows State Senate District 23 candidate Olivia Babis polling ahead of her opponent Rep. Joe Gruters, she released a new digital ad highlighting her personal story and her priorities to pass environmental regulations that would prevent another environmental crisis like the red tide that is devastating the west coast of Florida. "I have been fighting my entire life for what is right, and as Sarasota's Senator, I will fight to enact environmental protections, invest in our public schools, expand accessibility to affordable health c…

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FDP Announces Mitchell Berger as Democratic Coordinated Campaign "Winning Ticket" Finance Chair

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The Florida Democratic Party announced Friday the appointment of Mitchell Berger as Finance Chair for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Berger is a South Florida attorney who has been involved with the Democratic Party for years, including serving as the Democratic National Committees Federal Victory Chair in 2000, co-leader of the Campaign For Change in 2008 and as a member of the National Finance Board of Obama Victory Fund. "There could not be a more exciting time to serve as Finance Chair of the Florida Democratic Party," Berger said. "I am proud to be able to contribute to the…

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DNC Chair Tom Perez, Lt. Governor Candidate Chris King Hold Rural Tour Stop in Haines City

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  "One county at a time we are taking this country back" Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, Lt. Governor Nominee Chris King, and Congressman Darren Soto joined FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo Thursday for a stop on the Florida Democratic Party's Rural Tour. Over a hundred community members attended the event where local community leaders and elected officials talked about the issues facing the Haines City community ranging from healthcare accessibility, to a lack of affordable housing, low wages, and a lack of public school funding. "There is a crisis happening all across F…

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Florida Democrats Reach 8 Million Voters in 2018 Election Cycle

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Today, the Florida Democratic Party announced it has reached over 8 million voters in the 2018 election cycle. After their most recent weekend of action, Democrats have knocked on 2 million doors, made more than 3.8 million phone calls, and held 2.2 million text conversations. "Our candidates are offering a bold vision for Florida's future, and we are taking that message to voters in every corner of Florida," said FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo. "The Florida Democratic Party is using new data, technology, and boots on the ground to register new voters, sign people up for vote-by-mail, and c…

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Two Weeks into the General Election, Ron DeSantis Still Has No Policy Agenda

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DeSantis Struggles to Pivot to the General Election Why does Ron DeSantis want to be governor? Who knows. Two weeks into the general election, DeSantis is still unable to articulate what he would do for the people of Florida or his plans to address the most urgent issues facing the state — like health care, education, or economic development. As the Tampa Bay Times reported this week, despite promising to lay out policies in the general election, DeSantis has "continued to keep quiet about his agenda as governor" — and even went as far as to cancel an interview wher…

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The Miami Herald Catches Ron DeSantis Planning a Fundraiser with Racist Former Representative Ralph Arza

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With each passing day, new reports reveal just how closely Ron DeSantis has aligned himself with the most toxic and divisive figures in our politics. Last night, the DeSantis campaign released a fundraising invitation that listed former Representative Ralph Arza as a co-host. In 2006, Rep. Arza was forced to resign in disgrace after calling the Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Rudy Crew and Republican Representative Gus Barreiro racial epithets. This morning, the DeSantis campaign backtracked, by claiming that the event would now longer include Arza — despite the fact that he …

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The Real Ron DeSantis "Applauded" Donald Trump's Horrific Response to Hurricane Maria

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During Puerto Rico's Darkest Hour, DeSantis Sided with Donald Trump In an election year stunt, Ron DeSantis is trying to style himself as a friend of Puerto Rico. His record though tells a very different story. Last year — during the island's darkest hour — DeSantis sided with Donald Trump over the people of Puerto Rico. In September 2017, DeSantis issued a press release praising the Trump administration's widely condemned response to Hurricane Maria. DeSantis literally "applauded[ed]" Trump's gross mishandling of the crisis in Puerto Rico. Nearly 3,000 people die…

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State Senator Victor Torres on Donald Trump's Tweets

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Today, State Senator Victor Torres released the following statement on Donald Trump’s tweets about the death toll from Hurricane Maria: "Donald Trump today desecrated the thousands of Puerto Ricans who died in Hurricane Maria. His tweets are painful and horrifying and completely unfounded. We should be honoring the dead and their families — not attacking them. "For too long, Donald Trump has insulted our community while his administration has caused unimaginable suffering on the island. Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres. Rick Scott and Ron …

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Democrats Criticize Ron DeSantis for Opposing the Violence Against Women Act

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By Voting Against the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, DeSantis Established Himself as One the Most Extreme and Anti-Women Members of Congress On the 24-year anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, U.S. Representative Lois Frankel, State Senator Annette Taddeo, and Ambassador Nancy Soderberg criticized Ron DeSantis for opposing the bipartisan act in 2013 and refusing to stand with the victims of domestic violence. DeSantis voted against the bill early in his career on Congress, effectively establishing himself as one of the most anti-women and extreme members of Congress. D…

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