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Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried Announces Inauguration Leadership Committee

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Today, Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried announced the leadership of her Inaugural Committee. The Inaugural Committee will organize events in Tallahassee in the lead-up to, and day of, Nikki's swearing-in as Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services on January 8th, 2019. The Chairs of Nikki's Inaugural Committee are Jenni Shaffren and Ben Pollara. Shaffren is Nikki's sister; Pollara is a Miami-based political consultant who was a Senior Advisor to Nikki's campaign. Stephanie McClung will serve as Executive Director of the Inauguration efforts, McClung served as Senior Fin…

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Ross Spano Broke the Law to Win Congressional Seat

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after the latest revelations about Ross Spano's alleged FEC Violations: "Ross Spano knew exactly what he was doing when he took personal loans and used them as campaign funds, which is against the law. This should disqualify Spano from serving in Congress. This matter needs to be fully investigated, and appropriate actions taken."

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Florida Democratic Party Congratulates Senate Democrats on Leadership Positions

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This week Democratic Senators were named to leadership assignments on top committees for the 2019 Legislative Session, putting Democrats in a position to help shape and influence important legislation this coming year. Senator Bill Montford was named Chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, while Senator Lauren Book will serve as Chair of the Children, Families, and Elder Affairs committee. Freshman Senators Lori Berman and Janet Cruz also earned leadership assignments, Berman to Health Policy and Cruz to Military and Veterans Affairs and Space Committees respect…

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Florida Democrats Make Historic Gains in 2018 Midterms

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In advance of 2020, Florida Democrats made historic gains, built a strong bench, and improved infrastructure statewide Expanding Democratic Representation at the Federal and State Level For the first time in more than a decade Florida Democrats have a voice in the Florida cabinet directing the second largest economic driver of Florida’s economy and oversight on key issues of gun safety, land and water management and consumer affairs. Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried’s election was historic not only because she was the first woman to be elected to the position, but also th…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo: "Tonight's debate showed that Andrew Gillum has what it takes to lead"

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on tonight's debate: "Floridians saw two things tonight: a hopeful vision for our future versus a collection of lies and attacks masquerading as a campaign for governor. Andrew Gillum proved beyond all doubt that he is the only candidate who has the vision and the plan to create a Florida that works for all. "Andrew Gillum was the only one on that stage who will protect people with pre-existing conditions. And he's the only candidate who Floridians can trust to fight for better jobs, better schools,…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo: "Andrew Gillum was optimistic, hopeful, substantive — and downright gubernatorial"

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Today, Mayor Andrew Gillum participated in his first gubernatorial debate against Ron DeSantis on CNN. In response, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: "Florida voters saw a clear contrast on the debate stage this evening. Andrew Gillum was optimistic, hopeful, substantive — and downright gubernatorial. Mayor Gillum made clear that he will fight every day for better health care, better schools, and better jobs. And on the most important issue of this election — health care — Mayor Gillum made clear that he is the only …

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Florida Democrats Collect Supplies for Hurricane Michael Victims, Contact 200,000 Voters, and Hold Women's Voter Summit in Massive Weekend of Action

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With 24 days left until Election Day, Florida Democrats were out across the state working to Get Out the Vote. Democrats knocked over 50,000 doors, made over 62,000 phone calls, and sent over100,000 texts — just this weekend. That brings the total outreach efforts in this election cycle to more than 9,000,000 knocks, calls or texts. FDP's Winning Ticket Coordinated Campaign also served as drop-off spots for collections of supplies to send to people in the Panhandle who are recovering from Hurricane Michael. Volunteers and supporters dropped off water, food, hygiene products and …

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Florida Democratic Party Campaign Offices Collecting Donations for Hurricane Relief

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The Florida Democratic Party has announced its campaign field offices are collecting donations of relief supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. FDP is encouraging its volunteers and supporters across the state to help their neighbors in the Panhandle who are having to rebuild after the devastating hurricane. Interested volunteers may visit any local Winning Ticket office over the next week to drop off their donations. Donations in highest demand include: Next week, the Florida Democrats plans to host a Day of Service to drop off supplies to those affected by the storm. "I…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on Ron DeSantis's Deeply Partisan and Insensitive Interview on Fox News

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After a day in which he deeply offended Floridians by airing false ads against Mayor Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis doubled down tonight by appearing on Fox News to once again attack Mayor Gillum. According to Florida Politics' AG Gancarski, DeSantis admitted this morning that this was not an appropriate time to talk about the campaign — but hours later violated that rule by conducting a deeply insensitive interview on Fox News. "Hurricane Michael was a critical test for Ron DeSantis, and he failed. While the Panhandle faced one of the worst storms in a century, DeSantis spent the …

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Florida Democratic Party Files Lawsuit to Extend Voter Registration in Wake of Hurricane Michael

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On Tuesday morning, the Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit to extend the October 9th voter registration deadline in the wake of Hurricane Michael, which is set to devastate parts of Florida's Panhandle. If Secretary Ken Detzner does not extend the voter registration deadline in affected areas by one week, thousands of eligible voters will be disenfranchised. The complaint outlines the constitutional reasons for requesting the lawsuit, arguing that the 1st and 14th amendments of the US Constitution are violated. From the suit filed: "Although the Secretary has proposed a single-…

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