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Florida Democrats Slam Trump for In-Person Fundraiser in Coronavirus Hotspot, Continued Failure to Manage the Crisis

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Today, on the fourth-consecutive day Florida has broken its single-day record of reported COVID-19 deaths, Donald Trump is coming to Tampa today to fundraise in-person, seemingly unconcerned about the spread of the virus in a COVID-19 hotspot. Ahead of Trump’s visit, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), State Sen. Annette Taddeo (SD-40), State Rep. Dianne Hart (HD-61), and State Rep. Javier Fernández (HD-114) led a virtual press conference slamming Trump for his continued failure to contain the virus, months into the crisis. They also reminded Floridians that Tr…

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Three years after McCain’s “Thumbs Down” Vote, Trump is Still Threatening the ACA

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On this day three years ago, Senator John McCain voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, temporarily saving the landmark legislation responsible for providing affordable health care for millions of Floridians. After failing in Congress, Donald Trump turned to the courts to continue his relentless push to repeal the ACA with no replacement plan. If Trump succeeds in overturning the ACA, Floridians across the board would suffer the consequences -- 3.5 million Floridians with pre-existing conditions could lose access to care and see massive price increases, nearly 2 million Flor…

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Ahead of Pence Visit, Florida Legislators and Teachers Hold Trump Admin. Accountable for Reckless COVID-19 Response

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Today, ahead of Mike Pence’s visit to Miami, Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27), State Senator José Javier Rodríguez (SD-37), State Representative Javier Fernández (HD-114), Karla Hernández-Mats, president of United Teachers of Dade, Jessica Harringon, Tampa teacher, and Keegan Schlake, Orlando teacher, joined a virtual press conference to highlight the Trump administration’s failure to take the basic action needed to quell the coronavirus pandemic in advance of a vaccine, and their reckless demand that schools fully reopen or risk federal fundi…

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Florida Democrats tout new 500,000 vote by mail enrollment advantage

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Today, the Florida Democratic Party announced an expanded vote by mail enrollment advantage of 500,000 enrollments over the Republican Party of Florida, with over 1.86 million Democrats now registered to vote by mail. This expanded margin announcement comes just two weeks after Democrats announced a 400,000 enrollment margin over Republicans. In light of this announcement, the Chair of the Florida Democratic Party Terrie Rizzo issued the following statement: “With just 101 days left until the November election, we are seeing more energy than ever to flip Florida blue. Our vol…

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How Trump Has Failed to Deliver for Caregivers, Educators, Seniors

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Today, Vice President Joe Biden unveiled his plan to create a 21st-century caregiving and education workforce. Biden’s leadership stands in sharp contrast with Donald Trump, who has failed to protect our seniors, pushed to reopen schools despite safety concerns, and broken his promises to address the high cost of child care. Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: “Joe Biden’s recent Build Back Better plan shows us what we’ve known for a long time -- Biden is committed to building an economy that is rooted in uplifting w…

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Florida Democratic Party Chair on Latest Florida Jobs Numbers

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Today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its state-specific jobs data, which revealed that Florida’s unemployment rate is at 10.4%. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor data showed that Florida’s unemployment is once again surging. DOL reported that unemployment claims doubled compared to the previous week, with 129,408 new claims in Florida filed between July 5-11. In response, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: “Florida’s unemployment rate is still in the double digits because of Donald Trump’s…

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Florida’s teachers and health experts agree: Trump’s push to reopen schools amid current COVID-19 surge is reckless

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With no comprehensive school reopening plan, Secretary DeVos can’t promise that schools will be safe when they reopen, and yet the Trump administration is proceeding anyway, claiming that “the science should not stand in the way,” and even threatening to withhold federal education funding to public schools that don’t fully reopen. This news comes as one-third of children in Florida tested for COVID-19 yielded positive results, according to the Sun Sentinel. “Trump’s push to reopen schools with a one size fits all approach is proof that he has a comp…

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Commissioner Nikki Fried partners with Florida Democrats to provide VAN access to legislative candidates

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Today, the Florida Democratic Party announced a partnership with Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, the highest ranking elected Democrat in Florida. Through this partnership, Commissioner Fried will make a significant investment to purchase Voter Action Network (VAN) access for legislative candidates who need assistance and have qualified. From Commissioner Nikki Fried on today’s announcement: “I am proud to stand with the Florida Democratic Party, and subsidize VAN costs so that our legislative candidates can hit the ground running. As I know first hand, Florida …

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On Filing Day, Florida Democrats Slam Trump for Tax Scam

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On the third tax day since Trump’s tax cut law took effect, millions of Floridians are dealing with the duel health and economic crisis caused by Donald Trump’s ineffective pandemic response. President Trump’s tax cut law, which was sold as a middle class tax cut, gave billions to the richest individuals and corporations while millions of low and middle-income workers saw their taxes rise. “This Tax Day is a reminder that Trump’s time in office has been spent working for his Mar-a-Lago buddies, not Florida’s working families,” said Florida D…

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Florida Democratic Party Calls Out Trump’s Disastrous Climate Record

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Earlier today, Joe Biden unveiled his plan to create millions of jobs through investing in sustainable infrastructure and clean energy. In contrast, Donald Trump has not followed through on his campaign promises to rebuild America and has called climate change a “hoax.” “Donald Trump has flirted with allowing oil and gas drilling off Florida’s coast, bizarrely claimed that noise from wind turbines can cause cancer, and rolled back critical Obama-Biden era climate policies,” said Frances Swanson, spokesperson for the Florida Democratic Party, “While …

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