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Ron DeSantis Should Return Money from Shady Fundraisers Arrested in Connection to Ukrainian Peddling

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On October 10, the Miami Herald reported that two Republican fundraisers with connections to Governor Ron DeSantis, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, have been arrested on campaign finance charges. According to the Miami Herald, DeSantis received $50,000 from the pair by way of a company called Global Energy Producers. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, slammed DeSantis and demanded he donate the $50,000 to charity: "The stench of Governor Ron DeSantis' dirty money grows more foul with each passing day. From lobbyists paying tens of thousands of dollars to dine or pla…

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One-Year After Hurricane Michael the Panhandle Deserves Better

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Today makes one-year since Hurricane Michael made landfall in Northwest Florida. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party issued the following statement: "One year after Hurricane Michael, Floridians are still waiting for relief and help. Today we tell our neighbors in the Panhandle we have not forgotten them, and reaffirm our commitment to helping them as they continue to recover. Today we also call on Governor Ron DeSantis and Jimmy Patronis to take action for those who are still waiting for claims, and waiting to rebuild. They deserve better."

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Florida Democrats Launch Digital Ads Highlighting Trump's Broken Promises to Seniors

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As Donald Trump heads to The Villages on Thursday, hoping to avoid critics, the Florida Democratic Party announced they were greeting him with a digital ad campaign calling out his broken promises to Florida seniors on Medicare. The ads feature seniors from The Villages, who rely on Medicare, and are tired of Trump’s lies and empty rhetoric. "His policies have directly impacted me," said DeAnna Dean, a Villages senior who appears in the ad. "Donald Trump has done irreparable damage. He is not a Republican, he is not a Democrat. He is not for seniors. He is not for the military. …

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Trump Can't Escape Criticism Hiding in The Villages

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Hours before Donald Trump's visit to The Villages begins, Democrats, seniors' advocates, and Villages residents slammed Trump's record on Social Security, Medicare, and prescription drugs. An article in Politico looked at how Trump looks to "escape critics" in The Villages. Yet even in this Republican stronghold, the president was blasted by the Sumter County Democratic Executive Committee, the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, and a mobile billboard calling out Trump's failure on drug prices. "Retirees aren't born Democrats, Republicans, or yesterday" Barbara DeVane, stat…

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NRA Was a "Russian Foreign Asset" in the 2016 Elections. Trump and GOP Should Donate Their NRA Money to Charity.

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President Trump and Florida Republicans must return the money or be seen as complicit in supporting Russian agents interfering with US Democratic elections. In a detailed report presented by Senator Ron Wyden and the Senate Finance Committee, the National Rifle Association acted as a foreign asset of Russia during the 2016 election. In light of this information, the Florida Democratic Party calls on President Donald Trump and Florida's elected officials to give all donations connected to the NRA to charity. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, released the followin…

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Florida's Top Republicans Put Party Over Country Sticking with Trump

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After the whistleblower report was released, Florida's Republican leaders have leapt to Donald Trump's defense. Governor Ron DeSantis launched a "Presidential Protection Fund," Senator Rick Scott went "full partisan" in his defense of Trump, while Senator Marco Rubio showed his full hypocrisy, saying he doesn't want to talk about the details, while also fundraising off of it. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, berated Florida's Republican leaders for their appalling defense of Trump's abuse of office: "When it was revealed that Donald Trump tried to shake down a…

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Two Years After Trump Tax Plan Rolled Out, Florida Families Paying the Price

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Today marks two years since Donald Trump and congressional Republicans introduced their tax bill — promising to lift up Florida Families, but has instead helped millionaires, billionaires, and large corporations. FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on Trump's record of Broken Promises to Florida Families: "Donald Trump promised Floridians they would see a decrease in taxes — but instead the people who have benefited from his tax scam are millionaires like Rick Scott. Trump broke his promise to working families, choosing to give even bigger tax brea…

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Rick Scott Voted Against Restoring Funds to Tyndall Air Force Base

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Florida's junior senator voted to uphold Donald Trump's theft of millions of dollars from Tyndall Air Force Base to build his border wall. On September 25, Sen. Rick Scott voted against terminating Trump's border wall emergency declaration. As part of Trump's emergency declaration, he cut $17 million from Florida's Tyndall Air Force Base that is still recovering from Hurricane Michael. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, blasted Scott for abandoning Florida: "Senator Rick Scott voted to abandon Florida today. Tyndall is an essential air force base in our Florida…

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Florida Democrats Statement on the Shocking Transcript of Trump's Call with Ukraine

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Following the release of transcripts from Trump's call with Ukraine, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo reaffirmed her support for an impeachment inquiry, releasing the following statement: "The transcript released today clearly shows a president that wants a foreign power to intervene in our elections — a violation of our most fundamental principles. We cannot allow a sitting president to abuse the office in this way, for if a president were to succeed in such a plot, we would no longer be a democracy."

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Rizzo's Statement On Impeachment Inquiry

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Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement in response to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry: "Today Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the necessary step to safeguard our democracy from tyranny. A formal impeachment inquiry is a serious step, but President Donald Trump's blatant actions while in office have left the Speaker and the House of Representatives no choice. Our Constitution designed these proceedings to ensure that presidents are held accountable to the public and determine whether the President of the U…

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