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Florida Environmentalists Call on DeSantis to Stop Oil Drilling in Apalachicola River

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  On Tuesday, environmental scientists called on Ron DeSantis to stop the pending oil drilling in the Apalachicola River Basin. The calls come after the DeSantis Administration’s DEP issued a permit to a Texas oil company to drill in the Apalachicola River Basin. Environmentalists note that this could pose health concerns for Floridians, affect the local economy, and do irreparable damage to our environment. "Climate change is killing people today and will kill many more people if we fail to fully combat it in every possible way at every possible level," said John Capece,…

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Slams Ron DeSantis Efforts to Overturn Amendment 4

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Following Tuesday's court proceedings, where Federal Judge Robert Hinkle "excoriated lawyers representing Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration, accusing the state of trying to "run out the clock" to keep felons from voting in next year's elections", FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo issued the following statement: "Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans have tried every tactic they can to overturn Amendment 4 and stop returning citizens from regaining their right to vote. This is the clearest case of voter suppression. More Floridians voted for Amendment 4 than Ron DeSantis and he should stop try…

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GOP Appointed OFR Commissioner Has Ties To Anti-LGBTQ Extremists

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Republican cabinet members voted to make Russell Weigel the new commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation without any discussion on Monday. A review of Weigel's resume shows his disturbing support of the Christian Family Coalition. While much still needs to be learned about why Weigel was tapped for the position, just a review of his resume showed his connection to an anti-LGBTQ group. On the fourth page of his application documents, he boasts in his community service section that he's "an active supporter of the Christian Family Coalition" –– an extreme anti-LG…

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Florida Democrats Chair Rizzo on Trump's Sunrise Rally

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Following Donald Trump's Tuesday rally in Sunrise, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: "Donald Trump may have called it a homecoming rally, but the truth is it's a retirement party. Trump will lose Florida because Floridians are sick and tired of his lying, of his broken promises, his divisiveness and his pursuit of taking care of himself and the rich while leaving the rest of us behind. Shame on Republican leaders who have decided to defend him at any cost, instead of caring about Floridians."

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On Eve of Trump Rally, Democrats Call Out the Harm He's Inflicted on Florida

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The Florida Democratic Party held a press call with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, and Joseph Pennisi, who was the founding executive director of the Florida Policy Institute, to discuss the damage Trump's policies have done to Florida. The call included discussions on Trump's attempts to have the Affordable Care Act (ACA) overturned in the courts and Trump's proposal to cut the SNAP program, also known as food stamps. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz discussed on the call Trump's attempts to roll b…

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Florida Democrats Terrie Rizzo Congratulates Our Presidential Hopefuls for a Wonderful Debate

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The Florida Democratic Party congratulates all of the presidential hopefuls that took part in the DNC's fifth Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with MSNBC. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, stated: "Time and time again our candidates have shown how diverse the ideas of the Democratic Party can be while still united in our values. We are the party that knows no one should go without access to health care, that social security must be protected and workers' rights are essential for our economy to work for everyone. All of them tonight showed how they tower ove…

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Florida Democratic Party Mourns Those Lost on This Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Each year on November 20, we remember members of the transgender community who have been attacked and murdered. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least twenty two transgender people have been murdered in the United States in 2019. In Florida, at least fourteen members of the transgender community have lost their lives this decade, three of those murders happened in 2019 and five in 2018. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement: "Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to mourn and a time to remember those we have lost in the …

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Florida Democrats Crowdfund Nearly $4,000 in 20 Hours to Bring the Baby Trump Balloon to Florida

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Florida Dems will welcome Trump to Florida Tuesday with Baby Trump Balloon. In advance of Donald Trump's November 26 rally in Sunrise, Florida, Democratic activists raised more than $3,700 in just 20 hours from 163 donors via a GoFundMe crowdfunding page to bring the Baby Trump balloon to Florida. The average donation was less than $23. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, stated it was a sign of the passion Democratic activists have to take on Trump in 2020: "This is a sign of Trump's weakness in Florida. Democratic activists in Florida are fired up to send Trum…

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Democrats Host Dialogue on Gun Violence in Tampa

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The Florida Democratic Party hosted its second Cease Fire community dialogue Saturday morning in Cyrus Greene Park in Tampa. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, along with State Senator Darryl Rouson, State Representative Dianne Hart, and State Representative Fentrice Driskell joined community activists, local leaders, and residents in a dialogue on gun violence prevention in communities of color. The event was led by Clifton Addison, a gun violence survivor and coalitions director of the Florida Democratic Party. Addison wrote about his experience with gun violence…

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Florida Democrats Trained More Than 70 Potential Candidates in the Tampa Area

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This weekend, over 70 people participated in the Municipal Victory Program candidate training. The training included potential candidates from multiple counties including Citrus, Polk, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Orange, Volusia and Pasco, where over 40 elections will be held from now to 2020. The training focused on campaign fundamentals, from best practices to fundraising, political strategy, communications and how to maximize their digital and field operations. Trainings were led by Democratic campaign experts including political strategist Ashley Walker, finance expert Marley Wilkes…

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