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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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Florida Democrats Hold Weekend of Activism With Voter Summits, Campaign Office Openings, Canvasses

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This weekend, the Florida Democratic Party hosted voter summits around the state, training hundreds of activists in communications, voter tools and technology, phone banking, and canvassing. In Orlando, FDP hosted their fifth African American Voter Summit with local lawmakers and community leaders. The summits are a part of a partnership with the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida and have been hugely successful in voter outreach, training hundreds of activists to date. Previous African American Voter Summits were held in Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale. The Flori…

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For the First Time Ever Florida Democrats Requesting More VBM Ballots Than Republicans

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Twenty-four thousand more Democrats requested ballots in 2018 As vote-by-mail Ballots drop this week, more will be sent to Democrats as this year Democrats requested more VBM ballots than Republicans for the first time ever. This is an indication of enthusiasm, and the results of field efforts by Democrats and progressive partners. "We know that when Democrats vote, Democrats win, which is why we are doing everything we can to ensure high turnout on November 6th," said FDP Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo. "Our teams in the field will be using new data and technology to ensure those same vote…

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DeSantis Attack Ads Shamelessly Exploit Pulse, Lies About Mayor Gillum's Record

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Today, Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Kevin Donohoe issued the following statement on Ron DeSantis's new attack ad: "Ron DeSantis' new attack ad is a moral abomination and filled with blatant lies and should be immediately taken down. "Let's be clear: Andrew Gillum is not a socialist and to use that term to deceive and divide is an insult to the thousands of Floridians who have fled dictatorships. Mayor Gillum has lived the American dream and as governor he will fight to make sure every Florida family has the opportunity to succeed. In contrast, Ron DeSantis has a record of si…

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Top Lies From Rick Scott in Florida Senate Debate

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In the first Florida Senate Debate, Rick Scott was forced to defend his record, and Scott did what Scott always does - lied. Some of Scott's top lies from today's debate: Scott says he didn't say he wouldn't do anything differently than Trump when asked about his response to Hurricane Maria. Here is video proof of him saying it: Scott implies that the fixing the hoover dike would reduce toxic algae blooms — to which there is no scientific evidence. Scott "calls @PolitiFactFL — which called him out for running false ads — an "arm of the @TB_Times" and says they're…

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