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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on Newly Filed Heartbeat Bill

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after Rep. Mike Hill filed HB 235: "This bill is the harshest attack yet on women's reproductive rights by Florida Republicans. There is a reason this bill has failed in many other states - that is because it is unconstitutional. We will fight to see that this legislation never becomes law in Florida."

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Florida Democratic Party Announces Francine A. Garcia as Interim Treasurer

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The Florida Democratic Party is excited to announce the appointment of Francine Garcia as Interim Treasurer. Garcia is a strong Democrat who brings decades of experience in Finance to the Party. "We are so honored that Francine has accepted the role of Interim Treasurer, and know that she will be a huge asset to our Party at this time," said FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo. "She brings years of experience in finance to the table and has been committed to electing Florida Democrats for the past decade, serving in crucial roles in Central Florida." Garcia worked for Madison Square Garden/Radio …

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Senator Perry Thurston Responds to Governor Ron DeSantis Latest Supreme Court Appointment

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Senator Perry Thurston, (D-Ft. Lauderdale) who is sponsoring legislation to trim the executive branch's influence in judicial nominations, released the following statement following the latest Supreme Court appointment by Governor Ron DeSantis: "With his last appointment to Florida's Supreme Court imminent, we are again urging Governor Ron DeSantis to maintain diversity on our highest court. We know there are candidates not being considered that are highly qualified and represent Florida's diversity." See Also: Florida Supreme Court will have no black justice for first time in ne…

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FDP Response to Pardon of Groveland Four

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after the official pardon of Groveland 4: "After years of injustice — today is a day that is long overdue for the Groveland Four and their families. The pardoning of these four would not have been possible without the persistence and fight from our Democratic leadership, Minority Leaders Senator Audrey Gibson and Representative Kionne McGhee, Commissioner Nikki Fried, and Representative Bobby DuBose and Senator Gary Farmer, who sponsored the legislation for the pardon."

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Senate Dems Leader Audrey Gibson Seeks Clarification, Details on Governor DeSantis Water Policy Proposal

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Senate Democratic Leader Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) issued the following statement following the release of Governor Ron DeSantis executive order on water policy reforms Thursday: "While I am encouraged that Governor DeSantis is taking the first steps to address the dire water pollution crisis facing Florida, I am concerned by the lack of details in his directive. "His order calls for the securing of $2.5 billion over the next four years to invest in Everglades restoration and protecting our water resources, but there is no identification of where that money will come from. Wil…

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Rep. Cindy Polo: HB 175 is NRA Sponsored and Not the Way to Honor Parkland Families

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After Rep. Mike Hill introduced HB 175, Rep. Cindy Polo released the following statement: "After one of the most devastating mass shootings in our state's history, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle came together to pass a new set of gun safety laws. This legislation was not perfect, but it was a start. We must continue to move forward with bipartisan consensus on these issues and not backwards. This NRA-sponsored legislation is not the way to honor all of those we lost almost a year ago. "We have a responsibility to the Parkland families and to all communities in Florida. It's…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo Calls on Governor Ron DeSantis to Work Across the Aisle and Represent all Floridians

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Following the swearing-in of Governor Ron DeSantis Tuesday, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo called on DeSantis to work across the aisle: "It is critical that Governor Ron DeSantis begin his term by making it a priority to represent and stand for all Floridians, not just the ones who voted for him. "We cannot afford to continue on the track that Florida has been on for 8 years with Rick Scott. DeSantis must work across the aisle to address the critical issues facing Florida's families - from healthcare, to our environment, to our public schools. "We look forward to holding Governor DeSant…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo Congratulates Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried on Swearing-In

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after Commissioner Nikki Fried was sworn-in to office on Tuesday: "It is a new chapter in Florida with Commissioner Nikki Fried in the cabinet. Commissioner Fried's swearing-in represents the first time Democrats will oversee the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the first time in 8 years Democrats have had a voice in Florida's cabinet. "Floridians can count on Nikki to stand up to the NRA, and work to make Florida a safer place to live. Nikki will be a champion for our environment, working to implement pr…

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Nikki Fried Holds Day of Service at Second Harvest Food Bank Ahead of Swearing-in

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Today, Commissioner-elect of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried kicked off inauguration activities with a service project for Second Harvest Food Bank of Big Bend. Fried joined over 200 volunteers to pack fresh produce and food packages for families in need. "I’m proud to be here to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank on the critical work they do to meet the needs of communities in Northwest Florida and all across the state," Commissioner-elect of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried. The office of Agriculture and Consumer Services works with Second Harves…

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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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