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Gov. Ron DeSantis Must Fix Florida’s Broken Unemployment System Now!

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The latest weekly unemployment claims in Florida have jumped from 6,256 new claims to over 74,000 new claims. Yet, tragically these recently unemployed Floridians -- and the countless more to soon join them -- await Florida’s broken unemployment system where they will receive little assistance and prolonged difficulty in filing claims if they are not denied benefits outright. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, called on Governor Ron DeSantis to fix Rick Scott’s mess: “Floridians are losing the means to support themselves as the economy has come t…

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Florida Democrats Chairwoman: "Fight for Affordable Care Act Must Continue"

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This week marks both the ten year anniversary since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the one year anniversary since President Donald Trump decided to back the lawsuit to repeal this legislation. To recognize the ACA's critical importance in Florida and in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo penned an op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel. We all are in the middle of a serious pandemic. We need every tool in our toolbox to make sure Floridians stay healthy and can afford the care they need. Yet Donald Trump is still rec…

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Florida Democrats Call on Governor DeSantis to Issue Stay-at-Home Order to Flatten Coronavirus Curve

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released a statement urging Governor Ron DeSantis to listen to the medical experts and issue a stay-at-home order to quell the spread of coronavirus in the Sunshine State. "Our state is in trouble and we need to slow the spread of this virus before our healthcare system drowns in a wave of critically sick patients. I’m asking Governor DeSantis to please respect the science, listen to our medical experts, and issue a statewide stay-at-home order immediately." This is not a partisan strategy: seventeen states have employed th…

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Florida Democrats Modernize Elections With Online Toolkit Supporting Local Candidates, Reap Municipal Wins Statewide

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While many election analysts were focused on Florida's Presidential Preference Primary last week, the Florida Democratic Party also celebrated a number of wins in local municipal elections, thanks in part to a digital toolkit and online program developed to support Democratic candidates. The online resources are part of a shift to modernize elections and campaigning through more use of technology, greater vote by mail participation and increased early voting. Democrats flipped 14 municipal seats held by Republican/No Party Affiliation to Democratic officeholders. Ten of those were hel…

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Miami Herald Editorial Board Slams Desantis "Act Like You Give a Damn"

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On March 22, the Miami Herald editorial board slammed Governor Ron DeSantis's poor response to the coronavirus crisis. The Herald laid bare DeSantis's ineffective response to the health care emergency and the economic crisis that has resulted from the pandemic. The Herald echoed criticism from the Florida Democratic Party of DeSantis for mocking the health crisis by giving Speaker Jose Oliva a baseball bat that read "slayer of the healthcare industrial complex" and called on DeSantis to tackle the abysmally low amount of unemployment assistance in Florida that maxes out at a mere $275…

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Florida Congressional Members Underscore Patient Protections, Expanded Coverage Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

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Marking the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. House Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Donna Shalala, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, and Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo discussed why the ACA is especially important amidst the coronavirus crisis and slammed Trump for continuing his effort to repeal it. We're up against a global pandemic, and the ACA is one of our most critical tools to protect Americans and combat coronavirus.Trump just doubled down on overturning the entire law — along with its preexisting condition protecti…

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Partisan Republicans Show Their True Colors This Florida Legislative Session

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Democratic leaders this Florida legislative session reaffirmed their commitment to fight for Floridians and to demand change to make our state better for all. Democratic legislators filed and passed bills aimed to address the climate crisis, fix access to health care, and help Florida's hard-working families, but in a hyper-partisan Republican-controlled legislature too many good bills were completely ignored. Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: "Partisan Republicans in the state legislature blocked Democratic bills that would have lowere…

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In the Midst of a Pandemic, Gov. DeSantis and Speaker Oliva Celebrate Slaying Healthcare with a Baseball Bat

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Miami Herald reporter Samantha Gross reported today that Governor Ron DeSantis gave Speaker Jose Oliva a baseball bat with the words “Slayer of the healthcare industrial complex.” Juan Peñalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement: “Governor DeSantis should apologize for bragging about decimating our healthcare system and disrespecting our healthcare workers who are on the front lines fighting a global pandemic with limited testing kits and scarce resources. The Governor should be working to expand access to …

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POST-SESSION MEMO: Republican Legislators Deliver More Broken Promises to the People of Florida

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This Thursday marks the end of the 2020 Legislative Session, and once again Republican donors and special interests made out like bandits while working Floridians were short changed. While Democratic champions fought against efforts to undermine workers’ rights, dismantle our democracy, and destroy Florida’s economy, the Republicans focused on spreading Trump and DeSantis’ divisive and toxic agenda in the State of Florida. This Legislative session should have been an opportunity to make sure all Floridians could access affordable health care, workers’ rights we…

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FDP Executive Director Highlights Record Democratic Vote By Mail, Early Vote Ahead of Primary

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I wanted to share updated in-person early vote and vote by mail numbers. Democrats voted in record numbers ahead of Election Day, showing that Floridians are energized and committed to defeating Donald Trump in 2020. Here are the numbers as of Monday -- with additional vote-by-mail ballots returned today and overseas mail ballots still to be counted, the margins over 2016 will increase: 141,560 more Democrats voted by mail this year than they did in 2016 74,031 more Democrats voted early in person this year than they did in 2016   2016 2020   Democrats …

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