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Florida Democrats Honor Parkland Shooting Victims By Committing to Action

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One year since the Parkland Shooting, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: "Today we take time to remember the 17 victims who were cruelly gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day last year. We remember how through their grief Parkland students led historic statewide, and nationwide calls for action, and forced Republicans to make changes to our gun laws in Tallahassee for the first time in decades. But, we owe these 17 victims much more. "Democrats today stand united with the majority of Americans in calling for universal backgro…

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Representative Holly Raschein Gets Caught Carrying Dirty Water for Big Polluters

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Raschein's Faux Fracking Ban Is a Giveaway to the Fossil Fuel Industry. After Today's Committee Meeting, Raschein Can No Longer Claim She's A Champion for the Environment. During a disastrous House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee meeting today, Representative Holly Raschein was caught red-handed selling out to the fossil fuel industry. Raschein claimed that a bill she's sponsoring would ban fracking in the state. Yet as environmental groups and even Republicans made clear, the legislation included giant loopholes that would essentially let the fossil fuel…

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FDP Chair on Advancement of Bill That Would Arm Teachers

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo responds to SPB 7030, which would arm teachers, passing its first committee vote: "Last year, Floridians made it clear that they overwhelming oppose the arming of teachers. It is beyond comprehension that one year later Republicans are forcing us to have this same discussion over again. This bill is dangerous and a threat to our students and teachers. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, it is shameful that instead of honoring the victims Republicans are trying to put more guns in our schools."

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DeSantis Silent As Court Allows Oil Drilling in the Everglades

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DeSantis Ran as a Champion of The Environment, but Goes Dark on Everglades Drilling — Even as Democrats and Environmentalists Speak Out Is Ron DeSantis still a sham environmentalist? Yes. Last year, DeSantis ran as a champion for the environment — but now is silent on a recent court ruling that will expand oil drilling in the Everglades. Even as environments and Democratic legislators speak out against the new court ruling — and fight for solutions to prevent the expansion of drilling in Florida — DeSantis has said nothing. His failure to denounce the court …

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Jose Oliva and Ron DeSantis Should Call for Rep. Anthony Sabatini's Resignation

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement, calling for action from Republican Leadership in regards to Rep. Anthony Sabatini displaying racist behavior: "Governor DeSantis did the right thing in accepting Michael Ertel's resignation — and he and Leader Jose Oliva should do the right thing and ask for the resignation of Rep. Anthony Sabatini. In calling out racist behavior Florida Democrats and Republicans should stand united."

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Florida Democratic Party Honors Black History Month

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement Friday, to mark the start of Black History Month: "Black history is American history — today and every day we honor all of the great political achievements made by African Americans that make our nation what it is today. As we celebrate Black History Month, the Florida Democratic Party recommits ourselves to the continued pursuit of equality for all. "While we have come far as a nation, there is still a way to go. We will continue our fight for affordable health care, equal access to education, clean water, and an econom…

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Florida Democratic Party Announces 2020 Commission: "Path to Power"

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On Thursday, The Florida Democratic Party announced the launch of the 2020 "Path to Power" commission, made up of elected officials, party and community leaders, and progressive activists. The Commission will look back at the 2018 elections, examine contributing elements to narrow statewide losses, better understand what went right in our wins and develop a Path to Power in advance of the 2020 elections. FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement when announcing the Commission: "Democrats had a lot of bright spots in this election: record turnout for a midterm includi…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on End to Federal Government Shutdown

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after Donald Trump's announcement Friday: "The Trump shutdown has caused unnecessary hardship for thousands of Floridians. Today’s deal could have been made in December, but instead the President used federal workers and the US military as pawns in a political chess match that he lost. Americans don't support building a wall on our southern border and we are proud of our Democratic leaders who stood up for what is right."

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Senators Rubio and Scott Failed Floridians Today

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after Senators Rubio and Scott voted no on the CR — which would've ended the shutdown and opened the federal government today: "Senators Rubio and Scott showed Floridians that their priority is to please Trump at any cost - and today that cost comes at a high price for thousands of Floridians who haven't received a paycheck in over four weeks. It's unconscionable that Florida's Senators would not vote to reopen the government today and end the needless suffering that's been placed on federal workers - all so Trump can g…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo Calls on Senators Rubio and Scott to End the Shutdown by Voting for the CR

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement calling on Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio to vote for the clean CR Thursday to put and end to the shutdown and ensure thousands of Floridians get paid: "Enough is enough — Florida Democrats have voted to re-open the Federal Government and to fund common sense border security several times. It's been 34 days that federal workers have gone without pay and it is time that Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott put Floridians first — and vote for a clean CR. Rubio and Scott have the opportunity to show that they wil…

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