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Florida Democratic Party Congratulates Our Presidential Hopefuls for Two More Great Nights

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The Florida Democratic Party wants to congratulate all of the presidential hopefuls that took part in the DNC's second Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with CNN for their wonderful debate showcasing the diverse ideas the Democratic Party has to offer. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, stated: "It was inspiring to hear all of our candidates discuss their ideas, and how they would restore the office of the presidency. Our party's diversity is our strength and our candidates are exciting our voters. I know that whoever our nominee may be the United States wi…

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Senate Republicans Block TPS for Venezuelans

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair, Terrie Rizzo, released the following statement after Republicans in the US Senate blocked the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act of 2019: "It is outrageous the way Republicans in the Senate have blocked the TPS for Venezuelans — and even worse, our own Florida Senators, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, have not done anything to urge Senator McConnell to bring this bill to the Senate. The real story is that Republicans are paying lip service to the Venezuelan community, and while the time passes, Venezuelan asylum-seekers are being deta…

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Florida Attorney General Isn't Fighting for Floridians, She is Fighting to Keep Her A- Rating with the NRA

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On July 29, the Sun Sentinel reported that Attorney General Ashley Moody filed in court to block Ban Assault Weapons Now's ballot initiative from the 2020 ballot. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, called Moody's actions outrageous: "Attorney General Ashley Moody is attempting to stop voters from being able to vote to protect their families. Floridians are tired of waiting for NRA's favorite politicians to act, they want these deadly weapons off our streets and away from our families. Moody isn't fighting for Florida, she is fighting to keep her A- rating with t…

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Commissioner Fried, Congressman Soto Blast Trump's Trade War: Kicks Floridians When They Are Down

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Today, the Florida Democratic Party held a press call with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Congressman Darren Soto, and Joseph Pennisi, president of Agora Policy Innovation, that blasted Trump's trade policies for hurting Florida farmers and businesses. Commissioner Fried described how timber, citrus, and seafood exports to China have dropped, saying, "Maybe the president thinks he is helping with tariffs and trade wars, but, as they say, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions and his agenda has been a path to perdition for Florida farmers." More from Fried's rem…

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Pence's Visit to Florida Lays Bare Trump Administration's Hypocrisy

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Pence's visit to ex-felons job training center while the GOP is actively working to suppress former inmates' right to vote exposes the Trump administration's hypocrisy. On July 26, Vice President Mike Pence visited the non-profit former inmate training center, Operation New Hope. His visit is a reminder that the Republican Party is working to create barriers to voting rights to ex-felons. Jacksonville's State Representative Tracie Davis stated: "It's ironic and hypocritical for Vice President Pence to come to Florida to talk about second chances for felons, while his party is ac…

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Florida Democrats Applaud Passing of the Venezuela TPS Act in the U.S House of Representatives

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after the passing of the Venezuela TPS Act in the U.S. House of Representatives: "Today, the Venezuelan community is a step closer to being protected in the United States. Hundreds of Venezuelans have been deported and detained under the Trump Administration's inaction to grant them Temporary Protected Status. We are proud of our Democrats in Congress for their efforts to resolve this crisis and pass the Venezuela TPS Act. Now, it is on Senator Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to stand up for the Venezue…

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Florida Democratic Party Stands in Solidarity with Puerto Rico

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after the Resignation of Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló: "Last night, Puerto Ricans showed us the power of the people by organizing and mobilizing to hold their elected leaders accountable. The resignation of Governor Rosselló must now be followed by a fair and democratic process to determine the best future for Puerto Ricans. We stand with and applaud our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico who are a shining example of how democracy works."

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Florida Democrats Condemn Republicans for Blocking TPS for Venezuelans

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Today, the Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after Republicans blocked the Venezuela TPS Act in the U.S. House of Representatives: "Republicans like to talk a good game when it comes to standing up for Venezuelans fleeing Maduro's dictatorship, but when it comes time to take real action they have refused to take it. It is shameful they have put their own interests above providing relief to thousands of Venezuelans in the United States. We thank our Democratic members in Congress for their efforts to help Venezuelans fleeing the Maduro reg…

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Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida Stands in Solidarity with Puerto Rico

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The Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida stands strong with the people of Puerto Rico in light of the recent turmoil the Island faces once again. In the past few days the world has learned the contents of the private chat the governor of Puerto Rico, some of his cabinet members and top aides on the messaging app Telegram. The messages laced with profanity, derogatory attacks to people on both sides of the aisle and even mockery at the expense of those who lost their lives after Hurricane María are unacceptable and disgusting. We will not accept this behavior from any elected …

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Florida Democrats Announce State Convention for October

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The Florida Democratic Party is excited to announce the 2019 State Convention will be held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida on October 11–13, 2019. The Florida Democratic Party organizes a statewide conference every two years to decide the direction of the party and lay the groundwork needed to win. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement about the Florida State Democratic Convention: "We are excited to announce that our 2019 State Convention will be held at Disney's wonderful Coronado Springs Resort. The C…

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