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Democrats' Statement on Major Ballot Order Victory in Florida

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Today, Democrats won a major legal victory in Florida as a court overturned the state's law requiring that ballots list Republicans first, giving GOP candidates a documented and unfair advantage. Democrats are also challenging similar ballot order statutes in three other states. From the court's opinion: "Plaintiffs have proven — and this Court hereby finds — that candidates of the major parties in Florida receive an average primacy effect vote of approximately five percent when listed first in their office block on the ballot, and that this advantage accrues to a can…

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Ross Spano Should Resign Immediately

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Following reports Thursday that Ross Spano is under criminal investigation for campaign finance violations, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement, calling for his resignation from Congress: "Ross Spano knew what he was doing when he illegally accepted money from his friends. He broke the law to get elected to Congress. Floridians deserve better. Spano should immediately step down from his seat, and if he doesn't, he can be sure we will send him to an early retirement next year."

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Rizzo Calls for the Resignation of Stephen Miller

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo joins calls for the resignation of White House Advisor Stephen Miller after a Southern Poverty Law Center report shows Miller's affinity toward white nationalism: "Florida is one of the states impacted the most by Stephen Miller's white-nationalist beliefs. Communities of color have felt the criminalization and discrimination emanating from the Trump administration and created under the advice of a person who should have never be shaping national policy. Miller's beliefs are against the American values and he needs to leave the White Hou…

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Wakulla Democrats Energized and Ready to Defeat Trump in 2020

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On Wednesday, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo joined local Democratic leaders in Wakulla for an event as a part of the ongoing statewide Rural Tour. Rizzo focused on energizing and encouraging local Democrats to get involved to help elect Dems up and down the ballot in 2020. The Florida Democratic Party began its Rural Tour in 2018 to reach to voters across the state and talk about the issues they are concerned about. The Rural Tour events also lift up candidates in rural areas that are seeing Democratic candidates for the first time in decades. For more than twenty year…

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Florida Dems and Environmental Leaders Call On Lawmakers to Act On the Climate Crisis

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Today, the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF) joined State Senator José Javier Rodríguez and State Representatives Evan Jenne and Anna V. Eskamani at a press conference to discuss the importance of passing legislation to protect Florida's environment and address the threat of climate change. During the press conference, the DECF called out Governor DeSantis' new initiatives for not going far enough to solve the problems of decades of inaction by Florida's Republican leaders. Environmental leaders highlighted legislation already filed in the Legislature, …

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Florida Democrats Chair: "We stand with DREAMers."

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Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments about the decision from the Trump Administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which puts thousands of Florida's young immigrants at risk of being deported. Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement in support of DREAMERs: "Donald Trump broke his promise by unlawfully ending DACA as a part of his assault on immigrants. For these young immigrants, home is here. It is shameful to see state officials like AG Ashley Moody side with Trump instead of protecting thousands …

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Florida Democratic Party Honors America's Veterans

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The Florida Democratic Party honors the veterans of the United States this Veterans Day, and throughout the year, and gives thanks to our members of the military and our veterans for their service. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement: "On this day 101 years ago, the United States and our allies signed an armistice with Germany that ended the First World War. It is an important day to reflect on how our country fought two World Wars with countries that were once our bitter enemies but many of these countries we now look to as allies…

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Florida Democrats Launch Defeat Trump Website

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On Monday, the Florida Democratic Party launched a digital organizing website called DefeatTrumpFL.com, which shares Floridians stories and provides resources on how people can get involved to defeat Donald Trump in Florida. The party is encouraging people to mobilize, organize, and their own story of why we need to Defeat Trump. "With one year to go before our Election Day, volunteer engagement has never been this higher, and this is a way to build on our efforts and engage our online audience," said Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Juan Peñalosa. "Floridians acros…

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Florida Democrats Flip Municipal Seats From Red-to-Blue Across the State

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Democrats won over a dozen key races across the state last night. Tuesday night, Florida Democrats won key municipal races across the state, flipping several from red-to-blue in Deep red areas. One of the top flips of the night was by Ron Feinsod, winning the mayoral race in Venice, where Republicans outnumber Democrats 9,500 to 5,500. "This win is a testament to the work of our local Sarasota Democratic Party in partnership with the Florida Democratic Party's Municipal Victory Program," said Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo. "We know that when we recruit quality candida…

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Florida Democrats Chair Congratulates Commissioner Russell for His Re-election

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo congratulates City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell for his reelection: "Commissioner Ken Russell has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to his community. Whether it is growing our economy, finding solutions to the climate crisis, or helping future generations of democrats to get elected to office, Commissioner Russell is a true servant to our State."

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