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House Democrats Pass Dream Act, Succeeding Where Miami Republicans Failed

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Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives, under Democratic leadership, passed the American Dream and Promise Act, providing a path to citizenship to Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in the United States. The Miami Herald published an article highlighting how Florida Democrats in Congress fulfilled their campaign promises by pushing for this legislation that for years failed to pass under Republican leadership. Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after the passage of the bill: "Thanks to Democratic leadership in the…

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GOP Representative Mike Hill Should Resign After Homophobic, Anti-Christian Hate Speech

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After learning Representative Mike Hill joked about putting gays to death, and cited Christianity as his reference point, Florida Democratic Party's Executive Director Juan Peñalosa issued the following statement: "Representative Mike Hill has reinforced his support of hateful and divisive legislation in the Florida legislature with hateful and divisive speech in every-day life. As a gay man and a Christian, my stomach turns to hear elected leaders who think it’s acceptable to make jokes about putting people like me to death in the name of Jesus. And as a Floridian, I…

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Florida Democrats Condemn House Republicans' Delay of Disaster Funds to Panhandle

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Since May 24, Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Rep. John Rose (R-Tenn.) have each blocked votes to move ahead a $19.1 billion disaster aid package for the Florida Panhandle, Puerto Rico, and other areas in the United States hit by natural disasters. Their objections have forced a procedural 10-day delay. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, condemned House Republicans actions to delay funding: "The actions by Donald Trump's henchmen in Congress to delay disaster relief to Florida are unc…

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Chair Rizzo on the Passing of Hernando County Democratic Chair Harvey Martin

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Harvey Martin, chairman of the Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee passed away May 26th. Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement: "Florida has lost a bit of sunshine without Harvey Martin. Havery was a wonderful member of the Democratic Party and a dedicated leader of the Hernando County Democrats. We are deeply saddened to hear of his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with Harvey and his family." The Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee is holding a celebration of the life of Harvey Martin, Wednesday, Ju…

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Leadership Blue Gala Speakers Include Trailblazers, Spouses of Presidential Hopefuls

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The Florida Democratic Party announced speakers for the annual Leadership Blue Gala — the list includes the head of the Democratic Party, elected officials from across the country, and the spouses of presidential hopefuls. Party and elected officials include Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York. The spouses for presidential hopefuls already include Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Douglas Emhoff, the husband of …

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Florida Dems Fight Republican Agenda With New Ad Campaign

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The Florida Democratic Party launched a year-long ad campaign in African American newspapers focused on educating voters on the damaging effects President Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans are having on communities of color. The series titled "Don't Fear The Future. Fight For It." began in African American outlets last week and each month will highlight policies implemented by President Trump, Governor DeSantis, and Florida Republicans that marginalize communities of color including defunding public education, placing guns in schools, continued voter suppression, and …

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Democratic Party Announces Launch Of Statewide Voter Protection Program

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In response to Florida Republicans long history of voter suppression — underlined by the recent passage of SB 7066, that created a poll tax on ex-felons and would have invalidated 53,929 mail-in ballots if it were law in 2018 — the Florida Democratic Party is announcing a year-round voter protection program to tackle this growing threat to Floridians right to vote. As part of the program launch, the Florida Democratic Party has named Brandon Peters as it's new Voter Protection Director. Peters is the first person to fill this role for the Party in a year-round capacity. …

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Florida Democrats Call On Rick Scott and Marco Rubio to Support the Equality Act, Now!

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The House of Representatives passed a sweeping civil rights bill that will protect millions of LGBTQ Americans from discrimination. If passed by the Senate, the Equality Act would be a historic piece of legislation that moves America one step closer to equal opportunity for all her citizens. Juan Peñalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, praised the House of Representatives and called upon senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio to pledge their support to pass the Equality Act: "Today was a historic day for all of us. The Equality Act will ensure LGBTQ Amer…

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Florida Democrats Want Answers, Demand Seat at the Table for Voter Security

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On May 15, Florida Democrats issued a public records request for the non-disclosure agreement that Governor Ron DeSantis signed and all correspondence between the governor's office and the FBI related to the Russian hacking of Florida's election systems. Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Juan Peñalosa released the following statement: "Two days ago we learned that then-Governor Rick Scott failed to keep our 2016 elections secure from Russian hackers. And now Governor DeSantis has revealed he is part of the cover-up. It has been forty-eight hours and Governor DeSa…

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Florida Democratic Party and Andrew Gillum Launch Joint Voter Registration Program

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The Florida Democratic Party and Florida Forward Action announced a joint voter registration effort ahead of the 2020 primary election, with the goal of turning Florida Blue in 2020 and, as Mayor Andrew Gillum stated, "build a progressive movement in this state that will last a generation." During the event, Mayor Gillum announced that Florida Forward Action would invest $100,000 into the Florida Democratic Party's voter registration efforts. Earlier this year, Mayor Andrew Gillum and the Florida Democratic Party announced a voter registration goal of over 1.2 million new voters ahe…

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