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FDP statement on June Bureau of Labor Statistics report

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Today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that more than 17 million Americans are still out of work and the unemployment rate remains above 11 percent. On June 19, the BLS reported that Florida’s unemployment rate rose to 14.5 percent in May. In response, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: “Donald Trump’s leadership failure is devastating our economy and costing Floridians their jobs, their savings, and their lives. In addition to record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hundreds of thousands of Floridians are st…

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FDP Statement on Pence Traveling to Florida Tomorrow

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Today, Mike Pence announced his trip to Tampa, Florida tomorrow to meet with Ron DeSantis regarding COVID-19. In response, the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo: “Coronavirus cases are spiking in Florida because the Trump administration decided to give up combating this virus, choosing instead to pat each other on the backs and take part in photo-ops flouting CDC recommendations for wearing masks in public," said FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo. "Now, Mike Pence is returning to Florida to do damage control as the state is seei…

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Ahead of Visit, Pence Downplays Threat of Coronavirus as Cases Surge in Florida

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Though Mike Pence indefinitely postponed a planned campaign bus tour in Florida, the White House confirmed he’s still visiting the Sunshine State for a meeting with Governor Ron DeSantis this week. Approximately one month after Pence was in Florida for an attempted victory tour -- complete with photo-ops that undermined CDC’s guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 -- Pence is coming back to do damage control and downplay the Trump administration’s failure in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview yesterday with the CBS program “Face th…

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FDP Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld abortion rights in Louisiana: “Today’s ruling is a victory for reproductive freedom. The Supreme Court reaffirmed that the relentless Republican attacks against access to safe and legal abortion are unconstitutional. Today is also a reminder of what is at stake in this election -- both of Trump’s Supreme Court appointees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, voted against reproductive freedom. Florida Democrats are fighting to elect lawmakers up and do…

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In new ad, Democrats hit DeSantis for claims we “succeeded” in tackling COVID-19, insistence that nothing has changed in the past week

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In the wake of multiple record shattering days, the Florida Democratic Party has released an ad slamming Ron DeSantis for his claims that Florida had tackled the coronavirus in May. The digital ad also hits DeSantis for his continued insistence that nothing has changed, despite nearly 10,000 additional cases reported yesterday. The ad titled ‘Nothing has changed’ has been featured on MSNBC and has received nearly 300,000 views on Twitter. In response to the continued rise in cases, the Chair of the Florida Democratic Party Terrie Rizzo issued the following statement: &…

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Florida Democratic Party Response to Trump Tweeting “White Power” Video from The Villages

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Today Donald Trump shared, and has since deleted, a video of a Trump supporter from The Villages shouting “white power.” In response, Florida Democratic Party released the following statement from Terrie Rizzo, FDP chair: “Donald Trump is now thanking white supremacists for supporting him. Let that sink in. Every single Floridian needs to join our effort to defeat him. Without Florida, he can’t win and we simply cannot allow him a second term in the White House.”

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Florida Democratic Party Response to Pence Postponing His Florida Visit

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In response to the news that Mike Pence indefinitely postponed his Florida trip next week, the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Terrie Rizzo: “Even Mike Pence cannot defend Donald Trump’s failed response to the coronavirus pandemic as cases surge in Florida. Trump and his loyalist Ron DeSantis have had their heads in the sand instead of governing during this pandemic -- proving just how important it is for Floridians to vote for Joe Biden, an experienced, empathetic leader capable of guiding this nation through crisis.”

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Miami Herald: Trump’s push to end the ACA could roil politics in Miami, Obamacare capital of the U.S.

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Yesterday, the Miami Herald reported that Donald Trump’s continued effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act could cost him precious votes in Florida. The ACA is incredibly popular in the Sunshine State, where more residents sign up for health insurance on the ACA marketplace than any other state. Earlier this week, Jill Biden held a listening session with Tampa residents to learn about their personal experience with the legislation and share Vice President Joe Biden’s commitment to building on it to provide health care to more Americans. Miami Herald: Trump’s push t…

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Florida Democratic Party on Record Number of Florida COVID-19 Cases

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In response to the alarming spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida, the Florida Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo: "From the very beginning, Donald Trump ignored public health experts and downplayed the threat of coronavirus, worsening the crisis in the United States. Ron DeSantis should have stopped taking Trump's lead a long time ago, but tragically, he put politics over public health and now Floridians are paying the price,” said FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo, “To my fellow Floridians -- wear a mask, stay home, and pl…

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Statement on Acting Secretary Chad Wolf's Visit to Florida

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Today, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf visited Tampa, Florida for a discussion on law enforcement. During a June 7th interview with ABC News, Wolf said, “I do not think that we have a systemic racism problem with law enforcement officers across this country.” This stunning denial ignores not only centuries of racism in America, but also ample evidence that Black Americans are disproportionately victims of police brutality and that Black people are dying of Covid-19 at three times the rate of white people. At a time when the overwhelming ma…

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