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In the Midst of a Pandemic, Gov. DeSantis and Speaker Oliva Celebrate Slaying Healthcare with a Baseball Bat

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Miami Herald reporter Samantha Gross reported today that Governor Ron DeSantis gave Speaker Jose Oliva a baseball bat with the words “Slayer of the healthcare industrial complex.” Juan Peñalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement: “Governor DeSantis should apologize for bragging about decimating our healthcare system and disrespecting our healthcare workers who are on the front lines fighting a global pandemic with limited testing kits and scarce resources. The Governor should be working to expand access to …

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POST-SESSION MEMO: Republican Legislators Deliver More Broken Promises to the People of Florida

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This Thursday marks the end of the 2020 Legislative Session, and once again Republican donors and special interests made out like bandits while working Floridians were short changed. While Democratic champions fought against efforts to undermine workers’ rights, dismantle our democracy, and destroy Florida’s economy, the Republicans focused on spreading Trump and DeSantis’ divisive and toxic agenda in the State of Florida. This Legislative session should have been an opportunity to make sure all Floridians could access affordable health care, workers’ rights we…

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FDP Executive Director Highlights Record Democratic Vote By Mail, Early Vote Ahead of Primary

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I wanted to share updated in-person early vote and vote by mail numbers. Democrats voted in record numbers ahead of Election Day, showing that Floridians are energized and committed to defeating Donald Trump in 2020. Here are the numbers as of Monday -- with additional vote-by-mail ballots returned today and overseas mail ballots still to be counted, the margins over 2016 will increase: 141,560 more Democrats voted by mail this year than they did in 2016 74,031 more Democrats voted early in person this year than they did in 2016   2016 2020   Democrats …

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Florida Dems Executive Director Discusses Florida Primary, Need To Modernize Elections To Handle Crisis Like This

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Juan Peñalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, appeared on CNN with Don Lemon and MSNBC Live to discuss Florida’s Democratic Presidential Preference Primary. In both appearances, Penalosa said we need to expand both vote by mail and early voting to assure people can exercise their right to vote. On CNN, Peñalosa told Don Lemon “If we truly believe that our democracy is founded on the principle of one person one vote, we need to update our voting systems to keep up with the times.” Peñalosa continued how we had done so befor…

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Florida Democratic Party Approves Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 and Protect Staff and Volunteers

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The Florida Democratic Party held a meeting with elected officers, including Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo, First Vice Chair Judy Mount, Secretary Casmore Shaw and Treasurer Francine Garcia to approve measures to protect staff, volunteers and the public against the spread of COVID-19. The Florida Democratic Party shares the concerns of our fellow Floridians and the entire country and we join with our communities to work to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. FDP has implemented new policies and procedures that follow the guidelines provided by the CDC and public health officials to…

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Florida Democrats Fight For Health Care Tour Highlights Need to Protect Affordable Care Act, People With Pre-Existing Conditions

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On Thursday, Florida Democratic Party (FDP) Chair Terrie Rizzo kicked off the inaugural Florida Democrats Fight for Health Care Tour along the I-4 corridor with roundtable discussions in Tampa and Lakeland. Due to an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, FDP indefinitely postponed the roundtables scheduled in DeLand and Orlando. To launch this effort, FDP launched a digital billboard on Monday in Orlando ahead of President Trump’s fundraiser to contrast the Trump and Democratic health care agendas. The billboards are in English and in Spanish and read “Trump’s Ame…

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FDP Demands Gov. DeSantis Produce List of Polling Changes Immediately

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FDP taking aggressive action to communicate site changes, encourages Democrats to contact our voter protection hotline if needed After Wednesday's announcement by Gov. DeSantis that voting locations throughout Florida would be changed in response to Coronavirus, the Florida Democratic Party and our elected leaders asked the state for a list of impacted polling sites as well as a plan from the state for centralized communication to voters of closed or relocated polling locations -- with no response until Friday afternoon. On Friday afternoon, the Florida Democratic Party and our elected…

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Voter Update from the Florida Democratic Party

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An important Voter Protection update from our Voter Protection Director, Brandon Peters:  Voters who are concerned about voting at the polls can pick up a vote-by-mail ballot at their county Supervisor of Elections (SOE) office. A voter can also designate someone to pick up their ballot by completing Form DS-DE 37 (English PDF/ Español PDF) before Election Day or DS-DE 136 (English PDF/ Español PDF) on Election Day. If it is an Election Day request, the voter must affirm that an emergency exists that keeps that voter from being able to vote at his or her assigne…

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo On Passage of Alyssa’s Law

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On March 10, the Florida Legislature passed Alyssa’s Law, a bill that would require all schools to implement a panic alarm system. The bill is now heading to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk for his signature. Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement and congratulated the work of State Senator Lauren Book and State Representatives, Michael Gottlieb, and Dan Daley for passing this measure, as well as the work of Alyssa’s parents, Lori and Ilan Alhadeff, who turned their unimaginable loss into action to protect other students: “F…

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DNC Chair Perez In FL: “If you’re a health care voter, the Democrats are the ones who have your back”

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Chair Perez, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo, and Local Leaders Kick Off Voter Registration Canvass Launch in Oakland ParkSign the petition to protect health care here! Today, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo, and Broward County Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch launched a voter registration canvass kickoff in Oakland Park. At the event, Chairs Perez, Rizzo and Busch spoke about the clear contrast between Democrats and Republicans on issues that matter to Floridians and highlighted the Trump administration’s broken promises to Floridians on issues …

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