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Jose Oliva Promises to Make Florida Corrupt Again

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Weeks after calling women "host bodies" and days after pushing an unconstitutional poll tax, House Speaker Jose Oliva has now focused on what really matters: protecting corrupt politicians. Today, Politico reported that Oliva announced he would not take any action against former Republican lawmaker David Rivera, after the Florida state ethics commission recommended the former lawmaker be fined nearly $58,000 for campaign finance violations. "The speaker just stated loud and clear that if you are a Republican in Florida, campaign finance laws do not apply to you," said Florida …

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Ashley Moody Is Trying to Take Away Health Care From Millions of Floridians

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The same day that the federal government reported more Floridians than ever signed up for the Affordable Care Act, President Trump doubled down on his support for Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody's lawsuit that will take away health care from at least 1.78 million Floridians and destroy the ACA. On Monday, WUSF reported that over 1.78 million Floridians had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace, the highest number of enrollments ever for the Sunshine State. That number puts into stark reality the stakes of an ongoing lawsuit by both Ashley…

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Florida Senate Committee Passes Bill that Would Arm Teachers Ignoring the Will of Floridians

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Today, the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee passed the controversial bill SB 7030 that would arm teachers in our schools. The bill, which is strongly opposed by Floridians, would expand the so-called "Guardian Program" allowing classroom teachers to carry concealed guns in the school. A recent poll from Quinnipiac shows a majority of voters wanting stricter gun laws and opposing arming teachers. United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats and FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo respond to the advancement of the bill: Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo: "By passi…

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Ron DeSantis and Republican Legislators Are Responsible for Trying to Create a New Poll Tax in Florida

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on the legislation to overturn Amendment Four passed by the Florida Senate Committee on Criminal Justice: "Today, Republicans in the State Senate voted to overturn the will of the people and violate the constitutional rights of returning citizens. This bill is an unconstitutional poll tax that recalls the darkest moments of our state’s history and let's not forget that the roots of today's crisis lie with Governor Ron DeSantis' refusal in December to implement Amendment Four. "Instead of lea…

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In Orlando, Democratic Members of Congress and Elected Officials Speak Out in Support of TPS to Venezuelans and Increasing Humanitarian Aid

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Today, U.S. Representatives Darren Soto and Val Demings, State Representatives Carlos Guillermo Smith and John Cortes, and Mayor of Kissimmee Jose Alvarez joined a round table hosted by Casa Venezuela to talk about efforts to support Venezuelans in the U.S. and in their country. During the event, elected officials called on the Trump administration and Congress to take swift action to provide humanitarian relief to the people of Venezuela and urged Senator Rick Scott to cosponsor bipartisan legislation that would give Venezuelans in the United States Temporary Protected Status. Congr…

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Florida Democratic Party Gears Up for 2020 with New Hires and a Robust Statewide Organizing Team

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A year out from the 2020 presidential primary, the Florida Democratic Party is laying the groundwork to take back the White House and elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Under the leadership of Chair Terrie Rizzo, the Florida Democratic Party is growing its data, field, finance, and communications teams and expanding its offices across the state. The new hires include Christina Diamond, a veteran of Florida politics and statewide campaigns, a new data director, a Hispanic press secretary, a statewide press secretary, and community engagement directors to organize communities acros…

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"With Democrats united and Andrew Gillum leading the fight, we know we will flip Florida blue"

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  Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on Andrew Gillum's announcement in Miami Gardens. Chair Rizzo, pictured above with Andrew Gillum, attended the event at Florida Memorial University. "Andrew Gillum is one of Florida's most exciting and inspiring leaders — and I am ecstatic that he is on the frontlines in the fight to turn Florida blue," said FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo. "Andrew's investment and attention in voter registration is exactly what we need right now to win, and the Florida Democratic Party looks forward to working cl…

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Florida Democratic Party Announces $2 Million Voter Registration Program

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FDP Commits to Registering 200,000 Voters by 2020 Primary Fort Lauderdale, FL — The Florida Democratic Party announced Wednesday it is making a $2 Million investment in Voter Registration ahead of the 2020 Elections. With the investment the party is committing to registering 200,000 voters before the 2020 Presidential primary. "This investment is monumental for the party and is about creating the electorate we want, not the one we have been told we have," said FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo. "The Florida Democratic Party has not dedicated enough resources to voter registration in recen…

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Florida Democrats Mourn with Muslim Community, Commend New Zealand for Swift Action on Gun Control

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  Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. We stand with our brothers and sisters in the Muslim Community here in Florida and around the world as they mourn this unthinkable act of hate. We applaud New Zealand for taking swift action on gun control in response to this tragedy."

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Florida House Education Committee's Voucher Scheme is Unconstitutional

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Today, Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Kevin Donohoe released the following statement on the House Education Committee’s vote to implement a massive voucher scheme: “Today’s committee meeting was an embarrassment. Republicans limited any rigorous debate, filled the room with corporate special interests posing as 'supporters', and brought in at least two Koch-backed front groups to speak. The truth is this bill is an unconstitutional effort to redirect public school funding to corporate donors — without doing anything to help our kids. House Republican…

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