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DeSantis vs. Trump/Galvano: White House and State Senate Republican Leader Pour Cold Water on DeSantis's Drugs Proposal

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DeSantis's Latest Major Announcement Runs Into Opposition from His Own Party One of Ron DeSantis's major announcements from last week — a plan that would allow Floridians to buy imported drugs from Canada — appears to be dead on arrival. During a meeting with reporters last week, Senate President Bill Galvano "said he is concerned" about a House bill "that would allow residents to access imported drugs." That bill — which was introduced by Rep. Tom Leek — directly mirrors a central part of DeSantis's plan to import drugs from Canada. But it's not just that Ga…

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Florida Democratic Party and DNC Launch Statewide Summer Organizing Training Program In Preparation for 2020

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FDP and DNC Announce Plans to Train 100+ Organizers Ahead of 2020 in Florida Today, the Florida Democratic Party along with the DNC announced the launch of Organizing Corps 2020, a partnership with 270 Strategies and Collective PAC that will train and prepare more than 100 Florida college students to work as organizers in 2020. The Florida Organizing Corps will be an integral part of building the grassroots infrastructure needed to defeat Donald Trump in Florida, while investing in the next generation of Florida's Democratic leaders. The program will: Focus on students from commun…

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Senate Republicans Want to Destroy Public Education, Put Guns In Our Schools

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Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on Senate Republicans' education plans: "Senate Republicans' education plan would destroy our public schools and put our children's safety at risk. The GOP’s unconstitutional proposal will leave our public schools underfunded, unsafe, and unable to provide our children with a quality education. Senate Republicans today made clear they want to give our teachers a gun — but won’t give them the resources they need to ensure our kids get a first class education. "The fact that Senator …

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on SB 168 Passing Senate Judiciary Committee

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after the Florida Senate Judiciary committee passed the anti-immigrant bill SB 168: "Once again, Republicans have shamefully voted against immigrant communities. SB 168 would create more fear in our communities at the cost of taxpayers and is contrary to the diversity of the people in our state. We stand against this bill and its anti-immigrant sentiment that will serve to create more division and hatred in our state."

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Trump Holds Campaign Rally in Miami, Doesn't Offer TPS for Venezuelans

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after President Trump's visit to South Florida: "Trump came to Miami to hold a campaign rally, not to offer real solutions for Venezuelans suffering persecution from the Maduro regime. Trump's Administration alone has the power to offer Venezuelans in the US protection from being deported. Instead, his administration continues closing the door to immigrants who have come to our country looking for a better life. "While Democrats continue fighting to protect Venezuelans in the US, Trump dares to visit the home of thousands of V…

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Florida Congressional Democrats Call on Trump to Stop Deporting Venezuelans

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During a press call today, US Representatives Donna Shalala, Ted Deutch, Darren Soto and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell released the following statements urging the Trump administration to stop the deportations of Venezuelans, and grant those seeking asylum from the Maduro regime Temporary Protection Status. The members also shared different proposals they have been working on to bring solutions the Venezuelan crisis, including granting TPS to Venezuelans, increasing the humanitarian aid to Venezuela, banning gun sales to the Maduro regime and pushing to monitor Russian Influence in Venezuela…

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Senator Janet Cruz on Governor Ron DeSantis's Unconstitutional Voucher Plan

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Today, State Senator Janet Cruz released the following statement on Governor Ron DeSantis's plan to use FEFP general revenue funding to create a new voucher program: "Ron DeSantis's education proposal is nothing more than an unconstitutional attempt to destroy our public school system and force Florida taxpayers to pay for a voucher program. Let’s be clear: this plan would illegally funnel FEFP money to private, unaccountable, for-profit entities — something the Florida Supreme Court has already ruled is unconstitutional. Our schools are suffering from crumbling faciliti…

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Trump's Meeting with Venezuelans Cannot Hide Administration's Record on Deporting and Detaining Venezuelans

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Trump's deportation machine is still working full mode, punishing people looking for asylum in the United States. Democrats continue to push for protections for immigrants and Venezuelans fleeing repression While Donald Trump is trying to court the Venezuelan community in the United States, he cannot run from his atrocious record on denying immigrants from Venezuela asylum. The Trump administration has denied almost half of the Venezuelan applicants looking for asylum in the US, and this number will continue rising due to Trump's hard-line stance on immigration. Despite several pushes…

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Jose Oliva Silences Parkland Community By Refusing to Seat Rep. Dan Daley

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Today, FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on Jose Oliva's refusal to seat Rep-elect Dan Daley before legislative session: "Jose Oliva's effort to deny the people of HD 97 a voice in Tallahassee is an insult. Oliva is leaving the people of Parkland without representation during a legislative session where Republicans intend to force through an NRA backed bill that would arm our teachers. This is a shameful effort to try and silence their voices, while he continues to lift up national embarrassments like Anthony Sabatini. "Jose Oliva should follow the guidance of…

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