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Florida Democrats say they’ve raised nearly $3.5 million

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The state’s Democrats, in the wake of their Leadership Blue Gala, say they raised nearly $3.5 million through the first half of the year. Florida Democratic Party spokeswoman Johanna Cervone made the claim in a Saturday news release.

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Janet Cruz reflects on racially-tinged incident at Florida Democrats gala

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Two weeks ago, state Rep. Janet Cruz was part of a group of Democrats angry at Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel for racially-tinged remarks made backstage at the Party’s biggest annual fundraising event. Now, the House Minority Leader from Tampa says those bitter feelings are mostly forgotten as the party looks to seize on anti-Donald Trump sentiment in 2018. “It was disappointing,” Cruz says about the fact that before former Vice President Joe Biden took the stage to give the keynote…

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Florida Democratic Party chair Stephen Bittel is a rich a*shole, but…

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Stephen Bittel is a rich a*shole. And I was always of the opinion that was precisely why the battered and marginalized Florida Democratic Party selected him to lead it out of these dark, Trumpian, perpetually-irrelevant-in Tallahassee, times. There was also a vocal minority of the party’s grassroots which disagreed with that notion, preferring a chair who represented the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. They lost. Just as Sanders lost in Florida by a nearly 2-1 margin. So both…

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Democratic leaders touring Panhandle

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​Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel and President Sally Boynton Brown are taking a two-day tour of the Panhandle to “energize the Democratic base and spread the party’s message of economic growth and opportunity to all corners of the state,” they said in a Wednesday news release.  “I ran for party chair to build permanent progressive infrastructure throughout the state and elect Democrats at every level of office,” Bittel said. “The Florida Panhandle provides a unique opportunity for us to show the…

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Florida Democrats jump on 100-day bandwagon, outline list of initial ‘successes’

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For much of the past century, the first 100 days of a new presidency has become a traditional benchmark for success, a standard first set by Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt. With Republican Donald Trump’s administration, the first three months were — according to many — a mixed bag, at best. Similarly, the Florida Democratic Party is also jumping on the 100-day bandwagon, offering its own list of successes in the campaign to turn the Sunshine State blue. In a statement from…

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Joe Biden to keynote Florida Dems Leadership Blue Gala in Fort Lauderdale June 17

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker for the Florida Democratic Party’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the annual Leadership Blue Gala next month in Fort Lauderdale. “We are thrilled to announce the former vice president as our keynote speaker. Joe Biden has spent his life in public service and has fought tirelessly for the Democratic belief that all Americans deserve an equal shot in our economy, not just those at the top. We are excited to welcome him…

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Florida Dems welcome Frank Artiles resignation, begin fundraising for a special election

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The Florida Democratic Party is claiming victory amid the announcement that Frank Artiles has resigned his post. “The Florida Democratic Party began calling for Artiles’ resignation as soon as news hit of his racists and sexist remarks toward his Senate colleagues,” said Stephen Bittel, the chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, in a statement. “Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate and the Republican Party of Florida have been content with letting Artiles off with just a slap on the wrist —…

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