Rick Scott blindsides DeSantis on his way out

Scores of 11th-hour appointments by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott. Roadblocks for the new transition team. A rival inaugural ball. The contentious handoff of the Florida governor’s office from Scott to fellow Republican Ron DeSantis has cast a shadow over their relationship, raising questions about whether the two prominent swing-state Republicans are on a collision course…

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FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo Congratulates Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried on Swearing-In

FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after Commissioner Nikki Fried was sworn-in to office on Tuesday: “It is a new chapter in Florida with Commissioner Nikki Fried in the cabinet. Commissioner Fried’s swearing-in represents the first time Democrats will oversee the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the first time in 8…

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Democrats Pass Bill to Reopen the Government!

Say it loud and make it clear: the newly Democratic-controlled House approved a legislative package to reopen parts of the federal government.  The bill passed the House 241-190. And Democrats in the House approved a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would not allocate any new fall funding. The bill passed 239-192,…

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Lawmaker Tries to End Monopoly-Solar Stronghold

State Democratic Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez filed a bill that would, if enacted, legalize power-purchase agreements across Florida. Florida remains one of the last four states where it is illegal for property owners to sell home-generated solar power to others, including tenants. Statute 366.02 states that most anyone who sells power in Florida is considered…

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Panel investigating Parkland shooting unanimously approves report calling to arm some teachers

A state commission in Parkland, Fla., investigating the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unanimously approved a report on Wednesday that calls for some teachers to be armed. The 458-page report, produced by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, makes dozens of recommendations, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel,…

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Trump cares only about himself

CharlotteDems.com Editor’s Note: The following letter to the editor from CCDEC Vice Chair Teresa Jenkins was published Wednesday, Dec. 26, in the Charlotte Sun. Editor: Donald Trump can’t be bothered with visiting troops that he ordered to the front lines. Rather, he’ll be spending Christmas and New Years – 16 days — at his home…

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‘Year of the Woman’ for Florida Democrats

As 2018 comes to a close, Florida’s political landscape does not look dramatically different — from a partisan perspective — than before the election. There’s still a Republican in the governor’s mansion. The GOP still controls both chambers of the Florida Legislature. Republicans still hold a majority of the state’s congressional seats. (Read more in…

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Nikki Fried announces key personnel hires

Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried is bringing in five hires for important roles at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Fried, a Democrat, notably opted to hire the agency’s Deputy Commissioner Alan Edwards, who serves in his current capacity under Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican. Edwards has served at the agency since 1993. Edwards will work with Fried as the agency’s deputy chief…

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