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Democrat gubernatorial forum underwhelms

Great theater it was not.

Few significant policy disagreements emerged from a three-way candidate forum at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista that featured former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham again confessing her admiration for her current opponents: Orlando businessman Chris King and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Buoyed by a win in a special election for a state Senate seat last month, Florida Democrats are preparing plans for the critical 2018 election year when they hope to reclaim the governor’s mansion.

The three Democrats aiming to do that did reveal some differences, particularly about their backgrounds, even as they sounded similar on most policy questions.

Take the issue of immigration, for example.

King said he would do everything in his power to help the tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program stay in the country.

“When we hear our governor and our president decry immigrants, refer to them as illegals, a person can’t be an illegal, but they use that terminology to strip away the humanity of our brothers and sisters,” Gillum said.

“I’m the one person here who has voted to keep Dreamers,” Graham boasted.

Such comity will not exist when debating immigration against, say, Adam Putnam.

Hundreds of Democrats watched Gillum, Graham, and King share a disdain for Republican rule, fleshing out programs and policies that they would implement if elected.

Right before the forum, Gillum proposed a series of six more debates (not just forums) between all the candidates before the primaries next August. Next week the field is expected to grow by one when Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine joins the fray, as anticipated.

Orlando attorney and entrepreneur John Morgan created a buzz among delegates when he entered the lobby a half-hour before the debate began. Several Democrats greeted him enthusiastically as he ordered a drink.

Morgan said he’ll decide on entering the race sometime in early 2018.

So back to the three candidates on the stage.

When it came to combating climate change and ripping into the climate deniers in Tallahassee and Washington D.C., the trio sang from the same song sheet.

“We’re sitting here in Disney World, ” said Graham. “Well, Donald Trump and Rick Scott are in fantasyland.”

“We need a governor who believes in science,” said Gillum.

King was effusive about climate change, saying sea level rise presents a “tremendous opportunity for Florida.” He compared the issue to John F. Kennedy’s moonshot, who declared after becoming president that the nation would put a man on the moon.

Finding a way to reduce sea level rise could bring out the best minds from around the country, King said, allowing Florida to become a “research mecca.”

Onstage, Graham exuded warmth and sweetness, telling the 550 people who paid more $250 for a seat at the dinner (with an auxiliary room televising the debate to another 250 or so) that she had a message for the GOP candidates — she’s a hugger.

“But in a second, just like that, it can turn into a headlock — just ask Steve Southerland,” she said, referring to the Republican she vanquished in her only bid for Congress in 2014.

As for King, he distinguished himself by emphasizing affordable housing, which makes sense since that’s what he does for a living.

When asked about the most significant health care issue in the state, Gillium wasn’t specific, only to blame Florida Republicans: “The biggest threat to health care in this state is Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature.”

Gillum also spoke of their refusal to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Graham again called for a public option. Interestingly, she said she would push for that on a state level, saying that she couldn’t wait for Congress to make that change in Washington.

King said he hadn’t given up on the idea that Florida might still expand Medicaid.

One proposal King staked out on his own was a plan for free tuition for community college and trade school education.

Some people expressed concerned that Democrats couldn’t keep up with the Republicans in fundraising — especially a year out from the race; it was a fact spotlighted last week by the Orlando Sentinel.

But, earlier in the day, Jeremy Ring knocked down that notion.

Ring, the only Democrat currently in the CFO race, said that with exceptions of the usual corporations, nobody is really paying attention to the race so far out.

“These articles appear to speak to about six people,” Ring said … perhaps (slightly) underestimating the appetite among political junkies.

“Let’s go to a Miami Dolphins or a Tampa Bay Bucs [game] and ask anyone in the stands whether they read any of these articles. It’s not real.”

Kevin Griffith, vice chair of the Sarasota County Democratic Executive Committee, said: “There’s uncertainty about who is at the head of the pack right now, but we’re at a point where we want new ideas and new blood.”

Earlier in the afternoon, party delegates voted — 860-13 — on 15 policy resolutions, an almost unanimous vote that had Democrats congratulating themselves for expressing near harmony.

Among those votes included a gun-control measure: “The Florida Democratic Party supports policies that regulate semiautomatics and accessories, including but not limited to, all semi-automatic weapons; armor- piercing ammunition; high capacity magazines or clips that can hold more than 10 bullets at a time; and bump stocks or any accessory that simulates the ability of a fully automatic weapon.”

There was an environmental resolution that also thrilled Alan Newell, chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus.

“I look at the kind of things that have been done environmentally against the people’s interest in the state of Florida for the last seven or eight years … The DEP has been decimated, we can’t mention the words climate change, it’s against the law in Tallahassee, and I think that’s just awful and that shouldn’t people what the peel in the state of Florida should be paying for.”

‘Trailblazing’ Pat Frank endorses Gwen Graham

Hillsborough County Clerk Pat Frank, “a trailblazing female elected official,” has endorsed gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, the campaign announced Friday.

The endorsement comes right before the Florida Democratic Party’s statewide conference this weekend in Orlando.

“Now more than ever, we need a woman to straighten out Tallahassee — and Gwen Graham is the right woman for the job,” Frank said in a statement.

“The Republican politicians have turned Florida’s public school system into an education industry that profits special interests,” she said. “With her experience as a mother, PTA president and public school official, Gwen understands we need to put parents, teachers and local school districts back in charge of education. As governor, she will end high-stakes testing, support our teachers and always put students first.”

Here’s the rest of the release:

Frank was one of the first women to attend the University of Florida and began her career in public service as a member of the Hillsborough County School Board, where she was a fierce advocate for desegregation.

She also served in the Florida House and Senate, where she sponsored legislation in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, and mandatory kindergarten in public education. Before her election as clerk in 2004, Frank also served on the Hillsborough County Commission.

“I’m able to run for governor today because of trailblazing Florida women like Pat Frank,” Graham said. “I’m honored to receive Pat’s endorsement and will work every day to follow her example of public service.”

Graham has been endorsed by Democratic female leaders across the state and is energizing young women to participate in the 2018 election.

“After 20-years of Republicans passing policies that hurt Florida’s families, women can’t afford to sit on the sideline,” Graham said. “Our campaign is carrying on the momentum from the Women’s March and working to empower female leaders across the state. Starting in November 2018, the future of Florida is female.”

Florida Democrats to gather this weekend in Orlando

First, do no harm.

Physicians are expected to adhere to the Hippocratic oath; it’s also a piece of advice Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel should (perhaps) take to heart this weekend as the party gathers for its annual state conference at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando.

It will be the first mass gathering of state Democrats since June’s Leadership Blue debacle in Hollywood, where complaints from black state lawmakers about being snubbed on stage led Bittel to call them “childish” and accuse them of “playing the race card.”

Bittel apologized in the aftermath and promised to be more sensitive to racial issues.

The mood in Orlando will no doubt be buoyant, considering Annette Taddeo’s victory in the Senate District 40 special election — bringing the number of Democrats in the 40-member Senate to 16. Her win is raising hopes that 2018 could be a big year for the Party, with the top prize of the governor’s mansion, which has eluded Democrats for nearly two decades.

The Pprty has also invested heavily in St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s re-election contest next month. Expect that race to be mentioned as well.

And while all eyes Saturday night will be on gubernatorial hopefuls Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham and Chris King when they convene for their third candidate forum of the year, two men who will not be there won’t be far away in some Democrat’s minds.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is expected to announce his entry into the race next week, while John Morgan‘s tease about the race to continue into early next year.

To date, fundraising for the three announced candidates has been less than robust, with combined September totals from Graham, Gillium and King ($529,000) which was less than half the $1.1 million raised by Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Congressman Keith Ellison, the DNC’s deputy chair, will headline a Saturday morning breakfast; former Housing and Urban Secretary Julian Castro (along with Sen. Bill Nelson) will be the Saturday lunchtime speaker.

Phil Levine, anticipated gubernatorial candidate, sets big announcement Wednesday

Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine appears ready to announce a bid for Florida’s governorship Wednesday, with what his consultants call an important announcement in Miami about the future of Florida.

Levine, a Democrat who has openly discussed the prospect of running for governor either as a Democrat or an independent, has set a 10:30 a.m. event Wednesday in the Wynwood District of Miami.

While not yet running, Levine has been leading all Democrats in raising money toward the governor’s race, with more than $4.7 million in his All About Florida Political Committee, with most of that, $2.5 million, coming from his own wallet. The Miami Beach mayor has made a fortune from companies he founded, principally providing support services to the cruise line industry.

He’s also spent plenty of money, with All About Florida shelling out $83,000 in the last two months on various consultants.

Already in the race for the Democrats are former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, developer Chris King of Winter Park, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. The Republican frontrunners are Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow and state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater.

This summer Levine toured the state by bus for a radio show he produced for SiriusXM satellite radio, an effort that officially was not political, but took him to all corners of Florida.

Levine started his business empire with Onboard Media and now has a broad portfolio of businesses and real estate. Though he was described in some media as a billionaire, he told Florida Politics earlier this year that he is not a billionaire.


Gwen Graham criticizes Rick Scott on nursing home calls, ‘Schools of Hope’

Gwen Graham filed a public information request for Gov. Rick Scott‘s cellphone communications after it was reported last month administrators with the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills made four distressed calls to Scott’s private cellphone.

A month later, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate says she hasn’t received very much information back.

The governor’s office said the calls had been deleted. That’s crucial since it was the lack of air-conditioning after the power went out at the facility that ultimately led to the deaths of 14 seniors shortly after Hurricane Irma swept through South Florida.

“The reality of what Gov. Scott deleted from his private phone is critical evidentiary value because 14 people died,” Graham said Thursday afternoon. “So it came in on his private phone — but it was public business — and I believe under the law of Florida he was required to retain it.”

Graham spoke to Florida Politics while taking a break during her latest ‘workday,’ where she helped prepare loaves of Cuban bread to bake at La Segunda Bakery in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood.

It was her first appearance in the Cigar City since she headlined the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee’s Kennedy-King dinner last month, less than a week after Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida. It was at that appearance where she castigated Scott and the state’s response to Irma, becoming one of the first to publicly question the governor, who initially and still now has received mostly raves for his handling of the storm.

“Irma had exposed a failure of planning on behalf of the state of Florida, and I’m even more sure today that the state has a lot of work to do to be ready for the next storm,” Graham said while taking a break.

Graham, 54, a lawyer and former Leon County school system administrator, also criticized Scott for failing to veto the HB 7069, the controversial education bill that included the ‘schools of hope’ provision. The measure requires school districts to give a proportionate share of the money they raise for construction and maintenance through a local property tax over to eligible charter schools operating in their county, with their share determined by enrollment numbers.

The measure was a pet project of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican. Graham says she supports the more than a dozen local school boards that have since filed lawsuits challenging the proposal’s constitutionality.

She contends that Scott and Corcoran “struck some backroom deal” so that Corcoran would back Scott’s wish for $85 million in funding for Enterprise Florida, something that the governor and the House Speaker had previously been at odds with all session.

Graham called it another nail in the coffin for public education in Florida, insisting it would be different if she were elected governor in 2018.

“I’m going to take the other end of that hammer and start extracting those nails and do what’s right for public education again,” she vowed.

Her campaign said it was the 44th Workday of her gubernatorial campaign, a tradition started by her father, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, where they spend entire shifts working alongside Floridians. She said such events are the most beneficial part of campaigning, mainly because of the people that she meets and the friendships she develops.

“(It’s) being able to have folks that I can turn back to and talk to when I’m governor about what’s going on in their lives, how can I make sure that we have a stronger environment for small businesses and family-owned businesses,” she says, adding that the people who are working every day are the ones “who see what can be fixed to make it better.”

Shortly after Graham’s workday, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine announced he will make a major announcement next Wednesday — an event expected to reveal his gubernatorial bid joining Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando-area affordable housing businessman Chris King.

Later in the day, Graham was scheduled to travel to St. Petersburg to kick off a phone bank event for Mayor Rick Kriseman, and followed by an appearance before the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee’s monthly meeting Thursday evening.
(Photo credit: Kim DeFalco).

New poll finds Democrats’ 6-point advantage in generic governor’s race

Without naming a specific candidate, a new poll finds Democrats have a six-point advantage in the 2018 Florida governor’s race.

Conducted by SEA Polling & Strategic Design, a Tampa-based firm known for Democratic polling, the poll was taken Aug. 13-17 with live callers, 30 percent cellphones, and bilingual interviewers.

“With big names lining up to run for governor on both sides, we decided to take a more legislative approach to see how the race for governor is setting up by asking which party candidate for governor was the respondent more likely to support,” SEA pollster Thomas Eldon stated in a memo announcing some of the results.

“Despite a conservative midterm model giving Republicans a plus-two turnout advantage (41 percent Republican/39 percent Democrat/20 percent no party affiliation), the results favored the Democrat by six with peak intensity separation also at six.”

The poll found the Democratic strength lays with women and Hispanics, in Central Florida and South Florida; Republicans continue to hold solid advantages among white voters and in the Florida Panhandle.

Democrats also held a five-point advantage over Republicans among independents. However, independent voters were much less likely than partisans to make a pick. Almost 45 percent did not choose a party candidate, Eldon noted.

Women voters gave the generic Democratic gubernatorial candidate a 15-point advantage over the Republican, and among working women, the lead rose to 19 points. Hispanic voters gave a Democratic choice a 16-point advantage.

“With Democrats holding a significant margin among Hispanics, Hispanic turnout in 2018 is pivotal to secure a clear path to victory,” Eldon wrote.

The poll was released through Christian Ulvert‘s Edge Communications, which is working with  Philip Levine, the Miami Beach Mayor who is posturing as a Democratic candidate for governor, though he has neither announced nor filed for candidacy. Without disclosing whom, Ulvert said the poll was commissioned by an individual, but said it was not Levine nor anyone associated with his campaign.

Leading candidates for governor include Democrats Gwen Graham, Chris King, and Andrew Gillum, and Republicans Adam Putnam and Jack Latvala. Democrat John Morgan and Republicans Richard Corcoran and Ron DeSantis also are positioning for possible runs.

Chris King raises $148K in September for governor’s race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King raised $148,000 in September, giving his campaign a total of $2.6 million raised, his campaign reported.

King, a Winter Park-based developer of affordable housing and senior housing, raised $77,500 for his official campaign and $70,500 for his independent political committee Rise and Lead Florida, according to data posted by the Florida Division of Elections. Those totals included $47,000 he donated to his own campaign, and $25,000 donated to Rise and Lead by Serenity Towers On the St. Johns, one of the senior centers his company runs.

His campaign now has raised $1.67 million, most of it coming from his own contributions. Rise and Lead has raised $948,000. Together, the two committees ended the month with $1.7 million in hand, his campaign reported.

King faces former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in his quest for the Democrat’s primary nomination in 2018. The leading Republicans are Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow and state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater.

“Despite being a newcomer to politics, Chris King continues to remain competitive with career politicians with deep institutional and establishment support,” King’s campaign spokesperson Hari Sevugan stated in a news release issued late Tuesday. “Whether it’s fundraising, grassroots activity online or what we’re seeing and hearing across the state, what’s clear is that Democrats are tired of losing statewide, and are looking for new ideas and a fresh approach to leadership to break one-party control in Tallahassee. This consistent fundraising has also demonstrated that Chris is positioned to be the clear alternative to Gwen Graham.”

Gwen Graham blasts Everglades oil permit renewal

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham on Tuesday blasted a state decision to renew an oil exploration permit in the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades.

Graham, a former congresswoman from Tallahassee, criticized the decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to renew the exploration permit for Burnett Oil Co. of Texas, and for doing so two weeks before the Oct. 24 deadline on the request.

“Protecting Big Cypress National Preserve is vital to preserving and restoring Florida’s Everglades. The state should be working to end oil drilling in the Everglades, not expand it,” Graham stated in a news release issued by her campaign. “As governor, I will fight to protect our clean land and water from oil drilling and fracking.”

The department responded by saying the activity was first approved by the U.S. National Park Service under President Barack Obama, and that position was upheld by a U.S. District Court decision in the Middle District of Florida earlier this year. Florida DEP Communication Director Lauren Engel said in a statement that the department “will take every step possible to protect Florida’s environment.”

Federal authorities have control over the lands, while the Florida department reviewed the permit to determine if it met all Florida requirements, she added.

Graham is battling with fellow Democrats Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Winter Park businessman Chris King for the party primary nomination to run for governor in 2018. The leading Republicans are Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow and state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater.

Her campaign noted that several environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Center for Biological Diversity all asked the Florida Department of Environmental Protection not to renew Burnett Oil Co.’s exploration permit. The groups cited several potential violations, including killed or damaged trees, ruts in the soil and working without the supervision of National Park Service staff, Graham’s campaign stated.

“Conserving land and protecting the Everglades should not be a partisan issue, but under Rick Scott and Republican politicians in Tallahassee, the state has disregarded preservation in favor of profits. Under this administration, the DEP has become the Department of Environmental Pollution,” Graham said in the release. “This effort was started by a Republican governor. Legislation to protect the park was signed by a Republican president. Even George W. Bush and Jeb Bush wanted to stop oil drilling in the preserve. When the Bushes oppose drilling, you know it’s bad.”


Utility companies have contributed $800K, while funneling as much as $2.5M through committees, to Adam Putnam’s campaign

Florida’s private utility companies have donated nearly $800,000 to support Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s political committee seeking to get him elected governor, and also have donated another $1.8 million that may have been re-directed to him through other political committees.

A review of campaign finance data available through the Florida Division of Elections shows that Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy have been major contributors to Putnam’s Florida Grown, the political committee supporting his Republican gubernatorial candidate. Gulf Power Co. and TECO, the natural gas company, also have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Florida Grown.

All totaled, they’ve contributed $795,560 directly to Florida Grown since the start of 2015, when Gov. Rick Scott‘s second term began and the cycle for the 2018 gubernatorial race officially began.

Counting contributions from utility companies made to other business groups, which then cut checks to Florida Grown around the same time or shortly after, the amount of money passing from utilities to Florida Grown may be more than triple that amount, as much as $2.5 million.

Florida Jobs Political Action Committee, which represents the Florida Chamber of Commerce; the Associated Industries of Florida Political Action Committee; The Voice of Florida’s Business, which represents Associated Industries; and two similar organizations have written checks totaling $1.8 million to Florida Grown, on dates around or shortly after receiving hefty contributions from FP&L, Gulf Power or TECO.

The matter of the utilities’ contributions has become an issue in the governor’s race because Putnam’s rival for the Republican nomination, state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, last month swore off utilities contributions to his campaign.

Latvala did so in the face of the public’s growing criticism of the utilities’ hurricane recovery performances, following Hurricane Irma’s Sept. 10-11 roar through Florida.

“It’s time the utilities stop spending money on political candidates and instead protect the residents of this state,” Latvala said on Sept. 19.

Florida Politics received a spreadsheet of campaign contributions from an anonymous source. Florida Politics double-checked the numbers, and also ran additional data analysis, checking on contributions to Latvala and other candidates as well.

Neither Putnam’s campaign nor Latvala’s campaign responded to inquiries from Florida Politics about the data.

Latvala, too, has received sizable contributions over the past two and a half years from the utility companies, though not on the same scale as Putnam. His Florida Leadership political committee has taken in about $100,000 of utilities’ money directly, and perhaps as much as $116,000 in pass-through donations from business groups’ political committees.

He has not given any of it back.

Democrats running for governor, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, and businessman Chris King of Winter Park, have received nothing directly from the utilities in their respective political committees, Our Florida, Florida Forward, and Rise and Lead.

The Democratic candidates all have been stronger critics of the longer-term course for Florida’s utilities, particularly as each of them has vowed to push solar energy in big ways.

The direct contributions to Putnam’s Florida Grown include $587,060 from FP&L, $110,000 from Duke, $75,000 from TECO, and $22,500 from Gulf Power.

Another $575,000 in contributions to Putnam’s Florida Grown from Voice of Florida Business Political Committee tracks closely to the timing of money FP&L and TECO had given to that Associated Industries of Florida-affiliated committee throughout the past two and a half years. Another $500,000 in contributions to Florida Grown from Florida Jobs tracks fairly closely to money FP&L and Gulf Power had given to that chamber-affiliated committee. The Associated Industries of Florida PAC made $350,000 in donations to Florida Grown around the times of money it received from FP&L. Floridians United For our Children’s Future gave Florida Grown a total of $275,000, after receiving money from FP&L; and growing Florida’s Future provided $100,000 to Florida Grown, around the times of receiving utilities money.

Around the same times, Latvala’s Florida Leadership Committee got $56,000 from Florida Jobs, $40,000 from Associated Industries of Florida, and $20,000 from Floridians United for Our Children’s Future.

All of those may be coincidences.

Each of those business-promoting political committees receives numerous large contributions from all sorts of businesses and business interests, and cuts millions of dollars all totaled in checks to all sorts of political campaigns and committees. Florida Jobs, for example, has made more than $3.5 million in political donations since the start of this gubernatorial cycle.

The Florida Jobs committee also has made additional contributions to Florida Grown that do not necessarily align with incoming money from the utilities, such as a $150,000 donation made on July 31.

And Putnam’s pro-business positions have made him a favorite to the Chamber and the Associated Industries of Florida regardless of what the utility companies may wish to support.

Still, after the utilities used direct and pass-through contributions to push a Constitutional Amendment 4 last year that would have given them more control over solar energy production had it passed, elections watchdog and consumer groups have grown wary.

“There are definitely dots connecting to that, and our elected officials don’t seem to take notice of rate increases, or the lack of solar growth, or the pursuance of solar growth or other renewable energy. They seem to be fairly quiet on that front, and so why is that?” said Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, which campaigned against Amendment 4.


Gwen Graham raises $300K in third quarter

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham raised more than $300,000 for her campaign and her independent political committee during the third quarter of 2017, her campaign announced Monday.

Graham’s campaign said it has  amassed more than $3.6 million dollars for the 2018 election campaign, and had more than $2.5 million cash on hand at the end of September. The new money included more than $165,000 for her campaign and over $135,000 for her Our Florida independent political committee.

Graham, a former congresswoman from Tallahassee, is in a battle for the 2018 Democratic nomination with Winter Park businessman Chris King and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Going into the third quarter, she led both in the money race, though trailed Republican candidates Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow and state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater by sizable margins.

Her campaign said she added 1,000 new donors in the quarter, bringing her total to 8,850 individual donors so far.

“This campaign is about more than winning back the governor’s office. This campaign is about undoing nearly 20 years of damaging one-party rule,” she stated in a news release. “When I’m elected governor, the decades of privatizing our education, paving over our environment and profiting off the backs of the middle class are going to end. I’m proud of the coalition we’re building — thousands of donors from every corner of the state — to turn Florida blue. Together, we will support our public schools, create good paying jobs, and prepare our state for the effects of climate change.”


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