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Progress Florida Blog

By Damien Filer - July 30, 2020
According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, the State of Florida received more than 3.3 million unemployment claims between March 15 and July 28. A new poll conducted by Clarity Campaign Labs shows that as COVID-19 spirals out of control on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ watch, Floridians across the political spectrum disapprove of DeSantis’ handling of state unemployment benefits and strongly support extending federal benefits.
By Jon Bleyer - July 23, 2020
With the debate over reopening Florida’s schools to in-person instruction reaching a fever pitch, Florida Watch today released a video holding Gov. Ron DeSantis accountable for his Trump-driven handling of the issue.
By Damien Filer - July 14, 2020
Today, Progress Florida released a social media video calling on Republican state senate candidates Jason Brodeur (SD-9) and Ana Maria Rodriguez (SD-39) to take a stand when it comes to protecting Florida from offshore oil and gas drilling.
By Damien Filer - July 9, 2020
Today, with a growing surge in cases putting Florida front and center in the fight against coronavirus, Florida Watch, in partnership with Progress Florida, released a video slamming Gov. Ron DeSantis for his failed leadership during the crisis, and calling for a statewide mask requirement to protect citizens from the deadly disease.
By Mark Ferrulo - June 23, 2020
The future of Florida’s rural communities, wild lands, water quality and endangered species all hang in the balance with the fate of Florida’s Roads to Ruin – the massive toll roads project being pushed by many of the most powerful, big money special interests in the state, and Florida’s GOP leadership beholden to their campaign checks.
By Mark Ferrulo - May 28, 2020
In the 2020 Florida legislative session, who did your state legislators stand up for? Did they cast their votes on behalf of the people...or powerful special interests? Find out with our just released People First Report Card.
By Damien Filer - May 28, 2020
Progress Florida today unveiled its 2020 “People First” Report Card grading lawmakers on many of the most prominent floor votes cast during the 2020 legislative session. The grades took into account votes across a wide spectrum of issues, giving Floridians a valuable tool for discerning if their representatives in Tallahassee are fighting to put people first, or powerful special interests.
By Mark Ferrulo - April 23, 2020
As we gear up for November in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis, we want to make sure Floridians can vote without any obstacles. That’s why we created a one stop shop to make voting in Florida secure, convenient, and easy at MakeAPlanToVote.com.
By Mark Ferrulo - April 13, 2020
In 2011, then-Governor Rick Scott and his allies in the state legislature gutted Florida's Unemployment Insurance system. Thanks to their actions, Florida has some of the weakest unemployment benefits and strictest eligibility rules in the nation.
By Mark Ferrulo - April 4, 2020
Just because we’re stuck at home and dealing with new challenges doesn’t mean we can’t still make a difference. Please take a few minutes to do one or more of these five things and then share this video to help others take action themselves.

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