Progress Florida Blog

By Damien Filer - June 24, 2019
"When politicians are picking their voters instead of the other way around, they call it gerrymandering. So, what do you call it when a politician picks the judge for his nominating commission to nominate? I’ll tell you what you don’t call it and that’s judicial independence."
By Damien Filer - June 20, 2019
Progress Florida today unveiled its 2019 “People First” Report Card grading lawmakers on many of the most prominent votes they cast during the past legislative session. The grades take into account votes across a wide range of issues, helping Floridians discern if their representatives and senators in Tallahassee are fighting on their behalf – or are instead serving powerful corporate special interests and ideological extremism.
By Amy Weintraub - May 21, 2019
The local Tampa Bay movement for reproductive freedom and justice is ramping up following Alabama’s passage of a total ban on abortion last week, and as a wave of other extreme laws stripping reproductive freedom sweeps the country — from Georgia to Ohio to Missouri to Texas.
By Mark Ferrulo - May 13, 2019

Join us and our many allies tomorrow (Tuesday, May 14) at Williams Park in downtown St. Pete as we rally to persuade Gov. DeSantis to VETO the Billionaire Boulevard Bill (SB 7068). This asphalt industry backed legislation opens the door to allowing three new tollroads through Florida’s largest remaining swaths of rural, wild, agricultural and undeveloped lands.

By Mark Ferrulo - May 2, 2019
The Billionaire Boulevard bill is heading to Gov. DeSantis's desk as I write this. Let’s stop this unconscionable waste of taxpayer dollars to build environmentally destructive toll roads through rural Florida. Call Gov. DeSantis right now at 850-717-9337 and urge him to veto the Billionaire Boulevard.
By Mark Ferrulo - April 20, 2019
Billionaire land developers are looking to cash in on their big campaign contributions to Florida’s legislative leaders.
By Amy Weintraub - April 16, 2019
Every Floridian, including young Floridians, deserve autonomy in reproductive health care decisions. On Wednesday, the entire Florida House of Representatives will be voting on a law aimed at compromising just that, by adding indefensible barriers for young women needing access to abortion.
By Mark Ferrulo - April 4, 2019
The most powerful special interests in our state, and the legislators that do their bidding, hate that Floridians can directly amend our Constitution on Election Day. Urge your state representative and senator to oppose the Anti-Voter Initiative bills that make it harder for Floridians to participate in our democracy.
By Mark Ferrulo - March 22, 2019
Florida’s Amendment 4 – which voters overwhelmingly passed to restore the eligibility to vote to 1.4 million people with a past felony conviction — is in danger.
By Mark Ferrulo - March 13, 2019
There’s growing resistance to the Trump administration’s reckless plan to open the Atlantic Coast to dangerous seismic airgun blasting, the precursor to offshore oil drilling, and we have a real chance to stop it.

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