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Progress Florida’s Mark Ferrulo makes personal appeal for Rick Kriseman

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A personal appeal from Progress Florida head Mark Ferrulo was sent out to the organization’s mailing list Tuesday, urging St. Petersburg voters to cast their ballots for incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.

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Progress Florida joins thousands opposing Trump’s plan for seismic airgun testing off Florida coast

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Progress Florida is one of the organizations and leaders opposing a plan to use seismic airgun testing for oil and gas exploration off the state’s Atlantic coast. The progressive nonprofit organization says the procedure threatens marine wildlife and coastal economies as well as Florida’s tourism and fishing industries. “The noise from seismic airgun blasts is so loud that it can be heard up to 2,500 miles from the source, devastating marine life, harming fisheries and coastal economies,” said Progress Florida…

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Activists express concern about transparency of Tampa CRC meeting Wednesday

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Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) stops in Tampa Wednesday for public comments on potential changes to the state Constitution. However, progressive groups are once again calling upon the Rules Working Group to improve what they say is a lack of transparency in how the CRC conducts these meetings. The Constitution Revision Commission is a group of 37 people appointed to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution. Every 20 years, the Commission examines the Florida Constitution, holds public hearings and recommend…

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Advocates call on Legislature to focus on working Floridians during annual ‘Awake the State’ event

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State lawmakers aren’t looking out for everyday Floridians, an advocate for one of the state’s largest labor unions said Tuesday. “In 2010, Rick Scott said ‘let’s get to work.’ In 2014, he said ‘let’s keep working,’” said Rich Templin, the legislative and political director for the Florida AFL-CIO. “The problem is, Florida is not working for most of our families and nobody in the building is fighting for them.” Templin was one of several advocates who spoke out during the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.25.16 -Is Trump reversing himself on his signature issue of immigration?

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Donald Trump was in Tampa yesterday, in case you didn’t hear about it — and he continued to “reach out” to minority communities in his speech. Of course, saying, “I say to the African-American parent, you have a right to walk down the street in the inner city, without having your child or yourself shot” may not be the elixir that persuades anyone to switch sides. New York Times columnist Charles Blow describes the way Trump is going about it as “urinating on you…

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As Donald Trump returns to Tampa, Progress Florida calls again for DOJ to investigate Pam Bondi

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Hours before Donald Trump will speak to thousands of followers in Tampa, an activist group is calling on the Department of Justice to investigate one of his biggest local supporters, Attorney General Pam Bondi. Trump is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds Wednesday, and if it’s like his other appearances in Tampa this year, one of the speakers warming up the crowd could be Bondi, who endorsed the New York City business mogul for president on the eve of the…

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Progress Florida rolls out ‘Wrong Way Rubio’ digital ad campaign

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Progress Florida is tying Marco Rubio to Donald Trump in a new digital ad campaign. The progressive organization has teamed up with For Our Future to launch a digital campaign that ties Rubio to some of Trump’s more shocking statements. “Supporting the Republican nominee for president means supporting Donald Trump, period,” said Mark Ferrulo, executive director of Progress Florida. “That means you want in the Oval Office a man who will push building a wall with Mexico, banning Muslims and…

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