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Progressives hang a shingle, start website, in Florida

Florida's self-proclaimed progressives have lined up behind ProgressFlorida.org, the new state-based organization patterned after MoveOn.org, and with some of the same left-leaning institutional backers that finance FPRIG (the Florida Public Interest Research Group).

Not to be confused with Progress Energy, the Tampa-based electric utility, Progress Florida is a web-based non-profit advocacy organization focused on "economic fairness, social justice, health care reform, environmental protection, ensuring great public schools and more.''

Their first targets: defeat of the Miami Dade Commission's decision to widen the urban development boundary into the Everglades; defeat Amendment 2, which would ban gay marriage; and defeat of Amendments 7 and 9, which would open the door to constitutionally-sanctioned private school vouchers and state money going to religious institutions.

The group's leadership includes Mark Ferrulo, formerly with FPIRG, and Damien Filer, former political director for several groups, including Congressman Kendrick Meek's successful class size amendment.

The web site features a profile of marriage amendment director, John Stemberger.