Seven Weeks of Power Grabs and Missed Opportunities in the North Carolina General Assembly

July 05, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. — In a short, seven-week legislative session, conservatives in the North Carolina General Assembly, where Republicans hold a veto-proof supermajority in both chambers, pushed through a dramatic series of constitutional amendments to be decided on by voters this November, neglected to act on important legislation, and overrode a record number of vetoes by Governor […]

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Kennedy Retirement Puts More Responsibility on States to Protect Basic Rights

June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In light of the announcement of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s retirement, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) drew attention to the heightened responsibility of state governments to protect the basic rights of Americans, including reproductive freedom, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, voting rights, and the rights of workers to fight for fairer working conditions. “The next […]

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SiX Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31

June 27, 2018

The court’s decision represents a blow to working people and their freedom to join together in unions on the job; SiX and progressive legislators stand united in their commitment to ensure workers’ freedoms. WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. The court ruled against working people […]

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State Innovation Exchange and Michigan Lawmakers to Hold Telephone Town Hall on Good Jobs and Better Wages

June 26, 2018

LANSING, Mich. —The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a telephone town hall with Michigan Representatives Erika Geiss, D-Taylor, Abdullah Hammoud, D-Dearborn and Fred Durhall III, D- Detroit on Wednesday, June 27th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST. Following recent attacks on wages for people who build Michigan’s roads, bridges, and schools, the legislators will […]

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State Innovation Exchange and Michigan Lawmakers to Hold Telephone Town Hall on Good Jobs and Better Wages

June 25, 2018

LANSING, Mich. —The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a telephone town hall with Michigan Representative Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint and Mike Barnwell of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights on Tuesday, June 26th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST. Following recent attacks on wages for people who build […]

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West Michigan Families Demand Affordable Health Care and Prescription Drugs During Tele-Town Hall with Lawmakers

June 14, 2018

Hundreds participated in the event to ask questions and discuss solutions.  LANSING, Mich. — On Wednesday evening, Michigan state Representatives Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) and Emily Schwarzkopf, health policy expert with the Michigan League for Public Policy joined a telephone town hall hosted by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX). They discussed health care policies to protect insurance […]

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State Innovation Exchange and Michigan Lawmakers to Hold Telephone Town Hall on Health Care Costs and the Economy

June 11, 2018

LANSING, Mich. — The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a telephone town hall with Michigan Representatives Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, Jon Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo and Emily Schwarzkopf, health policy expert with the Michigan League for Public Policy on Wednesday, June 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET. Following major changes to Medicaid last week that could deprive […]

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Rep. Maureen Madden Calls for Medicaid Expansion, Checks on Big Insurance Companies During Budget Town Hall Focused on Health Care

June 08, 2018

Hundreds of Pennsylvanians joined and raised concerns about rising health care costs, access to mental health care, and the opioid crisis.  MONROE COUNTY, Pa. — During a telephone town hall this evening, Pennsylvania State Rep. Maureen Madden called for checks on big health insurance corporations, an expansion of Medicaid eligibility, and for corporations to pay their […]

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274 State Legislators Sign Open Letter Opposing President Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Title X Funding

June 01, 2018

Legislators in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Texas and elsewhere have already witnessed the harm caused by state cuts to family planning funding. WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, 274 state legislators representing 43 states released an open letter stating their opposition to President Trump’s proposed rule to block access to health care under Title X, our nation’s birth control and reproductive health […]

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State Innovation Exchange, Pennsylvania Rep. Madden and PA Budget & Policy Center to Host Budget Town Hall on Protecting Access to Quality, Affordable Healthcare

MONROE COUNTY, PA. —State Representative Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, the State Innovation Exchange, and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will host a telephone town hall meeting next Thursday focused on a top Democratic priority in the coming budget debate: protecting access to affordable health care. Pennsylvania residents will have the opportunity to hear about how Pennsylvania Democrats […]

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Michiganders Demand Support for Teachers, Strongly Favor Tuition-Free Community College During Education Tele-Town Hall

May 25, 2018

Hundreds of Michigan residents joined a telephone town hall with state lawmakers and raised concerns about public school funding and a range of local education challenges. LANSING, Mich. —On Thursday evening, Michigan House Democratic Floor Leader Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills; Representative Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield; and David Hecker, President of American Federation of Teachers Michigan joined a telephone […]

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Third Budget Tele-Town Hall from PA Democrats is with Rep. Perry Warren to Talk Infrastructure and Good Jobs

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. —Pennsylvania State Rep. Perry Warren will host a telephone town hall next Thursday, May 31st, focused on his priority for the state budget: putting Pennsylvanians back to work by increasing the state’s investment in Pennsylvania’s crumbling infrastructure. Pennsylvania residents will have the opportunity to hear from Rep. Warren about how he wants to grow the economy and create good jobs for Pennsylvanians by increasing the […]

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Lawmakers Call for New Ideas at the North Carolina State Legislature

During telephone town hall, lawmakers call attention to four areas where new direction is needed: education, health care, jobs and responsible governance BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. —This Tuesday, during a telephone town hall hosted by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), North Carolina Senate Democratic Whip Terry Van Duyn, Representative John Ager, and Representative Brian Turner discussed their […]

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SiX and Eastern North Carolina Lawmakers to Host Telephone Town Hall Tuesday

RALEIGH, N.C. —The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a telephone town hall with North Carolina Sen. Erica Smith and House Democratic Leader Darren Jackson on Tuesday, May 29, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. EST. The legislators will discuss policies to create a strong public education system, improve access to affordable health care, and create an economy that works […]

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Hundreds Call for Raising the Minimum Wage on Live Telephone Town Hall with Pennsylvania Lawmakers

HARRISBURG, Pa. —Tonight, Pennsylvania State Representative Patty Kim, D-Dauphin County, and Senator Art Haywood, D-Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties, called for increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage during a live telephone town hall meeting focused on making the state budget work for working families. The call reached almost 3,000 people with a peak of over 300 people on the line […]

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Town Hall Tonight on Upcoming Legislative Issues: Education, Health Care and the Economy

May 23, 2018

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a town hall with North Carolina Rep. Cecil Brockman, Rep. Pricey Harrison, and Sen. Gladys Robinson at the Color Works Space at Revolution Mill tonight from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. ET. The legislators will discuss policies to create a strong public education system, access to affordable health care, and creating an economy […]

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SiX, Teachers and Michigan Lawmakers to Host Telephone Town Hall on Education and the Economy

LANSING, Mich. — The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a telephone town hall with Michigan House Democratic Floor Leader Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills; Representative Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield; and David Hecker, President of American Federation of Teachers Michigan  on Thursday, May 24th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST. The legislators will discuss policies to create a strong […]

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SiX Condemns Vermont Governor’s Vetoes of Legislation to Raise the Minimum Wage and Provide Paid Family Leave

Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the two pieces of legislation over demands from working families and advocate organizations MONTPELIER, Vt. —  On Tuesday, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) condemned Gov. Scott’s vetoes of legislation to raise the minimum wage and give Vermonters access to paid family leave. “By passing these bills, the legislature stood up for working families […]

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Tonight: SiX and North Carolina Lawmakers to Host Telephone Town Hall

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a telephone town hall with North Carolina Senate Democratic Whip Terry Van Duyn, Representative John Ager, and Representative Brian Turner tonight, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. EST. The legislators will discuss policies to create a strong public education system, improve access to affordable health care, and […]

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North Carolina Rep. Butler Calls for Legislation to Hold Polluters Accountable

May 22, 2018

Butler made the call at a town hall attended by over 90 local residents. WILMINGTON, N.C. — Last night, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) hosted a town hall in Wilmington with North Carolina Rep. Deb Butler focused on priorities for the legislative session that started Wednesday, May 16, including her legislation to hold polluters accountable. Ninety residents attended the […]

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Hundreds Joined PA State Lawmaker for State Budget Telephone Town Hall; Called for More Revenue to Support Public Education

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Representative Austin Davis, D-Allegheny County, hosted a telephone town hall meeting last night focused on his top priority in the coming state budget debate: an increased investment for PA public schools. Hundreds of Pennsylvanians in Allegheny County joined the town hall, voiced support for investment in early childhood education, public schools […]

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SiX and North Carolina Lawmakers to Host Telephone Town Hall

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a telephone town hall with North Carolina Senate Democratic Whip Terry Van Duyn, Representative John Ager, and Representative Brian Turner on Tuesday, May 22nd, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. EST. The legislators will discuss policies to create a strong public education system, improve access to affordable health […]

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Legislative Session in Review: Progressive Victories in the Colorado State Legislature, But More Work to Do

May 18, 2018

DENVER, Colo. — Colorado’s 2018 legislative session adjourned Wednesday, May 9, with numerous progressive victories including investments in public schools and roads. However, important work remains on the table for the 2019 session. “I’m enormously proud of the work our legislature was able to get done,” said Senate Minority Leader Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo. “We’ve secured major investments in […]

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Town Hall Next Week on Upcoming Legislative Issues: Education, Health Care and the Economy

May 17, 2018

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a town hall with North Carolina Rep. Cecil Brockman and Rep. Pricey Harrison at the Color Works Space at Revolution Mill next Wednesday, May 23, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. ET. The legislators will discuss policies to create a strong public education system, access to affordable health care, and creating an economy […]

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SiX and North Carolina Lawmakers to Host Town Hall in New Hanover County on Gen X Pollution, Education, Health Care, and the Economy

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a town hall with Rep. Deb Butler and Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue at the Hannah Block Center in Wilmington, N.C. tonight from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. ET. The legislators will discuss the state’s response to GenX pollution, and policies to protect the environment, create a strong public education […]

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Live Discussion with Arizona State Lawmakers on the 2018 Legislative Session

May 16, 2018

YUMA, Ariz. — State Representative Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma; Senator Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix; and Emily Kirkland, Executive Director of ProgressNow Arizona, will host a telephone town hall tonight to discuss #RedforEd, clean elections, and other successes, failures, and highlights from the 2018 legislative session. WHAT: Telephone town hall meeting on the 2018 legislative session WHO: Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma; Sen. […]

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State Innovation Exchange and Pennsylvania State Lawmaker to Host Discussion on Education Funding and the State Budget

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — State Representative Austin Davis, D-Allegheny County, will host a telephone town hall meeting this Thursday focused on a top priority in the coming budget debate: quality public schools and education funding. Pennsylvania residents will have the opportunity to hear about priorities for the state budget, how the process works and to ask questions. WHAT: Telephone town […]

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SiX and North Carolina Lawmakers to Host Town Hall in New Hanover County on GenX Pollution, Education, Health Care, and the Economy

May 11, 2018

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a town hall with Rep. Deb Butler and Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue at the Hannah Block Center in Wilmington, N.C. next Thursday, May 17, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. ET. The legislators will discuss the state’s response to GenX pollution, and policies to protect the environment, create a […]

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Ahead of North Carolina Legislative Session, SiX and State Lawmakers Host Town Hall on Education, Health Care and the Economy

May 10, 2018

Over 50 local residents attended to raise concerns and hear from their representatives. LUMBERTON, N.C. — Last night, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) hosted a town hall in Lumberton, N.C. with North Carolina Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue, House Democratic Whip Garland Pierce, and Rep. Charles Graham focused on policies to create a strong public education system, improve […]

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Michigan lawmakers renew push for real road fixes during telephone town hall

April 30, 2018

LANSING, Mich. — Last week, Representatives Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights), Patrick Green (D-Warren), and Michigan Operating Engineers 324hosted a Telephone Town Hall meeting for Michigan residents focused on how to improve the state’s roads and infrastructure. They discussed their push to add more funding to fix the problem and legislation to help drivers who have had their […]

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SiX Condemns Arizona House Leadership for Denying African-American Members’ Right to Speak When Focus Should be on Education Funding

April 27, 2018

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Today, thousands of educators across Arizona are staging a walkout to advocate for better teacher pay and more investment in Arizona public schools as part of the #RedforEd movement. But instead of working to boost education spending, leaders in the Arizona House of Representatives spent Wednesday denying the chamber’s only two African-American legislators […]

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Medium: State Lawmakers Are Taking the Lead on Gun Safety

April 16, 2018

By: Arizona State Rep. Randy Friese, Michigan Rep. Robert Wittenberg, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon As we watch the fight for commonsense gun safety legislation play out again in Washington, D.C., we are hopeful that, this time — with a tectonic shift in public opinion — they will find the courage to pass reform. As citizens and constituents, […]

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Maryland Legislature Adjourns for 2018 with Numerous Progressive Victories

April 11, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Maryland state legislature wrapped up its 2018 session Monday evening with several important wins for working families in the state, including creating transparency for online political ads, protecting affordable health care, providing access to paid sick days, expanding voter participation, protecting the Chesapeake Bay economy against negative consequences from offshore drilling, investing additional […]

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Progressives Step Up to Ensure Fair Overtime Pay for State Workers

April 05, 2018

As lost wages hit $500 million, progressive state leaders are acting to ensure workers are paid fairly for hours on the job. WASHINGTON, D.C. — On April 1, 2018 the total amount of lost wages since President Trump abandoned the Department of Labor’s overtime pay protections for middle class workers in October 2017 reached $500 million, according […]

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Rewire: Rhode Island Faith Leaders: Pass ‘Roe’ Protections Now

“Since 2011, states have enacted more than 400 abortion restrictions, according to a press release from the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a nonprofit devoted to advancing progressive causes. At least 39 bills have been introduced across 19 states to restrict or ban abortion in 2018. “These attacks on Roe have prompted 250 state legislators who are members of the Reproductive Freedom […]

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In an Open Letter, Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council Members Call for Halt to Recent Abortion Restrictions

April 03, 2018

Recent bills have pursued arbitrary bans as early as six weeks and are attempting to set up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to a recent wave of bans on abortion introduced in states including Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio, 250 state legislators, all members of the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council, have signed an open […]

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Medium: State Leaders: America’s Infrastructure Has No Shortcuts

March 23, 2018

By Michigan Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, Minnesota Rep. Dave Pinto, and Maine House Transportation Chair Andrew McLean In a time when Americans seem more divided than ever, there is still one thing we all agree on: our country’s infrastructure is long overdue for an upgrade. Our nation’s aging and inadequate infrastructure has resulted in […]

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Putting People First: Washington Legislature Adjourns with Numerous Progressive Victories

March 21, 2018

OLYMPIA, WASH. —With the first opportunity in seven years to advance progressive solutions in the Senate and on to the governor’s desk, Washington legislators wasted no time putting people first. The Democratic-controlled legislature advanced access to education and opportunity, improved health care, and implemented important accountability measures. Successes include advancing equal pay for equal work, […]

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Progressive State Lawmakers Take Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Wake of Florida Shooting

March 01, 2018

Progressives legislators have introduced commonsense gun safety legislation, called on conservative leaders to act, and defeated legislation that would threaten public safety. WASHINGTON, D.C – In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, progressive state lawmakers across the country are standing up to the gun lobby and looking for […]

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SiX Kicks Off #FightingForFamilies Week of Action Feb. 5 – 9, 2018

February 08, 2018

Progressive legislators in all 50 states will take part in the #FightingForFamilies Week of Action to showcase progressive priorities in state capitals.  DENVER, CO – This week, in clear contrast with the conservative and Trump administration agenda, legislators and advocates across all 50 states will be taking part in the State Innovation Exchange’s second annual #FightingForFamilies Week of Action, […]

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ICYMI: SiX and NIRH Join Forces to Support State Organizations Fighting for Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice in 2018

February 01, 2018

Partnership will fuel efforts to protect and advance reproductive freedom in Colorado, Georgia and Wisconsin through the development of proactive strategies and legislation WASHINGTON, D.C. – The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) on Wednesday announced a pivotal new partnership to support on-the-ground efforts that will advance reproductive freedom in states around the country […]

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State Legislative Leaders Respond to Trump’s State of the Union Address

January 31, 2018

Progressive legislators in all 50 states will take part in the #FightingForFamilies Week of Action Feb. 5-9, 2018 to showcase progressive priorities in state capitals. WASHINGTON, D.C. – State legislators from across the country reacted to President Trump’s first State of the Union address with a shared commitment to advance progressive policy solutions to address the concerns they […]

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Over 200 State Legislators Announce Commitment to Advance Abortion Rights and Reproductive Justice in State Capitals

January 11, 2018

In advance of Roe v. Wade anniversary, State Innovation Exchange launches the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) announced the new Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council (RFLC), a first-of-its-kind national network of state legislators committed to embracing leadership on reproductive rights. State capitals have been central to the fight over reproductive freedom […]

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The Nation: The 2017 Progressive Honor Roll

January 05, 2018

In October 2017, SiX helped seven female legislators come together to write a joint op-ed for TIME about their experiences dealing with sexual harassment in state capitols across the country. Each of the seven women helped kick-start #MeToo conversations about harassment in their home states. In December 2017, The Nation named these women the country’s […]

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NBC News: States, cities shame Congress by banning rapid-fire ‘bump stocks’

November 27, 2017

“After the Las Vegas shooting, several New York lawmakers introduced bills to explicitly outlaw the devices, and legislators in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Vermont, Hawaii, Maine and South Carolina are planning to introduce similar proposals in early 2018, according to the State Innovation Exchange, which tracks progressive state legislation. “‘Given continued Congressional inaction, it makes sense that states are taking the […]

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TIME: These 7 Lawmakers Want to Turn #MeToo Into Real Policy

November 02, 2017

KEY POINT: “It’s apparent that leadership to address sexual violence and harassment will not come from the federal level under the current administration. But in the states, there are concrete steps we can take to support survivors, hold offenders accountable, and prevent this behavior in the first place.” By Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, South Carolina; Rep. Daneya Esgar, […]

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NBC News: Divided Democrats Seek Answers to Trump in the States

“Progressive state legislators are trying to counter President Donald Trump — by taking a page out of the conservative playbook. “A group called the State Innovation Exchange (SIX) is raising its profile to lead efforts in Statehouses around the country, supporting lawmakers in advancing progressive policies and beating back Trump-influenced agendas locally. Formed in late […]

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ICYMI: State Legislators Discuss Moving Beyond Resistance at the 2017 #SiXConference

October 17, 2017

HBO’s “Vice News Tonight” profiled State Innovation Exchange and SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod in episode that aired Oct. 12, 2017. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, more than 500 state legislators and progressive leaders gathered for the State Innovation Exchange’s 2017 SiX Legislator Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., where SiX Executive Director Nick […]

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Leading Progressives Gather in Washington to Map Out Strategies to #Resist Trump and Conservative Federal Agenda

October 02, 2017

Symone Sanders, Ilyse Hogue, Karine Jean-Pierre Join Progressive Legislators for Panel to be Held During Fourth Annual SiX Legislator Conference WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over 500 progressive legislators and legislative staff from around the country will gather in Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 9 to discuss and map out a strategy to confront President Trump’s agenda. The panel […]

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NBC News: Cities Have a Good Idea? Not Unless the State Says So.

“Thirty-four states have Republican governors, and the GOP in 25 of those states controls both chambers of the Legislature, which can make things difficult for cities, which skew ‘younger, more diverse, more progressive, more affluent,’ said Sam Munger, the director for strategic engagement at SIX, the State Innovation Exchange. “‘It sets up a fight like […]

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Graham-Cassidy Bill Failure Grants Reprieve to States

September 27, 2017

The State Innovation Exchange (SiX) will host a discussion on “State Health Care Policy Making: Protecting What We’ve Built and Seizing Opportunities for Progress” at the SiX Legislator Conference in Washington D.C. on Monday Oct. 9, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Executive Director Nick Rathod released the following statement on the withdrawal of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which […]

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SiX Bringing Together Over 500 Progressive State Leaders to Stop Trump Agenda During 4th Annual Legislator Conference – Washington, D.C. Oct. 8-10

September 26, 2017

Health care, immigration, education, energy, economic inequality, racial justice, reproductive justice among key discussion topics during largest gathering of progressive state leaders in D.C. since Trump’s inauguration. WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 500 progressive state legislators and legislative staff from across the nation will gather in Washington, D.C. as part of the State Innovation Exchange’s […]

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Governing: As Protests Escalate Under Trump, States Seek New Ways to Deter Them

September 21, 2017

“Zerwas’ bill is part of a national trend. Roughly 20 states are considering new regulations and penalties regarding protests. New laws have been enacted this year in a handful of states, including Georgia, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Some increase penalties for picketing near ‘critical infrastructure,’ such as pipelines and airports. Some call for protesters […]

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SiX Statement on Trump’s Decision to End DACA

September 05, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On September 5th, 2017, State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Executive Director Nick Rathod released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “President Trump’s decision to end DACA is cruel, heartless, and ill-conceived. There is no good rationale for tearing apart families and stripping 800,000 young people […]

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CNN: 5 questions for Democrats as Congress returns

“So how do Democrats break through? “Nick Rathod, executive director of the State Innovation Exchange and an Obama White House veteran, pointed to the ‘Fight for $15,’ a union-backed grass-roots push to raise the minimum wage, as an example of how the party can pick up steam despite its deficit in Washington. “‘Congress is in […]

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USA Today – Report: ‘Anti-protester’ bills gain traction in state legislatures

August 29, 2017

“Republican legislators in 20 U.S. statehouses have proposed — and six legislatures approved — new restrictions on the right to assemble and protest so far this year, according to a new report by the Democrat-aligned State Innovation Exchange. “‘These bills would create a new set of crimes, significantly harsher penalties, and costly fines that could apply broadly to anyone […]

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SiX Releases 2017 End-of-Session Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On August 29, 2017, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) released its 2017 End-of-Session Report. You can read the full report here. Every year SiX releases a report examining major legislation and trends that emerged in state capitols across the country during the most recent legislative session. The 2017 report is by no means exhaustive, but it details […]

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SiX Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Pardon Joe Arpaio

August 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Executive Director Nick Rathod released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to issue a presidential pardon to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt earlier this year in a racial profiling case, in which he was accused […]

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Rewire: Don’t Leave Out Abortion Rights When Rebuilding State Power

August 11, 2017

“Over the past several years, the country has seen a steady drumbeat of bad news out of state capitols when it comes to reproductive health and rights. That trend continued in 2017, as conservatives possessed historic control over state legislative chambers nationwide. “The good news: There’s now widespread recognition of the power of states and the need to channel resistance efforts toward […]

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SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod to Lead “States Resisting” Panel at Netroots Nation 2017

August 09, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—On Thursday, August 10, 2017, State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Executive Director Nick Rathod will lead a panel of progressive state legislators at Netroots Nation’s annual conference in Atlanta to discuss how states can lead resistance efforts against the Trump administration’s regressive agenda. For decades, conservatives—backed by corporate special interests—have invested massive resources to cement power in […]

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SiX Statement on Failure of ACA Repeal Efforts

July 28, 2017

In response to Senate Republicans’ recent failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Executive Director Nick Rathod released the following statement: “I had the honor of working on the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act when I served President Obama in the White House. One of the roles I had […]

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Philanthropy Women: This Health Foundation is Investing in BIRTHRIGHT, a Critical Public Health Film for Women

July 26, 2017

“Kelly Baden saw the film at the partnering organization, Center for Reproductive Rights. Thirteen partnering organizations, listed in the Take Action pulldown, are the initial core outreach network. Baden is now in a brand new position as the first Director of Reproductive Rights of State Innovation Exchange, a national resource and strategy hub for advancing and defending progressive policies at […]

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Rewire: Automatic Voter Registration Could Strengthen Election Security. Do Republicans Care?

“As the nonpartisan law and policy organization Brennan Center for Justice explained in an analysis on automatic voter registration policy, the voting reform registers eligible U.S. citizens to vote upon interaction with government agencies unless they decline, and those agencies then send voter registration information to election officials. ‘These two changes create a seamless process […]

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The Hill — Dems: Don’t despair over Ossoff, invest more in state races

June 27, 2017

“In the aftermath of Jon Ossoff’s loss Tuesday in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, we’ve seen no shortage of panic and pontification about the dark times ahead for the Democratic Party. While a number of fair points have been made, the reality is that progressives are having the wrong conversation about the path forward. […]

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State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Responds to House Vote to Take Health Care Coverage Away From Millions of Americans

May 04, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, after a narrow majority of the House voted to take health care coverage away from millions of Americans, State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Executive Director Nick Rathod issued the following statement: “Let’s be clear about how the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—or Trumpcare—will actually impact hardworking families across the country. It will rip health […]

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Huffington Post: Republican Governors Keep Vetoing Legislation That Would Make Voting Easier

April 07, 2017

“Of all the possible reforms meant to increase voter registration and participation, few have taken off in the past three years as dramatically as automatic voter registration. Since 2015, six states and the District of Columbia have enacted automatic voter registration. Oregon’s state legislature approved it first, followed by California’s just seven months later. In […]

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POLITICO: Special elections spark Democratic hopes

March 07, 2017

“’There was a lot of attention put on [the Delaware race] because Joe Biden and a lot of other people got in on it, but what made the difference was the get-out-the-vote operation driven by volunteers getting out there and mobilizing the base. So to me that means there is an energy, people want to […]

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New York Times: State G.O.P. Leaders Move Swiftly as Party Bickers in Congress

February 11, 2017

“‘Progressives cannot afford to forget about what’s happening in our backyards,” said Nick Rathod, executive director of the State Innovation Exchange, a Colorado-based liberal group focused on state legislatures. ‘Some of it is even more egregious than what is currently happening in Washington, D.C.’” Click here to read the full article. 

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In These Times: How the Left’s Long March Back Will Begin in the States

February 06, 2017

“Most state legislatures don’t meet year-round, and many legislators have other, full-time jobs. ‘The rule is that they meet for a few months of they year and get paid a pittance,’ says Sam Munger, SiX’s director of strategic engagement. ‘They have other jobs and little or no staff. That’s one thing that ALEC has really […]

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POLITICO: North Carolina Went Red in 2016. But Can It Be a Model for Democrats?

February 04, 2017

“Still, national progressive leaders are taking notice. The Moral Monday method is ‘a model we think is effective and want to replicate in state capitals around the country,’ says Nick Rathod, the executive director of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a national organization that works to advance progressive causes at the state level. Rathod and […]

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Washington Post: Democratic donors plot the future — out-thinking the right

January 21, 2017

“Some of the groups pitching donors in Florida, such as the State Innovation Exchange and Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee, had overlapping pitches — donate to help Democrats win low-profile state races, undo gerrymandering and build a bench for future races. “‘How is it that we don’t have anyone else to run for Senate […]

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POLITICO: Top Democratic donors urged to invest more at state level

January 20, 2017

“Nick Rathod, executive director of the State Innovation Exchange, is slated to pitch them on a new round of investment in the progressive group that aims to rebuild the party from the ground up by focusing on state legislatures — a strategy adopted by Republicans a decade ago. “Speaking before a panel featuring three prominent […]

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Bloomberg: Democrats Want to Revive Obama’s Overtime Rule State by State

January 13, 2017

“Democrats in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, Wisconsin and Michigan said they plan to introduce bills modeled on Obama’s reform, which would have made millions more white-collar workers eligible for overtime. More are likely to follow, said Sam Munger, a senior adviser for  the State Innovation Exchange, which promotes progressive legislation.” Click here to view the […]

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NPR: Interview with SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod

December 30, 2016

SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod recently sat down with National Public Radio to discuss SiX’s work and how state lawmakers can lead the progressive resistance to President-elect Trump and his conservative allies in Congress. You can listen to the full interview here.

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Daily Kos: The resistance – State Innovation Exchange provides a progressive economic blueprint for legislators

December 12, 2016

“A 2-year-old organization called the State Innovation Exchange could help progressives push a progressive agenda even amid the grim prospect of ultra-right domination now being unrolled by Donald Trump’s transition team. One of its big projects: Turning its Progressive Economic Blueprint for the States into reality. But, like other left-of-center projects, SiX, as it’s known by acronym, faces […]

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Huffington Post: Eric Holder To Lead Democrats’ New Redistricting Effort

December 10, 2016

“Former Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that he will be the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a new organization meant to act as a hub for Democratic Party efforts to gain control of the next redistricting process. “The announcement was made at the annual State Innovation Exchange conference in Washington, D.C. The […]

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The Hill: Dems at state, local level plot resistance to Trump

December 08, 2016

“Democratic state legislators and city council members are planning widespread resistance to efforts by President-elect Donald Trump to crack down on undocumented immigrants and reform labor laws. “Trump has promised to deport millions of immigrants with criminal records, and labor leaders are worried that the new administration will be an impediment to efforts to boost […]

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State Lawmakers Announce Plan to Counter Trump Administration in First 100 Days

December 06, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) joined more than 400 state lawmakers and other political leaders in releasing the Progressive Economic Blueprint for the States – a 100-day vision for state legislative action to spur economic growth and prosperity for middle- and working-class families. The blueprint, which was announced at the end […]

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Pelosi, Warren, Holder, Booker Urge State Legislators and Progressive Leaders to Take Fight to the States

December 05, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, with more than 400 state legislators and progressive leaders gathered together for the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) 2016 National Conference, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on lawmakers to take the fight to the states and […]

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The Hill: What’s the economic plan for the American worker in 2017?

December 04, 2016

“If the results of the 2016 election tell us anything, it’s that working- and middle-class families are fed up. They are tired of an economy where average Americans struggle to provide for their families, while corporate CEOs and billionaires keep getting new tax breaks. “They are tired of the lack of good jobs, stagnant wages, […]

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