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

September 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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POLITICO: Special elections spark Democratic hopes

March 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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The Star-Ledger: Booker gives pep talk to progressives in wake of Trump win

December 2016

“Following an election that increased Republican control of state and federal government, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker delivered a pep talk to a group of progressive legislators gathering in the nation’s capital. “Known as SiX, the group is designed as a progressive alternative to the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, which championed voter-identification laws that federal courts have said discriminate against […]

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New York Times: States’ Right for the Left

“And the State Innovation Exchange, a progressive organization based in Madison, Wis., predicted that ‘for the foreseeable future, our nation’s state legislatures will provide one of the only consistent places where advancing progressive policy reforms is possible.’” Click here to view the full piece. 

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Washington Post: Taking It to the States

November 2016

“‘The states will be the place where we can provide a proactive, positive vision of what progressive governance can look like,’ says Nick Rathod, executive director of the State Innovation Exchange, or SiX, which pushes progressive policies at the state level. ‘If you get out of D.C. and actually listen to people, establish policies that […]

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In Wake of Devastating 2016 Election, State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Calls on Progressives to Focus on State-Based Strategy

November 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, following the results of the 2016 election, State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Executive Director Nick Rathod released the following statement: “The rise and ultimate success of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy have shocked most of the country. For those of us who have spent our careers in state politics and advocacy, we know that in […]

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State Innovation Exchange Releases 2016 End-of-Session Report

July 2016

DENVER – The State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a national resource and strategy center supporting efforts to advance progressive policies at the state level, released its 2016 End-of-Session Legislative Report, underscoring the stark contrast between progressives and conservatives on key issues being tackled this year in state legislatures across the country.

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In Recognition of Equal Pay Day, State Innovation Exchange Points to Unprecedented Momentum in the States for Closing the Wage Gap

April 2016

DENVER – In acknowledgment of Equal Pay Day, which marks the day this year when a working woman’s pay finally catches up to what men earned last year, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) – a resource and strategy center that supports legislators in advancing progressive policies at the state level – released the following statement from SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod:

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Statement on Vermont Gov. Shumlin Signing Automatic Voter Registration Bill into Law

April 2016

DENVER — Today, Vermont became the fourth state with a secure automatic voter registration process on its books. The new law, which passed Vermont’s three-party legislature with nearly unanimous support, modernizes Vermont’s current voter registration system by automatically registering eligible Vermonters when they apply for or renew their driver’s license or another state-issued ID.

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SiX Lauds Maryland House Passage of Earned Sick Days Bill

April 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a resource and strategy center that supports legislators in advancing progressive policies at the state level, released the following statement today from SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod on the passage of earned sick days legislation by the Maryland House of Delegates:

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State Innovation Exchange Hires Advocacy Expert, Former DNC Speechwriter Jon Monteith as Communications Director

March 2016

DENVER – The State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a resource and strategy center devoted to advancing progressive policies and building progressive power in the states, announced today that it has brought on Jon Monteith, a former Democratic National Committee speechwriter who has led progressive advocacy work at both the state and national level, as its communications director.

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Passage of Automatic Voter Registration in California, Renewable Energy and Equal Pay Laws Round Out a Year of Strong Progressive State Policy Victories

December 2015

DENVER – As we close out 2015, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) has updated our year-end review of the top progressive policies from state legislatures this year. In August, SiX released an earlier version of this review highlighting key economic, environmental, civil rights, and public safety policies that round out the progressive agenda.

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SiX Releases Top 10 Progressive Policies from State Legislatures in 2015

August 2015

SEATTLE – With most state legislative sessions now wrapped up for 2015 and thousands of legislators gathered in Seattle for the annual National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) released its first-ever review of the top progressive policies passed in the states this year. The results may not be what you expect.

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