Sunday, December 07, 2014


(h/t Jay Ackroyd)
LIberals have decided that it's time to give ALEC some competition:
Welcome to the State Innovation Exchange.
The State Innovation Exchange, SiX, is a new state focused “action tank” that combines the resources of three, previously independent state policy non-profits—the Progressive States Network (PSN); the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE); and the Center for State Innovation (CSI). SiX’s mission is to look beyond Washington interests to create and maintain a policy, communications, and political infrastructure focused on states and communities across the country and aimed at achieving long-term progressive policy gains. The ultimate goal of SiX is to construct an institution that will help to change the frame through which Americans see and discuss progressive issues.
The midterm elections only underscored the power deficit that progressives have at the state level. Conservatives now control nearly two-thirds of the legislatures and governorships across the country. They also have assembled an efficient network of organizations that has proven its ability to move laws that promote rollbacks in environmental and labor protections, restrictions on corporate liability, limitations on democratic funding of elections, and the privatization of an ever-widening range of public services. SiX plans to aggressively change this power dynamic and move a progressive agenda in the states that works for people, not corporations.

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