Washingtons reform movement has stalled and Congress is poised to adopt weak, shallow legislation. The states are a different story, explains Progressive States Executive Director Joel Barkin. New Hampshire has adopted far-reaching ethics legislation. Connecticut has followed the lead of Arizona and Maine and adopted public financing of campaigns. Across America, legislators and state-based organizations are leading the fight for cleaner government.
Sirotas new book Hostile Takeover is an in-depth account of corruption ingrained in Americas political system complete with specific policies lawmakers can pursue to put control of government back where it belongs with the people.
Representative Smith took an active part in establishing Maines clean elections system, has used it to win election and re-election, and was a vocal advocate for Connecticuts recent establishment of a similar program.
The "Cleaning Up Our States" Conference will take place in Concord, NH, on May 15 at 11:30 AM. The event is co-sponsored by the Progressive States Network (formerly PLAN), Americans for Campaign Reform, the Center for American Progress, Common Cause, Democracy for New Hampshire, MoveOn.org Civic Action, NH PIRG, New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, and Public Campaign.
The Progressive States Network was established in 2005 to help coordinate and advance the progressive agenda at the state level. It recently changed its name from PLAN.