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Major Conference to Highlight States’ Anti-Corruption Efforts

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Helena, MT Author David Sirota, Maine Representative Nancy Smith, New Hampshire Senator Lou D 'Allesandro, and New Hampshire Representative Jim Craig and other elected officials are slated to speak at an upcoming conference in Concord, NH, devoted to highlighting state strategies to fight corruption in government.

"Washington 's 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. "

Sirota 's new book Hostile Takeover is an in-depth account of corruption ingrained in America 's 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 Maine 's clean elections system, has used it to win election and re-election, and was a vocal advocate for Connecticut 's recent establishment of a similar program.

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In addition to Smith and Sirota, panels will feature an impressive array of experienced legislators and successful advocates. Panelists include New Hampshire State Senator Lou D 'Allesandro, State Representative Jim Craig, John Rauh of Americans for Campaign Reform, and representatives from the Progressive State Network, the Center for American Progress, Public Campaign, and Connecticut Common Cause.

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.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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