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A Progressive Beat

Originally Published November 27, 2006 TheNation.com by Katrina vanden Heuvel
Matt Singer, Communications Director for the Progressive States Network, also sees progressives addressing the need to transition to offense. "A lot of what we are doing, conservatives have been doing for 30 years with more resources," he says. "But we are on the ball now and things are happening quickly." The Progressive States Network works with legislators, organizations, and think tanks across the country to craft new initiatives, develop coordination between legislators and advocates, and make sure "we're not reinventing the wheel in all fifty states." In terms of strategy, Singer says progressives are much more savvy about choosing headline issues such as the minimum wage to lead campaigns for change. They strive to focus on policies that will change the way coalitions work in the United States (like same day voter registration and union card check legislation). And progressives don't shy away from wedge issues that fragment the opposition. "There are a lot of good ideas out there," Singer says. "We just have to get them into the hands of the policymakers and help them win."
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