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"Pass Comprehensive Health Care Reform," Urge Legislative Leaders; Denounce ALEC & State Legislators Trying to Block Reform

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As Congress debates the last steps needed to pass historic comprehensive health care reform, state legislators around the country have sent a letter to President Obama and Congress to urge them to complete the process and pass the health care reforms needed by the American people. The letter below, written on behalf of over 1000 legislators organized by the Progressive States Network in support of comprehensive reforms, urges that any compromises between the Senate and House use the majority vote process of reconciliation to circumvent obstruction through the use of a filibuster.

1,000+ Legislators Sign Historic Climate Change Letter

As of today, 1,198 state legislators from 49 states have signed a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress in support of clean energy legislation that strengthens national security, promotes clean energy technologies and sustainable jobs, and addresses the impacts of climate change.

PSN's Legislative Leadership Retreat: Policy and Organizing for 2010

Last week in Detroit, state legislators and key organizational allies of Progressive States Network came together at our annual Legislative Leadership Retreat to plan our legislative work for 2010.  Recognizing both the challenges and opportunities facing progressives in the present economic and political environment, participants planned an ambitious policy and outreach strategy for the coming year.  Held in conjunction with the Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN) annual conference of policy organizations, the event was a chance to discuss how progressive legislators could work more effectively with each other and with organizational allies.  The event was a chance to celebrate the achievements of Progressive States Network and its progressive legislators and organizational allies, while planning for an even more successful future for the Network.

PSN Leaders in D.C. Highlight State Voices on Health Care Reform Debate

Last Wednesday, Progressive States Network brought state legislative and advocate leaders to Washington, D.C. to meet with the White House and Capitol Hill leaders to promote comprehensive national health care reform.   PSN's delegation brought with them a letter, signed by over 700 state legislators from 48 states, which demanded federal health care reform that includes the choice of a public health insurance plan, strong affordability protections, and shared employer responsibility for health care costs. 

Kicking off PSN Profiles: A Video Series

Starting this week, PSN will begin a weekly series of video profiles of key members of our network from across the country. In these PSN Profiles, we hope to put a face on the multitude of state leaders who work tirelessly -- often with little reward or recognition on the national stage -- to lay the groundwork for a lasting American progressive majority.

Inside PSN: 1st Annual Legislative Leadership Retreat

From December 8-10th, over 50 legislators from 26 states joined the Progressive States Network at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas for its first annual Legislative Leadership Retreat. These fifty legislators met with key advocacy allies to discuss both policy and legislative strategy for the 2009 legislative sessions. The retreat was held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Economic Research and Analysis Network (EARN) to strengthen the state progressive movement at this key point in history.

Progressive States Network Announces New Interim Executive Director

PSN announced today that its longtime Policy Director Nathan Newman will take over as the organization's Interim Executive Director. He will replace outgoing Executive Director and PSN Co-Founder Joel Barkin, who will become Deputy Secretary of State for Public Affairs in the office of New York Secretary of State Lorraine A. Cortes-Vazquez.

Progressive States Network Welcomes New Co-Chair, New Board Members

Today, PSN proudly announces a new Co-Chair and new members for its Board of Directors. Longtime PSN board member Representative Garnett Coleman of Houston, Texas will take up the position of Co-Chair alongside PSN Founding Co-Chair David Sirota. Wisconsin Senator Spencer Coggs, Maryland Delegate Tom Hucker, Georgia Senator Nan Orrock, Arizona Delegate Kyrsten Sinema, and Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott will all take on new roles as PSN board members.

Building a Progressive Majority in the States, 2008

On Monday, July 22nd, over one hundred and fifty state legislators, labor leaders, and advocates participated in "Building a Progressive Majority in the States," a joint annual meeting of the Progressive States Network and the National Labor Caucus.  Taking a cue from the opening plenary on progressive policies for an economic downturn, the conference focused on strategies for confronting the most important issues facing America's working families, including affordable health care, smart immigration policy, workers' rights, green jobs, clean energy, and tax and budget reform.  To address these issues in more depth, PSN policy experts joined state legislative leaders in smaller workshops that gave participants a chance to share best practices and model legislation while developinglegislative priorities and winning strategies for 2009.

Inside PSN: The 2008 Progressive States Network Annual Gala

Last Wednesday, the Progressive States Network played host to national luminaries and state leaders from all over the country to celebrate the many victories achieved by the organization and its allies in the most recent  legislative session, and to build momentum for new victories in the coming year.