As state legislators grow increasingly opposed to an Iraq war that is stretching and weakening the National Guard and draining desperately needed funds at home, activists and legislators are launching a 50-state legislative response to stop President Bush's Iraq escalation plan.
On Wednesday, the Progressive States Network, MoveOn, Women Legislators' Lobby, Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, and Sen.
Meanwhile, the group Progressive States Network planned a conference call on Wednesday with state legislators to try to start a grassroots campaign opposing the president's troop buildup plan.
"States have the power and authority to speak out on issues that will impact them and their citizens," Steve Doherty and David Sirota, chairmen of the group, said in a statement.
The influential Web-based pressure group MoveOn.org is urging citizens to write their state lawmakers as well.
Originally Published November 27, 2006
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.
Originally Published August 22, 2006
by Susan Gallagher
HELENA, Mont. - Montana's attorney general defended state employees Tuesday in the wake of an anti-union advertising campaign, and a pro-union group challenged claims that the ads are unrelated to upcoming ballot measures in several states.
The advertising insults state employees and demeans their work, said Attorney General Mike McGrath, who heads the Montana Department of Justice.
by Peter Marcus
Denver Daily News
August 22, 2006
Over 200 people gathered with state and local leaders yesterday at the RTD Market Street station to encourage Wal-Mart to provide affordable health care, living wage and protect American jobs.
The so-called 2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America bus tour stopped in Denver as part of a national tour stopping in 19 states and 35 cities in 35 days.
by Pamela Prah
Originally published by Stateline.org
Monday, July 17, 2006
Property tax cuts are poised to play a major role in Montana elections this fall, but not in a way some might think. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), who doesn’t face re-election this year, is using a property tax rebate proposal to fight a “Stop Over Spending”?
Funding for the planning phase and outreach efforts in support of a proposed charter school here came from politically conservative organizations that support vouchers and charter schools.
The founders of the proposed Wind River Community School, however, don't appear to fit the profile of the national charter school movement.
"We do not support vouchers," said Rachael Price, presid
by Sam Rosenfeld
Originally published in The American ProspectMay 3, 2006
“We’re going to support the whole continuum of vote by mail,”? says [political consultant Adam] Smith, “from no excuse permanent absentee registration, to county option vote by mail, to statewide vote by mail.
Congressional Quarterly Weekly
by Shawn Zeller
Originally Published April 14, 2006:
The stolidly liberal legislature of Massachusetts appeared to be playing entirely to type when it passed its landmark legislation to make the state the
first in the nation to provide medical coverage to virtually all its citizens.
But some liberals are rushing to denounce the plan. "This is being sold as achieving universal coverage," says Nathan Newman, policy director for the Progressive Legislative Action Network.