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Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:55 PM

Georgia lawmaker quits ALEC, calls it ‘radical’ group with ‘dangerous agenda’

Source: Raw Story

A state senator from Georgia, Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) has left the American Legislative Exchange Council, the controversial legislative organization better known as ALEC. In a statement to the citizens’ action group Better Georgia, Orrock denounced the group, calling it “radical,” “dangerous” and accused it of “impeding democracy.”

“As a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council for several years, having joined ALEC with the primary goal of better understanding the corporate-dominated organization, I know first-hand that ALEC is not the innocuous organization it claims to be,” Orrock said.

Recently advocacy groups like Color of Change have brought pressure to bear on ALEC over its alleged efforts to disenfranchise minority voters, as well as its sponsorship of gun laws like Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” rule. ”Stand Your Ground” was cited by one of the early defense teams representing George Zimmerman, who gunned down unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sandord, Florida in February.

“ALEC is underwritten by corporate dollars to push corporate financial interests that disadvantage middle-class and working families,” said Sen. Orrock, “This group enrolls state legislators to promote its radical legislation in state after state, creating the false illusion of public support for its dangerous agenda. ALEC promotes legislation that suppresses voter participation, undermines state budgets and services, and impedes democracy.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/17/georgia-lawmaker-quits-alec-calls-it-radical-group-with-dangerous-agenda/

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Reply Georgia lawmaker quits ALEC, calls it ‘radical’ group with ‘dangerous agenda’ (Original post)
IDemo Apr 2012 OP
benld74 Apr 2012 #1
loudsue Apr 2012 #9
HooptieWagon Apr 2012 #2
msongs Apr 2012 #3
proud2BlibKansan Apr 2012 #4
Turbineguy Apr 2012 #5
KT2000 Apr 2012 #6
EC Apr 2012 #7
SemperEadem Apr 2012 #8

Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 12:59 PM

1. And you were a member for HOW LONG before finding this out Sir?

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Response to benld74 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 05:04 PM

9. It's not a sir, it's a madam. n/t

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 01:03 PM

2. Translation:

"I enjoyed cashing their checks until the public found out"

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 01:19 PM

3. another democrat in name only DINO nt

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 01:21 PM

4. Second Democrat to quit in a week

I'm calling foul on both since several Democratic state officials I know have told me Democrats are not welcome to join ALEC. One told me she paid, traveled to the conference and was not allowed in.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 01:37 PM

5. Dangerous agenda?

Shoot outs, poverty, disenfranchisement, destruction of democracy, encroachment of the police state? What's so dangerous about that?

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 01:51 PM

6. WA legislator quit too

Kevin Van de Wege, D-WA, quit a few days ago as well. He said he joined to learn what they were about. I believe him because he is strong on Democratic policies - especially strong union.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 02:59 PM

7. If she knew they were not the "innocuous organization it claims to be"

why didn't she quit before now? Why would a Dem join an organization filled with repubs?

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 03:12 PM

8. NOW, they're radical? They've always been radical

but until it no longer suited your re-election purposes, you were happy to ride along.

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