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349. The Nation SERIES (continues) - The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor August 2, 2011
... Great piece on a hot ALEC topic, prisons for profit.

This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. John Nichols introduces the SERIES (Main Page):
http://www.thenation.com/article/161978/alec-exposed

The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor
Mike Elk and Bob Sloan
http://www.thenation.com/article/162478/hidden-history-...

CLIPS:
"... prison labor for the private sector was legally barred for years, to avoid unfair competition with private companies. But this has changed thanks to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), its Prison Industries Act, and a little-known federal program known as PIE (the Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program). While
much has been written about prison labor in the past several years, these forces, which have driven its expansion, remain largely unknown. (Para) Somewhat more familiar is ALECs instrumental role in the explosion of the US prison population in the past few decades. ALEC helped pioneer some of the toughest sentencing laws on the books today, like mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders, three strikes laws, and truth in sentencing laws."

"An In These Times investigation last summer revealed that ALEC arranged secret meetings between Arizonas state legislators and CCA to draft what became SB 1070, Arizonas notorious immigration law, to keep CCA prisons flush with immigrant detainees. ALEC has proven expertly capable of devising endless ways to help private corporations benefit from the countrys massive prison population. (Para) That mass incarceration would create a huge captive workforce was anticipated long before the US prison population reached its peakand at a time when the concept of rehabilitation was still considered part of the mission of prisons."


One of the authors is a 'DK Exposing ALEC' user group founder:
http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Exposing%20ALEC
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  -ALEC: Bringing the vast rightwing corporate conspiracy to a legislature near you highplainsdem  Mar-08-11 11:40 PM   #0 
  - big K & R  glinda   Mar-08-11 11:46 PM   #1 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 10:26 AM   #22 
  - Maybe you need to re-title this. It needs to be read.  glinda   Mar-08-11 11:56 PM   #2 
  - Maybe it's the title, but I think it's just really late. Not that many DUers online.  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 12:01 AM   #3 
  - How about something like this, if it needs a new title?  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 12:09 AM   #4 
     - How about:  glinda   Mar-09-11 12:13 AM   #6 
     - American Legislative Exchange Council:  Aerows   Mar-09-11 12:16 AM   #8 
  - K & R - it's important n/t  Aerows   Mar-09-11 12:12 AM   #5 
  - Are U a sag? I have problems with them aiming their arrows at my butt. lol.  glinda   Mar-09-11 12:19 AM   #9 
  - Thanks for the rec!  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 04:19 PM   #59 
  - If it doesn't get enough rec's then repost it. That site is scary!  glinda   Mar-09-11 12:14 AM   #7 
  - Yes, this group is very scary.  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 12:22 AM   #10 
  - K&R'd.  snot   Mar-09-11 12:32 AM   #11 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 12:46 AM   #12 
  - jaw dropping..  2banon   Mar-09-11 01:10 AM   #13 
  - Agree completely. It IS jaw-dropping, and it really does explain a lot.  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 10:15 AM   #21 
  - almost forgot! K&R'd n/t  2banon   Mar-09-11 01:12 AM   #14 
  - Thank you!  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 04:39 PM   #60 
     - no, thank you!  2banon   Mar-10-11 10:06 AM   #65 
  - more crooks than we can shake a stick at  Generic Other   Mar-09-11 07:27 AM   #15 
  - True.  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 08:02 PM   #62 
  - KO mentioned ALEC on Countdown on January 4. Link:  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 08:45 AM   #16 
  - Rachel talked about ALEC legislation designed to make it harder to vote, on her March 10 show. Link  highplainsdem   May-18-11 05:44 AM   #296 
  - Fortune: The big political player you've never heard of (ALEC has CHARITY status!)  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 08:56 AM   #17 
  - There's a Facebook page for ALEC -- and the Wall posts have been removed.  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 09:07 AM   #18 
  - Miles Mogulescu article on ALEC at HuffPo:  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 10:00 AM   #19 
  - Bookmarked, k&r  Dappleganger   Mar-09-11 10:01 AM   #20 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 09:38 PM   #64 
  - There's also a heavy climate change denial aspect  starroute   Mar-09-11 10:26 AM   #23 
  - Here's another good source of information  starroute   Mar-09-11 10:42 AM   #24 
     - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 11:12 AM   #27 
  - There's an ALECWatch website:  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 10:50 AM   #25 
  - Ah the membership roLLS  Generic Other   Mar-26-11 11:09 AM   #147 
  - NRDC/Defenders of Wildlife report: "Corporate America's Trojan Horse in the States"  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 10:58 AM   #26 
  - Part of the problem lies in the limitations of state legislators  starroute   Mar-09-11 12:22 PM   #28 
  - I agree that's part of the problem. As I said, I started wondering about this legislative blitz  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 12:31 PM   #31 
  - ALEC is even involved in the bail bond business keeping our jails stuffed with inmates  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 12:26 PM   #29 
  - ALEC is behind the "Health Care Freedom" Act that just passed in Tennessee  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 12:29 PM   #30 
  - thank you for this....  Blue_Tires   Mar-09-11 12:38 PM   #32 
  - not coming to my legislature. I live in the people's republic of Vermont  cali   Mar-09-11 12:43 PM   #33 
  - Don't get too complacent  starroute   Mar-09-11 01:36 PM   #37 
     - lol The Vermont Senate is composed of 30 members. 20 are dems, 2 are progs  cali   Mar-09-11 02:29 PM   #43 
        - Maybe I'm just being paranoid  starroute   Mar-09-11 03:39 PM   #54 
           - I don't know how to explain this  cali   Mar-09-11 08:05 PM   #63 
  - ALEC's involvement with private prisons in Arizona:  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 01:26 PM   #34 
  - Ohio Gov. Kasich, longtime ALEC member, wants to sell 5 state prisons to private operators  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 01:29 PM   #35 
  - That link on the ALEC website:  highplainsdem   Mar-13-11 03:46 PM   #97 
  - kr  Hannah Bell   Mar-09-11 01:34 PM   #36 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 10:56 AM   #66 
  - ALEC is behind the plan to replace federal health care in Texas with an interstate compact  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 01:50 PM   #38 
  - More news articles on this effort and how it's going national:  highplainsdem   Mar-22-11 11:15 AM   #127 
  - ALEC was behind the phony GOP numbers about RI's public employees being the 4th highest paid in US  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 01:54 PM   #39 
  - 2010 Amer. Assn for Justice report -- "ALEC: Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America"  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 02:09 PM   #40 
  - Former WI Governor Tommy Thompson, quoted in that report, on "disguising" ALEC bills:  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 02:16 PM   #41 
  - ThinkProgress names ALEC as one of David Koch's front groups supporting Scott Walker:  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 02:29 PM   #42 
  - Virginia state legislation direct from ALEC:  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 02:43 PM   #44 
  - ALEC trying to block federal health care in Idaho:  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 02:45 PM   #45 
  - ALEC behind RW plans for states to use eminent domain to seize federal lands  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 02:51 PM   #46 
  - ALEC behind rightwing legislation for prison reform in Maryland  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 02:56 PM   #47 
  - ALEC mentioned in Bangor article on possible outside influences on GOP attack on unions in Maine  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 03:02 PM   #48 
  - K & R Thanks for the heads-up. I never heard of this group before,  Raksha   Mar-09-11 03:04 PM   #49 
  - Private prison firms and ALEC behind Georgia's Illegal Immigration Reform bill?  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 03:24 PM   #50 
  - ALEC press release applauding Wyoming for a state resolution calling on Congress to curb the EPA  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 03:26 PM   #51 
  - ALEC congratulates NC for being 1st state to pass bill modeled on ALEC's "health freedom" bill  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 03:35 PM   #52 
  - K&R  Hell Hath No Fury   Mar-09-11 03:37 PM   #53 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 01:43 PM   #67 
  - The Nation has been writing about them for several years.  Fuddnik   Mar-09-11 03:44 PM   #55 
  - ALEC working with for-profit college industry lobbyists to block Obama admin regulations  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 03:44 PM   #56 
  - ALEC working with groups wanting to give states veto power over Congress  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 03:47 PM   #57 
  - ALEC involved with West Virginia legislation to block the EPA  highplainsdem   Mar-09-11 03:50 PM   #58 
  - Here's the link for that:  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 11:18 PM   #74 
  - K&R!  One Voice   Mar-09-11 07:42 PM   #61 
  - Thanks for the rec, and you're welcome!  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 02:18 PM   #68 
  - K&R  drm604   Mar-10-11 02:41 PM   #69 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Mar-11-11 02:26 PM   #85 
  - ALEC behind propsed resolution in Washington state legislature urging Congress to pass Korea-US FTA  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 04:51 PM   #70 
  - Sounds like the Florida League of Cities.  The Backlash Cometh   Mar-10-11 09:02 PM   #71 
  - The Washington Independent, 10/12/10: The Secret World of ALECs Hacks  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 10:02 PM   #72 
  - NPR, 10/29/10: Shaping State Laws With Little Scrutiny  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 11:05 PM   #73 
  - Powerful Energy Lobbying Group ALEC Writing Anti-Climate Legislation in 16 States (March 2010)  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 11:23 PM   #75 
  - ALEC Public Affairs Coordinator mocked widow of Massey mine disaster victim on Twitter  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 11:37 PM   #76 
  - Joshua Holland, AlterNet, 2005: Creating a Right-Wing Nation, State by State  highplainsdem   Mar-10-11 11:58 PM   #77 
  - Dave Weigel, Slate, Dec. 2010: ALEC: The Libertarian Powerhouse that No One Covers  highplainsdem   Mar-11-11 12:08 AM   #78 
  - Another NPR story on ALEC's role in the Arizona immigration law  highplainsdem   Mar-11-11 12:22 AM   #79 
  - ThinkProgress: ALEC working with Blue Cross Blue Shield to have HCR declared unconstitutional  highplainsdem   Mar-11-11 12:36 AM   #80 
  - Source for ALEC A-Z (American Legislative Exchange Council)  Hector Solon   Mar-11-11 08:12 AM   #81 
  - Thanks! And welcome back to DU! Very helpful compilation there. I appreciate your adding the  highplainsdem   Mar-11-11 08:30 AM   #82 
  - bookmarked  Solly Mack   Mar-11-11 08:31 AM   #83 
  - ALEC members supporting puppy mills against constituents' own votes  highplainsdem   Mar-11-11 09:34 AM   #84 
  - ALEC Commends Gov. Walker for Decreasing Burdens on Businesses by Reforming Wisconsins Legal System  highplainsdem   Mar-12-11 02:05 AM   #86 
  - Newt Gingrich's speech at Dec. 2010 ALEC conference  highplainsdem   Mar-12-11 12:53 PM   #87 
  - LOL!!! Thank you for posting and informing me... At my son's 21st bday party last nite  w8liftinglady   Mar-12-11 01:00 PM   #88 
  - Great story! And I love those Dropkick Murphy t-shirts!  highplainsdem   Mar-13-11 10:05 AM   #95 
  - ALEC bill against "eco-terrorists" criminalizes civil disobedience & even "encouraging" activists  highplainsdem   Mar-12-11 01:26 PM   #89 
  - ALEC publication on fightng the "EPA's Regulatory Train Wreck"  highplainsdem   Mar-12-11 01:45 PM   #90 
  - 2004 article on ALEC's role in school voucher legislation in Wisconsin  highplainsdem   Mar-12-11 01:59 PM   #91 
  - ALEC publication "School Choice: A Reform That Works" mentions 6 model bills  highplainsdem   Mar-12-11 02:04 PM   #92 
  - ALEC behind 2007 Utah school voucher bill passed by legislature but rejected in referendum  highplainsdem   Mar-12-11 02:21 PM   #93 
  - Missouri state senator influential in ALEC wants to roll back child labor laws.  highplainsdem   Mar-12-11 05:49 PM   #94 
  - ND's GOP legislators block requiring disclosure of trips paid for by interest groups including ALEC  highplainsdem   Mar-13-11 11:48 AM   #96 
  - Recommend!!! n/t  RKP5637   Mar-13-11 04:17 PM   #98 
  - From 2002: Outing ALEC...  madfloridian   Mar-13-11 04:23 PM   #99 
  - Thanks for the link!  highplainsdem   Mar-13-11 08:11 PM   #100 
  - ALEC recommending 401(k)-style programs to replace state employee pensions  highplainsdem   Mar-13-11 08:34 PM   #101 
  - 3/13/11 National Journal article on ALEC's role in a "concerted national effort" to suppress voting  highplainsdem   Mar-13-11 08:47 PM   #102 
  - Question about ALEC  pinkkillersheep   Mar-13-11 08:58 PM   #103 
  - An NPR story I posted a reply about earlier, "Shaping State Laws With Little Scrutiny," has a list  highplainsdem   Mar-13-11 11:42 PM   #106 
  - June 2010 ALEC press release praises Georgia for copying model legislation limiting right to sue  highplainsdem   Mar-13-11 09:36 PM   #104 
  - Legislation from the people who made eugenics and social Darwinism respectable.  Octafish   Mar-13-11 10:33 PM   #105 
  - Yes.  highplainsdem   Mar-15-11 07:08 PM   #113 
  - ALEC was behind the Three-Strikes-You're-Out and Truth-In-Sentencing laws  highplainsdem   Mar-14-11 12:38 AM   #107 
  - Minn Public Radio: Union official says ALEC is behind new bills taking aim at public worker benefits  highplainsdem   Mar-14-11 09:19 AM   #108 
  - ALEC involved in a FLA GOP bill criminalizing taking photos or video of farms  highplainsdem   Mar-14-11 03:50 PM   #109 
  - Bill Berkowitz wrote about this ALEC-backed attack on anti-factory farm activists in 2003:  highplainsdem   Mar-17-11 11:41 PM   #121 
  - ALEC behind the National Debt Relief Amendment resolutions calling for a constitutional convention  highplainsdem   Mar-14-11 06:12 PM   #110 
  - ND Passes - LA Considers ALEC National Debt Relief Amendment (NDRA) - ND SCR 4007 in LA no #  Hector Solon   Apr-12-11 07:54 AM   #215 
  - ALEC's "State Budget Reform Toolkit" - link:  highplainsdem   Mar-15-11 09:41 AM   #111 
  - Link to the separate topic about the "toolkit":  highplainsdem   Mar-16-11 09:12 PM   #117 
  - kr  Snoutport   Mar-15-11 09:43 AM   #112 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Mar-18-11 10:51 AM   #123 
  - Will somebody PLEASE send a link to this discussion to Rachel!  Kip Humphrey   Mar-15-11 07:24 PM   #114 
  - Koch-funded group (ALEC) mounts cut-and-paste attack on regional climate initiatives  highplainsdem   Mar-16-11 10:03 AM   #115 
  - SustainableBusiness.com has now picked up this story:  highplainsdem   Mar-17-11 02:12 PM   #120 
  - BlueHampshire.com post on this attempt in NH, with the bill's language:  highplainsdem   Mar-19-11 01:43 PM   #124 
  - Some Nonprofits Dedicated to Making it More Difficult for People to Register and Vote  highplainsdem   Mar-16-11 10:21 AM   #116 
  - ALEC tries but fails to eliminate the capital gains tax in Arkansas  highplainsdem   Mar-16-11 10:20 PM   #118 
  - Dem. Montana state rep points out GOP rep's health care "freedom" bill came from ALEC  highplainsdem   Mar-17-11 01:58 PM   #119 
  - This needs to be read by more people...nt  lutefisk   Mar-18-11 09:31 AM   #122 
  - Thanks, lutefisk!  highplainsdem   Mar-25-11 02:14 AM   #138 
  - Notorious Pro-Corporate Group ALEC's Hidden Role in Stoking Class War in WI and the Rest of America  highplainsdem   Mar-20-11 04:01 PM   #125 
  - AMERICAblog: What's the source of these anti-union measures? Meet ALEC  highplainsdem   Mar-21-11 10:08 AM   #126 
  - Daily Kos: Michigan emergency manager law could bring privatized jails  highplainsdem   Mar-22-11 11:37 AM   #128 
  - ALEC in Alaska: state rep seen at meeting w/ ALEC rep introduces bill copying ALEC  highplainsdem   Mar-23-11 10:20 AM   #129 
  - ALEC has flown under the radar until now.  Raksha   Mar-23-11 10:57 AM   #130 
  - If Richard Mellon Sciafe is involved there is sure to be a theocratic aspect to it as well.  Raksha   Mar-23-11 11:11 AM   #131 
  - And there's ALEC's legislation for school vouchers and tuition tax credits, mentioned in a  highplainsdem   Mar-23-11 11:41 AM   #132 
     - Thanks for the additional support and documentation.  Raksha   Mar-23-11 11:48 AM   #133 
        - You're very welcome! And thanks for mentioning the theocratic aspect, since it reminded me of links  highplainsdem   Mar-23-11 11:52 AM   #135 
  - AlterNet, 2007: The Theocratic Agenda Is Heading for a Statehouse Near You  highplainsdem   Mar-23-11 11:49 AM   #134 
  - ALEC fiscal-report author in Maine to help rally support for LePage's propsals  highplainsdem   Mar-24-11 10:21 AM   #136 
  - Kansas House approves ALEC resolution calling EPA's air-quality rules harmful to national economy  highplainsdem   Mar-24-11 10:26 AM   #137 
  - U. of Wisconsin professor targeted by state GOP after his blog post about ALEC  highplainsdem   Mar-25-11 10:10 AM   #139 
  - WI Prof attack proves that ALEC investigations are hitting a nerve...  Hector Solon   Mar-25-11 06:33 PM   #142 
  - More ALEC LINKS and new POST - Mother Jones: Michigans Mackinac Center/Heritage/ALEC Behind EFM Law  Hector Solon   Mar-25-11 06:12 PM   #140 
  - welcome to DU! digging into these links now.  nashville_brook   Mar-25-11 06:29 PM   #141 
  - AZ Immigration Law in TN based on ALEC Model  Hector Solon   Mar-26-11 09:11 AM   #144 
  - Thanks, Hector! Here are more links about the Mackinac Center and ALEC:  highplainsdem   Mar-26-11 02:30 PM   #151 
  - Thanks - TIP Look for ALEC and State Level Think Tank Co-authoring (MI Mackinac Center)...  Hector Solon   Mar-26-11 07:13 PM   #154 
  - The Mackinac Center is now going after Michigan professors' emails. Link:  highplainsdem   Mar-29-11 06:11 PM   #160 
  - WSJ Circling OH SB 5 - "Ohio GOP Revises Union Bill: Lawmakers, Fearing Legal Fights/ Backlash..."  Hector Solon   Mar-25-11 07:16 PM   #143 
  - KICKING  L. Coyote   Mar-26-11 10:31 AM   #145 
  - Has anyone made a handy chart of the vast rightwing conspiracy?  Generic Other   Mar-26-11 11:06 AM   #146 
  - Chart of ALEC and (most of) the 'vast rightwing conspiracy'  Hector Solon   Mar-26-11 01:47 PM   #149 
     - wow everybody and their evil mother is here!!  Generic Other   Mar-26-11 02:25 PM   #150 
     - Wow! Thank you!  highplainsdem   Mar-26-11 02:31 PM   #152 
  - ALEC's Opposition to Net Neutrality  highplainsdem   Mar-26-11 11:10 AM   #148 
  - A boom behind bars: Private jail operators are making millions off the crackdown on illegal aliens  highplainsdem   Mar-26-11 02:53 PM   #153 
  - TIP Use "Google Timeline" Search for ALEC and Your STATE  Hector Solon   Mar-26-11 07:35 PM   #155 
  - Wisconsin reporter finds WI GOP health bills mirror ALEC's model legislation  highplainsdem   Mar-27-11 10:25 AM   #156 
  - Link to the separate DU topic about this article:  highplainsdem   Apr-19-11 09:56 AM   #233 
  - WI Rep. Robin Vos, co-chair of budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, is ALEC state chair  highplainsdem   Mar-28-11 02:21 PM   #157 
  - WI Gov. Walker names former ALEC director & "legislator of the year" to Public Service Commission  highplainsdem   Mar-29-11 09:33 AM   #158 
  - MI State Senator Denies ALEC Membership at Townhall - Tom McMillin  Hector Solon   Mar-29-11 09:37 AM   #159 
  - Here's the full link for your Daily Kos diary that the tinyurl link goes to:  highplainsdem   Mar-30-11 12:52 AM   #161 
  - ALEC news: McMillin introduced ALEC resolution to withdraw MI from regional climate initiative  highplainsdem   Mar-30-11 12:57 AM   #162 
  - Btw, that's good news about ALEC's lackeys becoming nervous about being associated with it.  highplainsdem   Mar-30-11 01:02 AM   #163 
  - MI VIDEO and POST now up - MI Legislator Denies ALEC Membership  Hector Solon   Mar-30-11 09:21 PM   #166 
     - Hi, Hector! I was just reading it at DKos! Great video of that embarrassed ALEC member!  highplainsdem   Mar-30-11 09:22 PM   #167 
     - BTW, when you have time, would you please post a few more messages here so you can use the Inbox?  highplainsdem   Mar-30-11 09:25 PM   #168 
        - Video of denial... great work by folks new to ALEC and...  Hector Solon   Mar-31-11 11:51 PM   #179 
  - DKos diarist MNDem999: "ALEC - Is Revolting to Me" + separate blog about ALEC  highplainsdem   Mar-30-11 03:10 PM   #164 
  - This is very ugly.  Enthusiast   Mar-30-11 03:45 PM   #165 
  - Press release from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) responding to recent attention  highplainsdem   Mar-30-11 09:29 PM   #169 
  - Thanks - Will Jump Over on New Thread on ALEC Press Release 30 March, 2011  Hector Solon   Mar-30-11 10:22 PM   #170 
     - Starting Line-by-Line Analysis on PR on other thread...  Hector Solon   Mar-31-11 08:29 AM   #171 
  - Bookmarking. Too late to rec  Autumn   Mar-31-11 08:39 AM   #172 
  - Bill Berkowitz, "Smart ALEC: Dragging the Secretive Conservative Organization Out of the Shadows"  highplainsdem   Mar-31-11 06:31 PM   #173 
  - Center for Amer Prog Weighs in.. Finally "Think Again: Conserv Class Warfare Against Free Speech"  Hector Solon   Mar-31-11 10:35 PM   #174 
  - Thanks, Hector! I like what Eric Alterman had to say there.  highplainsdem   Mar-31-11 10:58 PM   #175 
  - From northdecoder at DKos: "ALEC Lied On its 2009 Tax Return"  highplainsdem   Mar-31-11 11:06 PM   #176 
  - ALEC for Campus Carry - NRA article and video  highplainsdem   Mar-31-11 11:13 PM   #177 
  - ALEC blocking municipal broadband in North Carolina  highplainsdem   Mar-31-11 11:30 PM   #178 
  - NYT: (ALEC-guided) State Legislatures Pile Onto Anti-EPA Climate Rule Effort  highplainsdem   Apr-01-11 03:07 PM   #180 
  - POST Analysis of ALEC Press Release "Setting the record Straight Much ado about nothing Mar 30  Hector Solon   Apr-01-11 05:25 PM   #181 
  - Mont. House backs state power over fed land bill (claiming fed. lands by eminent domain - ALEC bill)  highplainsdem   Apr-02-11 07:26 PM   #182 
  - Conservative group (ALEC) denies it masterminded drive to restrict public employee unions  highplainsdem   Apr-03-11 09:30 AM   #183 
  - TIP Look in State Legislative Process Guides and Training Materials for ALEC Refs/People  Hector Solon   Apr-03-11 07:16 PM   #184 
  - 744 Bills - More states poised to pursue anti-union legislation (No ALEC) (LATimes 04-01-2011)  Hector Solon   Apr-03-11 10:48 PM   #185 
  - NYT (ALEC-no-so-guided 2nd round) Conservative Group Drafts, Promotes Anti-EPA Bills in State Legs.  Hector Solon   Apr-04-11 03:38 PM   #186 
  - Thanks, Hector! It's good that the Times expanded on the April 1 article (reply 180) and  highplainsdem   Apr-04-11 07:17 PM   #187 
  - GOP MN state legislator claims "no communication" with other states in article mentioning ALEC  highplainsdem   Apr-05-11 12:05 PM   #188 
  - OpEd News: Bob Fitrakis on Ohio Republicans' New Jim Crow Voter ID law that Disenfranchises 900,000  highplainsdem   Apr-05-11 12:15 PM   #189 
  - Is the Shadowy World of ALEC & the Koch Brothers Leading the GOP Charge to Suppress the Youth Vote?  highplainsdem   Apr-05-11 12:25 PM   #190 
  - ALEC's role in NC tort reform bill especially heavy-handed -- even a "boot camp" for legislators  highplainsdem   Apr-05-11 12:43 PM   #191 
  - OMG Amazing Video in WI&MI (EFM) anti-Union in NC No Corp Liability n/t  Hector Solon   Apr-07-11 10:45 PM   #198 
  - ThinkProgress: Koch Front Groups Americans For Prosperity And ALEC Have Taken Over New Hampshire  highplainsdem   Apr-06-11 08:19 PM   #192 
  - Peter Collins show w/Cliff Schecter: ALEC's "corporate-led radical Republican legislative onslaught"  highplainsdem   Apr-07-11 11:00 AM   #193 
  - ALEC ACTION Alert - Important Event in OHIO...  Hector Solon   Apr-07-11 01:06 PM   #194 
  - Thanks, Hector! Link to the separate topic I posted about this:  highplainsdem   Apr-10-11 11:22 AM   #203 
  - OH ALEC State Rep John Adams on VIDEO - PASS TO?  Hector Solon   Apr-07-11 02:58 PM   #195 
  - Re Dr. Vedder -- see this news topic I posted in LBN w/ a quote from him & links to  highplainsdem   Apr-08-11 09:39 AM   #199 
  - SD State Senate Phyllis Heineman (R District 13)  Hector Solon   Apr-07-11 05:23 PM   #196 
  - ALEC Major Dot Connection - Always ask in a 'perfect world' WHAT do you want?  Hector Solon   Apr-07-11 07:35 PM   #197 
  - ALEC has a YouTube channel, which includes a speech to ALEC by former member John Boehner  highplainsdem   Apr-08-11 02:35 PM   #200 
  - NPR just won its third journalism award since last December for stories involving ALEC!  highplainsdem   Apr-08-11 09:40 PM   #201 
  - ALEC has its own little astroturf site/group: State Budget Solutions, with a Tea Party Patriots link  highplainsdem   Apr-09-11 10:13 AM   #202 
  - ALEC's plans for state and local workers -- reduce ACCRUED pension benefits to private-sector levels  highplainsdem   Apr-10-11 05:41 PM   #204 
  - ME ALEC "Parental Trigger" Leg - Privatize Failing Schools Rep. Amy Volk (R-Scarborogh) LD 1417...  Hector Solon   Apr-11-11 11:28 AM   #205 
  - Hector, I found that blog too! Link to my topic, w/ links to a Heartland Inst. page linking to ALEC:  highplainsdem   Apr-11-11 03:10 PM   #208 
  - PA ALEC Healthcare Campaign Outed Rep Matt Baker (R-Tioga) HB 42  Hector Solon   Apr-11-11 11:57 AM   #206 
  - WI Boycott of State Farm (Gov Walker/ALEC based) SVP State Farm admits 'use ALEC' - Boycott a go...  Hector Solon   Apr-11-11 12:10 PM   #207 
  - Maine blogger files FOAA request to get names of ME legislators in ALEC & correspondence with ALEC  highplainsdem   Apr-11-11 03:16 PM   #209 
  - 52 pages of slimy, oozy ALEC goodness  KamaAina   Apr-11-11 03:23 PM   #210 
  - Thanks for the link!  highplainsdem   Apr-13-11 09:23 AM   #222 
  - SC and OK Law suits limits using ALEC model $350K or X3 actual damage - No punitive...  Hector Solon   Apr-11-11 05:11 PM   #211 
  - SC Extended AP Story - Law Suit Limits - Good content  Hector Solon   Apr-11-11 09:42 PM   #213 
  - ALEC Articles go Bilingual in "A los conservadores les disgusta la historia" ...  Hector Solon   Apr-11-11 05:56 PM   #212 
  - CO Freezing of Voter Lists - For "Questionable Status" CO Secretary of State Scott Gessler HB 1252  Hector Solon   Apr-11-11 10:11 PM   #214 
  - Both houses of AL legislature pass ALEC resolution to prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gases  highplainsdem   Apr-12-11 08:09 AM   #216 
  - Recommended. Exposing another of the right wing PR giants.  Overseas   Apr-12-11 08:13 AM   #217 
  - Thanks! And yes, we need to expose these right-wing groups.  highplainsdem   Apr-13-11 09:24 AM   #223 
  - WI rep Mark Pocan posts his 2008 article on ALEC: "Through the Corporate Looking Glass"  highplainsdem   Apr-12-11 11:14 AM   #218 
  - New Bill Berkowitz piece on ALEC (Unaccustomed to Hot Seat, ALEC Talks) quotes DU's Hector Solon  highplainsdem   Apr-12-11 12:19 PM   #219 
  - HI Balance(d) Budget Summit Sponsored by ALEC Apr 20 - Oh,no.. taking Hawaii - Got some warning...  Hector Solon   Apr-12-11 08:27 PM   #220 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-13-11 07:25 AM   #221 
  - Hector, do you know who set up that Twitter account and asked people to "pitch in"?  highplainsdem   Apr-13-11 09:37 AM   #224 
     - Agree all pts, some folks on it. n/t  Hector Solon   Apr-13-11 10:04 AM   #225 
  - Greenpeace: Koch front groups ALEC and AFP attack RGGI, Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative  highplainsdem   Apr-14-11 10:45 AM   #226 
  - ALEC has a guide to help legislators reform state colleges and universities the right-wing way  highplainsdem   Apr-15-11 10:00 AM   #227 
  - Follow Richard Vedder, he's their cut higher ed guy - WIP n/t  Hector Solon   Apr-15-11 06:32 PM   #228 
  - A plan for "financial martial law" in Wisconsin appears to follow the ALEC toolkit  highplainsdem   Apr-16-11 10:18 AM   #229 
  - Re financial martial law: a 2009 SC ruling that ALEC praised & was involved with makes it easier  highplainsdem   Apr-17-11 11:42 AM   #230 
  - Staff of Koch-funded Northwood University co-authored MI op-ed piece with ALEC task force director  highplainsdem   Apr-18-11 08:50 AM   #231 
  - MO's "Teacher Continuing Contract Act" is "a nightmarish Dickensian and ALEC vision"  highplainsdem   Apr-18-11 11:38 PM   #232 
  - Thank you for posting this nt  Doremus   Apr-19-11 10:06 AM   #234 
  - You're welcome! Thanks for reading it!  highplainsdem   Apr-19-11 11:05 PM   #235 
  - GA Senate passes ALEC health-insurance bill allowing out-of-state policies avoiding GA regulation  highplainsdem   Apr-19-11 11:09 PM   #236 
  - probably members of the Federalist Society....  amborin   Apr-20-11 12:15 AM   #237 
  - I'm sure some of them are.  highplainsdem   Apr-20-11 11:37 PM   #239 
  - Hawaii Republicans -- and ALEC -- hold meeting about how to balance state's budget without tax hikes  highplainsdem   Apr-20-11 11:27 PM   #238 
  - Michigan state Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Weasel) still dodging questions about his ALEC affiliation  highplainsdem   Apr-20-11 11:43 PM   #240 
  - Ion Sancho, Elections Supervisor of Leon County FL, criticizes new voter-suppression bills from ALEC  highplainsdem   Apr-21-11 02:40 PM   #241 
  - FL HB 1355 ALEC Voter Disenfranchisement X2 about to Pass with Fight  Hector Solon   Apr-21-11 07:49 PM   #242 
  - WaPo News (not just blog) in "States' GOP majorities lead to gains across range of issues" FINALLY!  Hector Solon   Apr-21-11 08:04 PM   #243 
  - Thanks! I've posted a separate topic about that new WaPo article. Link:  highplainsdem   Apr-22-11 06:03 PM   #245 
  - Kick. (nt)  Kurovski   Apr-21-11 11:55 PM   #244 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Apr-23-11 08:30 PM   #247 
  - Doublethink Tank: Heartland Inst. pushes ALEC bill readjusting pensions, which "aren't the problem"  highplainsdem   Apr-23-11 08:29 PM   #246 
  - MI Sen. Caswell (foster-kids-in-used-clothing fame) wants legislature to be part-time (ALEC idea)  highplainsdem   Apr-24-11 11:51 AM   #248 
  - KIck this forever.  cliffordu   Apr-24-11 12:18 PM   #249 
  - Thanks, cliffordu! I have been able to keep this current with new replies as I find more info,  highplainsdem   Apr-24-11 01:41 PM   #251 
     - I'm thinking ALEC needs to have it's own discussion group, linked right on the front  cliffordu   Apr-24-11 03:05 PM   #252 
        - Thanks, but I'm afraid it might get less attention that way. I wouldn't want a group about the Koch  highplainsdem   Apr-24-11 03:20 PM   #253 
  - kick nt  guruoo   Apr-24-11 01:05 PM   #250 
  - Kick. Bookmarked. nt  snagglepuss   Apr-25-11 02:12 AM   #254 
  - Thanks, snagglepuss!  highplainsdem   Apr-25-11 10:46 PM   #256 
  - Thank you!  highplainsdem   Apr-25-11 10:48 PM   #257 
  - Will Potter: What Is Big Ag Trying to Hide? (ALEC bills criminalizing anyone who exposes wrongdoing)  highplainsdem   Apr-25-11 12:06 PM   #255 
  - Mike Huebsch, author of WI budget "adjustment" & 2nd most powerful man in WI, was ALEC state chair  highplainsdem   Apr-26-11 09:15 AM   #258 
  - Weigel (Slate) and Kroll (MoJo): The Right-Wing Network in the States - and Behind the War on Unions  highplainsdem   Apr-27-11 07:28 AM   #259 
  - Kicked. nt  MaeScott   Apr-27-11 07:33 AM   #260 
  - Rachel just did a story on the Florida bills to suppress voting -- these are based on ALEC bills  highplainsdem   Apr-27-11 08:25 PM   #261 
  - NYT editorial on "The Republican Threat to Voting" puts some of the blame on ALEC  highplainsdem   Apr-27-11 08:27 PM   #262 
  - Campus Progress: NY Times Calls Out ALEC in Editorial Decrying Voter ID Bills  highplainsdem   Apr-28-11 07:56 PM   #263 
  - Media Matters' Political Correction-Primer on ALEC,"The Premier Right-Wing Corporate Lawmaking Shop"  highplainsdem   Apr-29-11 02:06 PM   #264 
  - Sun Valley weekly's editorial slams "sanctimonious" GOP & ALEC's voter-suppression bills  highplainsdem   Apr-30-11 09:31 AM   #265 
  - a thank you kick!  lonestarnot   Apr-30-11 11:56 AM   #266 
  - Thank you!  highplainsdem   May-02-11 12:30 AM   #270 
  - kicketty!!!!  cliffordu   Apr-30-11 12:26 PM   #267 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   May-02-11 05:44 PM   #272 
  - kick  lonestarnot   Apr-30-11 12:44 PM   #268 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   May-03-11 12:11 AM   #273 
  - Daily Kos: Breaking!! First ever demonstration against an ALEC event in Cincinnati  highplainsdem   May-01-11 08:36 AM   #269 
  - Protest voices opposition to ALEC group (U of Cincinnati's News Record)  highplainsdem   May-02-11 09:23 AM   #271 
  - Tampa Tribune: Democrats say GOP lawmakers passing bills (some from ALEC) to grab more power  highplainsdem   May-03-11 07:37 PM   #274 
  - US multinationals revive NAFTA-style trade deals, with backup from state legislatures thanks to ALEC  highplainsdem   May-04-11 11:11 AM   #275 
  - American Prospect: "Curbing Voting Rights in Wisconsin" (ALEC, of course)  highplainsdem   May-04-11 10:45 PM   #276 
  - SD state Sen. Deb Peters says ALEC "is extremely educational. ALEC staffers are our staff."  highplainsdem   May-05-11 07:50 PM   #277 
  - WI - The Wisconsin Idea in politics RIP - Privatization of Education in AB 110, SB-22, AB 51  Hector Solon   May-06-11 08:36 AM   #278 
  - Thanks for the link!  highplainsdem   May-07-11 01:36 AM   #279 
  - Up to the top. Great info here. n/t  Kaleko   May-07-11 03:21 AM   #280 
  - Thank you!  highplainsdem   May-07-11 05:13 PM   #281 
     - You did a fantastic job, buddy.  Kaleko   May-07-11 06:50 PM   #282 
  - ALEC is now doing cookie-cutter news stories or press releases about INDIVIDUAL legislators  highplainsdem   May-08-11 11:29 PM   #283 
  - From WI - Number of lobbyist-written state bills grows  Beth in MN   May-09-11 12:48 AM   #284 
     - ALEC's YouTube Channel Training Videos with Pawlenty, Daniels, Boehner to name a few  Beth in MN   May-09-11 01:04 AM   #285 
     - Thanks for the link to that article!  highplainsdem   May-10-11 07:53 AM   #286 
  - Blog for Iowa: Shock Doctrine, ALEC and Iowa  highplainsdem   May-11-11 11:55 AM   #287 
  - "Repeal the 20th Century"? - PSC-CUNY article on MO state senator & ALEC member Jane Cunningham  highplainsdem   May-12-11 04:49 PM   #288 
  - UT Federal Law Evaluation and Response Act HB 76 AND USA a "Republic" HB220 - ALEC Model Coming...  Hector Solon   May-13-11 10:26 AM   #289 
  - ESSAY/HISTORY - Meaning of the Madison Movement - Which Way Wisconsin (MI and OH also) by McClintock  Hector Solon   May-13-11 10:39 AM   #290 
  - Thanks! I agree it's a must-read.  highplainsdem   May-24-11 08:18 PM   #302 
  - Thanks for posting these links and excerpts!  highplainsdem   May-23-11 08:16 AM   #301 
  - Anti-ALEC / CCA Site: "Immigrants for Sale" exposing & taking ACTION against detension for PROFIT...  Hector Solon   May-13-11 02:15 PM   #291 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   May-21-11 09:35 PM   #300 
  - Blog for Arizona: ALEC offering "An all-expenses-paid trip to pick up next year's legislation"  highplainsdem   May-14-11 04:55 PM   #292 
  - The Tennessean: Model bills written outside the state (including ALEC bills) shape the state  highplainsdem   May-15-11 08:36 PM   #293 
  - One Wisconsin Now: Senate Republicans Make Taxpayers Finance Corporate ALEC Group  highplainsdem   May-16-11 11:32 PM   #294 
  - Orrin Hatch, co-sponsor of the proposed Repeal Amendment, lists ALEC 1st among amendment supporters  highplainsdem   May-17-11 11:04 PM   #295 
  - Lawrence O'Donnell's 5/17 story on ALEC, ImmigrantsForSale.org, and People for the American Way's  highplainsdem   May-18-11 06:13 AM   #297 
  - ALECinvestigations.org Check this website now!  GABlue   Jul-28-11 09:50 PM   #344 
     - Thanks, but there is no ALECinvestigations.org site -- I think you mean alecexposed.org,  highplainsdem   Jul-30-11 09:47 PM   #345 
  - Brewer defends lawmakers' free trips from ALEC: "It's work" and AZ doesn't have "that kind of money"  highplainsdem   May-19-11 09:13 AM   #298 
  - ALEC pats itself and GA governor on back for bill allowing health insurance sales across state lines  highplainsdem   May-20-11 08:49 AM   #299 
  - NEW User Group formed on Kos "Exposing ALEC"...  Hector Solon   May-26-11 06:27 AM   #303 
  - Thanks for letting us know about that user group!  highplainsdem   May-29-11 10:53 PM   #307 
  - PA - ALEC's radical right wing agenda comes to Pennsylvania - HB 2519 Voter Supression...  Hector Solon   May-26-11 08:36 AM   #304 
  - Thanks, HS!  highplainsdem   Jun-02-11 06:51 AM   #309 
  - WI and Beyond Op-Ed - ALEC's role in setting legislative agenda deserves scrutiny (UW Prof ret.)  Hector Solon   May-27-11 08:30 AM   #305 
  - AZ-UT-GA-Next? - Prison Lobbyists Help Spread (ALEC) Anti-Immigrant Laws to U.S. South  Hector Solon   May-28-11 07:47 AM   #306 
  - Tampa Tribune: Conservative groups (including ALEC) score big this year in state legislatures  highplainsdem   May-31-11 04:14 PM   #308 
  - GOP pledges allegiance to Grover Norquist over U.S. citizens => ALEC in GOP/Anti-Tax Strategy Ties  Hector Solon   Jun-02-11 09:44 AM   #310 
  - "Groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council consisting of corporate lobbyists"- nailed it  highplainsdem   Jun-03-11 05:05 PM   #311 
  - Speculation persists over Walker plan's origin (ALEC's role)  highplainsdem   Jun-05-11 07:48 AM   #312 
  - AMA news article notes ALEC's role in push to allow interstate health insurance sales  highplainsdem   Jun-06-11 09:42 PM   #313 
  - Three more AZ state legislators modify financial-disclosure forms to fess up to gifts from ALEC  highplainsdem   Jun-08-11 09:35 PM   #314 
  - Hightower Joins ALEC Outers in "Sneaking the Plutocratic Agenda Into (MI) State Law  Hector Solon   Jun-10-11 07:54 AM   #315 
  - The section of that Truthout article about ALEC also appeared in a separate Hightower Report:  highplainsdem   Jul-02-11 03:10 PM   #327 
  - Hightower on ALEC and SCOTUS Why are we letting corporate Supremists steal our democracy Aug 10  Hector Solon   Aug-15-11 04:52 PM   #371 
  - It finally gave me my answer to why  dmr   Jun-10-11 05:53 PM   #316 
  - +1,000 -- especially what you said about "a purchased government coup."  highplainsdem   Jun-12-11 10:57 PM   #317 
  - ALEC Press Release - ALEC State Legislators Push Back EPA Regs... on... well... EVERYTHING June 14  Hector Solon   Jun-14-11 10:18 AM   #318 
  - Thanks, HS!  highplainsdem   Jun-17-11 05:34 PM   #320 
  - ALEC launches Publicopoly -- an initiative to help state legislatures privatize government  highplainsdem   Jun-15-11 04:18 PM   #319 
  - Privatization At The Heart Of Divisive Battles In Wisconsin (article mentions ALEC's role)  highplainsdem   Jun-20-11 02:43 PM   #321 
  - Private bail bond company "touts job potential" in WI, denies ALEC involvement through ALEC member  highplainsdem   Jun-21-11 03:54 PM   #322 
  - AFL-CIO blog: ALECs Economic Rankings (of state economies) Based on Corporate Wish List  highplainsdem   Jun-23-11 11:12 PM   #323 
  - + 1 (kick only), high. Thanks.  MikeMc   Jun-25-11 05:11 PM   #324 
     - Thank you!  highplainsdem   Jun-28-11 06:50 AM   #325 
  - David Dayen, FDL: The Selling of the World: Privatization Schemes Proliferate (ALEC's involvement)  highplainsdem   Jun-29-11 10:58 PM   #326 
  - Truthout, July 1, 2011: The Corrupt Corporate Incarceration Complex  highplainsdem   Jul-06-11 07:05 AM   #328 
  - Stateline, July 8: Anti-health law measure moves toward ballot in Ohio  highplainsdem   Jul-08-11 06:14 AM   #329 
  - 7/10 Wichita Eagle oped piece on what's wrong with ALEC's "Rich States, Poor States" study:  highplainsdem   Jul-10-11 04:04 PM   #330 
  - So who on the Left has the balls to Acorn them?  saras   Jul-10-11 04:23 PM   #331 
  - Sunlight is the best disinfectant. And ALEC has apparently broken the law.  highplainsdem   Jul-14-11 01:14 PM   #334 
  - ALEC Investigation by DBA Press (Beau Hodai) - Excellent - Detailed MUST READ  Hector Solon   Jul-11-11 10:32 AM   #332 
  - Thanks for the links!  highplainsdem   Jul-13-11 12:03 AM   #333 
  - ALEC Exposed - new website from the Center for Media and Democracy:  highplainsdem   Jul-17-11 12:08 AM   #335 
  - ALEC Exposed - articles in The Nation, Aug 1-8, 2011 - links:  highplainsdem   Jul-17-11 12:16 AM   #336 
  - Protests Planned for ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans August 5th  highplainsdem   Jul-19-11 12:10 PM   #337 
  - Campus Progress, 7/21/2011: Students Take On ALEC  highplainsdem   Jul-21-11 11:14 AM   #338 
  - NPR Fresh Air INTERVIEWS with John Nichols (Nation) & Noble Ellington (ALEC 'Public' Chair) 21 July  Hector Solon   Jul-21-11 02:42 PM   #339 
  - NPR blog: Fiercely Pro-Business Group's Influence On Statehouses Draws Scrutiny  highplainsdem   Jul-24-11 05:32 PM   #341 
  - ALEC Bloomberg (ALECExposed Related) "Koch, Exxon Mobil, Other Firms Help Write State Laws" 21 July  Hector Solon   Jul-22-11 11:35 AM   #340 
  - Thanks, HS!  highplainsdem   Jul-28-11 01:04 PM   #343 
  - ALEC BLOOMBERG A Stealth Way a Bill Becomes a Law in BusinessWeek July 28  Hector Solon   Aug-03-11 09:52 AM   #350 
  - BLOOMBERG Wal-Mart Joins Amazon to Pitch State Law for Tax Benefit Plan Aug 5  Hector Solon   Aug-10-11 09:30 PM   #360 
  - BLOOMBERG Pro-Gun Groups Call to Sell Seized Weapons Advances to States (ALEC) Bloomberg Aug 11...  Hector Solon   Aug-11-11 08:38 PM   #364 
  - TN - State House Speaker Cuts Travel (including ALEC) and DEMOCRAT ALEC member (Sen Tate D-Memphis)  Hector Solon   Jul-26-11 10:15 AM   #342 
  - 1 of the 3 lobbyists employed by Koch Industries in Iowa is Iowa's private-sector chairman for ALEC  highplainsdem   Aug-01-11 12:36 PM   #346 
  - Press conference tomorrow, 8/3, live stream: Americans Hurt by ALEC "Model Bills" Speak Out  highplainsdem   Aug-02-11 10:33 PM   #347 
  - OH - ALEC Investigator Hot on the Trail in OH Multiple Posts  Hector Solon   Aug-03-11 09:35 AM   #348 
  - The Nation SERIES (continues) - The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor August 2, 2011  Hector Solon   Aug-03-11 09:44 AM   #349 
  - VA - Roanoke Times ED Who writes Virginia's laws Corp. & conservative interests buy access... Aug 4  Hector Solon   Aug-04-11 12:57 PM   #351 
  - Security goons at ALEC conference in New Orleans assault ThinkProgress reporters  highplainsdem   Aug-05-11 04:25 PM   #352 
  - k&r  Chimichurri   Aug-05-11 04:27 PM   #353 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Aug-08-11 04:55 PM   #356 
  - Journalist Kicked out of ALEC Conference, Threatened With Arrest (2nd Incident)  highplainsdem   Aug-06-11 11:07 AM   #354 
  - Rick Perry Pushes ALEC-Backed Education Policies To Turn Texas Universities Into Businesses  highplainsdem   Aug-06-11 11:11 AM   #355 
  - Capital Times: CO2 is good for you, and other ALEC talking points  highplainsdem   Aug-10-11 05:59 AM   #357 
  - They are destroying my state. Our Governor has steadily tried to veto their bills.  mmonk   Aug-10-11 06:53 AM   #358 
  - ID (Idaho) States legislation packaged and promoted by big business Op-Ed Mt Express & Guide Aug 10  Hector Solon   Aug-10-11 09:22 PM   #359 
  - ALEC violated Minnesota campaign board ruling  highplainsdem   Aug-11-11 01:36 PM   #361 
  - KA (Kansas and Missouri) Lawmakers outsource duties to ALEC Kansas City Star Aug 11  Hector Solon   Aug-11-11 08:13 PM   #362 
  - FYI - BLOOMBERG - Posting all the Bloomberg Stories on #340 THREAD ABOVE - Link...  Hector Solon   Aug-11-11 08:24 PM   #363 
  - NH Who's behind those crazy bills-secretive conservative nat grp holds sway in (New Hampshire) Aug 6  Hector Solon   Aug-13-11 06:40 AM   #365 
  - HISTORY ALEC and Vouchers see mixed success this session ALEC Models (UT Stateline 2007)  Hector Solon   Aug-13-11 07:02 AM   #366 
  - Part of the corporate take over state by state.  mmonk   Aug-13-11 07:06 AM   #367 
  - CA Op-Ed Meet ALEC: a wolf in sheeps clothing Times Standard N. California Aug 14  Hector Solon   Aug-14-11 03:21 PM   #368 
  - FL Op-Ed Lawmakers should open up about ALEC Orlando Sentinel Flirida Aug 14  Hector Solon   Aug-14-11 03:26 PM   #369 
  - VA House Speaker (former ALEC Nat Chair) RESPONDS to Op-Ed in Roanoke Time VA Aug 15 MUST READ  Hector Solon   Aug-15-11 09:56 AM   #370 
  - Thanks, HS!  highplainsdem   Aug-17-11 11:27 AM   #372 
  - WY - Group w ready-made legislative (ALEC in Wyoming) spurs call for more disclosure WyoFile Jan 11  Hector Solon   Aug-19-11 08:18 AM   #373 
  - Proud to share an avatar with you.  rbnyc   Aug-19-11 08:28 AM   #374 
  - Thanks, rbnyc!  highplainsdem   Aug-21-11 11:03 PM   #376 
  - NC - (State House Speaker Thom) Tillis enjoys defending his record (ALEC North Carolina) MULTI Aug17  Hector Solon   Aug-19-11 08:56 AM   #375 
  - AK (Alaska) Legislators run up bills at interim gatherings (including ALEC) Anchorage Daily N Aug 21  Hector Solon   Aug-22-11 10:17 AM   #377 
  - AK (Alaska) Editorial - Suite life; who pays? Lawmakers step over the line at Alaskans expense Aug22  Hector Solon   Aug-23-11 02:54 PM   #381 
     - "We're old-school in this matter:...we shouldn't have to pay to send legislators to lobbyists."  highplainsdem   Aug-28-11 11:37 PM   #386 
  - NJ ALEC State Chairman State Sen. Steve Oroho (R) Denies ALEC Models & Gets Union Money MULTI Aug  Hector Solon   Aug-22-11 10:24 AM   #378 
  - FL Stealth ALEC courts Tallahassee Republican lawmakers Op-Ed Sun Sentinel (S. Florida) Aug 18  Hector Solon   Aug-22-11 10:31 AM   #379 
  - ALEC History -"The Lewis Powell Memo - Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy" Greenpeace Aug 28  Hector Solon   Aug-23-11 01:09 PM   #380 
  - KA & MS (Missouri) Op-Ed Bait-and-switch tax shift could hurt many people Kansas City Star Aug 22  Hector Solon   Aug-23-11 07:24 PM   #382 
  - MI - (Michigan) State politicians use taxpayer funds to join corp special interest grp (ALEC) Aug 23  Hector Solon   Aug-24-11 10:15 AM   #383 
  - Thanks, HS! It's outrageous that they're using taxpayer dollars for ALEC memberships.  highplainsdem   Aug-26-11 12:25 PM   #385 
  - Thank you for this.  RegieRocker   Aug-24-11 10:17 AM   #384 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-30-11 04:06 AM   #387 
  - Daily News Journal (TN): New Voter ID law "not about voter fraud".."clearly about voter suppression"  highplainsdem   Aug-30-11 04:40 PM   #388 
  - Rolling Stone: The GOP War on Voting (orchestrated by ALEC, funded in part by the Koch brothers)  highplainsdem   Sep-01-11 11:18 PM   #389 
  - Voter Disenfranchisement - 'The GOP War on Voting' in Rolling Stone Aug 30 (Sept 15 Issue)  Hector Solon   Sep-03-11 07:06 AM   #390 
  - WI Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison): The Secret Society Known as ALEC  highplainsdem   Sep-04-11 06:23 PM   #391 
  - Kick  Scurrilous   Sep-05-11 11:32 AM   #392 
  - Hoffa (Tampa Tribune): Scott, state lawmakers (& ALEC) make Labor Day a dark day  highplainsdem   Sep-07-11 12:06 PM   #393 
  - Campus Progress: New Evidence of ALEC Connections in All Successful Voter ID Legislation  highplainsdem   Sep-09-11 07:13 AM   #394 
  - OH US lawmakers and corporations join in unholy alliance Athens (Ohio) News Sep 5  Hector Solon   Sep-09-11 08:22 AM   #395 
  - KA Kansas Republican Legislators report on what they learned at ALEC in Lawrence World (KA) Sep 7  Hector Solon   Sep-09-11 08:27 AM   #396 
  - MT Inside the Bad Idea Factory on Montana from Cowgirl Blog Sep 2 - LIST of MT ALEC Members!  Hector Solon   Sep-09-11 08:34 AM   #397 
  - NV ALEC and NPRI Outsider Influence in Nevada in the Nevada View Aug 25 - LIST of NV ALEC Members  Hector Solon   Sep-09-11 08:56 AM   #398 
  - ESSAY "Taking Back Labor Day" (from ALEC & Co) by Amy Dean in Truthout Sept 5 (Labor Day)  Hector Solon   Sep-09-11 09:05 AM   #399 
  - ME (Maine Gov Paul) "LePage's Koch Brothers connection revealed" (ALEC too) Boston Phoenix Sept 7  Hector Solon   Sep-09-11 09:45 AM   #400 
  - Link to the DU topic about that article:  highplainsdem   Sep-09-11 09:49 AM   #401 
     - Thanks - Still not that good at finding those to link them. These ME stories are unreal n/t  Hector Solon   Sep-09-11 09:55 AM   #402 
  - OR ALEC Un-Elected Writing US Leg Koch-Influ/Direction in Many States Costly 'Hidden-Tunnel' Sep 1  Hector Solon   Sep-09-11 10:08 AM   #403 
  - Religion has positive and negative effects (ALEC mentions) in News Leader Staunton VA Sep 6  Hector Solon   Sep-09-11 12:14 PM   #404 
  - Thanks, HS! That "hidden tunnel" analogy for ALEC is accurate...and chilling.  highplainsdem   Sep-13-11 05:22 PM   #406 
  - Rolling Stone: Congress Investigates GOP War on Voting (ALEC implicated)  highplainsdem   Sep-10-11 11:38 PM   #405 
  - Bangor Daily News focuses on ALEC, polls on whether ME laws should be written only by ME lawmakers  highplainsdem   Sep-14-11 12:30 AM   #407 
  - W. Va. Supreme Court administrator warns state lawmakers about ALEC, private prison industry  highplainsdem   Sep-14-11 12:33 AM   #408 
  - Bangor Daily News: American Legislative Exchange Council s long arm reaching into Maine policy  highplainsdem   Sep-16-11 03:03 PM   #409 
  - Maine Lawmaker's Taxpayer-Funded Trip to Conservative (ALEC) Conference Comes Under Scrutiny  highplainsdem   Sep-19-11 09:42 PM   #410 
  - John Nichols, The Nation: Rick Perry's Attack on Democracy (& ALEC's role)  highplainsdem   Sep-22-11 12:40 PM   #411 
  - BRAD BLOG: U.S. Senate Hearings on New GOP Voter Suppression Laws [Part 1 of 2]  highplainsdem   Sep-24-11 11:32 PM   #412 
  - Part 2 here (link):  highplainsdem   Sep-28-11 11:22 PM   #414 
  - K+ ALEC Exposed link from The Center for Media and Democracy  bobthedrummer   Sep-26-11 04:28 PM   #413 
  - Ed Kilgore, Salon: The truth about voter suppression  highplainsdem   Oct-01-11 08:40 AM   #415 
  - Mother Jones: GOP, ALEC Could Make It Harder For 5 Million To Cast Ballots  highplainsdem   Oct-04-11 12:03 AM   #416 
  - Madison.com: Brendan Fischer: ALEC scholarships raise ethics concerns  highplainsdem   Oct-06-11 12:44 AM   #417 
  - oh yeah  shanti   Oct-06-11 12:48 AM   #418 
  - ALEC "charity" tied to UK scandal w/ Minister of Defence, recruitment of European legislators  highplainsdem   Oct-07-11 10:11 PM   #419 
  - Story in the Sunday Express calls ALEC a "neocon group" funded by the NRA and Tobacco Institute  highplainsdem   Oct-08-11 09:01 PM   #420 
  - UK blogger Stephen Newton, who exposed ALEC's Atlantic Bridge, joins DU. Welcome, Stephen!  highplainsdem   Oct-11-11 08:53 AM   #421 
     - Stephen's article at Guardian.com: "The lessons of Atlantic Bridge"  highplainsdem   Oct-16-11 09:31 PM   #425 
  - UK PM Cameron's press secretary once paid by Pfizer to work for ALEC-backed Atlantic Bridge  highplainsdem   Oct-12-11 04:46 PM   #422 
  - Guns-in-Bars Sponsor, TN Rep. Curry Todd (ALEC state chair), Caught Drunk with Loaded Gun  highplainsdem   Oct-14-11 11:01 AM   #423 
  - PRWatch: ALEC and Coca-Cola: A "Classic" Collaboration  highplainsdem   Oct-14-11 11:03 AM   #424 
  - AFL-CIO blog -- Block the Vote: How Koch-Backed ALEC Aims to Keep You from Voting  highplainsdem   Oct-19-11 07:59 AM   #426 
  - Cain Spokesman Lobbied For (ALEC-linked) NonProfit Exposed As Front For Military Contractors  highplainsdem   Oct-19-11 08:02 AM   #427 
  - ThinkProgress: Corporate Front Group ALEC Pushing For Repeal Of Paid Sick Day Laws Nationwide  highplainsdem   Oct-21-11 02:13 PM   #428 
  - Blog for Iowa: The Corporate Bill Mill: Which Iowa Legislators Have ALEC Ties?  highplainsdem   Oct-24-11 07:42 AM   #429 
  - Daily Kos: Herman Cain - Is He Using ALEC's Enterprise Zone Legislation?  highplainsdem   Oct-26-11 04:16 PM   #430 
  - Daily Kos: Hermain Cain - Is He Singing the Psalm of ALEC? (Part 2)  Hector Solon   Oct-28-11 08:00 AM   #431 
     - Thanks, HS!  highplainsdem   Oct-30-11 08:17 PM   #432 
  - Guardian op-ed: ALEC is a "shady cabal...on a mission to shrink not just government but democracy"  highplainsdem   Nov-01-11 08:51 PM   #433 
  - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Voter ID law (from ALEC) attacks democracy  highplainsdem   Nov-03-11 08:14 PM   #434 
  - A huge K&R, ALEC are the rich and powerful/corporations who currently own most of the elected  louslobbs   Nov-03-11 08:36 PM   #435 
  - Refining the Full Narrative Koch Brothers Underground Campaign (incl ALEC) Al Jazeera Oct 27  Hector Solon   Nov-04-11 07:43 AM   #436 
  - RELATED IA - In politics, America on Koch (incl ALEC) Iowa State Daily Nov 3  Hector Solon   Nov-04-11 08:33 AM   #437 
  - Refining the Full Narrative How Wall Street (Kochs) Occupied America (incl ALEC) Bill Moyers Oct 20  Hector Solon   Nov-04-11 09:13 AM   #438 
  - Thanks! Brilliant speech by Moyers.  highplainsdem   Nov-23-11 05:38 PM   #450 
  - CO - ALEC Funders and Related Orgs put BIG Money in Local Elections too Salon Oct 21  Hector Solon   Nov-04-11 05:26 PM   #439 
  - Thanks, HS!  highplainsdem   Nov-10-11 07:52 AM   #444 
  - ME ALECs Long Arm Reaching into Maine Policy - ME Greens & BDN Oct 2 / Sep 15  Hector Solon   Nov-04-11 05:54 PM   #440 
  - Kicking  Canuckistanian   Nov-04-11 05:56 PM   #441 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Nov-06-11 07:54 AM   #442 
  - Ethics complaint filed against Iowa House Majority Leader, alleging she's a lobbyist for ALEC  highplainsdem   Nov-08-11 02:18 PM   #443 
  - Update:  highplainsdem   Nov-16-11 09:46 PM   #447 
  - Occupy ALEC -- Scottsdale AZ - ALEC's State & National Policy Summit 11/30-12/2  highplainsdem   Nov-12-11 08:16 AM   #445 
  - ALEC's "right-wing ideologues & corporate stooges [are] the greatest threat to individual liberty"  highplainsdem   Nov-14-11 09:41 PM   #446 
  - The Nation: How Online Learning Companies Bought America's Schools  highplainsdem   Nov-18-11 11:32 PM   #448 
  - MUST-READ: John Dean: Gaming American Democracy (series for Justia.com, including section on ALEC)  highplainsdem   Nov-21-11 09:17 AM   #449 
  - kick  Zorra   Nov-25-11 12:33 PM   #451 
  - ALEC DAY OF ACTION!  highplainsdem   Nov-27-11 09:44 PM   #452 
  - How Do We, the 99%, Defeat Alec?  highplainsdem   Nov-27-11 09:46 PM   #453 
  - kick  lonestarnot   Nov-28-11 06:44 PM   #454 
  - Thanks!  highplainsdem   Nov-30-11 09:32 PM   #455 
  - BLOOMBERG Pssst ... Wanna Buy a Law When a company needs a state bill ALEC can get it done Dec 1  Hector Solon   Dec-02-11 03:11 PM   #456 
  - Thanks, HS! Great article -- perfect description of ALEC as a "bill laundry" for corporations!  highplainsdem   Dec-06-11 05:45 PM   #459 
  - Utah Dems warn of push to erode public employee unions ("ALEC is an insidious little group")  highplainsdem   Dec-04-11 08:47 PM   #457 
  - Kick  Bryn   Dec-04-11 08:56 PM   #458 
  - Kids Eating Rat Poison Is an "Acceptable Risk" for ALEC  highplainsdem   Dec-08-11 11:04 PM   #460 
  - National group pushing 'right to work' in Indiana  highplainsdem   Dec-10-11 07:25 PM   #461 
  - kick  highplainsdem   Jan-08-12 03:11 PM   #462 
  - Great OP. Great heads up. Thanks, High Plains Dem  No Elephants   Jan-08-12 07:30 PM   #463 
  - NH State House Introduces a Shocking 7 ALEC Corp-Written Bills in One Week Jan 27  Hector Solon   Feb-01-12 02:29 PM   #464 
  - FL ALEC Content Still in Bill - Exposed for 24 Hours (in Florida Leg Docs) Jan 31  Hector Solon   Feb-01-12 02:35 PM   #465 
  - Oh Yeah...they have been at work in North Carolina. Our now resigning Govenor tried to Push back  KoKo   Feb-02-12 06:51 PM   #466 
 

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