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A Trump Nation in an ALEC land

The first post-presidential American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting this week in Washington, DC made clear that starry-eyed conservative state legislators had visions of more power dancing in their heads. Corporations were...Show More Summary

Newt Gingrich: One Thing You Should Expect With Trumpism Is Fixing Systems That Are Broken And Stupid

Washington, D.C-- Newt Gingrich was the closing speaker for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s three-day States and Nation Policy Summit...

Colorado Initiative 71 Promoted On False Pretenses: A Trojan Horse for Corporate Power Grab

Colorado Initiative 71 is brought to the state by an alliance of corporate lobbies led by Oil and Gas, and their political friends in high places. It reflects the vision of the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)...Show More Summary

Feedback: Power shower is a nutri-shake you don’t have to drink

Plus councils crack down on dancing, CERN’s leading physicist dethroned, a guide to the cow-car exchange market, gaps in Earth’s surface, and more

Dallas on path to becoming one of the few U.S. cities to regulate Little Free Libraries

Topic: Libraries On Monday morning, a Dallas City Council committee signed off on a proposal that would limit the size and location of community book exchanges that have taken root in some two dozen Dallas residents' front yards.  As...Show More Summary

Shipping Soy and Other Specialty Grains

For the 4th year in a row U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has joined forces with the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) to host the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how our products get from point A to point B. We put our heart and soul into production and neglect the... Read More

USSEC Provides Sustainability Verification

Sustainability is in nearly every conversation concerning agriculture these days. Therefore, it was no surprise the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange tackled the topic as well. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) held a Sustainability Forum focused on how to practice sustainability throughout the entire soy value chain. Show More Summary

Meet Arkansas Farmer & New USSEC Vice Chairman

Corn, soybean, rice and cotton farmer, Derek Haigwood, is the newly elected vice chairman for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and calls Arkansas home. I met up with Derek during the 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange to learn more about the organization and how he plans to serve. Derek said he is honored to work hand-in-hand with USSEC... Read More

US Soy Well Represented at Global Trade Event

The 4th annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA), is taking place in Indianapolis, IN and is the premiere global soy and grain trade event. Show More Summary

AARP Among Groups Funding ALEC

AARP, the non-profit seniors organization that exists to promote the financial security, pensions and healthcare of those over 50, is secretly funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization whose bills have acted against the interests of ordinary Americans, including retirees and their families. Show More Summary

ALEC's Dark Money Game

I walked into my sixth American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference over a week ago as one of two familiar Wisconsin myths was being told by the queen of ALEC, state Senator Leah Vukmir. It wasn't the one Governor Walker continues...Show More Summary

The Charade Continues: London Gold And Silver Markets Set For Even More Paper Trading

Submitted by Ronan Manly of Bullionstar Today the London Metal Exchange (LME) and the World Gold Council (WGC) jointly announced (here and here) the launch next year of standardised gold and silver spot and futures contracts which will...Show More Summary

A shamed AARP withdraws from right-wing lobbying organization ALEC

5 months agoHealth : LA Times: Health

AARP, the retirees organization, responded Thursday to a torrent of protests from members and advocacy groups by announcing that it would drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, the right-wing organization known as ALEC.   In a notice posted on AARP’s Facebook page, AARP...

Did You Know That AARP Is A Paying Member Of ALEC?

Here is a real shocker. AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) has been a paying member of the notorious right-wing, Koch-tied lobbying organization American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) since at least 2014. Yes,...Show More Summary

Reformers target occupational licensure

5 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Alden Abbott reports at Truth on the Market on legislative initiatives to curb occupational licensure, which often works to limit competition and consumer choice. At the state level, the American Legislative Exchange Council has developed...Show More Summary

Christine Quinn and Corey Lewandowski Bicker Over Trump’s Khan Remarks

Ms. Quinn, the former New York City Council speaker, and Mr. Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager, were discussing the remarks on CNN when the exchange took a heated turn.

ALEC AND ELI LILLY: MUCH MORE THAN SCHOOL REFORM

By Doug Martin When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) arrives at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis at the end of this month for its annual conference, speakers will include Governor Mike Pence (who headlined ALEC’s 2013 event ), Indiana’s U.S. Show More Summary

O&G Industry Targeting the Last Vestige of Democracy: The Citizen Ballot Initiative

Industry has followed the lead of the American Legislative Exchange Council by seeking to place citizen ballot initiatives out of reach for all but the wealthy. ALEC advocates making it harder to qualify referendum language, and requiring supermajorities to pass an initiative. Heavily promoted by Gov. Show More Summary

Colorado Preemptions of Local Government: The Need for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment

In Colorado as in other states, it has been observed that very often "Corporations write laws, legislators enact them, and the courts enforce them." Since the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) began writing state preemption...Show More Summary

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