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On Tillis's coattails: Jason Saine wins ALEC award

4 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

For the second time in three years, North Carolina has the dishonor of having one of its own legislators recognized as the ALEC legislator of the year. The American Legislative Exchange Council has named state Rep. Jason Saine its Lawmaker...Show More Summary

Documents: Cheniere Fuels ALEC’s New Push for Fracked Gas Exports

Today, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council ( ALEC ) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and vehicles powered by compressedShow More Summary

Code Pink Stage Mini-Protest at ALEC National Conference

This week the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a national organization made up of conservative state legislators from around the country, is holding its annual convention in Dallas, Texas. Some of these conferences haveShow More Summary

Utility Trade Group Funds ALEC Attack on Americans Using Solar

As the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) prepares to meet in Dallas this week, the Center for Media and Democracy has uncovered new evidence that Edison Electric Institute (EEI) -- the trade association for the U.S. utility...Show More Summary

Legislators, Corporations Gather For Secret Meeting Against Clean Energy And You’re Not Invited

It's time for the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting. Good luck getting in on the action. The post Legislators, Corporations Gather For Secret Meeting Against Clean Energy And You’re Not Invited appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Arkansas rather opaque on tax cronyism practices

By Caleb Taylor | The Arkansas Project Arkansans who care about transparency in government received some bad news today. According to an American Legislative Exchange Council study on tax cronyism released today, Arkansas is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to reporting exactly what special breaks the state’s tax code...

Progressive Groups Merge in Effort to Counter ALEC in State Capitols

For more than 40 years the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council has pushed conservative ideas in state capitols – and on Wednesday two relatively young progressive organizations announced they are merging to try to push...Show More Summary

New leader, bolder direction for growing ALEC

By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org MADISON, Wis. — The limited government movement has a new leader. The American Legislative Exchange Council has tapped Lisa B. Nelson to serve as chief executive officer of the nation’s largest nonpartisan organization of state legislators. Nelson, a former Visa Inc. executive and aide to Newt Gingrich, comes to ALEC...

Uber Partners With Ultra-Right Wing Corporate Lobby ALEC

3 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Slog tipper Collin Jergens forwards this email from the notoriously evil American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is holding its annual convention in Dallas at the end of this month. "Uber partners with ALEC in Dallas," it reads. Show More Summary

Humberside PCC sells office building to fund Crime Reduction projects

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Grove, has announced the sale of his office building, Pacific Exchange, to Hull City Council. The net proceeds from the sale, around £350,000, along with savings in the cost of his office will be used to create the Commissioner’s Crime Reduction Fund, full details of which will be announced later […]

Pittsburgh Mayor Marries 19 Gay Couples in Mass Ceremony: VIDEO

last monthLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

In a ceremony in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's City Council chamber over the weekend, Mayor Bill Peduto officiated the marriages of 19 gay and lesbian couples, KDKA reports: Each couple repeated their vows and exchanged wedding rings, making their marital bliss official....

The NRA Is a Spam Catcher: Target the Real Problem

And it’s name is ALEC, which is short for the American Legislative Exchange Council. With the spate of mass shootings, which shocks even this hardened observer, there is a lot of anger directed towards the National Rifle Association (NRA) and … Continue reading ?

The Inside Story on ALEC

I recently traveled to Missouri to attend my second American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference. As a state legislator from Wisconsin, I joined ALEC last year. That was the beginning of my journey into a parallel world. In the ALEC otherworld, the three branches of government are: 1. Show More Summary

New York Magazine on Kshama Sawant

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

When I clicked, an advertisement for Armani Exchange rose to cover this interesting primer designed for New Yorkers who might want to learn something about Seattle's socialist city council member. Most interesting take-away for Seattleites:...Show More Summary

South Carolina Sees The Light About Solar

Originally published on the ECOreport. The American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) hold on South Carolina is weakening. The controversial lobbying organization has been so firmly entrenched that there is a special provision for it in the state’s lobbying law. Show More Summary

Obama and Rouhani: Strategy, Capability, and Resolve in Nuclear Negotiations

After I served on the Reagan-Bush National Security Council staff in the 1980s, my former colleagues cooked up an approach of reaching out to the Islamic Republic of Iran. As we know from the transfer of U.S. arms to Iran in exchange for Americans held hostage by Iranian proxies in Lebanon, extending a hand o Iran failed. Show More Summary

Preemption Laws and Goldilocks

A recent opinion piece in Al Jazeera America (H/T Sam Bagenstos, @sbagen) calls attention to the ongoing lobbying efforts of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the National Restaurants Association to pursue state laws preempting local employment regulation. The...

Failing by its Own Standard: What DC's Insurance Tax Tells Us About its Obamacare Exchange

Yesterday the Washington D.C. Council approved a tax on health insurance products sold in the district in order to fund the $28 million annual budget of its online health insurance exchange, DC Health Link. The tax, at a 1% rate, will...Show More Summary

D.C. Council Considering a New ObamaCare Tax; WashPost Buries Story on B4

Claiming that the District of Columbia's ObamaCare exchange is just too darn small in size to pay for itself, Mayor Vince Gray (D) is proposing the city council "approve legislation granting the District's exchange board broad new power...Show More Summary

Revealed: ALEC's 2014 Attacks on the Environment

An internal tracking document-- obtained from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) by the Center for Media and Democracy/the Progressive Inc. under Texas public records law -- reveals the scope of ALEC's anti-environmental...Show More Summary

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