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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

That Text to Sally Bagshaw Wasn't the First Time the Mayor Threatened to Stop All Encampment Sweeps

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Heidi Groover Lisa Herbold can listen to you yell all day, Ed. City of Seattle Yesterday, Ansel and I reported on a text exchange that shows one way Mayor Ed Murray leverages his position over the city council to get his way on homelessness policy. Show More Summary

Charlotte City Council weighs repeal of its pro-LGBT ordinance in exchange for nothing, apparently

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

UPDATE: The Charlotte City Council has now pulled consideration of this item from today’s meeting agenda, per the Raleigh News & Observer. ORIGINAL POST: Charlotte’s City Council, under pressure from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, might reportedly consider a symbolic vote to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance during Monday’s 5 PM meeting. Show More Summary

An Open Letter to Charles G. Koch

Here's my open letter to Charles Koch, the CEO of Koch Industries. If you want to personally encourage him to stop supporting the climate-denying American Legislative Exchange Council, click here! Dear Mr. Koch, Recently, at a Wall Street...Show More Summary

NC taxpayers footing the bill for trips to ALEC conference

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

A variation on, "Go out and break me off a switch from that tree so I can beat you with it." Five Republican leaders plan to seek reimbursements for attending the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, conference last week. The...Show More Summary

Angry Scenes in Strasbourg as MEPs Slam EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

There were heated exchanges in the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg Wednesday as European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker set out to defend the controversial migrant deal brokered between the EU and Turkey.

Big Union Leaders Betray Sanders and Workers

Around a conference table inside the large Washington headquarters of the AFL-CIO, a furious exchange occurred between labor union presidents. It was late February and up for decision by the Executive Council was whether the country's...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

Here is the exchange of correspondence with North Lanarkshire Council which led to my successful FoI appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) who flatly rejected the Council's argument that my information requests were 'vexatious'. Show More Summary

EU-Turkey Migrant Exchange Plan Must Be Implemented Quickly - Merkel

The EU-Turkey migrant exchange plan has to be put into action as soon as possible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced after a European Council meeting in Brussels.

Ford latest to walk away from ALEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will find it harder to advance its far-right agenda with fewer and fewer friends.

Ford Just Dumped ALEC, Latest Major Corporation to Dump American Legislative Exchange Council

By Nick Surgey, originally published by the Center for Media and Democracy Ford Motor Company confirmed to the Center for Media and Democracy ( CMD ) that it is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council ( ALEC ), an...Show More Summary

Preemption of Democracy by ALEC, its Corporate Funders, and Republican & Democratic Corporatists

Message to media pundits: "It's the Corporatocracy, stupid!" Government has been coopted in service of the corporate bottom line, bought by the likes of the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council which writes model laws to supplant democracy and overcome the common good. Show More Summary

Ford Becomes Latest Corporation Dumping ALEC and Its Climate Denial

Ford Motor Company confirmed to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) that it is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that has drawn heavy criticism for promoting climate change denial...Show More Summary

Putin, Russian Security Council Discuss Work of Baghdad Information Center

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin and the country's Security Council have discussed the work of the Baghdad information center, founded to exchange data and coordinate the fight against terrorism.

UN Chief, Oman Deputy Prime Minister Discuss Stability in Yemen

According to a statement published on the UN website, Ban Ki-moon and Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said on Tuesday exchanged views on the best way to promote peace and stability in Yemen and on upcoming Syria's Donors Conference opening.

An Article V Convention To Amend the Constitution?

Some constitutional conservatives, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Rob Natelson for the American Legislative Exchange Council, have been promoting the idea of getting two-thirds of the states to call for an Article V convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Show More Summary

De Blasio trades elected officials' pay raise for ban on outside jobs

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is accepting a panel's recommendations that city elected officials should get raises in exchange for a ban on outside jobs. De Blasio sent a letter to City Council... To view the full story, click the title link.

The Spectre of Anti-Semitism Is Fast Rising in Europe

This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site. In August 1790, George Washington visited Newport, Rhode Island. That visit occasioned a famous exchange of letters between Washington and the “Hebrew Congregations...Show More Summary

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