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Preserving Democracy in Pennsylvania

Ellen Bravo | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

It had all the trappings of an ALEC-backed attack on democracy: Push out a bill prohibiting local governments from passing workplace protections in their own communities. If all else failed, tack the measure onto some popular bill as an amendment and hope the supporters of that bill would want it badly enough to allow the hostile amendment to stand.

Why Hasn't eBay Cut Ties With The Ultra-Conservative ALEC?

PandoDaily | Posted 10.07.2014 | Technology

The tech world’s strange love affair with ultraconservative ALEC is unraveling....

Why Lisa Cried When Eric Dumped ALEC

Michael Brune | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

What is it about ALEC that has given so many Big Tech firms cold feet? For that matter, what is ALEC, exactly? It calls itself a nonpartisan organization that focuses on the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. Not quite.

The Pay 2 Play Board Game, More Realistic Than Monopoly!

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Something about the game Monopoly seemed like the right metaphor for our priced-out political process -- perhaps because the player with the most money wins, just like in almost all elections.

'Green News Report' - October 2, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Tide turns against climate change deniers, as even Rupert Murdoch dumps...

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and the Chamber of Climate Liars

Rick Claypool | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Rick Claypool

Bravo to Schmidt for withdrawing Google's membership over ALEC's climate denialist agenda.

My Chant on Sunday: Clean Power Now!

Margie Alt | Posted 09.25.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

I couldn't have been prouder to march on Sunday -- along with my family, friends, colleagues and hundreds of thousands of others -- demanding solutions to avert a climate catastrophe that would make devastating storms like Sandy the norm, and wash away much of my childhood home.

Another Tech Giant Parts Ways With ALEC

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

Another tech giant is parting ways with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Yahoo's withdrawal from the group was confirmed in a stat...

Google Drops ALEC Because: 'They're Just Literally Lying' About Climate Change

Daniel Souweine | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Daniel Souweine

This is something that the members of the organization I founded, Forecast the Facts, have been demanding for more than a year, so I was delighted to hear Eric Schmidt's announcement. But what made me even happier was Schmidt's explanation for his decision.

Google Chairman: Climate Change Deniers Are 'Literally Lying'

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said on Monday that his company's support for the American Legislative Exchange Council was a "mistake," adding...

Who Are the Real Takers?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.19.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Why do we have such a high poverty rate five years after the end of the Greatest Recession since the Great Depression, and the greatest income and wealth inequality since that Great Depression?

Paid Sick Leave an Ethical, Factual and Political No-Brainer

Ben Spielberg | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

Some political debates have two equally valid sides. More often than not, however, the evidence is significantly more one-sided than journalists and pundits suggest. AB 1522 is an example of legislation for which there is no ethical, intellectually honest opposition

Supreme Court Asked To Weigh In On Law That Could Erode Free Speech Rights

Capital and Main | Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics

The following story was reported by Capital and Main and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. Sign up here for email update...

How ALEC Fronts for Fossil Fuels

Nick Surgey | Posted 10.04.2014 | Green
Nick Surgey

Even as the Environmental Protection Agency finally attempts to limit carbon dioxide pollution from coal plants, it is meeting resistance at the state level, thanks to a secretive campaign by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Coal and Oil Polluters Dominate ALEC Conference

Nick Surgey | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Nick Surgey

One-third of the official ALEC conference sponsors are dirty energy companies, their trade associations, and their political front groups.

Samantha Lachman

GOP Lawmaker Asks If He Can Join Black Caucus Because He Likes Rap Music | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

A Republican state legislator who has previously found himself in hot water over his Facebook posts about domestic violence, black women and mental he...

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

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

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 compressed natural gas (CNG).

Utility Trade Group Funds ALEC Attack on Americans Using Solar

Nick Surgey | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Nick Surgey

As ALEC prepares to meet in Dallas this week, the Center for Media and Democracy has uncovered new evidence that Edison Electric Institute -- the trade association for the U.S. utility industry -- has been funding ALEC's legislative assault on solar energy.

Former California Senator Gloria Romero and Her Unattractive Parent Trigger Law

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Romero might proudly claim California's parent trigger law as her own, but the idea did not originate with her. Moreover, four years after passage of California's parent trigger law, Romero has next to nothing to show for her "accomplishment."

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named to Board of Fracked Gas Exports Giant Cheniere

Steve Horn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogHeather Zichal, former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, may soon walk ou...

The Long Con: How Conservative Ideology Became a Con

Lisa Longo | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Does anyone actually still believe the words "trickle-down theory" have any valid meaning? Is anyone buying into this fiction that increasing the minimum wage would ruin our economy but multi-million dollar executive salaries don't increase prices at all?

The Inside Story On ALEC

Chris Taylor | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Taylor

In the ALEC otherworld, actual economics do not count. It's all about a business-friendly environment. Hello, Third World.

Fracking Rules in North Carolina Tied to Koch, Halliburton, and ALEC

Jesse Coleman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Jesse Coleman

A new bill proposed in North Carolina would make it a felony offense for first responders, doctors, or public safety officials to disclose the ingredients of fracking fluid.

Revealed: ALEC's 2014 Attacks on the Environment

Nick Surgey | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Nick Surgey

ALEC's colorful spreadsheet provides insight into the lobbying agenda it pushed in the 2014 legislative sessions in states across the country. Here are the key pieces of legislation ALEC has been pushing.

Ohio Legislator Accused of Insulting Veterans In Hearing

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Ohio insulted veterans in a hearing he led this month on renewable-energy standards, according to a veteran in attendance. ...