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Who Are the Real Takers?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 08.01.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 08.02.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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. ...

Kate Sheppard

Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Inte...

So-Called Right to Work Is Still Wrong for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Lawmakers must resist the cheap corporate rhetoric pushed by ALEC and others that makes right-to-work seem like a solution. It isn't.

ALEC: The New-and-Improved Political Corruption

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Over the last 41 years, ALEC has worked tirelessly to tear down many of the programs and protections Americans, particularly seniors, have come to rely on, and only recently have many of their objectives come to light.

ALEC's Fracking Chemical Disclosure Bill Moving Through Florida Legislature

Steve Horn | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) model bill for disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground during the controversial hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") process is back for a sequel in the Sunshine State legislature.

ALEC's Half-Century Contract on the Boulder Highway, US 36

Anne Butterfield | Posted 03.31.2014 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

The long term contract is the fruit of a trend around the nation, decried by many, to invent "public private partnerships," also known as P3's, following a grand design crafted by former Colorado State Rep. Glenn Vaad, in the eagle nest of committee meetings he chaired with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Sam Stein

Latest Obamacare Horror Provision Was Championed By ALEC

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new catalyst for angst over President Barack Obama's health care law is a provision that allows states to recoup the cost of long-term...

Amanda Terkel

ALEC Drops Proposed Legislation Chipping Away At The 17th Amendment

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council has chosen not to endorse proposed legislation that would chip away at the curren...

What Would MLK Be Marching for Today?

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

King began his activism as a crusader against racial segregation, but he soon recognized that his battle was part of a much broader fight for a more humane society.

2014: The End Game in Telecommunications: The Perfect, Man-Made Storm

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Since deregulation, landline costs skyrocket. The monthly cost of measured AT&T phone service (in California) has soared more than 260% since 2008." ...

ALEC Wants Your Legislator's Loyalty -- And You Get to Foot the Bill

Dan Montgomery | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Dan Montgomery

The Guardian uncovered an internal ALEC document that proposed a "loyalty oath" that ALEC state chairs must take that states: "I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first." That's right. They aren't supposed to put the interests of the taxpayers who elected them first.