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Wisconsin State Senator and ALEC Ally Shuts Door on Open Records Requests

Wisconsin State Senator and ALEC Ally Shuts Door on Open Records Requests
After being sued for violating an open records request pertaining to her relationship with the ALEC, Wisconsin State Sen. Leah Vukmir is claiming that she cannot be sued while in office, a motion that could change the face of how politicians deal with open records requests in the future. The move would effectively create a precedent in which a member of the state legislature could not be held accountable for failing or refusing to comply with an open records request.
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Kind of Blue: Why Red State Beacon ALEC Was Right at Home in 'Liberal' Chicago

Kind of Blue: Why Red State Beacon ALEC Was Right at Home in 'Liberal' Chicago
ALEC has provided conservative state legislators with some of the most odious legislation over the past few decades — from Wisconsin's treatment of public union employees to Florida's "Stand your Ground" law. Liberals, progressives, and those who identify themselves as Democrats are comfortable with assigning these policies to those crazy crackpot Republicans, but the truth shows that many of ALEC's policies were perfected in the blue-bathed light of Chicago.
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ALEC Unveils New Anti-Environmental Agenda in Chicago

ALEC Unveils New Anti-Environmental Agenda in Chicago
New internal documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveal new methods that fossil fuel companies, agrochemical interests and corporate lobbying groups will use to influence state policies in the coming months through the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.
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Dirty Hands: 77 ALEC Bills in 2013 Advance a Big Oil, Big Ag Agenda

Dirty Hands: 77 ALEC Bills in 2013 Advance a Big Oil, Big Ag Agenda
At least 77 bills to oppose renewable energy standards, support fracking and the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, and otherwise undermine environmental laws were introduced in 34 states in 2013, according to a new analysis from the Center for Media and Democracy,
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Renewable Interest: Green Energy Sources Gaining Market Share

Renewable Interest: Green Energy Sources Gaining Market Share
Despite increased corporate energy usage, state-level attacks from ALEC, and continued fossil fuel subsidization, there is some good news on the renewable energy front. Its market share is way up — expected to be as high as 25 percent by 2018 — and consumer consumption is way down.
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Justice for Trayvon? Repeal ALEC's 'Stand Your Ground'

Justice for Trayvon? Repeal ALEC's 'Stand Your Ground'
The acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing unarmed high-schooler Trayvon Martin serves as a reminder of the continuing inequities in America's criminal justice system -- and might be the impetus to repeal a law like "Stand Your Ground," which was adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and subsequently spread across the country.
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Time of the Treason: Missouri Politics Provides Blueprint for Government Takeover

Time of the Treason: Missouri Politics Provides Blueprint for Government Takeover
Over the weekend, Robert Reich called out the wealthiest 1% of Americans for their acts of "treason" on the American people with their bid to control the government. While every state has its shining examples of these efforts, perhaps none more than Missouri.
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GOP Governor Bans Paid Sick Leave Before His Constituents Could Vote On It

GOP Governor Bans Paid Sick Leave Before His Constituents Could Vote On It
Florida Governor Rick Scott has banned paid sick leave by signing an ALEC-backed bill supported by many of his state's big businesses. The people of Orange County had successfully fought to put paid sick leave to a vote in 2014, but this bill has now made their effort moot.
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ALEC Aims to Destroy Local School Boards, Turn Education Into a Corporate, For-Profit Wasteland

ALEC is spreading its pro-corporate, pro-privatization agenda into the education space with greater abandon than before. ALE
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Obama Admin. Approves ALEC Model Bill for Fracking Chemical Fluid Disclosure on Public Lands

Obama Admin. Approves ALEC Model Bill for Fracking Chemical Fluid Disclosure on Public Lands
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's new rules are a mirror image of the ALEC/ExxonMobil "model bill" for fracking chemical disclosure.
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