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On Tillis's coattails: Jason Saine wins ALEC award

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 of the Year for 2014.

It's the second time in four years a North Carolina lawmaker has won the group's highest honor. Outgoing House Speaker Thom Tillis was ALEC's Lawmaker of the Year in 2011.

The next wave of charter school idiocy coming from ALEC

Opening the floodgates of taxpayer dollars:

(H) Transportation Funding
390
391 (1) The state department of education shall disburse state transportation funding to an
392 authorizer for each of its public charter school students on the same basis and in the same
393 manner as it is paid to school districts. An authorizer shall disburse state transportation
394 funding to a public charter school in proportion to the amount generated by the school’s
395 students.

396 (2) A public charter school may enter into a contract with a school district or private provider
397 to provide transportation to the school’s students.

Bolding mine. There's nothing in the language of this (or any other) cookie cutter model legislation requiring charters to actually provide transportation in lieu of said transportation funding, and North Carolina currently doesn't require charters to provide transportation for students:

They're off to see ALEC

As the Republican House and Republican Senate and Republican Governor all carp at each other and make no progress on a budget, after weeks of grandstanding, many of the NCGA members will skip town next week to attend the annual ALEC meeting.

Speaker Thom Tillis dismissed the state House on Friday saying that the chamber was not expected to hold any sessions next week, a strong indicator no deal is imminent.

Many of the state's top GOP leaders are scheduled to attend the annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that starts Tuesday in Dallas, Texas, and lasts into the weekend. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is on the agenda to speak at the opening luncheon of the conservative group.

Guvnor McCorporation has completed his ALEC assimilation

Look who is the keynote speaker at the annual ALEC convention!

Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat is not very smart, but apparently he's a quick study when tutored by Governor Pope and the Tillisberger. He got himself a major gig at the ALEC convention, where he'll tell them his delusional version of how great things are in North Carolina.

And they'll lap it up, of course. Because they're not into facts and reality.

Pat's plutocracy

DAG McCrony tells us yet again that the purpose of education is to churn out drones to do the work that makes Art Pope and his friends richer.

Of course, Pat begins his ignorant missive by repeating the lie he tells repeatedly.

McCrory said that business people told him that they had a hard time filling job openings even when unemployment was high.

As usual, Pat doesn't mention who told him that, and reporters fail to fact check the lie.

Pat then tells us how he intends to please his bosses, Art Pope and ALEC.

No rules, just wrong

First the NC GOP gets rid of the bulk of what they call those "burdensome regulations" -- you know, the ones that protect people and the environment from harm. Because there's money to be made, dammit!

Of course the next logical step is to ensure that corporations do not bear responsibility for their actions.

Three years ago state legislators considered a bill that would have given unprecedented immunity from liability in lawsuits to the manufacturers of any product approved by a federal regulator. At the time, John Del Giorno, an executive with RTP-based GlaxoSmithKline, spoke in favor of protections for the manufacturers of FDA-approved drugs, in order to make the legal system fairer and more predictable for business.

What the American Legislative Exchange Council has Wrought

The American Legislative Exchange Council Profit Delivery System

Paul Weyrich, American Legislative Exchange Council's paterfamilias, began prejudicing policy makers in the 1970s. The Weyrich résumé also includes the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority and Free Congress Foundation.

Civitas behind campaign to defund Medicaid

As you may know, the UK newspaper the Guardian is running a series on leaked documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the industry lobbying group that has pushed "model" extremist conservative legislation, including "stand your ground" gun laws, through many state houses.

In this installment, they discover that Art Pope's foundation Civitas developed a campaign to discredit Medicaid and sought monies through ALEC to implement it.

What's not quite right about this is that Civitas is officially an "educational" non-profit, not a lobbying organization, under IRS and campaign finance regulations. The Guardian is publishing the series, questioning whether this direct lobbying and advertising is illegal (lobbying organizations have to report on their activities and funding).

Also interesting - their language and talking points seem to have been coordinated with the McCrory administration.

ALEC plans to attack renewable energy in 2014

You just can't make up this kind of utterly preposterous crap.

“As it stands now, those direct generation customers are essentially freeriders on the system. They are not paying for the infrastructure they are using. In effect, all the other non direct generation customers are being penalised,” said John Eick, the legislative analyst for Alec’s energy, environment and agriculture program.

ALEC pushes law to rid us of 17th Amendment

The American Legislative Exchange Council, the group that coordinates authoring of extremist right-wing state laws around the country and works with the stink tanks and lobbying organizations funded by the Koch Bros and Art Pope, is floating laws that would do away with the 17th Amendment.

In early December, a group of ALEC members are scheduled to consider supporting a range of potential new model legislation, including the "Equal State's Enfranchisement Act," according to a memo posted on the group's website.

The bill would significantly increase the role of the state legislature in the election of U.S. senators, inching back toward the process used prior to the passage of the 17th Amendment in 1913. The 17th Amendment established the direct election of U.S. senators. Before this amendment, senators were chosen by state legislators.

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