ALEC and the shrinking Democracy in NC

Hijacking the ship of state:

ALEC’s role in North Carolina makes it a target for critics, particularly the think tank’s cozy relationship with business interests, who play a prominent, but mostly behind-the-scenes, role in crafting legislation alongside the roughly 50 North Carolina lawmakers listed as members.

Sweet Baby Jesus. 50 members? That's a fricking caucus, and a powerful one at that. And when said caucus is engaged in (what should be classified as) criminally dangerous behavior, it might be time to ask the (US) DOJ to step in:

The asbestos measure is one example where a single company, Philadelphia-based Crown Holdings, pushed a model bill to exempt itself from liability lawsuits related to a former subsidiary.

The bill’s sponsor in the House, Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, a Charlotte Republican, didn’t return numerous messages. Sen. Andrew Brock, a Mocksville Republican who sponsored the Senate version, said a company lobbyist brought him the bill, not ALEC.

Bolding mine. Only in the mind of a shyster like Brock could that be considered a mitigating factor. The bill wasn't even whitewashed by ALEC, it came straight from a lobbyist, and the intrepid Andrew Brock signed his name on it and presented it as "the people's business".

There simply aren't enough ways to adequately describe how wrong this is, yet John Hood wants us to stop shooting "rhetorical arrows", and debate them on the legislation itself. So, who the hell are we supposed to debate? The lobbyists? Apparently they're the ones creating laws to suit themselves, and our elected officials are merely scribbling their names on the rancid documents. Insane.

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It's not just ALEC

If you do some digging, you'll find extremist Christian hate clubs, home schooling advocates, and TeaBagger groups doing the same thing - drafting model legislation and then pushing it to representatives in different state houses across the country. It's not a conspiracy - just shared methods for spreading their poison in the Great Millennial Epidemic of Konservative Krazy.

But...

...Unions are evil.

The real question is...

Has NC become a defacto fascist state? With Big Business telling the Art Pope selected and approved DAG and legislators what laws to pass and what they want removed, has NC crossed into a true corporate state? Or is it more akin to a RICO state?

RICO

No question we are dealing with highly organized crime in North Carolina.

Nine of 13 Congressmen are Republicans even though 51% of voters marked their ballots for Democrats. If that's not evidence of criminal fraud, nothing is.

Thom Tillis...

...is on ALEC's national board. Yes, really. Three legislators left a legislative session to attend an ALEC meeting. Yes, really. (It conjures up images of them putting on hooded robes and bowing down to the Great ALEC while taking an oath to serve ALEC to the death).

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014