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.

Under the draft measure, a plurality of the state legislature would be able to nominate a candidate to appear on the ballot, alongside candidates nominated by the parties through the convention or primary process.

If gerrymandering and disenfranchising minorities and college kids isn't enough to get hand-picked Koch and Pope extremists in state government and the House, now they want your Senators as well.

We wonder if a certain NC political figure running against Kay Hagan is interested in this proposal.


Democracy? Bah!

Plutocracy! says ALEC.

This is really scary. Almost as scary as dividing up a state's electors for the Electoral College for presidential votes (surprise! The right-wing nut jobs wouldn't base that on popular vote, but rather on which party controls a -- gerrymandered -- congressional district. Expect to hear more red states seriously pursuing this for 2016).

In any case, this proposal is disgusting and nauseating. But not surprising, because its effect is to concentrate additional power in the hands of rich white males.

ALEC is an insidious, evil organization. And Thom Tillis was their member of the year recently. And he skipped out of an NCGA session early (with his sycophant Tim Moffitt) to attend an ALEC meeting. That's right, the man who's supposed to be in charge of the NC House skipped out to attend an ALEC meeting. We know who he's serving.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis


"Stink tanK" -- brilliant!

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis