Smart ALEC's

Check this out from Politico, Exclusive: The Koch brothers' secret bank. Makes your skin crawl, doesn't it?


State Farm and ALEC

Below is my blog post on my correspondence with my State Farm agent concerning ALEC.


I have been a policyholder with State Farm for auto, life, and homeowners insurance since the day I started driving. My parents were State Farm policyholders. Even when I was in the Navy, and could have had a better deal with USAA or other companies, I stuck with State Farm because of reasonable rates and good service. I have never had an issue with a claim or other matter with State Farm agents over the years.

Recently I learned that State Farm is a corporate sponsor of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). I sent an email to my local agent expressing concern. He passed that up the chain, and forwarded me the following response:

Democrat infiltrates ALEC

Although this story involves a Democratic Wisconsin legislator, liberals and progressives in NC need to pay close attention - afterall 50 members of the NC legislature are members and pushing ALEC's model bills.

Chris Taylor, elected in 2011, went to one of ALEC's high security gatherings and did a piece for with her observations. She was also interviewed at Raw Story.

NC legislators sign ALEC Stand Your Ground letter

Think Progress reports that the American Legislative Exchange Council sent a letter, supposedly signed by 300 local legislators, to Senator Dick Durbin. Durbin wants to investigate the role of ALEC in crafting Stand Your Ground (aka Right to Be Shot and Killed by a Gun Nut) laws in over half of US states. The laws, for the most part, are copy and paste jobs of ALEC's model.

The letter was supposed to have carried the clout of about 300 state legislators who signed onto it, but, according to an investigation by progressive group by ProgressNow, many of the signatures on that letter were falsified or duplicated.

The group said it was signed by 293 elected officials. But, ProgressNow found, 55 of the signatures are “blatantly invalid.”
“[A] simple Google search found that seven of the signatures on the letter were unidentifiable, four were spouses of elected lawmakers, 35 of the signatures were duplications and one was an expletive rant,” said ProgressNow Research Director Brian Wietgrefe in a release.

Silly ALEC can't even tell the truth about letters it's sending Senators.

Several NC legislators are on the list. If you value the safety of yourself and your children - and abhor groups like ALEC buying and paying for your state legislators - keep these names in mind come election time.

NC is an ALEC-tatorship

Wow. This is breathtaking. Yeah, we knew that ALEC pulls lots of strings in The Old Backward State, and that Tillis was "ALEC legislator of the year" and left a session early so he could instead attend an ALEC meeting.

But the sheer number of NC House members with ALEC ties takes one's breath away:

NCGOP Decides To Shoot Their Own To Suppress Dem Votes

"You see? I kill my own men."

-- Mystery Men (1999): Evil is Cocky

Democrats rending their garments over the NCGOP's latest legislative caca del toro -- the Voter Information Verification Act (House Bill 589), the election "reform" bill -- have missed the real story. Fortunately for Republican leaders, so have their own supporters.

What's next?

Well, we're nearing the end of the current legislative session and it's pretty much been a disaster.

We've seen the extremist Republicans push through laws that restrict voting and abortion rights, give tax breaks to the rich and put more of a burden on the poor and middle class, defund education, take over the authority of local government, and encourage fracking. And I won't even go into absolutely stupid legislation like the Sharia law, the corruption and conflicts of interest in appointments in the Governor's office, or the gerrymandering and passage of Amendment One that they pushed through before the current session even began.

I think we really have to ask what else this bunch can possibly do in the next legislative session.

They're pretty much passed the full buffet of laws being pushed by ALEC and extremist religious organizations. What else can they do?

Skvarla's whiny op-ed linked to ALEC

Republican hypocrisy on private water well testing:

Being neither a politician nor a bureaucrat, I have been frustrated at times to see the process up close. A case in point was your Dome item, which implied that McCrory acted unethically by appearing in a public service announcement alerting North Carolina residents to the necessity of proper well-water testing.

You're not an environmentalist either, John. If you were, you would know that DENR has been pushing (unsuccessfully) for years to do more vigorous testing of private water wells and has been stymied by conservative "private property" advocates, and recently efforts have been made to roll back current private well permitting standards. So why have Republicans done an about-face on this issue? Because (of course) there's money to be made from condemning private wells and forcing people to purchase supplied water:

ALEC-inspired water conquest going statewide?

From the comment section at Scrutiny Hooligans:

Whoops! After Rep. Moffitt requested that S112 be taken from the top of today’s agenda and moved to the very end after the hours-long contentious abortion debate, he dropped a surprise amendment:

Section 31.(a) The Environmental Review Commission shall study the statutory models for establishing, operating, and financing certain organizations that provide water and sewer services in the State. The Commission shall specifically consider the statutory models for the following: (1) Sanitary Districts (Part 2 of Article 2 of Chapter 130A of the General Statutes). (2) Water and Sewer Authorities (Article 1 of Chapter 162A of the General Statutes). (3) Metropolitan Water Districts (Article 4 of Chapter 162A of the General Statutes). (4) Metropolitan Sewerage Districts (Article 5 of Chapter 162A of the General Statutes). (5) County Water and Sewer Districts (Article 6 of Chapter 162A of the General Statutes). (6) Any other similar organizations that provide water or sewer service in the State.

It was never just about Asheville's water. Or now Greenville's. Little Timmy Moffitt and his overlords from ALEC are determined to wrest control of all water resources from the people who depend on them, so that a small group of future water tyrants can squeeze profits from the parched mouths of citizens peasants.

Moral Monday #6: 84 arrested; 388 arrests so far

Hundreds of supporters crowded the third-story balcony above the 84 participants in civil disobedience plus media covering the prohibited peaceful gathering at the NCGA on June 10, 2013.

The start to yesterday's Moral Monday at the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh was delayed a bit because of tornado warnings and a sudden spate of harsh weather, but pouring rain didn't dampen the spirits of the many hundreds of protesters who gathered at the Halifax Mall behind the General Assembly building to speak out against the raft of odious bills being pushed through the state legislature by the Republican supermajority.

The total number of arrests in six waves of what the NAACP-North Carolina has dubbed "Moral Monday" was brought to 388 by the 84 people (myself and a couple other Kossacks, including the fantastic joank, who was also celebrating her birthday through civil disobedience) who entered the General Assembly to sing songs of resistance, to pray in front of the doors of the second-story N.C. House chambers, and to hold up protest signs (which are prohibited in the building) and refusing to disperse. Click here for the News & Observer's photos of the arrests.

Kim Yaman is arrested for civil disobedience for peacefully assembling with others at the N.C. General Assembly on June 10, 2013. Photo by News&Observer.

This week, however, an 85th arrest was made: Charlotte Observer religion reporter Tim Funk was handcuffed and detained by G.A. and Raleigh police officers for "failure for disperse." Funk was visibly wearing media credentials and was interviewing Charlotte-area clergy attending the protest and arrests.

We saw Funk amongst us, along with other journalists, and he was clearly taking notes in a notebook, interviewing clergy, not singing or praying, carrying no signs, and holding up his media credentials and explaining his role to the G.A. police officers when they made the dispersal announcements. Those of us near him also explained to officers that Funk was not a green armband (designating civil-disobedience participants) and was not among our group. Nonetheless,

Funk, who was wearing Charlotte Observer identification, was handcuffed and taken along with the arrested protesters to the Wake County magistrate’s office to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and failure to disperse.

Jeff Weaver, police chief for the General Assembly Police in Raleigh who oversaw the arrests, told The Associated Press that Funk did not heed a warning from officers to disperse before the arrests began.

Funk was taken to the Wake County Detention Center with the 84 civil disobedience arrestees and processed for charges, then released around 11 p.m. with the fourth busload of arrestees.

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