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Signed, sealed and delivered: Mike Hager, representative for ALEC

Having only one or two constituents must make things less complicated:

North Carolina legislators involved in ALEC have introduced HB 681, the latest attack on the state renewable portfolio standard. Sponsors of HB 681 include at least two ALEC member politicians: state Representatives Harry Warren and Mike Hager.

Hager led the clumsy attack on RPS in 2013, amid opposition from his own party. Hager was a longtime employee of Duke Energy, which is itself a corporate supporter of ALEC's distributed lobbying operations, and required to comply with RPS laws in states where it generates energy.

Honestly, I'm getting tired of writing about Mike Hager. But the only way I'm going to stop is if he stops trying to push an out-of-state billionaire's agenda in NC to the detriment of our renewable energy policy. Of course, one way to stop him from doing that is to vote his butt out of office, but that's not likely to happen in his District, unless another Republican takes him down.

ALEC resorts to bullying tactics to silence environmental groups

When your bottom line is bottoming out:

Attorneys for ALEC sent letters to Common Cause and the League of Conservation Voters asking them to immediately “cease making false statements” and “remove all false or misleading material” suggesting that ALEC does not believe in global warming.

The legal demands from ALEC follow an exodus of some of its best known corporate members, including Google, British Petroleum, Facebook, Yahoo and Northrop Grumman.

While cutting off the flow of corporate dollars to ALEC is a critical step in marginalizing the organization, a much more important goal should be for voters to show their disgust for legislators who engage with the group and bring home cookie-cutter bills to be passed. Every such lawmaker and every such bill need to be exposed by the Capital Press Corps before they get anywhere near the floor of the General Assembly for a vote. Only then will we be able to "take back our state" and do the people's business.

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