Saturday, July 19, 2014

Welcome to Todd Grayson's Alice-in-Wonderland World

This is what happens when people don't pay attention.

Your local government may be taken away from you.

ALEC goes local.  (Governing, June 2014)

I wonder what city department heads and other staff members, as well as the members of the various boards and commissions have to say about being, in essence, referred to as  'nobodies'? \

It appears to me that someone is too lazy, to too inconvenienced, to tap into valuable and varied resources to be found at the local level.

The ALEC model of meddling with state government has resulted in abominable legislation, much of tramping on local control.  It would be a tragedy to see this top-down, mind-my-business-or-else mentality worm its way into the operations of municipal councils and village boards..

Related reading:
Wisconsin Poised to Pass ALEC's Deadly Asbestos Bill (The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, 3/10/2014)

Delivery boy in action. Rep. Andre Jacque, a member of the ALEC Civil Justice Task Force, introduced Assembly Bill 19 in April of 2013.

WI GOP Marches in Lockstep with ALEC Agenda, Voting Records Show.  (The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, 3/10/2014)

Yes, the key word is "lockstep'.   A review of 2011-2012 voting records by a University of Wisconsin academic demonstrates that many Wisconsin legislators are marching in lockstep with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Sixty-one Wisconsin politicians -- or 46 percent of the legislature -- voted with the ALEC agenda one hundred percent of the time.

Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere? (Hint: It Didn’t Start Here).  (Scholar as Citizen, 3/15/2011)

Paying attention. The most important group, I’m pretty sure, is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which was founded in 1973 by Henry Hyde, Lou Barnett, and (surprise, surprise) Paul Weyrich. Its goal for the past forty years has been to draft “model bills” that conservative legislators can introduce in the 50 states.

Other ALEC posts:
I'd like to suggest some alternate wording, please: Cross out "Legislative committees are", insert "The American Legislative Exchange Council is".  (4/16/2014)
Meet Chris Kapenga, R-Waterboy, representing the grate state of ALEC.  (2/18/2014)
Sen. Paul Farrow throws a hissy fit (which is transcribed in this news release).  (2/7/2014)
Also known Aas the American Legislative Exchange Council's Super-Majority Act.  (12/24/2013)
Robin Vos believes in selective transparency of the kind advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council.  (12/24/2013)
Background on the National Conference of State Legislatures for Leah.  (12/12/2013)
ALEC transparency?  Up to a point.  (12/12/2013)
From ALEC to Andre to us: Rep. Jacque (R-DePere) whittles model bill down to the basics.  (9/1/2013)
NRA/ALEC "Docs and Glocks" law finally makes its way to Wisconsin.  (6/18/2013)
Robin Vos, "an ALEC Wisconsin Foot Soldier" (SourceWatch).  (6/13/2013) Pat McCrory Cain't Say "No" to ALEC.. (6/10/2013)
ALEC'd to Death: Wisconsin Republicans Continues to Depend on the Koch Brothers' Playbook. (6/7/2013)
ALEC's State Budget Reform Toolkit: "Asset Sale and Lease Opportunities".  (6/6/2013)
Selling State Properties? It's in the ALEC Playbook.  (5/22/2013)More cookie-cutter legislation from ALEC.  (4/7/2013)
The New York Times Provides an overview of school choice without mentioning ALEC's orchestration.  (3/28/2013)
Selling state properties:  It's in the ALEC toolkit.  (2/17/2013)
Performance funding: They love this stuff at the Lumina Foundation and ALEC. (11/19/2012)
Splashy full-page ad for a movie few want to see.  (9/30/2012)
AT&;T, ALEC have their way with South Carolina legislature.  (7/2/2012)
What the Koch Brothers left under Scott Walker's 2010 Christmas tree.  (6/19/2012)“
….really, what ALEC is, is a bipartisan association of state legislators….” (Wisconsin State Senate version, 4/10/2012)“

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the local Toledo radio station that promotes ALEC and other right wing extremists. Here's a interview with Todd on WSPD.