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    In Island County, Washington and the 10th Legislative District which includes a chunk of coastal farming areas 60 to 100 miles north of Seattle, an ALEC board member just got elected as State Senator, Barbara Bailey.

    The longtime incumbent, Mary Margaret Haugen, who had a brilliant track record as a legislator and someone who worked hard for her district, campaigned on the premise that no one knew what ALEC was and therefore it could not be raised as an issue.  

    Her campaign manager, who told me that, may have been right about that assessment.  

    Not a lot of people know what the heck an ALEC is.  

    Distributing more information to a wider dispersion of people who are voters should be a priority for everyone concerned about this juggernaut fueled by special interest money.

    The way it seems to work in these more rural areas is that there is no news source that pays attention to anything beyond the reach of part time or semi retired local reporters and editors.  Even when there is a real daily or weekly newspaper in the bigger towns, this sort of thing is not what editorial budgets are focused on.

    There needs to be some way that more people can be reached with the story of what is going on with efforts like ALEC and the way the GOP operates.  

    Local Democratic groups are kind of at the mercy of think tanks and Super PAC operations that operate nationally and have only indirect local connections that are hard to trace.

    So, this is very dangerous.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:37:53 PM PDT

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