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  •  yep. (5+ / 0-)

    all the more for progressives to get behind an effort to develop their own ALEC. Many states are simply not hiring more legislative assistants, and they don't pay them all that well too.

    I've written my share of bill analyses in my day job for higher-ups. It's not intuitive; this is 100% correct.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility (not an original but rather apt)

    by terrypinder on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 12:50:26 PM PST

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    •  I remember an incident (5+ / 0-)

      where the write-up was a real cock-up on a bill.  It's a huge shock when you realize that for the most part laws don't refer to counties or cities by name.  They specify them as cities between such and such population and such and such population.  Long story made short.  One of the other interns had a typo when writing up the bill.  So a county got a judge it wasn't meant to get.  This would be the sort of thing we're talking about.

      The point about legislative assistants is a very good one.  If we really want to fight the influence of ALEC on public policy, one of the more effective ways might be to press state legislatures, and legislative service agencies, to beef up their staff.

      by ManfromMiddletown on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 01:21:04 PM PST

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