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Michigan just demonstrated how ALEC writes laws for States:

Analysis of Flawed Right to Work Legislation Shows Governor, Republican Legislators, Had Never Reviewed Language Prior to Signing it Into Law

“It's become increasingly clear that the Governor presented the legislature with bills written by out-of-state extremists who had no understanding of Michigan's constitution or how our laws apply to Michigan workers,” said Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer.  
Chump change for ALEC and right wing extremists with a much bigger agenda.

A HANDBOOK for State Lawmakers by Robert G. Natelson, ALEC

Proposing Constitutional Amendments by a Convention of the States.

About the Author
Rob Natelson is one of America’s best known constitu- tional scholars. For 23 years, he served as Professor of Law at the University of Mon- tana, where he taught Con-
stitutional Law and became a recognized national expert on the framing and adoption of the United States Constitu- tion.

This Handbook is written for state lawmakers, support staff, and other interested Americans.

The goal is to enable state lawmakers to employ the state application and convention process as the Founders intended: legally, effectively, and safely.

This Handbook offers accurate, well-researched information about the process, including how to trigger it, valuable safeguards, and legal forms.

This Handbook also corrects common myths about the procedure—perhaps the foremost of which is that the convention authorized by Article V is a “constitutional convention.”

Do you think this Handbook is all for naught?

Back in March, FeltzNook wrote an in-depth diary, Constitution Under Attack!

I missed this diary, too.  However, we ignore ALEC's big picture agenda at our own peril.

Actually, FeltzNook and Bob Sloan are working tirelessly to raise the ALEC alarms.

I am surprised by low little attention their research gets, if the number of RECS are an indication.

Well, I bet the people in Michigan have now heard the alarm.

Progressives and liberals wake up call!  We have lost control at the state level.  Now what?

Highly recommend reading and watching Maddows video in this diary:

Rachel Maddow Shows Republican Stealing Democracy In 90 Seconds (VIDEO)

Rachel answers a question that keeps me awake at night:  How is it that states that vote for a Democratic President, end up with GOP controlled legislatures?  The math makes no sense.  I

I wonder what Constitutional Amendment ALEC would prioritize?

No surprise:

With Courts Standing in Way of Voter Suppression, Wisconsin's ALEC Chair Seeks to Amend Constitution to Require ID at Polls

Vos also advocated an end to Wisconsin's same-day voter registration law, which has helped the state achieve one of the highest voter turnout rates in the nation and would likely impact the same communities most affected by a voter ID law. Just weeks after Wisconsin reelected President Barack Obama and elected Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate, thanks in part to near-record turnout from people of color and students, Governor Scott Walker expressed support for ending same day registration. Two legislators have since indicated they are writing a bill to end the 40-year-old law.
It begins with State Consitutions.

If you are not up to snuff on ALEC, here's a great start

Corporate America’s TROJAN HORSE in the States

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) boasts:  In the legislative Sessions of 2000, there were more than 2150 introductions promoting ALEC Policy

Does anyone here really think all that has and is happening did, or is doing so, willy nilly?  

$Million, maybe $Billions of dollars and decades of planning have taken place.  

80 Years of Planning: The Kochs + The Family + Birchers = No Democracy

There are no accidents, other than the American people turning up at the polls every 4 years to reject the Right Wing agenda.  ALEC is working on this with voter suppression laws.

The only solution I can envision to all this is to GOTV every day in an effort to get more progressive voters to the voting booths for EVERY election from dog catcher up to President.  Crunch the numbers for each district in your state, and get boots on the ground in districts that need to be turned.

Will we or can we work hard enough to turn the tides before voter suppression laws become laws?

Do we continue to be slowly boiling frogs?

Originally posted to War on Error on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:40 AM PST.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.


Can we turn the tide by doing more GOTV before 2014?

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  •  I think even with gerrymandering (5+ / 0-)

    the American people will get sick and tired of getting it from behind and elect liberal, progressive people who will represent their interests.  Of course, not without a GOTV effort, but, unless Americans are willing to just roll over and let this continue to happen from state to state to state, things will change.  Awareness is a beautiful thing, so let's get American aware via every medium possible.  It's happening, folks.  Obama just got a second term, much to their chagrin.

    being mindful and keepin' it real

    by Raggedy Ann on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:44:59 AM PST

    •  This is key (1+ / 0-)
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      Awareness is a beautiful thing, so let's get American aware via every medium possible
      Success in GOTV requires people seeing a need to vote, and understanding the issues at stake is one of those motivators. If they think it's about corrupt pol A(Rep) vs corrupt pol B(Dem) they don't much see a reason to bother. They need to see in as simple and concise a way as possible just what impact varjiouis policies will have on their own lives.

      " can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 11:12:12 AM PST

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  •  These are dangerous people, and evil (6+ / 0-)

    The goal is to abuse power and position to change the rules, in order to maintain power and position that cannot be won at the ballot box.

  •  Republished to Voter's Legislative Transparency (5+ / 0-)


    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 10:00:21 AM PST

  •  Ohio SoS Hustead helped scuttle a voter initiated (1+ / 0-)
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    measure to get rid of gerrymandered districts. It failed and then he introduced the idea of dividing presidential electoral votes according to the republican gerrymandered districts. What a piece of rotten snake shit does when he gets a chance.

    I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

    by OHdog on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:52:39 PM PST

  •  You raised a ?? that has been puzzling me (1+ / 0-)
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    This issue has been puzzling me for months now:

    I am surprised by low little attention their research gets, if the number of RECS are an indication.
    If you look at the ALEC posts that are on DK - over the past year the readership of ALEC diaries has dropped to almost nothing.

    This concerns me - because two years ago - ALEC DK diaries had hundreds of readers and hundreds of recs here on DK - now nothing.  The movement against ALEC - started right here in DK.  The first protest was organized here on DK.

    I tend to think that DK-ers think that the Center for Media and Democracy is on top ALEC and that DK researchers have nothing new to offer, so they are tending to ignore DK writers.  If this is a correct assumption - this is such a major mistake.

    Nothing against CMD - but their research is not the only thing out there and more voices are needed on a regular basis from multiple sources if ALEC is going to be fully exposed.

    I just had to vent - cause I am finding the ALEC apathy on DK frustrating and don't know why it happened.

  •  A lot of very important research has come (0+ / 0-)

    from MNdem999, among other Kossacks and from a lot of grassroots researchers like Bob Sloan, Hector Solon, Ohiodem1, and Mentatmark.

    There is still a lot to be researched about ALEC, especially their international operations.  ALEC cannot be defeated until their involvement in Europe and Australia has been exposed, along with the same corporate members who use ALEC in the U.S.

    So please, Kossacks, there is still a lot to research.  Anyone looking for information re ALEC's international reach can find a lot of information at Research Exposing Influence of ALEC Offshore where a lot of raw information was posted for all to see, and hopefully use.  And VLTP will provide any assistance we can through our own European researchers to help connect the dots.

    At VLTP we do not have the resources to dissect all of this, so frankly, the involvement of the great researchers at the Daily Kos would be invaluable.  Nobody at CMD or elsewhere has done anything to take this data and apply their resources to researching what ALEC is doing--worldwide.

    In defense of CMD, their own research is overwhelming and tackling ALEC offshore would tax their resources beyond what they can afford to give.

    So, if we are to get to the bottom of ALEC's international reach, we need you Kossacks to help.  Obviously you can post your finding here at the Kos, but we will also publish it under your own bylines on the VLTP web site at

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