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More ALEC Model Legislation Passing Committees in North Carolina

More ALEC Model Legislation Passing Committees in North Carolina

From Global Solar Industry Website Bill to repeal the North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) passes a committee of the House of Representatives “A bill to repeal the US state of North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) has passed a committee of the state’s House of Representatives 11-10. The bill must now pass more committees, […]

Prison Industry Bill Clears Nevada’s Senate Judiciary Committee

Prison Industry Bill Clears Nevada’s Senate Judiciary Committee

Senators move quickly to rein in runaway prison program By Bob Sloan On Wednesday a proposed bill amending Nevada’s Prison Industries was debated before the state Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill, SB 478 was sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee, which is chaired by former Assemblywoman and now Senator Debbie Smith (D-13).  Senator Smith explained the bill […]

ALEC’s Involvement in Criminalizing HIV/AIDS Sufferers

ALEC’s Involvement in Criminalizing HIV/AIDS Sufferers

by VLTP Executive Director, Bob Sloan A recent article from the Advocate and the American Independent caught my attention the other day…then it was picked up and republished by Salon yesterday. These articles help us to dissect how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) involves themselves in issue specific initiatives in an effort of promoting their “free market,” […]

The Criminal Justice Industrial Complex: Seeking Transparency Through Revelation

The Criminal Justice Industrial Complex: Seeking Transparency Through Revelation

By Bob Sloan Like the military/industrial complex, the criminal justice industrial complex is an interweaving of private business and government interests. Its twofold purpose is profit and social control. Its public rationale is the fight against crime.  To accomplish the goals the public must be made to fear their neighbors, fellow employees…to walk in a […]

Voters Legislative Transparency Project Presents First 2013 “Transparency Award”

Voters Legislative Transparency Project Presents First 2013 “Transparency Award”

On March 19th VLTP issued the organization’s first ever Transparency Award to Nevada Assembly Speaker, Marilyn Kirkpatrick (D-Clark Co.).  This award was presented to Speaker Kirkpatrick by one of VLTP’s Nevada members last week. These awards are reserved for individuals who help make proposed or existing legislation transparent to their constituents.  Speaker Kirkpatrick has questioned […]

Greedy Lying Bastards

Greedy Lying Bastards

Documentary Hits Fossil Fuel Industry-Funded Climate Change Deniers Greedy Lying Bastards is as timely a movie as you will ever see. The global warming documentary — directed, produced and narrated by Craig Rosebraugh — pulls no punches in a damning indictment of the fossil fuel industry-funded climate change deniers who have successfully deceived the public and […]

Judge finds for banks, dismisses most claims in LIBOR lawsuits

Judge finds for banks, dismisses most claims in LIBOR lawsuits

A judge on Friday dismissed a “substantial portion” of claims facing a number of banks in a barrage of lawsuits accusing them of interest-rate rigging. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled for the banks, which include Bank of America Corp (BAC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, […]

The ‘Monsanto Protection Act’

The ‘Monsanto Protection Act’

5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision The “Monsanto Protection Act” is the name opponents of the Farmer Assurance Provision have given to this terrifying piece of policy, and it’s a fitting moniker given its shocking content. REUTERS A maize seedling is seen in the corn greenhouse at the Monsanto Research facility […]

Will Your Job Be Reshored To A Federal Prisoner?

By Justin Rohrlich Mar 12, 2013 1:21 pm From Minyanville… “The good news for the jobless? US industry is now in the throes of a “reshoring” trend… “The bad news? The Bureau of Prisons is angling to have as many reshored jobs as possible filled by federal prisoners.” Journalist Justin Rohrlich and VLTP Executive Director, Bob Sloan […]

Nevada Ways and Means Committee Weighs in on Prison Industry Battle

The Result of Bureaucrats’ Operating as Businessmen By VLTP Executive Director, Bob Sloan In the continuing saga of Nevada’s Silver State Industries (SSI), the Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee held a hearing this past Friday, March 8th to discuss the budget of the Nevada DOC which includes state prison industry operations. Critics of the industry […]