More Crazy GOP Legislation in Michigan — at Taxpayer Expense

More Crazy GOP Legislation in Michigan — at Taxpayer Expense

Michigan House Rep. Greg MacMaster (R-105) introduced a bill today that would “prohibit governmental entities from commercially competing against the private sector.”  HB 4549, known as the Government Competition Against Private Enterprise Act, is a copy-cat bill to the federal one Senator Thune (R-South Dakota) introduced a couple of years ago titled the Freedom From […]

Bush Administration Practiced Torture After 9/11, Nonpartisan Review Concludes

Bush Administration Practiced Torture After 9/11, Nonpartisan Review Concludes

From By SCOTT SHANE at NY Times. This new report identified by the NY Times, lays blame for deliberate torture following 9/11 at the foot of former George W. Bush and key members of his administration. Many readers and those who follow our work at VLTP may question how this kind of activity involving torture could in any […]

Wisconsin Ethics board fails to curb ALEC shell game

Wisconsin Ethics board fails to curb ALEC shell game

From Brendan Fischer at Capital Times Analysis by Bob Sloan The Center for Media and Democracy has had great successes in exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  Through their efforts ALEC has recently been attempting to change their image by dropping “American Legislative” from their vocabulary, asking members and the media to now refer […]

Michigan Lawmakers Offer Opposing Opinions on EAA

Michigan Lawmakers Offer Opposing Opinions on EAA

Rep. Lisa Posthumus-Lyons recently editorialized on her qualifications for the position as the chair of the House Education Committee. The 32 year old farmer’s daughter didn’t cite her scant real estate background, nor her degree in agriculture, or even the closest she’s come to “leadership” in public education — her position as point guard on her high school basketball team. Nope, the one […]

Inspection of Kasich’s CCA owned prison shows staff assaults up over 300% – Thanks ALEC!

Inspection of Kasich’s CCA owned prison shows staff assaults up over 300% – Thanks ALEC!

For the second time in six months, Correction Corporation of America’s (CCA) privately owned Lake Erie Correctional Institution (LaECI) has received a dismal report from prison inspectors.  A report, issued in February by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) presents some very alarming statistics. “From 2010-2012, inmate-on-inmate assaults at LaECI have increased by over 180 […]

Darden Restaurants Dumps ALEC in Favor of National Restaurant Assoc.

Darden Restaurants Dumps ALEC in Favor of National Restaurant Assoc.

From PRWatch by Rebekah Wilce The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reports that Darden Restaurants which operates Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and other chain restaurants has stated they have not renewed their ALEC membership as of 2010.  Darden representative Rich Jeffers, Director of Media Relations told CMD that the company had not renewed its ALEC membership since January […]

Detroit: The Final Solution?

Detroit: The Final Solution?

What remained of democracy in Detroit has now been usurped under corporatist rule by Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder. Snyder, a venture-capitalist CPA who made his $millions as a Gateway board-director and other enterprises that exported jobs overseas, has appointed Attorney Kevyn Orr to lead point in the latest phase of the corporatist plan: America, Inc.

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, […]

North Carolina GOP Files Arizona-Style ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Bill

North Carolina GOP Files Arizona-Style ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Bill

From Think Progress article by Rebecca Leber on Apr 12, 2013 – analysis by Bob Sloan North Carolina’s House has introduced H.B. 786 that replicates Arizona’s SB 1070 “Show Me Your Papers” legislation.  One would think that since studies have shown that Arizona has suffered from reduced tourism and income, NC’s lawmakers would shy away from copying the […]

VLTP Co-Founder and Program Director Ron Rabatsky Leaves VLTP

As of April 10th, 2013 VLTP Co-Founder Ron Rabatsky resigned his position with Voters Legislative Transparency Project.  Ron is leaving VLTP but will continue his work pursuing ALEC and seeking to make their actions and initiatives transparent to all. Ron will be missed for his tireless work ethic and ability to keep track of every […]