Slavery in Nevada?  Yes, According to Assemblyman Jim Wheeler – and NDOC

Slavery in Nevada? Yes, According to Assemblyman Jim Wheeler – and NDOC

by Bob Sloan Over the past year I made several trips to Nevada, wrote numerous articles and interviewed dozens on the topic of Nevada’s prison industry working inmates without pay. Under a contract between Alpine Steel, LLC and the Nevada Department of Corrections’ (NDOC) Silver State Industries (prison industry program) inmates were made to work […]

New EPI Report Documents A Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011–2012

New EPI Report Documents A Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011–2012

A new report from The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), By Gordon Lafer | was published October 31, 2013.  It fully connects all the dots between the players involved in attacking the wages and labor standards of America’s workers – union and non-union.  It identifies the laws written, the authors of those laws and those who profit from such […]

ALEC v. Clean Energy – ALEC’s Assault On The Future Of Energy

ALEC v. Clean Energy – ALEC’s Assault On The Future Of Energy

A new and especially informative report on ALEC’s influence and interference with America’s energy standards and pursuit of renewable energy sources was just released by ProgressNow.org. This in-depth analysis and reporting is critical of ALEC and completely connects all dots between oil and energy conglomerates, ALEC and the legislation developed by both to keep the […]

ALEC Seeks New Revenue Streams: MDU Welcoming Corrupt ALEC Organization To Bismarck

ALEC Seeks New Revenue Streams: MDU Welcoming Corrupt ALEC Organization To Bismarck

Of late, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been searching for new revenue streams.  With more than 50 corporations and non-profits abandoning ALEC and their agenda over the past couple of years, ALEC has lost a considerable amount of “dues, fees” and “event sponsorship” financing. Facing such losses, ALEC now seeks to expand their […]

ALEC Posts Legislative Agendas while Hiding Its Very Special Interests

ALEC Posts Legislative Agendas while Hiding Its Very Special Interests

From Center for Media and Democracy, by Nick Surgey A reminder from VLTP Executive Director to protesters, activists and organized labor…ALEC’s “States and Nation Policy Summit” will be in DC this year in less than a month.  VLTP is hopeful that there will be another anti-ALEC organized demonstration, teach-in and a rally similar to those […]

Ohio Clean Energy Still in Koch & ALEC Crosshairs

Ohio Clean Energy Still in Koch & ALEC Crosshairs

By Connor Gibson at DESMOGBLOG.COM Crossposted from Greenpeace’s blog: The Witness. Ohio is currently fighting this year’s final battle in a nationally-coordinated attack on clean energy standard laws, implemented by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other groups belonging to the secretive corporate front group umbrella known as the State Policy Network (SPN). ALEC […]

U.S. Senate Holds Hearing on ALEC, Corporate Involvement and Stand Your Ground Laws

U.S. Senate Holds Hearing on ALEC, Corporate Involvement and Stand Your Ground Laws

Today the long awaited Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws and the involvement of the “bill mill”; American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in adopting, proposing and disseminating model legislation such as the SYG laws, was held in Washington.  This hearing is remarkable – not just because the Senate is holding discussions about this legislation […]

The Siege on Michigan Public Education – By the Numbers

The Siege on Michigan Public Education – By the Numbers

By Amy Kerr Hardin at Democracy Tree Democracy Tree reported late last week that the effects of anti-union laws directed at Michigan teachers, including the ban on payroll deduction of dues and right-to-work, had a miniscule impact on the voluntary payment of dues among Michigan Education Association members. MEA president Steve Cook said a mere 1 percent didn’t pay. The GOP scheme was […]

Case Study on Alpine Steel: Prison Industry Subsidized by Taxpayers to Compete with Local Businesses Fails Spectacularly

Case Study on Alpine Steel: Prison Industry Subsidized by Taxpayers to Compete with Local Businesses Fails Spectacularly

by Bob Sloan – Cross-Posted from PRWatch “The taxpayers have been left holding the bag…. As a result of this I think there is going to be a lot more oversight.” Those were statements made by Nevada Assemblyman James Ohrenschall in an interview on Vegas Inc. September 21. Mr. Ohrenschall is the former chairman of the Legislature’s […]

Cyber Schools Fleece Taxpayers for Phantom Students and Failing Grades

Cyber Schools Fleece Taxpayers for Phantom Students and Failing Grades

Many times we’ve written about attacks upon our public school system by corporate interests wishing to capitalize off of public tax dollars spent on education.  Cyber schools are some of the most misunderstood programs by parents.  Journalist Mary Bottari at PRWatch has done an excellent job of ferreting through the data – ciphering information from […]