Kansas

ALEC Released their Policy Report for 2013 – A Must Read!

ALEC Released their Policy Report for 2013 – A Must Read!

by Bob Sloan ALEC released their 2013 policy report following their Annual Meeting in DC last December: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/166626681/Policy-Report . Some interesting and enlightening reading in this report and we would suggest everyone take a few moments to see what ALEC’s task forces have been up to…the model bills they’ve been introducing and success of passage of those […]

5/14 – Today’s Review of ALEC/Koch Cabal Related Articles and Material

5/14 – Today’s Review of ALEC/Koch Cabal Related Articles and Material

  Today’s stories, articles and material related to ALEC and the Koch funded conservative cabal. Click on headline link to read the full article(s)… Are Vouchers Dead? “When news broke Tuesday that the Louisiana Supreme Court struck down Louisiana’s voucher system, which uses public dollars to pay for low-income students to go to private schools, […]

ALEC/Koch Cabal Attack on Clean Energy Begins in NC

Duke Energy & Koch Brothers kill clean energy in North Carolina by Connor Gibson As anticipated, former Duke Energy engineer and North Carolina Representative Mike Hager has introduced a version of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “Electricity Freedom Act” into the state’s General Assembly. House Bill 298 would fully repeal North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS)–a […]

Koch Brother Fronts Flood into Kansas to Attack Wind Industry

Koch Brother Fronts Flood into Kansas to Attack Wind Industry

A recent flood of Koch-supported think tanks, junk scientists and astroturf groups from inside and outside of Kansas are awaiting the outcome of a bill this week that could stall progress on the growth of clean energy in Kansas. States around the country, including Texas, Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina are poised to cut back […]

Where Each State Stands on Medicaid Expansion

Where Each State Stands on Medicaid Expansion

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to opt out of the law’s Medicaid expansion, leaving each state’s decision to participate in the hands of the nation’s governors and state leaders. A roundup of what each state’s leadership has said about their Medicaid plans February 27, 2013 Text last updated on Feb. 26, […]

Richard Fink: The Koch Brothers’ Big Tobacco Man Behind the Kochtopus Curtain

Richard Fink has long been one of the Koch Brothers’ inner circle, playing the role of both political strategist and close confidante. Some say the Koch Empire wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without Fink. Without him and his ideas, what is now pejoratively known as the “Kochtopus” probably would not have branched so far […]

ALEC Right to Work (for Less) Battle in Missouri Heats Up

More disturbing news from the midwest.  Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri? First of all – let’s start with a recap of information from a report that was issued a few months ago – about the effect of implementing ALEC policies in your state. (my emphasis) ALEC/Laffer claim that wage suppression policies (anti-union “right-to- work” laws and the […]

Privatizing Government Services in the Era of ALEC and The Great Recession – Section 1, Introduction

PRIVATIZING GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN THE ERA OF ALEC AND THE GREAT RECESSION by Ellen Dannin 1 I. INTRODUCTION In Max Barry’s 2003 novel, Jennifer Government,2 there is no public sector:  The world is run by American corporations; there are no taxes; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; the Police and […]

The (F)Law of the Land — Why RTW Laws are Bad for State Economies

Michigan leaders, like moths, are mindlessly being drawn to the destructive Right-to-work flame, soon making them the 24th state to enact a bad law which every qualified economist who has seriously studied the subject finds to be destructive to a state’s economy and workforce, while being little more than a short-term political lever at best. The state will join the ranks of: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, […]

ALEC Scholarships – “In Trust” for Lobbyists?

Let me tell you a little ALEC tale from Kansas. Ronald R. Hein has been President of Hein Law Firm, Chartered since 1988. Hein Law Firm, Chartered represents numerous clients, and the firm practices exclusively in the area of lobbying and governmental affairs. Ron has been lobbying since 1984. He served in the Kansas State […]