Scott Walker

Right to Work — As Does Michigan, So Goes Wisconsin

images[5]A disturbing report out of the midwest…

Wisconsin is poised to enact a Right to Work Law modeled after Michigan’s new law. An AP report out of the state says the RTW legislative movement is picking-up steam in the wake of an appeals court ruling upholding the 2011 law that stripped public sector employees of the right to collective bargaining.

National Right to Work Foundation President, Mark Mix, is energized by the ruling and feels the Republican -led legislature will act on a RTW law soon. He is quoted as saying “No Wisconsin public worker should ever be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.”

Although Governor Walker claims RTW is not on his agenda, Michigan heard the same song and dance out of Snyder.

Amy Kerr Hardin from Democracy Tree
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The History of the NRA/ALEC Gun Agenda

by Lisa Graves at PR Watch

Here is a review of the NRA-by-way-of-ALEC gun agenda:

  • The retail sale of machine guns has been barred by federal law since the gangster era but, as uncovered by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), one year ago at ALEC’s “policy summit” in Arizona, the NRA obtained unanimous support from the corporate and lawmaker members of ALEC’s Task Force for “amending” ALEC’s “Consistency in Firearms Regulation Act” to expressly bar cities from banning “machine guns.” Other provisions of that bill prevent cities from banning armor-piercing bullets and from banning efforts to alter guns to make them more deadly if the state does not do so. It also bars cities from suing gun manufacturers for gun deaths based on the theory of liability used by governments to sue tobacco manufacturers for smoking deaths.
  • In 2008, as noted by CMD, in the aftermath of the tragic massacre of students and professors by a heavily armed Virginia Tech student, ALEC adopted a model bill to remove state prohibitions of guns on college campuses and to allow students to bring guns to class More →

Does the USPS have Ties to ALEC?

Here at vltp.net we pay attention to the searches made by those who visit our site to see what interests our readers.

Last night the top search was  does the usps have ties to alec? which, in different iterations, is a common question.

The USPS is under attack by ALEC, which has been working for almost 10 years to have it privatized and essentially sold to ALEC members FedEX and UPS.  Please read Bob Sloan’s groudbreaking report on ALEC/Koch Cabal Pursuing Privatization of the US Postal Service for UPS and FedEx, which you can find at http://www.vltp.net/alec/aleckoch-cabal-pursuing-privatization-postal-service-ups-fedex

Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law Struck Down By County Judge

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void.

In his 27-page ruling, the judge said sections of the law “single out and encumber the rights of those employees who choose union membership and representation solely because of that association and therefore infringe upon the rights of free speech and association guaranteed by both the Wisconsin and United States Constitutions.”

Colas also said the law violates the equal protection clause by creating separate classes of workers who are treated differently and unequally.

The ruling applies to all local public workers affected by the law, including teachers and city and county government employees, but not those who work for the state. They were not a party to the lawsuit, which was brought by a Madison teachers union and a Milwaukee public workers union.

To read more about this important ruling, why the DOJ does not agree with this judgement, and its ramifications for Wisconsin, please click here

KOCHTOPUS: The Kochs’ Influence Network Explained – VIDEO

This artistic interpretation of the Kochtopus is from “Outing the Oligarchy: Billionaires Who Benefit from Today’s Climate Crisis” from the International Forum on Globalization.

 

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To watch this explained on the very informative video, please click here

To navigate through the Kochtopus yourself (I recommend watching the video first), please click here

 

Tell ALEC Companies to Stand Down!

For the past year, the Center for Media and Democracy has worked to expose the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), through its ongoing www.ALECexposed.org investigation into ALEC’s operations, lobbying, and “model” bills voted on behind closed doors by corporate lobbyists and legislators voting as equals. ALEC’s extreme agenda has included templates to change our laws to make it harder for juries to hold vigilantes who kill people accountable, for American citizens to vote, for Congress to limit the distorting and corrupting influence of money in our elections, and numerous other bills that undermine the rights and opportunities of Americans.

Please join us in reaching out to corporate members of ALEC to demand that they stop bankrolling ALEC and stop corrupting the democratic process. Tell them to dump ALEC!

To read and sign the letter to corporate members of ALEC, please click here

Rick Snyder & the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Corporatist “Disaster Capitalism” on the Prowl in Michigan

From the Horace McGuffey Gazette

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is utilizing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) crib notes, a recall offense. The “Nerd” Governor can’t make a move without employing ALEC models & policies and support from Michigan’s long history with ALEC and a long list of ALEC members

“…Lastly many, many areas of Michigan’s laws, rules and regulations are being “adjusted” at a furious pace to fit the whims of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, The Mackinac Center for Public Policy (spin-off of the national arch-conservative Heritage Foundation), and Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – heavily backed by the Koch Bros. and mega-wealthy families like Michigan’s own DeVos & Van Andel clans...

“…ALEC’s activities are very widespread and endemic to the lawmaking processes of state legislatures across the country, and for that reason, their activities have been accepted through ignorance of the secret and underlying purposes and objectives they promote.  The public finds it hard to believe such a group exists. But they do. Consider: “ALEC has approximately 2,000 legislative members representing all 50 states, as well as more than 85 members of Congress and 14 sitting or former Governors who are considered ‘ALEC alumni‘” (Source: WikipediaCMD and VLTP who has reported on ALEC in most levels of US Courts as well).

Read the full McGuffey blog article here

ALEC on Article V Conventions

What is an article V convention, who is ALEC, and what do the two of them have to do with each other? An Article V convention is one of the ways in which the U.S. Constitution can be amended (the other way is for Congress to do it). ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is an organization which writes model legislation and distributes it to legislators for enactment. Although most well known for its efforts at the State level (like the Voter ID and Stand Your Ground laws) ALEC has expanded its area of interest to include national politics and has gone so far as to publish a handbook on Article V conventions.

To read more about how ALEC is promoting amendments to the U.S. Constitution, please click here

AFL-CIO and Partners Announce Far-Reaching Voter Rights Campaign

The AFL-CIO today announced a far-reaching, multi-partner campaign to register voters, ensure they can cast their ballots without intimidation and follow through to make sure those votes are counted. Speaking at a press conference here in Washington, D.C., AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker said this campaign represents the union movement’s most aggressive push ever because “the attacks we are seeing on the right to vote are unprecedented”.

“Over the past several months, the AFL-CIO has been working with our affiliates to ensure that registered voters are able to cast their votes without intimidation and to ensure that their votes are counted,” Holt Baker said, with a focus on Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada. Some of those partners joined Holt Baker today, including NAACP President Ben Jealous, National Council of La Raza’s Clarissa Martinez-De-Castro and Generational Alliance’s Carmen Berkley.

To read this news story in its entirety–highly recommended–please click here