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  • ALEC blames Unitarian Universalists, other progressives for its woes
    ALEC blames Unitarian Universalists, other progressives for its woes
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has fallen on hard times. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo have severed their ties with the organization. The withdrawal of large financial backers has forced ALEC to "sublet their swank...
  • Microsoft
    Microsoft cuts ties with climate change denier legislation group ALEC
    A group called ALEC has been quietly operating under the radar since 1973 and has been responsible for recruited companies, lawmakers and conservative nonprofit organizations to fund anti-government agendas like regulations to curb carbon...
  • Saturday: Information session on Senate Bill 310 and Ohio's clean energy future
    Saturday: Information session on Senate Bill 310 and Ohio's clean energy future
    Of recent legislative efforts to turn back Ohio's clean energy standards, Senate Bill 310 poses the most serious threat, according to the Ohio Environmental Council.The bill is reportedly being fast-tracked for passage before June.From 11 a.m....
  • Unsustainable capitalist extremist politics & practices in an election year
    Unsustainable capitalist extremist politics & practices in an election year
    In the event you are still under some childishly delusional belief that there is any semblance of “equality” or “freedom” left in the U.S. you probably don’t want to read the following.From the “let them eat...
  • The drum beats slowly against residential solar
    The drum beats slowly against residential solar
    Have you seen the most recent ad from Edison Electric Institute? Yikes! Take a moment to view the video above.This ad is produced by the Edison Electric Institute, a lobbying group for the nation's investor owned utility companies. The ad...
  • Evil Google?
    Google funding dirty energy and animal cruelty
    In February, a Utah slaughterhouse was caught painfully pushing a cow with a forklift. But when the police showed up, they weren't there to shut things down -- they were there to press charges against the citizen filming the cruelty, even...
  • ALEC still fighting renewable energy standards despite losses
    ALEC still fighting renewable energy standards despite losses
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) celebrated its 40th anniversary this spring, but in 40 years, the organization that writes and pushes model legislation in state governments, has not seen the level of controversy it is embroiled in...
  • ALEC Exposed
    Allied with ALEC: Washington State’s “Dirty Half-Dozen”
    The infamously stealthy pro-corporate, anti-worker American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has infiltrated deep into our Washington state legislature.Some legislators, supposedly elected to represent their down-home constituents, actually...
  • Dick Durbin
    Dick Durbin tries to intimidate conservative think Tanks
    Dick Durbin, using what many call intimidation tactics, and what the Chicago Tribune called Durbin's enemies list, sent out hundreds of letters asking conservative groups if the still support ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) now...
  • Clouds of secrecy hang over Chicago
    ALEC holds its 40th Conference in Chicago under clouds of secrecy
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), convened in Chicago on yesterday to hold its 40th Conference. According to the organization's website, this year's conference will feature Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and...
  • Justice for Trayvon
    Master Blaster runs Bartertown
    News of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial spread faster than a California wildfire in late August last night. Ardent, yet blazing tiradical threads burn on across every imaginable sphere of the internet, in the comments section of every...
  • ALEC
    A Little Education on ALEC and Education
    Education "reform" is constantly in the news. It seems there is a trend sweeping the nation, with state governments from Florida to Tennessee to New Mexico working feverishly to overhaul education policy. Trends in education are nothing...
  • Conservatives in U.S. trying to reverse renewable energy standards in the states
    Conservatives in U.S. trying to reverse renewable energy standards in the states
    Correction: After this article was published the Washington Post made a correction on the amount of money Heartland received from Exxon and the Koch Brothers. I have updated this story with the numbers the Post now reports.As world leaders begin...
  • Under the radar
    Under the radar
    As the election draws to a conclusion the process has not been pretty. With various claims and agendas among opponents, political parties, PACS and historic sums of money spent, several pertinent organizations remain in the background, scarcely...
  • Charter
    Virginia's restrictive charter school law gets an F grade
    A perennial leader in many education indexes, Virginia received an F from a national charter school group for restricting the publicly funded, locally operated campuses.With just four charters serving 354 of Virginia’s 1.3 million K-12...