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Report notes North Carolina's longtime ties to ALEC

The rise of the GOP in the state legislature the past two years coincided with exposure of a previously little known conservative group that has worked to shape legislation for decades: the American Legislative Exchange Council.

ALEC was a significant part of Republican lawmakers’ agenda in Raleigh, with a “boot camp” on “model legislation,” a spring summit meeting of the organization’s various task forces – each specializes in specific issues – was held in Charlotte, and in the summer of 2011, a large contingent of Republican members of the House attended the national conference in New Orleans, where House Speaker Thom Tillis was named one of the legislators of the year.

Meanwhile, a drumbeat by liberal groups outed ALEC’s behind-the-scenes work to bring the corporate agenda to the nation’s legislators to pass pro-business laws. Despite the bad P.R., North Carolina legislators aren’t likely to severe their longstanding ties to ALEC, and the group will likely continue to be a player in the new session that begins in January.

Dome meant to note this earlier, but it’s been a busy year: One local liberal group, Progress N.C., put out its own report, based on research by the Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause, and reporting in newspapers, including The N&O.

Its report noted that 40 North Carolina legislators were ALEC members, all but three in the House, and all but two Republicans. It pointed to three ALEC-inspired bills that became law last session: the castle-doctrine “stand your ground” gun law, the failed attempt to gut consumer protection in product liability cases, and the promotion of charter schools. Language in all three bills was similar to ALEC model legislation.


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Thank you!

I appreciate that you acknowledge I have wisdom, AgentPierce. But -- thank god the Internet is not the real world. I much prefer the real world. People tend to moderate themselves far more when they're not hiding behind their computers.  

Boot Camp?

Did they yell at the Republican legislators like they do in that TV program?  Get in their face and intimidate them to tears?

Boy, I like the Democrat method of being wooed by the siren song of the lobbyists.  That seems a more civilised and fun way to govern.  

... and, of course

and, Jackson, YOU have been anointed as Lord High Determinor of what is good for EVERYONE.  It must be tough to have such wisdom and not be in charge!   There seem to be quite a few other contenders for that title and the power that comes with it.

If only the Internet was the real world, huh.   :-)

Oh that you were right, Agent Pierce

Boy, do I *wish* Progress N.C. was introducing legislation in statehouses nationwide and ramming those laws through as a way to circumvent federal laws. Alas, only ALEC seems to have achieved that feat. 

Your comment displays an astonishing amount of ignorance about ALEC, who is behind ALEC (corporations lobbying for state laws that profit them) and who profits tremendously from ALEC (said corporations and the conservative lawmakers who act as their trained dogs). A simple Google search would cure your ignorance. There is probably no help for your lack of logic and basic thinking process deficit, however.

The bottomline about ALEC: the people of North Carolina deserve lawmakers who make laws based on what NC needs, not lawmakers who acts as puppers for a national corporate lobbying council.


"..exposure of a previously little known conservative group..."

I hear tomorrow's edition will expose a sighting of Bigfoot near that barbecue place downtown.  From what I understand N & O investigative reporters were looking in a dumpster for the missing travel records when Bigfoot said:  "Hey mon, are either one of you guys Art Pope?"


Because the N&O says so.....

so.... ALEC is "BAD" and Progress NC is "GOOD" because..... Because The N&O says so.   Otherwise they are simply two organizations with differing points of view.

Too bad The N&O doesn't present both sides without smothering the story with their inherent bias and allow readers to determine which one suits their POV.

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