And I'm speaking of ed reform walls that are looking like mud caves in Seattle.
- ALEC (the shadow group American Legislative Exchange Council) is losing its pow. Who would have thought that a group so powerful - both in money and in legislative power - could be falling so fast. But according to The Guardian story:
The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange
Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level
across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it
wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its
documents as the "Prodigal Son Project".
The target firms include commercial giants such as Amazon, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Kraft, McDonald's and Walmart, all of which cut ties with the group following the furor over the killing of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida in February 2012.
The Guardian has learned that by Alec's own reckoning the network has
lost almost 400 state legislators from its membership over the past two
years, as well as more than 60 corporations that form the core of its
funding. In the first six months of this year it suffered a hole in its
budget of more than a third of its projected income.
There's also "a draft agreement prepared for the board meeting proposed that
Alec's chairs in each of the 50 states, who are drawn from senior
legislators, should be required to put the interests of the organisation
first, thus setting up a possible conflict of interest with the voters who elected them."
- another ALEC story from a state representative from Wisconsin and her experience attending an ALEC convention. This from The Raw Story:
She was asked why she attended the convention:
I think it’s so incredibly important for people to understand where
these [model] bills are coming from and try to understand the rationale.
I was quite blown away by the extent of where [Wisconsin] policy is
coming from, because so much of it is coming from this group.
It was assumed she was a Republican (she's not) and she said she wouldn't have lied if anyone had asked.