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Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Way ALEC Wants to Bankrupt Your State



As we all know - the sole purpose of ALEC is to benefit and profit of ALEC corporate members.
Some of the things that ALEC does are meant to destroy your state - and here is one.  A slow easy bleed of the money in your state - until your state can no longer afford to exist anymore - unless of course you go begging to AL:EC corporate interests to fund and run your state - also known as Fascism!
 
Most are not paying attention to the issue highlighted below.

This piece of nastiness spreading across the USA gives a whole new meaning to ALEC's espoused "limited government".
Bankrupt the states and then you can have only one government - Kochistan, Exxonistan, Mobilstan,

Most are not paying any attention to the destruction being done by the American Legislative Exchange Council with this spreading evil.
And that makes ALEC happy.  Disinterested citizens just make its job of evil nastiness that much easier.

So here we go  ...   

ALEC introduced the Sagebrush Rebellion Act. This bill seizes BLM lands for the states, letting industry-friendly states like Utah lease or sell formerly public lands to mining companies without the long review process mandated by the BLM.
And this

2014 Congressman Raúl Grijalva has asked the U.S. Department of the Interior to "investigate the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in efforts to pass bills at the state level" that undermine federal authority over state lands and thwart the agency's duties.
What's happened so far?

Nada 

then-director of ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, Todd Wynn, wrote
"In 2014, expect more states to press this issue both in the East and the West as state legislators are likely to continue to work together through ALEC and other organizations in order to gain back their land,"
Gain back "their" land - Federal land is "their" land.
I kinda thought (in a cautiously informed type of way) it was "we the people's " land.

And they have
At great risk to your state treasury

In the past few years, efforts by a growing fringe of state lawmakers to take over national public lands have surfaced in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

Just a few examples
ARIZONA

In Arizona, Melvin's measure calls for the transfer of lands to the state from the federal government. He brought the bill to Arizona after hearing about it late last year from the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization that often provides state lawmakers with model legislation, written by its own staff.

According to Arizona Senator Sylvia Allen, who serves on ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force:
    She also believes the bill would allow the state to lift a new ban on uranium mining on 1 million acres of public land outside the Grand Canyon.
MONTANA
Sadly, that’s just not the case. This isn’t a true “Sagebrush Rebellion.” It’s a corporate bait-and-switch scheme meant to open America’s natural resources to immediate extraction. The cash funding these efforts is as dark as Sauron and the lawmakers pushing these ideas are either blinded by dogma or they’ve received some support and, quite possibly, some political funding that comes burdened with expectations.

After the success in Utah, ALEC and the Koch-backed, Kansas-based Americans for Prosperity are busy working their dark magic in other state legislatures. In Montana, they have been joined by Richard Berman’s spin-off group, the so-called Environmental Policy Alliance that’s spent the better part of a year trying to trash the reputations of sportsmen who have championed conservation causes. And now this triumvirate of secretly funded influence-peddlers has found a Montana lawmaker willing to carry their water -- one Jennifer Fielder (R), from Thompson Falls.
NEW MEXICO
Two bills introduced in the state legislature would create a task force to study the feasibility of transferring control of federal lands to the state. House Bill 291, sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamagordo, would create a 17-member committee to look into “options” for transferring federal lands to the state, as well as state and federal lands to Indian tribes and land grants.
Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, has introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

In a place like Taos County, which is about half federal lands, the impact would be substantial. Federal employees with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management make up a sizable portion of the local workforce. The feds pay the county government about $1.5 million a year to cover property tax revenue that can’t be collected on federal lands.
Herrell and Sharer - both ALEC members 


And besides the economic disaster that was mentioned in the paragraph above. in relation to wages and tax revenue - you have more danger to your state treasury.

Snips from an Op-Ed from the Jamestown Sun you have these additional threats against your state – threats being pushed by legislators of the American Legislative Exchange Council

Well, I am no fan of federal agencies, but the notion that state agencies, like the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) could do a better job, is insane.  
The costs alone of fire suppression and
defending myriad lawsuits against anti-logging groups
[and anti-fracking groups and anti-mining groups]
would bankrupt the State
{DNRC estimates it would cost $500 million a year for the state to manage the 25 million acres of public land the state would magically inherit. Reservations, wilderness areas and national parks would be exempt.)
"The state can't manage the land it has right now." Which is true. Some of the most mismanaged, overgrazed lands are sections leased to ranchers for grazing.
One important point overlooked by promoters of these land transfer schemes is grazing fees and recreational access.
Also, we hunters battled for years to get access rights to hunt on state lands and finally achieved that in 1995. However, one may only camp two days on state-owned lands before having to move camp. How'd you like to embark on a 10-day elk hunt and have to move camp every other day?
Don Allen, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Speaking at a 500-person rally in Helena this month he said, "Let's assume that the states can take over all of the federal lands. Let's assume that tomorrow the State of California controls all the land in its borders. How long before the anti-hunting organizations have a ballot initiative to outlaw regulated hunting in California? I give it five years or less."
I also have confidence in the American people nationwide. Public land is their land too — it does not belong solely to the residents of western states.

I don’t
And that makes ALEC happy. 
Disinterested citizens just make its job of evil nastiness that much easier.

In Conclusion
ALEC and their political shills are shitting all over the places people love, places that our fragile ecology needs to remain healthy, and places that serve Arizona's important hospitality sector -- in order to cuddle the balls of the extractors, who chew up the land, send the profits elsewhere, and leave us ruined landscapes.



Sunday, December 21, 2014

For 40+ Years I have been a Democratic sheeple, No More

For over 40 years I have pretty much voted a straight Democratic ticket - even when the candidates did not reflect my values.

I am a liberal progressive.
I am a liberal progressive.
Being a liberal progressive - no longer makes me a Democrat.
Many of the values I hold are similar to those of the Democratic party.
In today's political arena the values of the Democratic party are becoming more and more misaligned with my values.

The one thing I do know is that I will never vote for a Republican or a ALEC free-market loving libertarian.

For over 40 years, many times I have voted against my own values - just to support the Democratic party.

Democratic pundits have warned me that not voting Democratic would hand the election over to the Republicans.
Democratic leaders warn that voters such as me will destroy the party.

That's the problem for the Democratic Party - it is not my issue.
Voters like me deserve a voice in our government also.

I only have about 20+ years left to cast my votes.
I will no longer waste them on centrist Democrats who do not hold my values.
I will no longer waste them on Conserva-Dems.
I will no longer waste them on Corporate Democrats..
I will vote third party unless the Democratic party puts candidates on the ballot that reflect my values also.
I will no longer be a Democratic sheeple - voting a straight Democratic ticket because the Democratic party and their pundits tell me it is the right and just thing to do.

I am a liberal progressive.
Being a liberal progressive - no longer makes me a Democrat.
Voters like me deserve a voice in our government also.
Nothing can or will change in our government will change until people start voting their values - instead of voting their party.

And for the rest of my life - I will use my vote to support my liberal progressive values.
If that upsets Democrats reading this - then make sure the candidates that are put on the ballot reflect my values also, and are not centrist right-leaning Democrats, Conserva-Dems or Corporate Democrats.
If that upsets Democrats reading this - then go out and recruit another person who will vote for centrist right-leaning Democrats, Conserva-Dems or Corporate Democrats to replace my vote.
If that upsets Democrats reading this - then do something about it - I say that, cause I know you won't.

And finally - in regards to being judged by other Dems - do you think I care at this point?
Everyone has the right to vote for whomever they please  - so I've heard.

Belonging to a political party is a choice.
Voting with a political party is a choice.

I no longer owe anyone or any party my vote.
I will vote my values.

2016
I WILL NOT SUPPORT OR VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON - a centrist right-leaning Democrat and Corporate Democrat.

I will no longer be a Democratic sheeple
- voting Democratic cause the Democratic party or their pundits tell me it is the right and just thing to do.



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Is Comcast Stealing Your Bandwidth?

That's a good question
and you should think about it very seriously especially as more and more things become internet dependent.

Case in point.

I hold down a full time job.
The only time I am at home during the day is when I am sick.

In the past year, I have been home sick 2 days.
On BOTH of those days - at 8am - my internet bandwidth basically disappeared at my home.

This leads me to believe that Comcast was re-routing the bandwidth to their business customers and away from residential customers during the day.

At night - I can have multiple livestreams, social media sites and webpages open and running at the same time.

Today - during the day, I can't tweet and livestream Democracy Now at the same time.
I complained about this in a tweet and I had multiple people come back with replies that the same thing happens to them.

Think about it.
When Comcast says "up to 50 Mbps" - they evidently mean
residential customers can expect way less that that - during the day.

I am concerned about this - cause next year I will be home during the day ON A REGULAR basis, which means I will have horseshit bandwidth every day, during business hours.

Comcast - a piece of shit internet provider - that some of us are forced to use.

Monday, November 3, 2014

ALEC Is & Should Be A Campaign Issue



Being a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council is and should be a campaign issue.
This past week, a PAC released letters identifying ALEC members in various states, and ALEC HQ blew a gasket and released a presser – that is, as usual full of inaccuracies and misleading statements.

Regardless of whether its dark money or not
THANK YOU to the Patriot Majority for the robocalls and mailers on ALEC legislators.

To ALEC members all I can say is
    Too bad, so sad
    You made your ALEC bed, now lie in it
    Oh, how I hope America will
    #VoteNo2ALEC
    And kick your extremist, conservative, pro-corporate ALEC butts out of office

On to the real purpose of this entry,  ALEC’s response to becoming a campaign issue.

This week, robocalls and letters dropped in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan and Maine, targeting state lawmakers who are members of ALEC. The attack letters call ALEC a secretive “corporate special interest” group that buys politicians with ”lavish, all-expenses-paid vacations.”

    ALEC information is not secret: financials, policy, draft proposals
       and publications are available online
    Meetings are not closed: anyone can register
    Journalists come to meetings
    ALEC meetings are held in convention center hotels, such as the
         Marriott in Kansas City and Oklahoma City
There are some major issues with these misleading statements made by ALEC.
Best get to it.

First
ALEC never disputes the statement
            "corporate special interest” group that buys politicians
            with ”lavish, all-expenses-paid vacations.”
Cause it’s true.

Second
It's important for you to realize that only the information that ALEC wants the public to see is on its webpages.
On its webpage you will not find
   The ALEC    Voter ID bill
   The ALEC    Stand Your Ground Bill
There are many horrific pieces of legislation that ALEC has pushed that are intentionally not posted on the ALEC webpage.
Instead of taking credit for the evil they produce – ALEC distances itself from its role in these horrific pieces of legislature by basically saying
“If its not on our webpage, we didn’t do it”,
A blatant lie used against activists that have exposed its legislation.

Third
“Meetings” are not open – “meetings” are closed
The “conference” is open – anyone can register – if you want to give ALEC your money to go to a few lunches with keynote speakers and maybe some parties if ALEC doesn't kick you out first.
The "meetings" are restricted.
From the 2014 ALEC Task Force Operating Procedures
IV. MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
A.  The membership of a Task Force consists of legislators
who are members in good standing of ALEC and
are duly appointed to the Task Force, in accordance with Section VI (A)
and private sector organizations that are full members of ALEC,
contribute to the assessment for the Task Force operating budget,
and are duly appointed to the Task Force, in accordance with
Section VI (B).
AND if you think you will just get a hotel room at the “conference hotel” and just hangout and see who is there – be prepared for ALEC security to kick you out of the hotel – if they don’t like you  

Fourth
Notice how they state
“Journalists come to meetings.”
"come to meetings.”
No - they come to the "conference"
Journalists do show up at the "conference"– but that does NOT mean they get to go into the “meetings”.
They can go to keynote speeches – but NOT the “meetings”.

In addition – ALEC media rulings state
ALEC does not allow journalists to register as media for the purpose of writing a personal blog, or for persons whose news outlet is funded by an individual; political candidate or party; nonprofit; or activist/lobbying organization.
AND
ALEC staff interprets that ruling very broadly.
2011  
  my [media] application would be denied on the grounds that the Center for Media and Democracy was an "advocacy organization." -

Beau Hodai, a staff writer for the print magazine In These Times, was denied credentials after writing stories critical of ALEC.
Olivia Ward, an investigative reporter with the Toronto Star, who was told she could not observe an ALEC meeting about budget policies even though she had press credentials issued by ALEC for the meeting. -
Al Jazeera America was also denied press credentials in New Orleans. –
2012   
 “Our business meetings are not open, and so the subcommittee meetings and task force meetings are not open,” explained Bill Meierling,”

2013
There were dozens of press credentials laid out on ALEC conference's check-in table when I arrived Thursday morning. Mother Jones' was not among them. ALEC's board of directors had refused my request for credentials, according to spokesman Bill Meierling.

When asked why I'd been turned away, Meierling pointed to our previous coverage of ALEC and said it's clear that Mother Jones "fundamentally hates" ALEC.

Nuff said
History of not being friendly to press.

Fifth and last.
ALEC meetings are held in convention center hotels
Depends on how you define that.
They push the "Marriott" but don't mention these 

2011 – Annual Meeting Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City's Grand America Hotel, the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in Salt Lake City.
www.grandamerica.com/
lavish

2011 Winter Meeting - Scottsdale
kierlandresort.com/
lavish

2012 Annual Meeting - Chicago
The Palmer House Hotel is a famous and historic hotel in Chicago in the city's Loop area. It currently operates under the full name Palmer House - A Hilton Hotel.

www.palmerhouse.hilton.com
As written up in Forbes   
lavish


2013 Annual Meeting - Dallas
the hotel features a unique Asian-designed atrium lobby complemented by reflecting pools, greenery and comfortable seating areas. Hilton Anatole is home to one of the largest Asian art collections in the world, with more than 1,000 pieces of fine art on display throughout the hotel.

Spend time browsing this Dallas hotel’s valuable collection of over 1,000 fine art pieces and antiques dating back as early as 500 BC

lavish

Going back to where we started
First
ALEC never disputes the statement
            corporate special interest” group that buys politicians
            with ”lavish, all-expenses-paid vacations.”
Cause it’s true.
You have  $3,000 state dinners for legislators paid for by lobbyists.
lavish


LIES   LIES   LIES   LIES   LIES   LIES
for stupid people willing to believe.

#VoteNo2ALEC

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

VOTE NO TO ALEC in November

respriv.org/voteno2alec/


http://respriv.org/voteno2alec/ 

#VoteNo2ALEC
The American Legislative Exchange Council is one nasty, evil organization.
The American Legislative Exchange Council hates the control of the Federal government.
The American Legislative Exchange Council hates control at the local level.
American Legislative Exchange Council members only want
evil ALEC state legislative members to have control.




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Vote No to ALEC to Take Back the House

Thirty days until the mid-term election.
People are wondering - - - wringing their hands - - - -

What can we do
for the Dems to keep the US Senate
for the Dems to get the US House

As in the states - one way to go about it - is #VoteNo2ALEC

Members of the extremist, pro-corporate American Legislative Exchange Council running for Congress are listed below
90 members running for the US House
9 members running for the US Senate

                                  ALEC                                SEAT                        OPPONENT



ALABAMA
Michael Rogers
US House District 3
Jesse Smith




ALASKA
Don Young
US House At Large
Forrest Dunbar




ARIZONA
Andy Tobin
US House District 1
Ann Kirkpatrick

Matt Salmon
US House District 5
James Woods

David Schweikert
US House District 6
John Williamson




CALIFORNIA
Dan Logue
U.S. House District 3
John Garamendi

Tom McClintock
U.S. House District 4
Art Moore (R)

Paul Cook
U.S. House District 8
Bob Conway

Jeff Denham
U.S. House District 10
Michael Eggman

Ed Royce
U.S. House District 39
Peter Anderson

Lucille Roybal-Allard
U.S. House District 40
David Sanchez
For over a decade Roybal-Allard was listed as an ALEC Alum in Congress
In 2011 her name was dropped from the list
Don't know why - her choice - or not?


COLORADO
Cory Gardner
U.S. Senate
Mark Udall

Scott Tipton
US House District 3
Abel Tapia

Doug Lamborn
US House District 5
Irv Halter

Mike Coffman
US House District 6
Andrew Romanoff




FLORIDA
Jeff Miller
US House District 1
James Bryan

Steve Southerland
US House District 2
Gwen Graham

John Mica
US House District 7
Wesley Neuman

Bill Posey
US House District 8
Gabriel Rothblatt

Daniel Webster
US House District 10
Michael Patrick McKenna

Dennis Ross
US House District 15
Alan Cohn

Mario Diaz-Balart
US House District 25
UNOPPOSED

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
US House District 27
UNOPPOSED




GEORGIA
Lynn Westmoreland
US House District 4
UNOPPOSED

Tom Price
US House District 6
Robert Montigel

Austin Scott
US House District 8
UNOPPOSED

Doug Collins
US House District 9
David Vogel

Barry Loudermilk
US House District 11
UNOPPOSED

Tom Graves
US House District 14
UNOPPOSED




IDAHO
Raul Labrador
US House District 1
Shirley Ringo

Mike Simpson
US House District 2
Richard Stallings

Jim Risch
US Senate
Nels Mitchell




ILLINOIS
Darlene Senger
US House District 11
Bill Foster

Mike Bost
US House District 12
Bill Enyart

Jim Oberweis
Senate
Dick Durbin




INDIANA
Jackie Walorski
US House District 2
Joe Bock

Marlin Stutzman
US House District 3
Justin Kuhnle




IOWA
Steve King
US House District 4
Jim Mowrer

Joni Ernst
US Senate
Bruce Braley




KANSAS
Lynn Jenkins
US House District 2
Margie Wakefield

Kevin Yoder
US House District 3
Kelly Kultala




KENTUCKY
Brett Guthrie
US House District 2
Ron Leach




MARYLAND
Andy Harris
US House District 1
Bill Tilghman




MICHIGAN
Bill Huizenga
US House District 2
Dean Vanderstat

Justin Amash
US House District 3
Bob Goodrich

John Moolenaar
US House District 4
Jeff Holmes

Tim Walberg
US House District 7
Pam Byrnes

Mike Bishop
US House District 8
Eric Schertzing




MINNESOTA
Erik Paulsen
U.S. House District 3
Sharon Sund




MISSISSIPPI
Alan Nunnelee
U.S. House District 1
Ron Dickey

Steven Palazzo
U.S. House District 4
Matt Moore




MISSOURI
Blaine Leutkemeyer
U.S. House District 3
Courtney Denton

Vicky Hartzler
U.S. House District 4
Nate Irvin

Sam Graves
U.S. House District 6
Bill Hedge

Jason Smith
U.S. House District 8
Barbara Hamill Stocker




NEBRASKA
Adrian Smith
U.S. House District 3
Mark Sullivan




NEVADA
Crescent Hardy
U.S. House District 4
Steven Horsford




NEW HAMPSHIRE
Marlinda Garcia
U.S. House District 2
Ann Kuster




NEW JERSEY
Frank LoBiondo
House District 2
Bill Hughes 

Scott Garret
House District 5
Roy Cho

Rodney Frelinhuysen
House District 11
Mark Dunec




NEW MEXICO
Steve Pearce
US House 2
Roxanne Rocky Lara




NORTH CAROLINA
Walter Jones
U.S. House District 3
Marshall Adame

David Rouzer
U.S. House District 7
Jonathan Barfield

Thom Tillis
US Senate
Kay Hagan




OHIO
John Adams
US House District 3
Joyce Beatty

Jim Jordan
US House District 4
UNOPPOSED

Bob Latta
US House District 5
Robert Fry

Bob Gibbs
US House District 7
UNOPPOSED

John Boehner
US House District 8
Tom Poetter

Pat Tibari
US House District 12
David Tibbs

Steve Stivers
US House District 15
Scott Wharton




OKLAHOMA
Frank Lucas
US House District 3
Frankie Robbins

Tom Cole
US House District 4
Bert Smith

Jim Inhofe
US Senate
Matt Silverstein




PENNSYLVANIA
Mike Fitzpatrick
U.S. House - District 8
Kevin Strouse

Charles Dent
U.S. House - District 15
UNOPPOSED

Joseph Pitts
U.S. House - District 16
Tom Houghton




SOUTH CAROLINA
Joe Wilson
US House District 2
Phil Black

Jeff Duncan
US House District 3
Barbara Jo Mullis

Lindsay Graham
US Senate
Brad Hutto

Tim Scott
US Senate
Joyce Dickerson




SOUTH DAKOTA
Kristi Noem
US House District 1
Corrine Robinson




TENNESSEE
Scott DesJarlais
US House District 4
Lenda Sherrell

Diane Black
US House District 6
Amos Powers

Marsha Blackburn
US House District 7
Daniel Cramer




TEXAS
Sam Johnson
US House – District 3
UNOPPOSED

John Culberson
US House – District 7
James Cargas

Kevin Brady
US House – District 8
UNOPPOSED

Randy Weber
US House – District 14
Donald Brown

Ken Marchant
US House  - District 24
Patrick McGehearty




VIRGINIA
Randy Forbes
US House District 4
Elliott Fausz

Morgan Griffith
US House District 9
Ind William Carr




WASHINGTON
Jaime Herrera Beutler
US House - District 3
Bob Dingethal

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
US House - District 5
Joe Pakootas




W VIRGINIA
Alec Mooney
US House District 2
Nick Casey




WISCONSIN
Glenn Grothman
US House District 6
Mark Harris




WYOMING
Mike Enzi
USA Senate
Charlie Hardy

Cynthia Lummis
US House District 1
Richard Grayson
ALEC doesn't show Lummis as an ALEC Alumni in Congress
But she should be - don't know what's going on there.