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Great news for Missouri!!! It will NOT be a Right To Work For Less state!!! 

Missouri Lt. Gov Peter Kinder (R)’s lying like usual:

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h/t: Brian Beutler at Salon

The rightwing group Alec is preparing to launch a new nationwide network that will seek to replicate its current influence within state legislatures in city councils and municipalities.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, founded in 1973, has become one of the most pervasive advocacy operations in the nation. It brings elected officials together with representatives of major corporations, giving those companies a direct channel into legislation in the form of Alec “model bills”.

Critics have decried the network as a “corporate bill mill” that has spread uniformly-drafted rightwing legislation from state to state. Alec has been seminal, for instance, in the replication of Florida’s controversial “stand-your-ground” gun law in more than 20 states.

Now the council is looking to take its blueprint for influence over statewide lawmaking and drill it down to the local level. It has already quietly set up, and is making plans for the public launch of, an offshoot called the American City County Exchange (ACCE) that will target policymakers from “villages, towns, cities and counties”.

The new organisation will offer corporate America a direct conduit into the policy making process of city councils and municipalities. Lobbyists acting on behalf of major businesses will be able to propose resolutions and argue for new profit-enhancing legislation in front of elected city officials, who will then return to their council chambers and seek to implement the proposals.

In its early publicity material, Alec says the new network will be “America’s only free market forum for village, town, city and county policymakers”. Jon Russell, ACCE’s director, declined to comment on the initiative.

Alec spokesman Wilhelm Meierling also declined to say how many corporate and city council members ACCE has attracted so far, or to say when the new initiative would be formally unveiled. But he confirmed that its structure would mirror that of Alec’s work in state legislatures by bringing together city, county and municipal elected officials with corporate lobbyists.

“As a group that focuses on limited government, free markets and federalism, we believe our message rings true at the municipal level just as it does in state legislatures,” he said.

In December, the Guardian revealed that Alec was facing funding problems as a result of fallout from its backing of “stand-your-ground” laws, in the wake of the shooting in Florida of the black teenager Trayvon Martin.

The Guardian also disclosed that Alec had initiated a “prodigal son project”, designed to woo back corporate donors that had broken off relations with the group amid the gun-law furore.

The extension of its techniques to city councils and municipalities across America offers Alec the chance to open up a potential source of funding that might help it solve its budgetary crisis. There are almost 500,000 local elected officials, many with considerable powers over schools and local services that could be attractive to big business.

Alec makes the appeal to corporations explicit in its funding material for the new ACCE exchange. It offers companies “founders committee” status in return for $25,000 a year and “council committee” membership for $10,000.

By joining ACCE’s council committee, corporate lobbyists can “participate in policy development and network with other entrepreneurs and municipal officials from around the country”. In committee meetings, lobbyists will be allowed to “present facts and opinions for discussion” and introduce resolutions for new policies that they want to see implemented in a city. At the end of such meetings, the elected officials present in the room will take a vote before returning to their respective council chambers armed with new legislative proposals.

Nick Surgey of the Center for Media and Democracy, which monitors Alec’s activities, said: “It just wouldn’t be possible for any corporation to effectively lobby the hundreds of thousands of local elected officials in the US, which until now has left our local mayors and school board members largely free from the grasps of coordinated lobbyists. Alec is now trying to change that.”

One of the main criticisms that have been levelled against Alec is that its influence distorts the democratic process by giving corporations a handle over lawmaking. Similar fears are now being expressed about the intentions of ACCE in American cities.

Natalia Rudiak, a Democratic city council member in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said she was “offended” by the suggestion she needed an outside body such as ACCE, which is licensed in Arlington, Virginia, to tell her what her community needed.

“Local politics in America is the purest form of democracy,” she said. “There is no buffer between me and the public. So why would I want the involvement of a third party acting on behalf of a few corporate interests?”

Rudiak added that she found ACCE’s boast that it will be “America’s only free market forum” patronising.

“If by ‘free market’ they mean weighing supply against demand in the best interests of the people of Pittsburgh,” she said, “then we are debating those issues in the council chamber every single day.” 

h/t: Ed Pilkington at The Guardian

h/t: Huffington Post

liberalsarecool:

As we look to 2014, keep this chart in mind for the elections in November.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will launch a news publication “Huckabee Post” in January 2014, ABC News has learned.

The site will cover a range of topics from news and politics to sports and pop culture, according to the former governor’s son, David Huckabee.

H/T: ABC News

Bradlee Dean, who will be speaking at the upcoming rally that is calling for a coup against President Obama, over the weekend told listeners of his radio show that liberals “violate the laws of our constitutional republic” and as a result “belong” in jail: 

The question I have for you is, where do these people belong? Well, if you look at prison, everyone is treated equality; if you look at prison, they get free food; if you look to the prisons, they get free medical health care; when you look to prisons, you see the only ones who have guns are the police and the guards; isn’t that what they want? If that’s what they want then let’s send them to jail because that’s where they belong because it’s communism; if it was constitutional and it was lawful, then why do we have prisons?

Dean’s co-host, his wife Stephanie, applauded his logic, and Dean said that prison “is what they want.”

From the 11.09.2013 edition of YCRBYCH’s Sons of Liberty:

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

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Teabaggers not done with kamikaze runs quite yet.

Daily Kos: The Senate Conservatives Fund, a conservative political action committee founded by Heritage CEO Jim DeMint when he was in the U.S. Senate, has endorsed Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who is running a tea party challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky GOP Senate primary next May. Louisville Courier-Journal:

"We have interviewed a lot of candidates this year and Matt Bevin is one of the very best. He’s principled, passionate, and has Ted Cruz-like courage,” said Matt Hoskins, the group’s executive director, referring to Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas, who led the fight to shut down government in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
So, if Kentucky Republicans are looking for the second coming of Ted Cruz, SCF says Matt Bevin is their man…

True to the headline, Sarah Palin is also making some pro-Bevin noise, which is probably not the world’s best news for Mitch. Right now, McConnell’s in a bona fide tossup with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who he’s currently trailing by two points. Split the conservative vote between McConnell and Bevin (who was previously destined to be a footnote) and Grimes is the obvious beneficiary. DeMint and Palin would be punishing Mitch McConnell, to be sure, but they’d also be helping Grimes. Cutting off your nose to spite your face seems to be a favorite Tea Party pastime.

(via recall-all-republicans)

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THIS JUST IN: Erick Erickson is a whiny sore loser.

Erick, your idea will cost the Republican Party a bunch of seats and the Presidency for a long time.

Ugh. Here we go again. Buoyed by their victories over two Democratic state senators in recall elections last month, Colorado Republicans are pushing ahead with a third such effort. Their latest target is state Sen. Evie Hudak, who represents the 19th District in suburban Denver, though a previous attempt to recall Hudak failed in May of this year for a lack of signatures. Hudak’s district is up during presidential years, which means it sees much greater turnout than seats elected in midterm years, like those that once belonged to former state Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron. Consequently, organizers require about 19,000 signatures to move forward—far more than they needed for the earlier recalls.

But conservatives have energy on their side, and what’s more, Democrats now run the Senate with a bare 18-17 margin. A single victory will hand control over to the GOP, and that should help money flow. Indeed, Hudak’s seat is much less blue than the Giron and Morse districts. According to Daily Kos Elections’ calculations, Barack Obama only carried the 19th by a 52-45 margin, compared to the 58 to 59 percent he earned in the other two seats. That puts Hudak in the fourth-reddest district held by a Democrat in Colorado, making it a legitimate target for Republicans.

What’s more, Hudak’s own victories have both been very narrow. In her first campaign in 2008, she won by just a 51-49 spread; last year, things got even tighter, with a mere 584-vote victory that a represented a margin of less than 0.8 percent. She’s also stumbled publicly this year on the hot-button issue of guns—the very topic that drove the previous recalls—telling a rape victim who testified before a Senate committee that “statistics are not on your side even if you had a gun.” Correct or not, Hudak received a lot of grief for her remarks and later apologized.

h/t: David Nir at Daily Kos Elections