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Topic - American Legislative Exchange Council
The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is a non-partisan, ideologically conservative [http://www.alec.org/index.php?id=300], non-profit 501(c)(3) membership association of state legislators and private sector policy advocates. Among other activities, the group assists its members in developing "model laws" for state legislatures and serves as an easy-networking tool for fellow legislators to research how certain policy projects and problems have been handled in other states. ALEC has approximately 2,000 legislative members representing all 50 states, as well as more than 85 members of Congress and 14 sitting or former Governors who are considered "ALEC alumni". While the alumni elected to the United States Congress and as Governors are almost exclusively Republican [http://www.alec.org/news/press-releases/press-releases-2002/november/alec-members-boost-alumni-membership-in-congress.html] [http://www.alec.org/about/alec-alumni-program.html], around one third of ALEC's legislative members are members of the Democratic Party. - Source: Wikipedia
Alternative sentences can save money while giving nonviolent offenders another chance
A new book by Diane Ravitch, one of the leading voices behind the reform and testing regime that culminated in No Child Left Behind, now argues we got it all wrong.
Americans have a right to their beliefs without left-wing reproach
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois thinks the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups hasn't gone far enough, and he wants to help. He's doing some bullying of his own.
How does a conservative group know it is doing something right? It's a pretty good clue when a heavy-handed leftist U.S. senator attempts to intimidate its supporters.
The Senate will be taking up the matter of stand your ground laws with planned hearings this fall headed by Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Democrat announced Friday.
With the Environmental Protection Agency set to take on an even broader regulatory role in the years ahead, a report released Wednesday shows the agency's footprint already is at a historic high.
Some on the right are now embracing shareholder activism, using tactics pioneered on the left that have turned America's corporate boardrooms and annual meetings into battlegrounds over causes ranging from climate change and gay rights to universal health care and campaign spending reform.
The odds of finding a good job are significantly better in the nation's red states than in blue states, according to a new study of business and tax policies across the country released Thursday.
Have you heard of SWATing? Someone calls 911 falsely claiming that a person has killed someone or is about to do so. It can bring down a world of hurt, complete with sirens and a SWAT team with drawn guns.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin recently came under attack from left-wing activists for meeting with representatives of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a nationwide association of conservative state legislators. This is but the latest salvo in a sustained attack on ALEC from the political left.
An influential group of conservative state lawmakers is on the verge of proposing model legislation to block the Common Core national education standards that have been heavily promoted by the Obama administration.
Throughout history, political extremists have attacked their opponents, seeking to silence and suppress those with whom they disagree. Some form of bullying is almost always their chief weapon. These extremists invariably try to undermine democracy itself and silence their opposition.
The American Legislative Exchange Council, the low-profile but high-impact force behind a wave of conservative-oriented legislative initiatives across the country, said Tuesday it was dropping the task force that helped produce some of its most contentious bills.