Hightower on EM/ALEC in Michigan: Dictatorial Coup of Emergency Managers (PA4) (Koch, Snyder, Mackinac)


Jim Hightower outlines in a well-researched piece the dictatorial nature of the Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager Law (PA 4) to be challenged on the 2012 Michigan Ballot Proposal #1 in November and its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and implications to both Michigan and other US States. UPDATE: Vote […]

Michigan Needs ALEC Accountability Act NOW (Bonus: Who is Richard McLellan?)


Michigan needs the “ALEC Accountability Act” NOW or yesterday or actually over a decade ago. Since it should be abundantly clear by now that the Michigan State Legislature, like dozens of other states, has a special interest infestation and corporate corruption problem something should be done. But what to do about it? This week dozens […]

Walmart Wants ‘Out’, Michigan Goes ‘All-In’ – Will Detroit 3 Dump ALEC Too?


The mega-retailer Wal-Mart announced yesterday their “suspension” of their corporate membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), they were also joined by Medtronics Corporation, who like several members claimed to have given up ALEC membership much earlier in 2010. But the question remains – Will Michigan’s “Detroit 3” (GM, Ford and Chrysler) also drop […]

MediaMatters Hits Michigan Media for Not Covering Identified ALEC Asbestos Bill Passage


Cross-posting this time from Kos. This just out from MediaMatters.org with the title “No Oxygen: Michigan Media Silent As State Passes ALEC Bill Limiting Compensation For Asbestos Victims“: “Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) approved a bill that curbs the ability of asbestos-exposure victims to recover losses from some companies that are legally responsible. […]

NRA/Florida ALEC Gun Model Most Closely Matches Michigan Bill & more OMG Gun Stuff


A new report shows that Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in the middle of the Trayvon Martin tragedy was written by the NRA and pushed in multiple State Legislatures by ALEC finds that a Michigan 2005-2006 Bill most closely matches the controversial Florida law. Even as all that is happening, the Michigan ALEC member sponsor […]

Mackinac Center to Michigan Gov Snyder: Strike Colors, Hove To… Recieve Boarders on Right to Work

In one of the boldest, brashest moves seen in Michigan in quite some time, Ken Braun the recently ‘former’ Managing Director of CapCon at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, has threaten Republican Governor Rick Snyder to either join the “Right to Work” (for a lot less) forces, or be circumvented by ‘citizen’ introduced legislation […]

One Merry Year in Michigan: Twas the Nerd Who Stole Christmas Version

The State of Michigan goes through a long year into a Holiday Season in which Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Republicans do their very best attempting steal away as much joy for themselves and their cronies, Grinch style. But hope here is still strong, and most (True Michigan) liberal hearts are certainly not “two sizes […]

Liberal Brunch


Weekend open thread, interesting links, and overall just a really good time.  First, a little bit of housekeeping:  Many of you know I took about 2 years off from blogging to get an MBA.  I graduated last May (yay!) and have turned my attention to improving BFM and the netroots / grassroots in general.   I’m […]

ALEC Exposed – Government of the Corporations, By the Corporations and For the Corporations – Part 1

The Center for Media and Democracy recently put on line over 800 pieces of “model legislation” from an organization known as ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. The Rochester Citizen was in Madison when the story broke and the ALEC Exposed web site live. The Center for Media and Democracy is located in Madison, Wisconsin […]

Whistleblower Exposes ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) Model Legislation – Proves Beyond All Doubt Representative Tom McMillin On The Side Of Corporations, Not Constituents

State Representative Tom McMillin

On Wednesday the Center for Media in Democracy put up a web site, http://www.AlecExposed.org that contains over 800 pieces of so-called model legislation that has been influenced by ALEC’s 300 corporate members. The content of the 800 pieces of model legislation was provided by a whistleblower from inside ALEC. Many of the bills benefit ALEC’s […]

Tom McMillin – Rochester’s Copy and Paste Corporate Legislator

A recent report published by People for the American Way states, “ALEC represents an alarming risk to the credibility of the political process and threatens to greatly diminish the confidence and influence ordinary people have in government. Representative Tom McMillin is a member of ALEC and has been prominently mentioned in at least one press […]

Tony Trupiano Interviews Bruce Fealk about ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council

Today I did an interview on Tony Trupiano’s new radio show on WDTW from 6-9 a.m. We talked about the organization known as ALEC, the American Legislative Exhchange Council. You can listen to Tony’s show every weekday morning from 6-9 on 1310 AM or on line at The Tony Show