ALEC http://wkms.org en 5-30 Afternoon Round-Up (with special video) http://wkms.org/post/5-30-afternoon-round-special-video <p><strong>From NPR: </strong>Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican representing Murphysboro,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/30/154005433/video-let-my-people-go-illinois-state-rep-loses-cool-on-house-floor"> lost his cool </a>after receiving a new version of pension-reform legislation.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=NuynpMeDxTA</p><p><strong>From around the region: </strong></p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:01:30 +0000 Chad Lampe 18174 at http://wkms.org National Progressive Group Targets Kentucky Lawmakers for ALEC Ties http://wkms.org/post/national-progressive-group-targets-kentucky-lawmakers-alec-ties <p><font size="2">A national progressive organization that&#39;s pressuring Democrats to drop their memberships in a conservative nonprofit is now operating in Kentucky.</font> Wed, 30 May 2012 19:15:08 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 18171 at http://wkms.org National Progressive Group Targets Kentucky Lawmakers for ALEC Ties Afternoon Round-Up 5/18/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-51812 <p><strong>Today on NPR:</strong> <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/17/152778559/two-gray-titles-one-sexy-mix-up">People are confusing <em>Between Shades of Gray</em>, a novel about a Lithuanian girl exiled to Siberia, with the saucy S&amp;M blockbuster, <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em>.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Around the Commonwealth:</strong></p> Fri, 18 May 2012 21:20:41 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 18042 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 5/18/12 State Senators Consider Continued ALEC Membership http://wkms.org/post/state-senators-consider-continued-alec-membership <p>Several Democrats in the Kentucky Senate have held on to their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, despite national blowback against the group for its conservative model laws.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 May 2012 16:11:34 +0000 Gabe Bullard (KPR) 18031 at http://wkms.org State Senators Consider Continued ALEC Membership Afternoon Round-Up 5/2/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-5212 <p><strong>Today on NPR: </strong>Known as &quot;the spray man,&quot; 23-year-old Nour Hatem Zahra helped organize protests and spray-painted anti-government slogans around Damascus, the Syrian capital. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/02/151852095/a-syrian-graffiti-artist-defiant-until-death">He died this week after security forces shot him.</a> Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral.</p><p><strong>Kentucky:</strong></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 21:10:35 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 17836 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 5/2/12 ALEC to be Examined by Attorney General Office http://wkms.org/post/alec-be-examined-attorney-general-office <p>The advocacy group Common Cause is asking federal agencies to remove the non-profit tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council. The ALEC provides lawmakers with sample legislation and talking points, often to promote conservative issues, and Common Cause says the organization is a lobbying group. Kentucky&#39;s ALEC co-chair, Senator Tom Buford, says Common Cause could be considered a Democratic group, and isn&rsquo;t worried about the organization being examined by the Attorney General&rsquo;s office. Wed, 02 May 2012 20:25:22 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17832 at http://wkms.org ALEC to be Examined by Attorney General Office the morning cram [good enough for government work edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-good-enough-government-work-edition <p>We may resign Afghanistan to a sort of purgatory status. It&#39;s not great...not that bad either...kind of so-so.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>NPR reports</strong> President Obama paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan, and he says having just part of the country out of Taliban hands might be the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/02/151835154/afghan-good-enough-may-be-best-u-s-and-allies-can-do">best we can do</a>.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 14:37:00 +0000 Gary Pitts 17829 at http://wkms.org the morning cram [good enough for government work edition] the morning cram [they took our jobs edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-they-took-our-jobs-edition <p>It seems European leader isn&#39;t a steady career.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>NPR reports</strong> amid economic struggles, European voters are giving their leaders <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/27/151465854/one-after-another-european-leaders-get-the-boot">the boot</a>.</p><p><strong>Kentucky ~</strong> No pull for <a href="http://www.wkms.org/post/state-co-chair-says-alec-bills-dont-go-far-kentucky">ALEC</a> here.</p><p><strong>Illinois ~</strong> The <a href="http://www.wkms.org/post/illinois-fracking-legislation-passes-senate">fight against fracking</a> continues.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:12:26 +0000 Gary Pitts 17779 at http://wkms.org the morning cram [they took our jobs edition] State Co-Chair says ALEC bills Don't Go Far In Kentucky http://wkms.org/post/state-co-chair-says-alec-bills-dont-go-far-kentucky <p><font size="2">A controversial national legislative group may not have the same pull in Kentucky as it does in other states.<br /><br /> For weeks, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been under fire for its work pushing model state laws. The group has been linked to &quot;stand your ground&quot; gun laws, which have been in the news since the shooting death of a Florida teenager in February.<br /><br /> Many of ALEC&#39;s corporate members, including Kentucky-based Yum Brands, have ended their association with the group.<br /> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:42:54 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17776 at http://wkms.org