ALEC

Afternoon Update
4:01 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

5-30 Afternoon Round-Up (with special video)

From NPR: Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican representing Murphysboro,  lost his cool after receiving a new version of pension-reform legislation.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

National Progressive Group Targets Kentucky Lawmakers for ALEC Ties

A national progressive organization that's pressuring Democrats to drop their memberships in a conservative nonprofit is now operating in Kentucky.

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Afternoon Update
4:20 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 5/18/12

The two similarly-titled books, released at the same, are giving some mixed up readers a suprise.
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Politics
11:11 am
Fri May 18, 2012

State Senators Consider Continued ALEC Membership

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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. 

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Afternoon Update
4:10 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 5/2/12

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Today on NPR: Known as "the spray man," 23-year-old Nour Hatem Zahra helped organize protests and spray-painted anti-government slogans around Damascus, the Syrian capital. He died this week after security forces shot him. Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral.

Kentucky:

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Politics
3:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

ALEC to be Examined by Attorney General Office

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's ALEC co-chair, Senator Tom Buford, says Common Cause could be considered a Democratic group, and isn’t worried about the organization being examined by the Attorney General’s office.

Morning Cram
9:37 am
Wed May 2, 2012

the morning cram [good enough for government work edition]

We may resign Afghanistan to a sort of purgatory status. It's not great...not that bad either...kind of so-so. 

NPR reports President Obama paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan, and he says having just part of the country out of Taliban hands might be the best we can do.

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Morning Cram
10:12 am
Fri April 27, 2012

the morning cram [they took our jobs edition]

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It seems European leader isn't a steady career. 

NPR reports amid economic struggles, European voters are giving their leaders the boot.

Kentucky ~ No pull for ALEC here.

Illinois ~ The fight against fracking continues.

ALEC has Little Influence in KY Legislation
4:42 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

State Co-Chair says ALEC bills Don't Go Far In Kentucky

A controversial national legislative group may not have the same pull in Kentucky as it does in other states.

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 "stand your ground" gun laws, which have been in the news since the shooting death of a Florida teenager in February.

Many of ALEC's corporate members, including Kentucky-based Yum Brands, have ended their association with the group.

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