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Thursday
Mar272014

ALG urges passage of JOBS Act 

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March 26, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging passage of the JOBS Act being introduced in the House of Representatives:

"Americans for Limited Government strongly urges passage of the Republican Study Committee's JOBS Act.  The JOBS Act is comprehensive legislation that unleashes private job creators through overturning the Obama Administration's regulatory assault on the American workforce.

"The JOBS Act stifles Obama's War on Coal creating a low cost energy future that is needed to build a robust U.S. manufacturing sector which isn't dependent upon government subsidies for success.  The Act also strips away the rogue National Labor Relation's Boards capacity to serve as prosecutor, judge and jury on employment law cases, a power that has created profound workforce uncertainty for employers who seek to follow the law.  The House of Representatives should pass the JOBS Act without delay."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-urges-passage-of-jobs-act/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Tuesday
Mar042014

CEI Today: Post-Obama America, pop culture & capitalism, Michigan right-to-work, and more 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
In the News Today


March 6-8, 2014


What's the Deal With Global Warming?
Thursday, March 06, 2014
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Featuring CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis

 

After Obama, Day 1: What Are the Big Alternative Ideas Conservatives Should Present as Obama's Term Ends?
Friday, March 07, 2014
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Featuring CEI President Lawson Bader

 

And Entrepeneurship Shall Set You Free: How to Celebrate Free Market  Capitalism in the Popular Culture
Friday, March 7, 2014
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Featuring CEI Founder & Chairman Fred L. Smith, Jr.

 

MICHIGAN RIGHT-TO-WORK - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Michigan Unions Intimidate Workers Who Take Advantage of Right-to-Work


It seems ever time union privilege is threatened, unions turn to intimidation.
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

> Follow Workplacechoice on Twitter

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

Saturdays, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

Education Entrepreneur Remaking Education

Jeff Sandefer, co-founder of Acton Academy, explains how his academy’s Socratic teaching methods are empowering students to take charge of their own education.

 




Saturday
Mar012014

CEI Today: IRS rule against speech, social cost of carbon, and paycheck protection

Friday, February 28, 2014
In the News Today

IRS ANTI-SPEECH RULES - HANS BADER

CEI Files Comments against IRS Proposed Rules That Would Illegally Restrict 501(C)(4) Speech

Thursday, CEI filed comments against the IRS’s proposed rules restricting speech by 501(c)(4) groups (which the IRS has suggested could be expanded in the future to also restrict speech by 501(c)(3) groups like think-tanks).  Our comments focus on the Treasury Department’s improper attempt to redefine non-partisan criticism of non-elected government officials, including communications with lawmakers about executive-branch and judicial nominations, as “candidate-related political activity,” in order to restrict such activity by 501(c)(4) groups.
> Read more

 

> Interview Hans Bader

SOCIAL COST OF CARBON - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Menace to Society: Commentary on the Social Cost of Carbon

Wednesday was the deadline for filing comments with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon (SCC) estimates. We argue that carbon’s social cost is an unknown quantity; that SCC analysts can get just about any result they desire by fiddling with non-validated climate parameters, made-up damage functions, and below-market discount rates; and that SCC analysis is computer-aided sophistry, its political function being to make renewable energy look like a bargain at any price and fossil energy look unaffordable no matter how cheap. > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis


Listen to the CEI Podcast for February 27, 2014: Can the EPA Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

 

PAYCHECK PROTECTION

Workplacechoice.org: Missouri Constitution Protects Workers’ Paychecks


Legislators in Missouri are attempting to enact paycheck protection legislation that would end the practice of using government resources to collect dues from government union members.
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

> Follow Workplacechoice on Twitter


National Review’s Law and Disorder Debate
Man vs. Wild: California in Crisis 


TODAY! 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
LIVE STREAMED AT WWW.NATIONALREVIEW.COM

Is nature taking a vendetta out on the state of California, or has bad policy wrought the water crisis in California? Featuring CEI's William Yeatman. > RSVP and for more information


March 6-8, 2014

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 



"STOP GOVERNMENT ABUSE" WEEK

Saturdays, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

Lessons for Business School Millennials from Real World Experience

Dean Neeli Bendapudi of the University of Kansas School of Business discusses how and why KU partners with businesses around the world to provide hands-on lessons and training.

 




Friday
Dec202013

AUFC - ATTN Editorial Boards: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the State Policy Network and Coordinated Efforts to Undermine Our Democratic Process 

To:      Editorial Boards

Fr:       Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI; Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers; and Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy;

Re:      The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the State Policy Network and Coordinated Efforts to Undermine Our Democratic Process

Date: December 19, 2013

 

Recently, a major international news outlet published a multi-part series including leaked internal strategy documents that reveal how ALEC - the American Legislative Exchange Council – manipulates the legislative process in New Hampshire while evading taxes and training New Hampshire state lawmakers to serve the interests of corporations and conservative special interests instead of the people they were elected to represent.

 

ALEC is perhaps best known for its role advancing in more than 30 states the “Stand Your Ground” law that contributed to the shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin. ALEC is also well-known for its structural support and advancement of laws that privatize education, weaken environmental protections, undo safety regulations and restrict voting access in ways that disproportionately affect minorities and disadvantaged communities, among other things.

 

Recent ALEC models pushed in New Hampshire include:

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  • ·         SB 129 (2011), a “Voter ID” bill, makes it harder for Americans to vote through restrictive ID requirements that suppress the vote and disproportionately affect the voting rights of the elderly, college students, and African Americans
  • ·         HB 1180 (2013) restricts New Hampshire citizens’ right to hold a corporation fully accountable when a corporate product or practice kills or injures Americans

 

The new revelations include a particularly insidious item – a loyalty oath the organization has proposed for the state chairs of its legislative member that reads “I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first.” ALEC has said that oath did not pass and one ALEC lawmaker (Leah Vukmir) said it was “unnecessary” -- ALEC lawmakers have already repeatedly demonstrated that they put ALEC first, ahead of their constituents. 

 

We each come to this work with an overriding commitment to see that ALEC and its subsidiaries such as the Josiah Bartlett Center are prevented from executing a wholesale manipulation of our democratic processes against the interests of everyday Americans. We believe that ALEC thrives in secrecy, and we are committed to making its actions and its intentions more transparent to the general public so that engaged citizens can stand up to special interests.

 

Below is more general information about ALEC and the State Policy Network, as well as ALEC’s reach into the state legislature.

 

What Is ALEC?

 

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been called a “‘dating service’ for politicians and corporations.” It is a well-funded entity with benefactors including the Koch brothers, and right-wing groups like the Bradley Foundation and Donors Trust/Donors Capital Fund. ALEC is funded by corporate and conservative interests and has pushed a legislative agenda focused on attacking workers’ rights, blocking access to affordable healthcare, defunding and privatizing public education, suppressing voting rights, lowering taxes for corporations and the ultra wealthy, cutting essential public spending, and destroying the environment.

 

ALEC has been active in our statehouses for decades, but in recent years it has faced increased public scrutiny due to its controversial agenda and undisclosed lobbying activity. In July 2011, www.ALECexposed.org was launched after the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) was given nearly one thousand bills that CMD discovered had been secretly voted on by corporate lobbyists in ALEC. More whistleblower documents were obtained by Common Cause and CMD, revealing further evidence of ALEC’s undisclosed corporate lobbying and influence. This has resulted in at least four official complaints to the IRS against ALEC and a campaign to further expose ALEC’s destructive agenda and undisclosed corporate influence.

 

Over the last two years, more than 50 corporations have dropped their ALEC membership, largely in response to public concerns about ALEC pushing “Stand Your Ground” legislation and voter suppression bills and its shadowy pay-to-play operations. In addition, more than 71 lawmakers publicly stated they were leaving ALEC, and overall ALEC lost more than 400 legislative members due to losses in the general or primary elections in addition to ALEC’s controversy.

 

How Does ALEC Operate?

 

ALEC works by bringing local lawmakers together to vote in secret with corporate leaders from companies like Comcast, ExxonMobil, and Koch Industries who underwrite the wining and dining of lawmakers and their travel to luxurious resorts. The lawmakers and the corporations actually sit in the same room drafting and amending the bills that the lawmakers will then present as their own. At closed door ALEC task force meetings, the corporations vote alongside the elected officials, as equals, on what bills to put forward.

 

ALEC does all of this lobbying without disclosing it or corporate-funded trips for lawmakers, under the guise of a charity, operating as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that is working for the common good, like a local food pantry or Boys and Girls Club.  The ALEC documents that were recently brought to light by The Guardian once and for all put an end to that fiction. The documents show conclusively how ALEC is a pay-to-play operation, with its plan to ask lawmaker members to raise even more money directly from corporate interests and create more task forces to push more corporate legislation from more industries.

 

What Is the State Policy Network?

 

The State Policy Network (SPN) is one of ALEC’s biggest sponsors and allies. Unsurprising, since ALEC was instrumental in its founding. SPN is a web of 64 right-wing “think tanks” in every state across the country. The Center for Media and Democracy and Progress Now recently launched www.StinkTanks.org, which houses a national report on SPN and published reports and information on these ALEC-allied operations in every state.

 

We would be happy to walk you through these documents and provide more details about the history of ALEC in your state.  We believe your readership deserves to know if officials they elected to represent their interests are actively betraying their trust.

 

We appreciate your time and interest and hope that you will cover this important story so the citizens of your state are aware of ALEC’s attempts to buy the New Hampshire legislature. For more information please contact Lisa Graves at lisa@prwatch.org.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI

 

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers

 

Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, publisher of ALECexposed.org and PRwatch.org

Thursday
Nov142013

CEI - On Right-To-Work Amendment: ‘Bravo for Senators from Kentucky and Mississippi … Shame on Sen. Reid’ 

Measure Would’ve Ended Practice Of Forcing Workers to Pay Union Dues

 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 – Though their effort did not meet with success, U.S. Senators from Kentucky and Mississippi deserve thanks for their efforts to offer a right-to-work amendment, S. Amdt. 2011, said Aloysius Hogan, the new Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., used his prerogatives as Majority Leader to block the amendment,” Hogan said. “Astute observers will note that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., rarely sponsors amendments and that his sponsoring of this amendment sends a message about the importance of the issue.  Original cosponsor Rand Paul, R-Ky., cosponsor Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and McConnell demonstrated they put a higher priority on job creation and favorable work environment than the majority. Forcing workers to join a union or pay union dues against their will goes against everything we do and believe as Americans.”

The amendment would have repealed sections of the National Labor Relations Act, which governs private-sector employees, and the Railway Labor Act, which governs airline and railroad workers. These sections require workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment. The senators sought to add this amendment to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S. 815.

Sen. Reid “filled the amendment tree” without including this proposal, so it was not considered as part of the legislation. This even though union members say, by a 2:1 margin, they do not get enough value for the dues they pay, that 92 percent of unions violate the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act and that 80 percent of union members say employees should not be forced or coerced into joining a union.

“Unionized workers overwhelmingly say they find little value in union membership and would not join a union if they did not have to,” Hogan said. “Shame on Sen. Reid for not allowing the Senate to vote on this positive right-to-work amendment.”


CEI (cei.org) is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.