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North Carolina takes Voter ID ALEC bill- and makes it worse

July 24, 2013 Leave a comment

From The Center for Media and Democracy:

With Voting Rights Act in Shambles, North Carolina Kicks Voter Suppression Into High Gear

North Carolina Republicans have introduced a major overhaul of the state’s election system, adding dozens of amendments to a voter ID bill that will authorize voter vigilantes, end election day registration, cut early voting, make it harder to register, and even create loony protections against “zombie voters.” Read more…

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North Carolina, member of “The United States of ALEC”?

June 22, 2013 Leave a comment

In case you missed it –

The United States of ALEC – by Bill Moyers (30 minute show)

How corporations are taking over state legislatures, including ours.

http://billmoyers.com/segment/united-states-of-alec/

ALEC-influenced Legislation Sparks Moral Monday Rallies in Raleigh

May 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Art Pope Groups Push Extreme ALEC Tax Agenda in North Carolina

May 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Art Pope Groups Push Extreme ALEC Tax Agenda in North Carolina

Investigative report on how ALEC’s rich-get-richer agenda is behind NC’s brutal 2013 budget and tax plans.

Private conservative group ALEC Carries Sway in NC Legislature

May 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Private conservative group ALEC Carries Sway in NC Legislature

A May 6, 2013 report in the Raleigh News & Observer provides new information on ALEC’s influence on North Carolina’s 2013 legislative session.

A handful of measures sponsored by North Carolina lawmakers this session include language identical to ALEC’s template legislation. At least two dozen more bills match the organization’s priorities and intent, if not its exact language – everything from requiring voter ID at the polls and allowing private school vouchers to repealing the federal health care law and prioritizing energy exploration.

ALEC’s role in North Carolina makes it a target for critics, particularly the think tank’s cozy relationship with business interests, who play a prominent, but mostly behind-the-scenes, role in crafting legislation alongside the roughly 50 North Carolina lawmakers listed as members. (Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/06/2875525/private-group-carries-sway-in.html#storylink=cpy)

See sidebar for some specific examples.

ALEC members from NC districts targeted for “fracking” voted for SB 709

January 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Also known as the Drill Bill, SB 709 was vetoed by Gov. Perdue in June 2011. As observed by NC Policy Watch,

“[NC environmental groups] worried this piece of legislation would promote offshore drilling, open the door to fracking, and restructure the NC Energy Policy Council into a one-sided panel of industry representatives.”

Fears remain that the NC GOP will over-ride this veto.

Of the  ten NC legislators from areas with potential for hydraulic fracking who voted for SB 709, eight have ties to ALEC.  They are listed below with links to their ALEC activities and their legislative information from the NC General Assembly:

Rep. Marilyn Avila (R-40 Wake), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info.

Rep. Justin P. Burr (R-67 Montgomery, Stanly, Union), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member, attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info.
Rep. Julia Howard (R-79 Davie, Iredell), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member, attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info

Rep. Darrell McCormick (R-92 Iredell, Surry, Yadkin), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info.

Rep. Tom Murry (R-41 Wake), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member, attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info.

Rep. Paul B. Stam, Jr. (R-37 Wake), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member, attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info.

Rep. Mike Stone (R-51 Harnett, Lee), attended ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. NCGA Member info.

All these legislators  attended the reportedly lavish ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting in New Orleans in August, 2011. As a major highlight, ALEC  celebrated the advancement of the whole ALEC agenda in North Carolina during 2011. For more information about that meeting, see ALEC likes Tillis.

NC ALEC members push the “Rush to Frack” Oil and Gas Study

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The following is an excerpt from the 3-page email I sent to the North Carolina DENR in response to the request for public input on the proposed plan for the Oil and Gas Study under S.L. 2011-276 (also known as the Rush to Frack act):

I also just learned that Rep. Mike Stone of Sanford co-sponsored the Oil and Gas Study under S.L. 2011-276. Rep. Stone, along with over 30 other North Carolina legislators, is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) (source, N&O, ALEC likes Tillis).  While this membership is certainly above board, ALEC is known to be heavily funded by corporate interests including the the American Gas Association, which lobbies in favor of hydraulic fracturing (source, ALEC Exposed). This raises disturbing concerns about the motivation behind limiting the funding and timeline for the Oil and Gas Study.