Walmart Backs Away From ALEC's Quest to Suppress Black Voters

by Jorge Rivas on May 31, 2012 2:20PM

Walmart Stores Inc., announced late Wednesday it's suspending its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing policy group that has worked to suppress the black vote and promoted "Kill at Will" gun laws.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, ALEC

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7, 2012 10:07AM

Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.

Topics: Drug Tests, ALEC, Politics, Economy, Jobs Crisis

Bobby Jindal, Using ALEC Playbook, Radically Reshapes Public Education

by Julianne Hing on Apr 23, 2012 8:44AM

Louisiana now has the most expansive school voucher system in the nation. How that happened is a lesson for the school wars nationwide.

Topics: Education Reform, Schools & Youth, ALEC

ALEC Scraps Voter ID and 'Kill at Will' Task Force

by Brentin Mock on Apr 17, 2012 1:06AM

ALEC finally cuts loose its task force responsible for popularizing legislation that obstructs voting rights and allows gun owners to kill at will.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, ALEC

Coke, Pepsi and Kraft Have Pulled Out of ALEC--Is That Enough?

by Brentin Mock on Apr 6, 2012 12:06PM

Coke and Pepsi said they were only in ALEC for the work around discriminatory food and beverage taxes. It would have been nice if they cited the discriminatory impact of voter ID laws.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, ALEC

Kris Kobach and the Connection Between Restrictive Voting and Immigration Laws

by Brentin Mock on Mar 21, 2012 12:53PM

An avowed leader of the anti-immigrant agenda is skipping his job--educating his state's voters about new voting procedures--to work with groups around the country who want to make obtaining an ID an even thornier process for immigrants.

Topics: Voting Rights, ALEC, Politics

The Wealthy One Percent That's Behind Minnesota's Voter ID Push

by Brentin Mock on Feb 10, 2012 9:45AM

The perennial swing state's wealthiest finance institutions and conservative political operatives are banding together to disenfranchise millions of voters, according to a new report.

Topics: Voting Rights, ALEC, Politics

U.S. Multinationals Revive NAFTA-Style Trade Deals on Capitol Hill

by Michelle Chen on May 3, 2011 9:04AM

From the food industry to tea party benefactor David Koch, corporatists are hammering lawmakers to move pacts that have been stalled since the Bush era.

Topics: Global Justice, Economy, ALEC, Global Affairs

NPR Investigation: Private Prison Companies Helped Write SB 1070

by Seth Freed Wessler on Oct 28, 2010 1:00PM

Industry saw model bill to create "enhanced opportunities" for driving profits.

Topics: Immigration, Criminal Justice, ALEC