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FreedomWorks CEO promises Chris Matthews: Tea Party will ‘upgrade’ southern GOP by 2014

FreedomWorks CEO promises Chris Matthews: Tea Party will ‘upgrade’ southern GOP by 2014 | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Despite reports that his group is nearly broke, FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe predicted in an interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Monday that his group would help Tea Party Republicans dominate the GOP within a year.
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Be prepared. They are. Are the rest of us ready to fight back? Better yet .... to define the fight?

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5 Great Things That Have Happened for Bernie Sanders Since He Announced

5 Great Things That Have Happened for Bernie Sanders Since He Announced | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
The Vermont Senator has a lot of be happy about.
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In One Quote, Bernie Just Proved Why He's Exactly What America Needs

In One Quote, Bernie Just Proved Why He's Exactly What America Needs | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
"What's wrong with that?"
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That 2012 Bernie Sanders Speech That Could Help Him Win In 2016

That 2012 Bernie Sanders Speech That Could Help Him Win In 2016 | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
"You know, I, for the love of me, I cannot understand why people who have billions of dollars are compulsively driven for more and how many people have got to die because they don't go to a doctor,
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Bernie Sanders Demonstrates How Democratic Socialism Works!

Bernie Sanders Demonstrates How Democratic Socialism Works! | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
That's one of the biggest obstacles we have: the unwilling media won't address the economic and social issues that plague our society. Senator Sanders is trying to change the narrative and he will be fought by the corporate powers-that-be, like Stephanopoulos, every step of the way. Imagine if we can focus on issues, and not trivial gossip, like Bernie suggests? That would sure be antithetical to all the contrived issues the G.O.P. runs on. The American people may be woken from their apathetic slumber and head to the polls if Bernie gets his way.
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"That's one of the biggest obstacles we have: the unwilling media won't address the economic and social issues that plague our society. Senator Sanders is trying to change the narrative and he will be fought by the corporate powers-that-be, like Stephanopoulos, every step of the way. Imagine if we can focus on issues, and not trivial gossip, like Bernie suggests? That would sure be antithetical to all the contrived issues the G.O.P. runs on. The American people may be woken from their apathetic slumber and head to the polls if Bernie gets his way."

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ALEC's influence in the Tennessee Legislature - Knoxville News Sentinel

ALEC's influence in the Tennessee Legislature - Knoxville News Sentinel | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE — The big law-firm conference room was decorated with several pairs of red balloons forming the number 28, the new number of Republicans in the 33-member Tennessee Senate.
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Koch's Troubles

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I saw on PoliticusUSA that the Koch Brothers' problems with the IRS have a big reason behind them. They don't control it with their billions of dollars, and now they're about to be investigated for ...
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Bill Lifting Gun Waiting Period Outpaces Wisconsin's Priorities - Milwaukee Courier Weekly Newspaper

Legislatively Speaking By Senator, Lena C. Taylor Republicans Continue ALEC’s Agenda Ahead Of States In yet another sweeping victory for the Ame...
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The Koch Brothers Want It Both Ways

The Koch Brothers Want It Both Ways | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
David and Charles Koch have been credited with making criminal justice reform an issue that conservatives are allowed to care about.
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Secret Koch memo outlines plans for 2016

Secret Koch memo outlines plans for 2016 | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Documents detail plans to beef up the network's state-of-the-art data system, and pay hundreds of staff embedded in local communities across the country.
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Who Will Charles And David Koch Take To The Prom?

Who Will Charles And David Koch Take To The Prom? | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
On Monday David Koch asked Scott Walker to the prom. Sort of, but not really. On Tuesday, the brothers decided they don't know for sure who their date will be. There are just so many!
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Kochs' acquisition of the Republican Party nearly complete

Kochs' acquisition of the Republican Party nearly complete | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
The Koch brothers' takeover of the Republican Party is very nearly complete, and if they have their way,
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Plutocracy on the rise: Rapid increase in super PACs dominated by single wealthy donors

Plutocracy on the rise: Rapid increase in super PACs dominated by single wealthy donors | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
This story was co-published with the Daily Beast. The wealthiest Americans can fly on their own jets, live in gated compounds and watch movies in their own theaters.
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Cleveland.com: With corporate and labor interests watching, Sherrod Brown has 88 amendments for this week's foreign-trade deal - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio - Official Campaign Website

Cleveland.com: With corporate and labor interests watching, Sherrod Brown has 88 amendments for this week's foreign-trade deal - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio - Official Campaign Website | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has as many amendments to the long-awaited fast-track trade deal this week as Ohio has counties: 88. No other lawmaker is likely to have as many demands to address child and forced labor, currency manipulation, foreign workplace and environmental standards and help for American workers who lose jobs when their work moves overseas. It's unclear if Senate Finance Committee leaders will let Brown offer all 88 amendments. They have scheduled a meeting Wednesday to discuss the pending legislation, mark it up with changes where there is agreement, and vote. Then the matter will move on to the full Senate and, later, the House. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, foreign governments, manufacturing interests, major global corporations and big labor will be watching.
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Ohio is an ALEC state. Sherrod is one of a few lone heroes in this state.  

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White House Moves Closer To Major Executive Action On Overtime Pay

White House Moves Closer To Major Executive Action On Overtime Pay | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
The Obama administration on Tuesday morning put in motion one of the last major elements of the president's economic agenda, a reform to overtime rules that could result in a pay bump for millions.
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Under U.S. labor law, certain categories of salaried workers do not qualify for overtime -- in particular, well-paid executives and professionals. But under the current rules, last tweaked by the administration of George W. Bush, millions of low- and middle-income workers are also excluded from time-and-a-half pay because their companies are allowed to classify them as management.

At the heart of Obama's reform is the so-called salary threshold. Salaried workers who earn less than a certain amount per year are automatically entitled to overtime pay, regardless of whether they're classified as management. Right now, that salary threshold is a low $23,660. That means a store manager earning as little as $24,000 could be required to work 80 hours per week with no additional pay."

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Bernie Sanders Is Proudly Defending His Democratic Socialism From Ignorant Attacks

Bernie Sanders Is Proudly Defending His Democratic Socialism From Ignorant Attacks | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Sen. Bernie Sanders isn't running away from his beliefs. In fact, he is challenging Americans to admit to themselves that they love their Democratic Socialism.
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Public Interest Win: Lawmakers Shamed Into Protecting Troops from Predatory Lending - CitizenVox

Public Interest Win: Lawmakers Shamed Into Protecting Troops from Predatory Lending - CitizenVox | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen Note: This morning, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee voted to remove language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed U.S. Department of Defense rules aimed at protecting service members from predatory lending. Faced with a choice between the banks and the troops, members of …
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Bernie Sanders Raises $1.5 Million From Small Donors On First Day

Bernie Sanders Raises $1.5 Million From Small Donors On First Day | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
One of the measures of a campaign's viability is money, even when the candidate is Bernie Sanders, and he's certainly got a great start toward building momentum.
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Can it happen? Vote for Bernie. Campaign costs to high for the best person to win? Vote for Bernie.

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Democrats introduce KOCH Act–Keeping Our Campaigns Honest–would require PACs to name donors

Democrats introduce KOCH Act–Keeping Our Campaigns Honest–would require PACs to name donors | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Democrats are trying to create a bit more transparency around campaign ads

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Is the NRA breaking campaign finance law?

Is the NRA breaking campaign finance law? | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Alan Berlow over at Yahoo News has a very disturbing (though not particularly surprising) piece about how the Nationa...
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NH must resist addiction to Koch influences - Seacoastonline.com

NH must resist addiction to Koch influences - Seacoastonline.com | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
April 18 — To the Editor:The Koch brothers are at it again, pulling strings, setting agendas, overseeing our local politicians. Our Republican
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Scott Walker’s Anti-Immigration Epiphany

Scott Walker’s Anti-Immigration Epiphany | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
On Monday, in an interview with Glenn Beck, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker staked a new position in the Republican Party argument over immigration.
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Maybe Greg Abbott Showed Scott Walker His Framed Collection Of Koch Checks

Maybe Greg Abbott Showed Scott Walker His Framed Collection Of Koch Checks | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
We were just hearing that the Koch brothers prefer Scott Walker in the 2016 presidential election -- though now it's reported that the Kochs are also looking at Bush, Rubio, Paul, and Cruz. Still, Walker seems to have the inside track.
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Charles Koch: We like 5 GOP candidates in primaries - USA TODAY

Charles Koch: We like 5 GOP candidates in primaries - USA TODAY | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
Charles Koch said he is considering throwing his political might into the Republican presidential primary for the first time and is likely to provide financial help to several contenders before settling on a single candidate.
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Phone Company Refuses to Stop Denouncing ALEC's Telecom Policy - National Journal

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A cell-phone tower rises above the trees in Sudbury, Massachusetts.(Darren McCollester/Getty Images).
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New York Times, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research

New York Times, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research | Shining a light on ALEC | Scoop.it
The New York Times and Fox News have made exclusive agreements with a conservative author for early access to his opposition research on Hillary Clinton, a move that has confounded members of the Clinton campaign and some Times reporters, the On...
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