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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

To the right, march. Secure Arkansas warns of ALEC influence

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

The Republican Party in Arkansas grows ever more extreme, with unhinged members like Jon Hubbard and Loy Mauch (the anti-Lincoln Southern rights defender) characterized as mainstreamers. But, it's true. They don't define the extremity of the political debate.

For that, we have Secure Arkansas — foe of water fluoridation, immigrants, the FDA, black helicopters, bike trails and other invidious one-world plots. But, maybe, Secure Arkansas isn't always so crazy.

I was forwarded Secure Arkansas's latest e-mail newsletter. It's raising alarms about the American Legislative Exchange Council, the corporate-sponsored state legislation factory, and its Republican handmaidens in the legislature. Secure Arkansas notes, correctly, that ALEC was behind the Republican legislation in 2011 aimed at blocking federal health care assistance in Arkansas. It appears to reference Sen. Missy Irvin, seeking re-election, in saying a current candidate for Senate will likely be carrying ALEC's baggage again if re-elected. Irvin brought in an ALEC staff member to testify last go-round.

I quote Secure Arkansas, for once somewhat approvingly:

ALEC is involved with the Arkansas Healthcare Bill

The statement below comes from Christie Herrera of ALEC.

"Senate Bill 709 not only strengthens the legislature's policymaking authority when it comes to health reform decisions, but it also promotes transparency on the costs of the federal healthcare law on individuals and the state of Arkansas."

Any politician involved with ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) has in all likelihood sold out to big business. In exchange for helping ALEC to push their model legislation through their states, they are paid off with large campaign donations from ALEC members. All these payoffs can be verified by checking out elected officials financial filings with the Secretary of State. It was ALEC that was behind SJR1, Article V Amendment Convention bill. Thank goodness SJR1 was killed in committee. [Amen. This was the nutty Republican plan to require majority state legislative approval for increases in the federal debt limit.]

It was ALEC that was behind SB709, Healthcare Reform Accountability Act. Please check out who the sponsors and co-sponsors of these two bills were. All of the sponsors and co-sponsors of SB709 have sold out. The Healthcare Reform Accountability Act will be reintroduced again in Arkansas next session by a current Senator running for office.

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