"Saucy Suffragettes" Party as Voting Rights Are Rolled Back

Voting rights around the country have been under serious assault in recent years. The attack has been particularly relentless in Wisconsin.

Scott Walker Is the Belle of the ALEC Ball

Wisconsin has become the new ALEC darling, and took center stage on the second day of the 42nd ALEC conference. It is easy to see why.

Under a Shroud of Secrecy and Security, ALEC Conference Gets Underway

An insider's account of what goes on behind closed doors at ALEC.

ALEC Conference Funding Dominated by Big Polluters

At the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) 2015 annual meeting in San Diego, California, dirty energy companies and their supporters--including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Duke Energy--continue to dominate the funding of activities, according to a list of conference sponsors obtained jointly by the Center for Media and Democracy and Greenpeace.

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There is a "sucker punch" aspect of this entire episode, that has been used in the past, that makes it doubly despicable. The now dead open records issue was so completely outrageous and unexpected that it served its intended purpose – to draw attention away from the many other very contentious and controversial aspects of this budget. And that was exactly what Walker and the majority Republicans wanted to happen.

--Jay Heck, Common Cause in Wisconsin

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