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Posted by Mary Bottari on May 14, 2014

A majority of the Senate recently voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour recently, yet the bill failed to clear the 60 vote hurdle necessary for passage -- thanks in no small part to the political power of the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry's trade association.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on May 13, 2014

In the wake of a federal court's recent ruling halting a state criminal investigation into spending during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and other candidates, misinformation about the investigation and court rulings has run rampant.

Posted by Rebekah Wilce on May 12, 2014

Despite huge losses of bees that are crucial to pollination of food plants, pesticide companies selling neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides -- which a growing body of science indicates contribute to bee declines -- have ramped up efforts to sew doubt about and distract from pesticides' contribution to the problem.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on May 08, 2014

In one of the first cases to rely on the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision, a federal judge just tried to open the door to new levels of corruption in Wisconsin elections.

Posted by Mary Bottari on May 07, 2014

Climate change is real and is impacting every corner of the nation right now, says a report released today by the Obama administration.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on May 06, 2014

The hits keep coming for America's best-known corporate bill mill. Hundreds of lobbyists and state legislators gathered in downtown Kansas City last week for ALEC's Spring 2014 task force summit.

Posted by Nick Surgey on May 02, 2014

Before the Heartland Institute became famous for its leading role in climate change denial, the group spent many years working to defend the tobacco industry. Just as the group is now known for its over the top attacks on climate scientists, Heartland once played a large role in criticizing public health experts and others calling attention to the dangers of cigarette smoking.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on May 01, 2014

Marriot Downtown Kansas CityBy Brendan Fischer and Mary Bottari

"Legislators hold the cards" at ALEC, spokesman Bill Meierling told Kansas Public Radio on Wednesday.

Yet at ALEC's Spring Task Force Summit this week in Kansas City, it is clear that corporations are still the ones calling the shots.

Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 30, 2014

In a landmark decision, a federal judge has struck down Wisconsin's strict voter ID restrictions as an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote and a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act based on the law's discriminatory impact on people of color.

Posted by Nick Surgey on April 30, 2014

The Koch family-controlled Claude R. Lambe Foundation (CRLF), one of the routine sources of funding for right wing groups for more than thirty years has dissolved, further limiting what little is publicly known of which groups seeking to change Americans' rights receive money controlled or directed by Charles and David Koch and their operatives.

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Bill Moyers presents "United States of ALEC," a report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of -- ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.