Saturday, April 6, 2019 The cookie cutter legislative agenda: Fresh baked from interest groups to the states Posted By Max Brantley on Sat, Apr 6, 2019 at 6:41 AM click to enlarge USA TODAY INFLUENCERS: A chart shows sources of cookie-cutter legislation found in the 50 states in a USA Today project. Note the work found in Arkansas comes from conservative and industry groups. More examples turned up in Mississippi than any other state. For Saturday reading: USA Today and the Center for Public Integrity on the rise in cookie-cutter legislation — "model bills" developed by special interest groups dropped around the country to push agendas in the states. Yes, of course Arkansas is a willing recipient. The raft of abortion bills passing this year were not home-grown. The same for NRA-agenda gun bills (more about that in another post). A two-year investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity reveals for the first … [Read more...] about The cookie cutter legislative agenda: Fresh baked from interest groups to the states
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Stephen Gruber-Miller and Barbara Rodriguez Des Moines Register Published 3:06 PM EDT Apr 4, 2019 The Iowa senators were nearly ready to vote when Sen. Liz Mathis spoke up. It was March 2017, and the Hiawatha Democrat speculated that a bill by Sen. Brad Zaun to limit asbestos lawsuits was based on language crafted by the conservative group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. “Where did this bill come from?” Mathis asked. At one point, Zaun, R-Urbandale, said: “I have had no contact from ALEC or any other organization out there.” The asbestos bill, which would get signed into law that year, did have whole passages that were word-for-word from an ALEC bill that popped up in at least eight other states. It was a snapshot into one way that Iowa lawmakers — who consider hundreds of bills annually — are … [Read more...] about Some Iowa bills went from interest groups’ model legislation to state law. Here’s how.
The whole point of letting reporters wander the halls is not because we are such wonderful company, but to make government more open to the people it serves and to provide elected officials a platform to present policy and politics to a broad audience. The arrangement was a tidy one in the old era of media, when a manageable number of newspapers and radio and television stations sent correspondents to the capitol. But in the current age, the question of who is and isn't a journalist has become hard to follow. Anyone can set up a website or social media page now and put out a few pieces of "news" to disguise a naked political agenda. Should those organizations then have the same access to legislators that the traditional press has? Should they be called journalists? The question is relevant in Texas today. The Austin American Statesman reported last week that the powerful conservative advocacy group Empower Texans has acquired a Senate press pass, something at … [Read more...] about Empower Texans now has a press pass to the Texas Senate. What interest group will be next?
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By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Jonathan Martin Published 4:25 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Photo: Erin Schaff / New York Times Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A man protesting abortion rights yells at a group of pro-choice demonstrators outside the Supreme Court building. A man protesting abortion rights yells at a group of pro-choice demonstrators outside the Supreme Court building. Photo: Erin Schaff / New York Times Conservative, liberal groups gird for battle over Kavanaugh 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON — Even before Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group, had reserved more than two dozen internet domain names — one for each candidate on President Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees. The idea, said … [Read more...] about Conservative, liberal groups gird for battle over Kavanaugh