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Utah’s conflict of interest problem

With the Legislative session now a month behind us, it’s a good time to reflect not just on what happened, but what we want the Legislature to look like in the future.  Utah has long resisted implementing meaningful ethical standards for public officials. As a matter of fact, a few years ago lawmakers decided to

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Have you heard of ALEC?

The American Legislative Exchange Council is wrapping up its annual States and Nation Policy Summit today, a two-day virtual gathering of conservative policymakers, think tanks, and corporations to discuss current issues and address those issues through new model policies. Normally, those in attendance and their discussions are shrouded in secrecy, but thanks to the persistent

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Niederhauser & ALEC – What UTAH POLICY Failed To Say

Utah Policy sang the praises of Sen. Niederhauser in his current position as treasurer of the corporate lobbying group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), but failed to inform readers of the troubling positions of the organization and the influential role it has on shaping state policy without any public knowledge.

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Rolly is wrong on Ruzicka

Paul Rolly’s op-ed in last Saturday’s Tribune, (“Notes symbolize power and the lack thereof”) is, as always, a frank analysis of the workings of power in the Utah State Legislature. He’s right that Republicans have it and Democrats don’t, but he gets it wrong on Gayle Ruzicka. For too long, anyone who isn’t an ultra-conservative has

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ALEC likely to be influential in Utah’s legislative session

It’s not often that coverage of the American Legislative Exchange Council makes it into the local news, even though many of Utah’s state legislators are members of the secretive lobbying organization. But after the Guardian broke a story about what is often called ALEC, the little known organization made it into one of Paul Rolly’s

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ALEC Pledge of Allegiance

A recent investigative report by the The Guardian into the practices of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) showed that top ranking members are asked to pledge loyalty to the ALEC agenda. According to the report, state chairs, apparently including our own Rep. Ken Ivory and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, were asked to sign a

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New national report details corporate manipulation in Utah schools

Salt Lake City – A new report released this morning by the Alliance for a Better UTAH and its partners details the damaging influence the corporate lobbying group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has had on public education policy across the country. The report, ALEC v Kids, documents the growing footprint that ALEC has in

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 50 – June 4, 2013

It was hard to read the editorial pages of either of Utah’s two daily papers last week without seeing a glowing reference to a recently released report by the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. The report, titled “Rich States, Poor States,” places Utah at the top of the economic heap. According to its own

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My view: ALEC coverage a disservice to Utah

A new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council giving high praise to Utah’s economic successes has recently received significant but uncritical attention in Utah’s press. Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better UTAH, penned the following op-ed to draw attention to the lopsided coverage. The Deseret News published an editorial (“How

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Gagging on AG-GAG

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. –Gandhi A few weeks ago, I returned to vegetarianism. Having been a vegetarian on and off for years, since my mid-teens, I’ve struggled with the contradiction between my love of animals and my love for bacon. There

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