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ALEC and NPRI: Outsider Influence in Nevada

Where does the GOP get all this great and fabulous anti-teacher and anti-public school legislation? Do you think the Nevada conservatives are sitting around preparing for the next legislative session right now? Does the Nevada GOP write this conservative legislation for our state based on their constituency and the peoples’ needs in Nevada?

Naw, they aren’t that bright, they must be getting it from somewhere else, but where?

I’m kind of thinking they are getting these great ideas from outside of Nevada. I think it’s coming from a place far away named ALEC or American Legislative Exchange Council- the place of “model conservative legislation”. ALEC writes it up and inserts their corporation friendly, business based ideas into our Nevada law with the aid of the Nevada GOP who belong to ALEC.

What is ALEC you might ask? Well it’s conservative, very conservative, legislation writing machine funded by big money and corporations.

Here’s a little quote from the ALEC website: ALEC’s mission is to promote free markets, individual liberty, and federalism through its model legislation in the states.

Powerful Nevada GOP legislators have belonged or currently belong to ALEC.

Bill Raggio even won an award.

Barbara Cegavske loves ALEC. She even fought Ben Kieckhefer for a big job in ALEC.

Dean Rhoads is being watched.

Greg Brower hangs out with ALEC too.

Here is another list of Nevada politicians involved in ALEC.

ALEC makes old-fashioned lobbying obsolete. Once legislators return to their state with corporate-sponsored ALEC legislation in hand, the legislators themselves become “super-lobbyists” for ALEC’s corporate agenda, cutting out the middleman. Yet ALEC enjoys a 501(c)(3) classification, which allows it to keep its tax-exempt status while accepting grants from foundations, corporations, and other donors.

Recently one such ALEC lobbyist was actually using Nevada as an example on video – he doesn’t live here, but he most likely writes our laws (in effect lobbying from afar).

Like we didn’t have enough problems with ALEC . . . we also have a nasty little legislative NON-PROFIT lobbying machine NPRI. They are a branch of State Policy Network, a national group that creates legislation elsewhere and imports it into Nevada. They are fully funded and even had a special summer program for Koch fellows.

People came here this summer to practice being rich conservatives like Koch? Maybe they were converting State Policy Network “research” and “legislation” into documents that say NEVADA instead of FLORIDA.

We are just really lucky to have a particular nasty branch that takes money from the Koch Brothers and others as a charity and beats up the public education system with it directly.

GEE, nice charity work NPRI.

Both ALEC and NPRI get their legislation from “Outsiders”, most of whom haven’t never even stepped foot inside Nevada.

They aren’t people who live in Nevada. They don’t know us. They don’t have children attending our schools. What business do they have, coming up with laws for my state? Especially laws that hurt our public schools. How is anything they write going to be good for Nevada? They don’t live here or work here.

I guess it’s easier for someone living in Washington DC to write school killing legislation for a state if they don’t live in it. I have an idea! Why don’t these outsiders take their pretty little canned laws and implement them where they live!

ALEC and NPRI take a hike back to the place where your laws are written.

Leave Nevada alone – we can write our own laws.

Stay out of my state with your public school killing agenda.

About Angie Sullivan:
I teach public school. Students are my special interest.

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  2. Angie (and Edward) thanks for the information about ALEC and the neoconservativism. In my estimation, the longstanding movement against the working class is even bigger, with many mainstream Democrats and some so-called progressives also taken over by rich corporations. At least one person who is researching ALEC suggests we are on the road to fascism (government serving corporations, with surveillance used to control people) if something significant isn’t done.

    Posted by Dahn Shaulis | August 26, 2011, 5:03 am
  3. The late Paul Weyrich of the
    Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council helped Eric Heubeck pen a radical-right manifesto in 2001.

    Excerpts:

    “This essay is based on the belief that the truth of an idea is not
    the primary reason for its acceptance. Far more important is the
    energy and dedication of the idea’s promoters—in other words, the
    individuals composing a social or political movement…”

    “There will be three main stages in the unfolding of this movement.
    The first stage will be devoted to the development of a highly
    motivated elite able to coordinate future activities. The second stage
    will be devoted to the development of institutions designed to make an
    impact on the wider elite and a relatively small minority of the
    masses. The third stage will involve changing the overall character of
    American popular culture…”

    “Our movement will be entirely destructive, and entirely constructive.
    We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to
    weaken them, and eventually destroy them. We will endeavor to knock
    our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. All
    of our constructive energies will be dedicated to the creation of our
    own institutions…”

    “We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We
    will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a
    moment’s rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not
    deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American. We
    will offer constant reminders that there is an alternative, there is a
    better way. When people have had enough of the sickness and decay of
    today’s American culture, they will be embraced by and welcomed into
    the New Traditionalist movement. The rejection of the existing society
    by the people will thus be accomplished by pushing them and pulling
    them simultaneously.”

    “We must create a countervailing force that is just as adept as the
    Left at intimidating people and institutions that are used as tools of
    left-wing activism but are not ideologically committed, such as
    Hollywood celebrities, multinational corporations, and university
    administrators. We must be feared, so that they will think twice
    before opening their mouths…”

    “We will be results-oriented rather than good intentions-oriented.
    Making a good-faith effort and being ideologically sound will be less
    important than advancing the goals of the movement…”

    “We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the
    dominant regime. We will take advantage of every available opportunity
    to spread the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with
    the existing state of affairs. … contribute to a vague sense of
    uneasiness and dissatisfaction with existing society. … We need to
    break down before we can build up. We must first clear away the
    flotsam of a decayed culture.”

    “We need more people with fire in the belly, and we need a message
    that attracts those kinds of people…We must reframe this struggle as
    a moral struggle, as a transcendent struggle, as a struggle between
    good and evil. And we must be prepared to explain why this is so. We
    must provide the evidence needed to prove this using images and simple
    terms…”

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Integration_of_Theory_and_Practice)

    Posted by Edward | August 25, 2011, 11:11 pm
  4. TY Angie for opening my eyes. I think it is just good common sense to want outsiders like ALEC and NPRI to stay out of our state’s affairs. We certainly know whats good for our own state and we don’t need any anti-education folks, from god knows where, pushing bad agenda’s down our throats. Get out and stay out ALEC and NPRI!

    Posted by George | August 25, 2011, 8:26 pm
  5. Enjoyed the article, Ms. Sullivan. Opened my eyes to the shadow groups that seem to all surround NPRI. I always suspected that was the case.

    I too despise the fact that outside influences are involved. They aren’t even from Nevada, but they sure intend to get people to vote against their best interests here.

    This is how the Republican Party operates. Like a buncha thieves.

    I comment on a lot of Las Vegas Sun articles and there seems to be one person who always comments and pushes an anti-education agenda…especially when it deals in the arena of public education. He always seems to have a comment to try to interject that public education is bad and Governor Dracula…oops…I mean…Sandoval is right in continuing the legacy of that idiot Gibbons and tearing it apart even further with this succession of idiotic Republican Governors we’re experiencing. It turns out he either works for or is completely aligned with NPRI (and God knows who else) and his pushing of an ultra right wing agenda is out there for everyone to see. It’s only meant to pull the wool over voters’ eyes.

    Thank God there are other commenters at Las Vegas Sun who see through that person’s agenda. They lay into him all the time and call him out, revealing who he is with his stupid propaganda that always seems to make out teachers sound like they have worked too long, tenure is bad, public education is bad and those teachers are leeches.

    The way this guy talks he prefers students in K-12 not have books, but guns. Incarcerate, not educate. Really dumb.

    Posted by ColinFromLasVegas | August 25, 2011, 4:25 pm

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