From: American Legislative Exchange Council
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: ALEC Weekly Digital Exchange 09-25-2014
Date: Thu Sep 25 18:24:13 MDT 2014
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American Legislative Exchange Council in the News

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: "Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people - they're just, they're just literally lying." 

ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson: "It is unfortunate to learn Google has ended its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council as a result of public pressure from left-leaning individuals and organizations who intentionally confuse free market policy perspectives for climate change denial."

ALEC legislator members to Google: "[...]your calculated departure from ALEC is based on misinformation from climate activists ."

*If you are an ALEC legislative member and wish to add your name to the letter to Google, please sign the form here.

Washington Post: "Several technology companies have recently announced that they have dropped or expect to drop their membership, but their reasons differ."

U.S. News and World Report: "What's really going on is that there is a concerted effort underway involving... left-wing pressure groups to silence anyone who dares to suggest that global warming may not actually be happening, at least not in the ways the conventional wisdom currently dictates." 

Politico Morning Tech: "The group got its 150+ state lawmaker members to fire back at Google leadership in a letter Wednesday, arguing the company misrepresented the group's position. 'Many of us have worked side by side with Google at ALEC and in our states to ensure the continued growth and innovation of the technology sector and the American economy,' the letter states. 'It is a shame that you would harm this working relationship by falsely attacking ALEC, an organization of which we are proud.'" (subscription)

ALEC Spokesman Bill Meierling: "We patently disagree with the accusation...If we turn left, they're going to start hating left, if we turn right, they're going to start hating right. If we climb a mountain, they're going to start hating mountains."

Other News

It's Time for the FCC to Call Off its Convoluted Power Grab
At Roll Call , Representative Yvette Herrell, NM (HD-51) informs readers that FCC preemption over state authority to regulate municipal broadband would "eviscerate states' governmental integrity and accountability" and "result in an unelected federal bureaucracy wrestling away states' control over their local governments."

Educational Choice is Good Policy
Lindsay Russell, director of the Task Force on Education, writes at RedState that the first and foremost public policy that is good "for the children," is school choice. Russell takes the recent example of a Washington, D.C.-area sixth grade assignment to compare President George W. Bush with Adolf Hitler to illustrate the importance of parental control in student achievement.

Lawmakers return to consider what's best for Virginian's health
The Richmond Times-Dispatch describes a policy proposal of an interstate health compact, which would allow a number of states to take over government-run health care programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, under a block grant. Members of ALEC have worked on similar proposals.

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