When business gets to regulate government, you live in a Corporatocracy:
To support its contention that Alec is responsible for strengthening white supremacy, the joint report cites four of the network’s most hotly disputed policy interventions. The first are the “Stand Your Ground” laws that became notorious after the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by George Zimmerman in a gated community in Florida.
In 2005, Florida had passed a “Castle Doctrine” law, SB 436, that extended the right to “stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force” to anyone in any public place who “reasonably believes” it is necessary to do so “to prevent death or great bodily harm.”
If you're wondering why Jason Saine is pictured, he just relinquished his position as National Chairman of ALEC, which he held since December 2017. But he's still on the Board of Directors, so he's deeply responsible for outrageous relationships like this:
The four-day States & Nation Policy Summit will open at a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday with an agenda touching on several of Alec’s core principles including “election integrity”, privatisation of education and support for homeschooling, and protection for pharmaceutical companies.
Watchdogs have also learned of a dinner to be held on Wednesday and jointly hosted by Alec and the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBT coalition devoted to re-criminalising homosexuality in the US in the name of Christianity.
The SPLC has designated ADF as a hate group, and with good reason:
Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad; has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claims that a “homosexual agenda” will destroy Christianity and society. ADF also works to develop “religious liberty” legislation and case law that will allow the denial of goods and services to LGBT people on the basis of religion. Since the election of President Donald Trump, the ADF has become one of the most influential groups informing the administration’s attack on LGBT rights working with an ally in Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Okay, aside from the casually brutal treatment of minorities that ALEC pushes, it's long past time for voters to reject lawmakers like Saine who take part in this unholy alliance between big business and state governments. Voters didn't elect corporations to write their laws, they elected people. People who are supposed to take cues from their constituents and not businessmen they meet at a posh convention in Scottsdale.
Why am I even having to write this? There are dozens of reporters who cover the General Assembly on a daily basis, so there should be numerous articles about the impact of ALEC on that body, even if they can't "directly" tie legislation to the model bills.
The convention is tomorrow, we'll see if there's any mention of it in NC news.