Joey BunchJoey BunchJuly 19, 20173min315
The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its three-day annual gathering in Denver Wednesday to tilt state legislators from across the country toward the industry-friendly principles of free markets and limited government. Moreover, the business-supported nonprofit best known by its acronym, ALEC, helps them draft pro-business legislation to fight a ground war of sorts in […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 13, 20172min447

The Trump administration’s Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke will join the speakers’ dais in Denver at next week’s annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council. The event already features Jim DeMint, Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Pete Coors, Guy Benson and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

An ALEC press release today announcing the additional speakers quotes ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson:

“We look forward to welcoming Secretary Acosta and Secretary Zinke to Denver for the ALEC Annual Meeting. As the federal government returns power to the states, there is no better place than ALEC for administration officials to share their vision.”

For 44 years, the conservative, pro-free market organization has been an advocate of limited government and a resource for model legislation and public policy to generations of (mostly Republican) state legislators in Colorado and across the country.

Meanwhile, liberal critics cite the group’s close ties to assorted industries and accuse it of doing the business world’s bidding in America’s statehouses. (See the “ALEC Exposed” website set up by the left-leaning Center For Media and Democracy.)

In its own word:

The American Legislative Exchange Council is the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit association of state legislators dedicated to limited government, free markets and federalism.

The July 19-21 event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver. Here’s a link to the meeting’s full agenda.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 6, 20173min442

Lawmakers who lean right — and hope to reinvent government accordingly — have had a friend named ALEC for 44 years. The conservative, pro-free market American Legislative Exchange Council has been an advocate of limited government and a resource for model legislation to generations of (mostly Republican) state legislators in Colorado and across the country.

In ALEC’s own words, it “… facilitates interaction between public and private sector leaders, think tanks and citizen groups through meetings and model policy development.”

This year, Denver hosts the organization’s annual, national meeting, and the lineup of featured political and business celebs who will address the gathering won’t disappoint those who attend. Says an ALEC press statement announcing the July 19-21 event at the Hyatt Regency Denver:

Members will have the opportunity to attend workshops, plenary sessions and task force meetings and hear from notable speakers, including the Honorable Jim DeMint, Newt Gingrich, Mr. Steve Forbes, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Mr. Pete Coors, Mr. Guy Benson and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

Liberal critics and some mainstream media long have been critical of ALEC, citing its close ties to business and accusing it of doing the business world’s bidding in America’s statehouses. There’s even an “ALEC Exposed” website set up by the left-leaning Center For Media and Democracy.

ALEC’s own take on itself and its role in American politics is, of course, substantially different. From the press release:

“ALEC brings together the best and brightest minds in policy to learn from one another,” said ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson. “For 44 years, our annual meeting has been a place where legislators, business owners and hardworking, everyday Americans can come together in one place and offer their suggestions insights on what is happening on the ground in the states. After all, that’s where we see the most impactful change.”


Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayNovember 24, 20168min487

First and foremost: Nothing is more pivotal to democratic governance then holding free and fair elections that lead to a peaceful transference of power. Over the past week, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama all demonstrated that they get that. This is an achievement that should not be taken for granted — an achievement that remains out of reach in too many of the world’s nations. Sadly, thousands of Americans are too ignorant to comprehend that. They have been not just protesting — that’s fine, that’s their right — but attacking Trump supporters, burning American flags and vandalizing property. Not without justification do Trump voters see this as confirmation that they made the right choice. The majority of those voters live in “flyover country,” the vast American heartland between the Acela Corridor and the Left Coast. Most pollsters and journalists, ostensible pulse-takers of the nation, had not a clue as to what they were thinking.


Steve PeoplesSteve PeoplesAugust 20, 20167min270

Donald Trump is on the clock. He has about 80 days to reset and rally a presidential campaign that's done little but stagger since the close of the Republican convention. The GOP nominee's allies say the celebrity businessman and his new leadership team are "laser-focused" and ready to direct the billionaire's venom against Democratic Hillary Clinton.

Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 20, 201644min417

DENVER ... and CLEVELAND — ? On the second day of convention, my delegate gave to me ... a vote change to Trump that absolutely infuriated me! ? Today, your update on yesterday's floor activity at the Republican National Convention, lovingly known in the social media neverworld as #RNCinCLE. In case you were living under a rock, or were busy, you know, "Making America Work Again," Donald Trump is now the official GOP nominee for president. Good. All of us in the media were tired of typing "presumptive" twice. Oh, come on, we don't need to type it for Hillary Clinton anymore either do we? Done deal. Read on for more landscaping work in your Colorado politics backyard ...


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 18, 20168min341

The Colorado delegate heading a movement aimed at keeping the GOP from nominating Donald Trump for president vowed that the Republican National Convention will see “more insurgency” from Trump critics after a rancorous afternoon of procedural votes. “We don’t live in a dictatorship, we don’t live in a banana republic,” Castle Rock Republican Kendal Unruh told reporters soon after members of the Colorado delegation had walked off the floor after they’d lost a fight to demand a state-by-state roll call on adopting the convention rules.