US Supreme Court halts Texas execution
The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution Thursday of a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial.
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#1 Sep 16, 2011
Did the Supreme Court jump into this to help Perry stay out of yet-another-controversy?
#2 Sep 16, 2011
Considering the George Bush as president and the Habeas Corpus:
(The Gutting the Constitution)
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The right of habeas corpus is the foundation stone of American liberty
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When you consider the Supreme Court allowed unlimited money in lobbying to politicians you could consider that the SCOTUS is contaminated by the Republican ALEC. The same group that Perry belongs to and they are protecting his interest in the attempt to have Perry elected.
The Conservatives' ALEC Philosophy: Everything Related to Government Should Be Demonized, Starved or Privatized
Any force in civil society that contests the right of business to grab all social surplus, and to treat people like roadkill and the earth like a sewer, should be crushed.
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Vote out all Republicans in political office
#3 Sep 16, 2011
The Republicans are in a NAZI state of mind and pay no attention to our Constitutional rights.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
Get the Republicans out of office.
#4 Sep 16, 2011
ALEC and Its Tea Party Sugar Daddies
Beginning in 2009, FreedomWorks was instrumental in creating the faux-populist Tea Party.
The mainstream media uncritically hyped the scores of Tea Party tax day protests orchestrated by FreedomWorks and the National Taxpayers Union (another Koch-funded ALEC group headed by former ALEC executive director Duane Parde), thus helping enable unprecedented Republican legislative majorities in states across the nation.
#5 Sep 16, 2011
Inside ALEC, The Koch-Funded Group Behind Right-Wing State Laws
How ALEC, the Koch brothers and their corporate allies plan to privatize government.
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The Untold Story Behind the American Legislative Exchange C o u n c i l
#6 Sep 16, 2011
Report Lifts Veil on ALEC’s Pro-Corporate, Anti-Consumer Mission
Washington, DC—The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has secretly taken millions of dollars in corporate money to infiltrate state legislatures and push legislation that, amongst other anti-consumer measures, would give complete immunity to asbestos manufacturers and undermine recently-passed health care reform, according to a new report released today.
On its surface, ALEC’s membership is mostly comprised of thousands of state legislators. Each pays a nominal membership fee in order to attend ALEC retreats and receive model legislation. But ALEC’s corporate contributors pay a king’s ransom to gain access to legislators and distribute their corporate-crafted legislation. As a result, thousands of bills have been introduced across the country that would protect corporate interests at the expense of consumers’ rights.
“While many have read about the disturbing influence of corporations in national politics and government, corporations are also looking towards state legislatures for more immunity and less accountability,” said American Association for Justice President Anthony Tarricone.“ALEC is the ultimate smoke-filled back room: another opportunity for corporations to buy access and protect their profits at the expense of consumers.”
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#7 Sep 16, 2011
The ALEC Cabal: How Influence Peddlers Undermine Democracy
As the eyes of the nation are focused on lawmakers in Washington this week, hundreds of right-wing state legislators are quietly meeting with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors in a New Orleans hotel to draft far-reaching legislation. The secret meetings, underwritten by powerful special interests – including the insurance and banking industries, big oil and the pharmaceutical giants – are part of an on-going effort to subvert the public interest by an industry backed-group shamelessly called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). This hidden collusion between well-financed lobbyists and elected legislators undermines the basic American values of public debate and full-disclosure that Americans rightly expect when our laws are made.
Through ALEC, big corporations lay out more than $6 million a year to wine and dine state legislators, and pay for expensive vacations and junkets, while at the same time drafting corporate-friendly legislation that the politicians then push when they return to their statehouses. This covert coalition of state legislators and Wall Street moneymen has been surreptitiously working out of the view of Main Street Americans to dismantle health, safety and environmental regulations, privatize vital public services, restrict the ability of working men and women to make a fair wage, and reduce the ability of seniors, students, minorities and the poor to vote. All done behind closed doors without the press or public seeing whose palm is greased.
More than 2,000 state legislators are in on the game. Over the years, with corporate backing in their campaigns, they often go for higher office, like former ALEC members Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. More than 70 members of Congress and governors have attended the closed-to-the public get-togethers where corporate CEOs lay out the agenda for the year ahead. It is no coincidence that Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio made attacks on the middle class and collective bargaining rights their top priorities, rather than find real solutions and focus on job creation, when they took power earlier this year. They are both ALEC alumni.
A report last year by the American Association for Justice describes how ALEC advances the interests of powerful corporations against working families across the country.“ALEC’s campaigns and model legislation have run the gamut of issues,” they concluded,“but all have either protected or promoted a corporate revenue stream, often at the expense of consumers.” ALEC has worked on behalf of Telecom firms to block low-cost municipally-owned broadband. They’ve pushed bills, backed by the big banks, to force seniors to take out reverse mortgages before they can receive Medicaid. They’ve restricted the ability of states to require insurers to meet strengthened accounting and auditing rules. Tobacco companies draft laws to limit lawsuits targeting their deadly products, while the private prison industry uses their clout in ALEC to push state laws – like Arizona’s anti-immigration legislation – to provide a steady stream of undocumented workers that they can jail in their privatized prisons.
The Wall Street barons take a tax deduction for the money they contribute to their secret cabal. Publicly traded companies such as tobacco giant Altria, and well-known corporations such as AT&T, Boeing, ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola are all contributing big bucks, irresponsibly using shareholder funds to undermine the legislative process. They cynically form committees to write “model laws” hand-in-hand with compliant legislators, all while enjoying golf outings and lavish dinners far from the view of the public and press.
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Get the Republican politician out of office.
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