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  •  It doesn't say anything about whether the offer (1+ / 0-)
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    must be at least as much as the appraised value or the asking price.  It never allows the school board to get competing offers for the property, or to get a better price, which could be put into educational programs.  Kind of looks like a sweetheart deal to me.  It just says that the school board must accept the first offer, and does not address, in any way, the fact that other factors going into the value of a piece of real estate may be in play to allow the board to offer the property at a premium to the appraised value.

    From CMD, here is a list of ALEC education policy "model legislation".  Remember, they cut and paste bits and pieces of ALEC legislation into things like budget bills that do not get much scrutiny, and then you have it, more ALEC anti-public education laws, a sneak attack on our children and grandchildren.

    http://www.alecexposed.org/...

    So there has been a tremendous amount of research, most meticulously gathered and made public, but we have a blind news media who are beholden to the advertising bucks from ALEC companies who support their profitable media empires.

    Nice catch on the Ohio education legislation summary.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 12:07:49 PM PST

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    •  What to do? (1+ / 0-)
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      This really has the feel of a David and Goliath battle, and it doesn't help that the GOP started beating the privatization drum in earnest a couple of decades ago with little counter from the Democrats.

      I'm in full agreement with ManfromMiddletown's diary, Rules for ALEC Activists. Hyperbole doesn't help anything. Because the ALEC problem is so big and so pervasive, it seems we need to chip away at its edges.

      Maybe a smart approach is to focus on three or four specific issues, like conflict of interest, corporate welfare (like the real estate sales), and legislative transparency. We could develop specific policy proposals around those issues justified by the shortcomings of what's on the books now.

      One example would be a push for a user-friendly website for the General Assembly, including a daily update of 1) bills introduced and 2) floor action. The template is available at the thomas website for Congress.

      We could (should?) also do the tedious work that ManfromMiddletown suggests -- pulling public documents and connecting the dots among the various players and profit-takers in the current education regime.

      I'm willing to roll up my sleeves on such a project.

      Don't tread on me.

      by VetGrl on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 01:23:45 PM PST

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      •  Vetgrl, all of the Anti-ALEC group are frustrated (1+ / 0-)
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        because of the slow pace of change, and a lot of that is because MSM won't do their job and expose the abuses and corrupt nature of the organization and its corporate sponsors/enablers, and the 2000 or so legislators that they have compromised.

        Finding an area of concentration or group makes sense, particularly if an individual has expertise in those areas.  It makes sense for groups of individuals to band together and cover all aspects of ALEC corruption and continually report on ALL of them simultaneously.

        You mention Real Estate.  I recall seeing a diary on a sneaky bill that caused people with reverse mortgages to become spendthrifts because if they had any money left at the end of the month, by the proposed re-structuring at the state level, any remaining funds could be used to deny eligibility for Medicaid health care (without going back to read the diary and legislation, I cannot, with 100 per cent certainty, attribute that particular piece of legislation to ALEC, it may have been some other right wing organization).  CMD has a whole section regarding banking and real estate laws.  Or Telecommunications laws.  Anywhere that there is money to be made, they have a "model bill" for it.

        Look here for a comprehensive list.  Show the list to a newspaper writer or editor, show similarities or exact plagiarized wording in a particular law, then ask the reporter why his or her newspaper isn't reporting this.

        http://www.alecexposed.org/...

        If people come in with factual reports, constantly, from all sides at once, eventually ALEC won't be able to defend itself from this onslaught.  They will be confused, demoralized, they will make mistakes, they will make big mistakes, and we will win.  This comes from the John Boyd school of warfare, and he gave it the term, maneuver warfare, and it works.  They have been doing it to the American people for 40 years, we have been fighting back for 3.  We are gaining on them, and we will win.

        Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

        by Ohiodem1 on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 07:04:08 PM PST

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      •  I will not be available to blog for the next two (1+ / 0-)
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        or three days, so this is my last response for a while.

        Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

        by Ohiodem1 on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 07:05:56 PM PST

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