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  •  At the state level, (6+ / 0-)

    corruption is cheaper, the talent level is lower and ALEC is dominant, even in Blue states. They wholly own the statehouses in more than half of the states and their agenda can be seen in every issue from stand your ground to union busting to fracking.
    I wish it was different, I live in supposedly very blue Connecticut and even here we have ALEC driven legislation being pushed into our legislature.
    Again, Media saturation, coordinated activism, powerful propaganda and big money are what we face and at the state level, we have even less of our own infrastructure to face it with.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 02:45:27 PM PDT

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    •  Spot on (4+ / 0-)

      While everyone makes the "Tea Party" (whatever that is) out to be a boogie man, ALEC is actually controlling shit behind the scenes. Why doesn't the left have an ALEC-type group? This is what we need.

    •  state strategy is assymetric, why a minority wins (0+ / 0-)

      there, why an amendment is bad strategy because it only takes 5% of the popualtion to stop it. The crisis we're in is not a state issue, this is a collapse of the separation of powers with the Court taking over Congress's job and eliminating the electorate as a constitutional actor. This happened before, when the electorate reasserted itself by putting Lincon in office before the civil war. See FDR's 3-9-37 fireside chat for background on what it takes to rebalance the separation of powers, thereby preserving the republican form of governement. Most likely, fairly soon some of the recent law made by the Court will need to be abrogated by federal statute with the Court's jurisdiction to respond excepted by statute. Some people don't like that, but these prefer to go down with the corrupt oligarchic ship.

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