Thursday, March 15, 2012

I'll make it easy for you, Draz

Catherine Ritchert has a well-researched article about the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on Minnesota Republican legislators on the Minnesota Public Radio website this morning. You should go and read the whole thing. But one snippet jumped out at me:
But Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, who is sponsoring an identical bill in the House, says he's been a member of ALEC for four years.  
Rep. Steve Drazkowski
"I am a member of ALEC as I am a member of a good number of organizations that align with the type of legislative outlook that I have and that match the values of the folks in my district," Drazkowski explained. Nevertheless, Drazkowski said he's never introduced ALEC bills, and said he didn't get language for his "right-to-work" bill from the group. 
Never? Well, Rep. Drazkowski might have found his "right to work" bill from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy (a regressive right wing think tank) but how does he explain this one? HF 1563, calling for a constitutional convention to allow state legislatures to repeal federal law is a word-for-word copy of model ALEC legislation. Well, almost word-for-word. Drazkowski's version replaces "[insert state]" with "Minnesota," so he's got that going for him.

It's as clumsy as an undergraduate plagiarist whose paper was block copied from a website but the plagiarist forgot to remove the hyperlinks.

Never introduced ALEC bills? Someone should ask Rep. Drazkowski about this blatant lie.

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