News & Events
Recent News about ALICE
United States of ALEC, Moyers & Company - September 28, 2012
"Finally: ALEC, meet ALICE. That’s right, ALEC now has some competition. Inspired by professor Joel Rogers, the Wisconsin champion of open democracy, ALICE is a transparent, non-corporate, out-in-the-open, web-based library of model laws on a range of public interest issues. Alice doesn’t have corporate or billionaire backers. The work is done by volunteers -- so in the constant struggle for democracy is still David versus Goliath. But as you’ll remember from that ancient story, giants don’t always win."
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ALICE Project Seeks to Increase Access to Local Law, Measures as Counter to ALEC - Free Speech Radio News, September 26, 2012
Hello, DKos. You’ve Met ALEC, But Have You Met ALICE? - Daily Kos, December 1, 2012
ALICE: A Progressive Counterpoint to ALEC, Judith Davidoff - Isthmus, October 11, 2012
"ALICE is the very essence of the Wisconsin idea: ‘To use whatever brains and research are available to suggest things that will improve the general welfare.’"
Georgia Leaders Depend on the Same Well for Ideas, Walter C. Jones Rome News-Tribune, October 6, 2012
First there was ALEC, now there’s progressive focused ALICE, Mary Spicuzza and Clay Barbour Wisconsin State Journal, September 29th 2012
"…while ALEC has some 2,000 members, holds conferences and has corporate financial backing, ALICE sees itself as a smaller, less well-funded part of a group of organizations that could one day get progressive ideas the same exposure as ALEC manages to do with conservative ideas."
The Antidote to ALEC: ALICE, Aaron Keating Washington Policy Watch, September 19 2012
" Unlike ALEC, ALICE is no corporate-funded juggernaut – and doesn’t aspire to be one. It’s on open and transparent resource for all who are interested in what’s best about progressive policy."
Counter ALEC with ALICE, Jim Hightower - August 10, 2012
"This secretive corporate front is behind hundreds of regressive and repressive bills that're being pushed through Republican-controlled state legislatures. Its bills and tactics are so venomous that 35 of ALEC's brand-name corporate funders – from Amazon to Walmart – have withdrawn their names and money this year."
ALEC, Meet ALICE, ACS Blog Guest Post - June 8, 2012
Building a Progressive Counterforce to ALEC, Katrina vanden Heuvel The Nation blog post, April 11 2012
" In recent months, the need to build progressive strength in cities, towns, counties and states across the country has become crystal clear. Conservative coordination across state lines has led to assaults on workers rights, voting rights and women’s rights, and only an energetic, well-coordinated progressive response has prevented far more extensive damage to our democracy."
"ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), for nearly 40 years the best kept open secret of the American Right, has certainly been in the news lately..."
Deepening the progressive bench, Katrina vanden Heuvel – Washington Post – April 10, 2012
“On the policy front, the centerpiece of the effort is an initiative called the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE), started by Center on Wisconsin Strategy director Joel Rogers. ALICE would offer model laws for both state and local legislators and support citizen-directed efforts like ballot initiatives, all based on the values of equity, sustainability and responsible government.”
Lobbyists, Guns and Money, Paul Krugman - March 25, 2012
"What is ALEC? Despite claims that it’s nonpartisan, it’s very much a movement-conservative organization, funded by the usual suspects: the Kochs, Exxon Mobil, and so on. Unlike other such groups, however, it doesn’t just influence laws, it literally writes them, supplying fully drafted bills to state legislators."
The Big Money Behind State Laws, NYTimes Op-Ed - February 12, 2012
"It is no coincidence that so many state legislatures have spent the last year taking the same destructive actions: making it harder for minorities and other groups that support Democrats to vote, obstructing health care reform, weakening environmental regulations and breaking the spines of public- and private-sector unions. All of these efforts are being backed — in some cases, orchestrated — by a little-known conservative organization financed by millions of corporate dollars. The American Legislative Exchange Council..."
Upcoming ALICE Events
May 30-June 2, 2013
Law and Society Association Annual Conference
June 12-15, 2013
June 13-15, 2013
August 12-15, 2013
April 27, 2013
April 27 - May 1, 2013
April 17, 2013
April 16, 2013
April 10, 2013
April 9, 2013
ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter
April 4, 2013
April 1, 2013
March 5, 2013
March 4, 2013
February 27, 2013
February 25, 2013
February 20, 2013
February 19, 2013
February 9, 2013
February 4, 2013
January 8, 2013
November 17, 2012
Class Crits conference
University of Wisconsin Law School
November 16, 2012
National Association of Legislative and Political Specialists for Education
Captiva Island, FL
October 4-6, 2012
Society of American Law Teachers teaching conference
June 14-16, 2012
American Constitution Society National Convention
June 5-8, 2012
Law and Society Conference
April 30-May 3, 2012
AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education
Los Angeles, CA
February 16, 2012
Rebellious Lawyering Conference
Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
February 11, 2012
Society of American Law Teachers Norman Amaker Retreat