Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

Live Science: Leaked: Conservative Group Plans Anti-Climate Education Program

-By Stephanie Pappas

February 15, 2012- Update, 4:55 pm ET: The Heartland Institute released a statement this afternoon calling the document leaks "criminal" and claiming that one of the documents, which purports to be the organization's climate change strategy, is faked. However, blogger Anthony Watts and geologist Robert Carter have confirmed online and to news organizations that they have been paid or pledged money by the Institute as outlined in the documents. James M. Taylor, a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute, confirmed to ThinkProgress Green that the school educational project is ongoing.

Leaked documents from the free-market conservative organization The Heartland Institute reveal a plan to create school educational materials that contradict the established science on climate change.

The Cap Times: Plain Talk: Walker’s past comes back to haunt him

-By Dave Zweifel

February 15, 2012- We’ve got the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice to thank for doing the research that shows once again why politicians who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Bice went back to 2006, when Scott Walker was Milwaukee County executive, to see what Walker had to say about Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle when a purchasing director in the state Department of Administration was indicted in what turned out to be a seriously flawed case initiated by a George W. Bush-appointed U.S. attorney.

When Georgia Thompson was indicted on charges that she steered a state contract to a longtime Doyle supporter, Walker, then running for the GOP nomination for governor, issued a stinging press release that accused Doyle of essentially harboring crooks in his administration.

“Unfortunately, we have a governor that condones unethical and illegal behavior,” Walker pontificated. “The people of Wisconsin deserve better.

NY Times: The Big Money Behind State Laws

-Editorial

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 was founded in 1973 by the right-wing activist Paul Weyrich; its big funders include Exxon Mobil, the Olin and Scaife families and foundations tied to Koch Industries. Many of the largest corporations are represented on its board.

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