Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Bazzomanifesto Update 12/04/13:17 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)   Lincoln Depot Holiday Celebration  12/08/13


2)   Happy Birthday, Governor Cuomo!

3)  Assemblywoman Galef Statement on Tragic Metro-North Accident

4)  Core Pilates Greenwich Holiday Specials!

5) NYGOP Releases Jobs Agenda

6)  Will Sean Patrick Maloney Join Obama and Double Down on ObamaCare?

7)  Assemblyman Lalor Holds Forum on Dyslexia and Education

8) Westchester Legislators Support Increased Child Care and Staff Spending as Budget Priorities

9)  CHAIRMAN BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON MTA TRAIN DERAILMENT

10)  SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON JAMES LOVELL, MTA TRAIN DERAILMENT VICTIM

11)  SENATOR GREG BALL HOSTS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY JOBS FORUM 12/09/13

12) : Lawmakers to Respond to Disturbing New Revelations About ALEC in Leaked Documents

13)  SCHUMER: HOUSE-PASSED BILL TO EXTEND BAN ON UNDETECTABLE PLASTIC GUNS IS GOOD FIRST STEP, BUT LEAVES DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE UNCLOSED - ANNOUNCES PLANS TO PURSUE STRONGER BILL IN SENATE NEXT WEEK

14) SCHUMER STATEMENT ON METRO-NORTH DERAILMENT

15) Bruce The Blog: Original Cynicism

16) Bruce The Blog: Stupid People, Stupid People’ 50 Years Later

17) Westchester Legislators to Hold its Final Public Hearing on 2014 Proposed County Budget - TONIGHT, 12/4/2013

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THE VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT ON YOUTUBE:

Thank to the help of a good friend Pat N. we are able to bring you the January - June 2013 season of the Volpe/Bazzo Report on YouTube for those who do not have Optimum/Cablevision.

Here is the link to the complete list of 2013 shows available:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL15q02cIJ1qxB9VVej5EHJxRko-gJQ411

Thank to the help of a good friend Pat N. we are able to bring you the complete 2012 season of the Volpe/Bazzo Report On YouTube for those who do not have Optimum/Cablevision.

Here is the link to the complete list of 2012 shows available:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCstWajSgbAgVe29zEyjftlw

For those who have Cablevision/Optimum, you can see fresh episodes of:

THE VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT:
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channel 74.
Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock – Mahopac.

Wednesday 9:00 P.M.
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Dec 1 at 8:34 PM
Lincoln Depot Holiday Celebration
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December 3, 2013

Happy Birthday, Governor Cuomo!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
What are your plans on this special night, New York?  For just $50,000 for a top shelf ticket, you can hang out with Andrew Cuomo as he's personally serenaded by pop icon Billy Joel.
 
That's right, the same Governor who's demanding welfare for politicians via publicly financed campaigns and is trying to cap contributions to political organizations is selling tickets to his birthday party for as much as $50,000 - or just a little less than New Yorkers' median income.
 
How about that. 
 
Can't make it?  Neither can we.  But fortunately, our NYGOP spies were able to get ahold of Billy Joel's set list for tonight's shindig.  Check it out:
 
"You May Be Right," as Sung by Andrew Cuomo to Republicans about lowering taxes
 
"In the Middle of the Night," or, How Andrew Cuomo Passed the SAFE Act
 
"Pressure (from the Governor's Office)," or, Why the Moreland Commission Won't Subpoena Major Democrat Donors 
 
"Movin' Out (Andrew's Song)," or, Why New York's Businesses Keep Leaving for Lower-Tax States
 
"The Longest Time," or, The Story of the Fracking Decision
 
"We Love You Just the Way You Are," as sung by the Assembly Democrat caucus to Shelly Silver
 
"Upstate Girl," Feat. the Growing Chorus of Upstaters who Disapprove of Andrew Cuomo
 
"I Go to Extremes (But Only After MSNBC Attacks me for Working with Republicans)," as sung by Andrew Cuomo 
 
"Summer, Rainbow Falls (The Great Adirondack White-Water Rafting Challenge)," as sung by Andrew Cuomo.  
 
"Scenes from a Yogurt Summit"
 
"New York Washington State of Mind," as sung by Andrew Cuomo
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       For Immediate Release                                                                                       Contact:  Sandy Galef
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Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s Statement on
the December 1st Metro-North Accident
 
(December 2, 2013)  “The tragic train derailment that took place yesterday has left all of us reeling.  My heart goes out to the victims and their families of this horrible accident.  The majority of the stops on this train were in my Assembly District.  Unfortunately, I am sure that in addition to the two lives lost in my district, the names of others injured will soon be reported who are our neighbors and friends as well.
 
I am determined to ensure New York supports any and all efforts to fix and improve our rails and the systems that run them so all that utilize the railway as a critical and valuable resource can feel safe and confident when they do so.  I will be tracking the accident investigation to determine how improvements can best be made to the system.
 
If anyone should need any help that my office may be able to expedite as a result of the accident, I encourage them to call me at 914-941-1111.”
 
 
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Dana Levenberg
Chief of Staff
Office of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef
2 Church Street
Ossining, NY 10562
(914) 941-1111 (p)
(914) 941-9132 (f)
levenbergd@assembly.state.ny.us
 
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December 2, 2013

NYGOP Releases Jobs Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
ALBANY, NY... The New York State Republican Party today released its "Jobs Agenda," which specifies actionable policy items to promote the growth, opportunity and progress that New York needs to compete more effectively on the national and global stage.

 
The Jobs Agenda focuses on seven policy areas: taxes, regulations, workforce development, energy, manufacturing, education and mandate relief.
 
"Governor Cuomo has failed," said NYGOP Chair Ed Cox. "Instead of seriously addressing jobs and economic growth, Andrew Cuomo has spent the last three years pandering to his Democratic base. In so doing, he has only managed the decline of New York as a center of global commerce.
 
"With our pro-growth jobs agenda, the New York State Republican Party will remain New York's foremost voice for small business. We will be a force for cutting taxes across the board, including tax cuts that pay for themselves like the capital gains tax.
 
"The Republican Party will be a force for cutting regulations that big businesses can afford to negotiate, but which smother small businesses, as well as for a well-educated and trained modern workforce, which our small businesses need to compete and survive, but for which the needed general education and job training programs in New York are sorely missing.
 
"And we will be a force for reviving our once-thriving manufacturing industries.  Their decline has led to a seemingly inexorable decline of upstate New York as a center for economic growth.
 
 "Andrew Cuomo could have spent his political capital doing the difficult but necessary work to fundamentally fix New York's worst-in-the-Nation business climate. Instead, he focused on social issues that would help raise his profile amongst the national Democratic base.
 
"His inattention to New York's economy hasn't gone unnoticed. Many polls now show his approval rating around or below 50%. The 2014 campaign is already underway, and our Jobs Agenda presents New Yorkers with a positive vision for prosperity for our state. New York needs a Governor who takes economic growth seriously. Next year, they'll vote for change, and elect a Republican to replace Andrew Cuomo." 
 
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Click HERE to view the NYGOP Jobs Agenda.

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For Immediate Release
December 3, 2013
Contact: Press Office
(202) 479-7070
 
 
 
Will Sean Patrick Maloney Join Obama and Double Down on ObamaCare?
Maloney’s Support for the Failed Law Has Been Unwavering
 
WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama and National Democrats are launching an ObamaCare apology tour across the country, which will attempt to persuade the millions of Americans suffering under the law to give the rollout and its expensive policies a second chance. Will Sean Patrick Maloney join the President and double down on his support for ObamaCare?
 
Maloney has been a fervent ObamaCare supporter, and has been unwavering in his support for the billion-dollar law, even through its botched rollout this fall. New York families are tired of higher premiums and canceled policies. When will Maloney finally realize that ObamaCare is hurting New York voters?
 
“Sean Patrick Maloney’s continued support of ObamaCare and its expensive price tag has hurt thousands of New York’s hard working families,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Will he continue to double down on his support as National Democrats continue to tout the so-called ‘benefits’ of the law, or will he finally admit that the ObamaCare train wreck has gone on for far too long?”
 
Sean Patrick Maloney Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013)
 
President Obama Will Be Promoting ObamaCare Alongside of National Democrats In The Coming Weeks To Garner Support For The Troubled Law. (“Obama To Launch New Health Care Law Campaign,” by David Jackson. USA Today, 12/3/13)
 
 
 
 
 
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseDec. 3, 2013
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Assemblyman Lalor Holds Forum on Dyslexia and Education
Fishkill, NY – (12/3/13) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I-Fishkill) today joined educators, local officials and parents at a public forum about dyslexia, and discussed its affect on our children and ways for parents to get the best available help. In order to better understand dyslexia as well as the programs and services offered in our area, representatives from the Special Education & Student Services at Wappingers Central School District and representatives from the Wilson Reading School were on hand to give presentations and answer any questions parents had.
Assemblyman Lalor decided to organize this forum after being approached by a constituent, Kathleen Dailey, whose daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade. Kathleen and Assemblyman Lalor both agreed some kind of informational forum was a necessity for parents.
“Today’s forum was very informative for me and it was important to raise awareness of the services offered for dyslexic children in our area,” said Lalor. “Community programs and services like these are critical to the well being of our children and I’m ecstatic we were able to make folks aware of them.”
“My daughter had been diagnosed with dyslexia in the middle of 2nd grade and it was a struggle to actually get her the necessary research-based interventions that she needed,” said Kathleen Dailey.  “Assemblyman Lalor was very receptive and is very dedicated to improving our educational system in New York State. I hope that this will begin a dialogue locally and in the state about early identification and intervention for dyslexics.”
"Scientific research into the dyslexic brain and technological advances give us all an opportunity we've never seen before,” said Kevin Pendergast, Headmaster at the Kildonan School. “The legal protections created for Learning Disabled students and their parents also help us do what's best for dyslexic children. Parents, school districts, private schools and political leaders all want what is best for these students."
“Wilson Language Training was pleased to participate in Lalor’s Dyslexia Forum for parents. We know that students with dyslexia can become fluent, independent readers with appropriate instruction,” said Barbara Wilson, co-founder, President, and CEO of Wilson Language Training. “When parents, teachers, and administrators work together, the needs of all students can be met.”

"This was an excellent opportunity for parents, students and professionals to learn how our programs and methods help individuals become successful learners, " said Rita Boreczky, Associate Center Director at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. "Our focus is the development of specific mental processes and sensory skills that underlie learning—we teach a person how to learn instead of simply practicing reading or studying techniques. Our goal is to have our students become independent learners."

"The Wappingers Central School District was thrilled to provide a venue to local professionals and parents for this important event,” said Joseph Simoni, Director of Special Education and Student Services at Wappingers Central School District. “Hosting this informative evening will expand the knowledge of learning disabilities in our community." 
 
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and founder of the Dutchess County based consulting firm KML Strategies, LLC.  Lalor is the founder of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2013

Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)

 

Westchester Legislators Support Increased

Child Care and Staff Spending as Budget Priorities

 

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL), nearing the end of its review of County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Proposed 2014 County Budget, formally approved today a $2.5 million increase of funding support for the Title XX child care program, as well as the restoration of two professional positions, as additions to the final spending plan.

 

The BOL approval was made during a meeting of the Budget & Appropriations Committee, chaired by Legislator Judy Myers (D-Larchmont). The total spending increase would be paid for through expected revenue from a forthcoming operations deal at Playland, offset savings found in another child care program and a reduction in staff spending already proposed in the budget.

 

“It’s important that the 2014 County Budget provide a crucial umbrella of protection for the lives of Westchester residents and our natural resources,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “We have focused on balancing the needs of our residents and making decisions that are fiscally responsible in these budget additions. I’m confident that they’ll be part of the final budget negotiations with the Administration.”

 

Enrollment in the Title XX child care program has been frozen since 2010. The BOL’s spending addition will increase program enrollment to approximately 400 slots, which many residents and child care advocates stated at the last two public budget hearings as being necessary to meet community needs.

 

“This is simply a matter of the Board responding to the concerns we’ve heard at the budget hearings over the past few years,” said Myers.

 

The two professional positions the BOL is seeking to restore are the Director of Water Agency and Environmental Project Director, both of which are involved with the County’s responsibility in complying with Federal law requiring the maintenance of a safe public drinking water system.

 

“These two staff members have a great deal of experience and institutional knowledge,” said BOL Majority Leader Pete Harckham (D-North Salem). “Right now, the County is in a sensitive situation regarding environmental protection, and letting these two veteran professionals go at this point seems like a bad idea.”

 

Two groups of additions are being made for the sake of greater budget transparency. First, a number of Department of Social Services staff positions are being moved out of trust accounts and into the operating budget. (These are positions are fully paid for by Medicaid administration and have no affect on the tax levy.) Second, program funding is being broken out of the Community Based Initiative line in the Proposed Budget’s Miscellaneous budget and placed in the proper Department budgets.

 

The BOL Budget & Appropriations Committee will consider deletions to the Proposed 2014 Budget on Friday, December 6. A special meeting of the BOL will be held on Monday, December 9 at 10:30 AM in the BOL Chambers to consider an Act adopting the 2014 County Budget.

Additional news and photos available at www.westchesterlegislators.com/newsroom

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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796

 

CHAIRMAN BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON MTA TRAIN DERAILMENT

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Brewster, N.Y. – (12/1/2013) – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Metro-North train derailment.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families of this mornings train derailment. I ask everyone to keep the victims and families in mind throughout the holiday season. I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all the first responders and volunteers who swiftly responded to the call. As the details still come in, we will watch very closely to inspect and digest the cause to prevent future incidents. I urge all those that commute using Metro-North to monitor the MTA website for updates on future travel,” said Senator Greg Ball.

For more information contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796.

 

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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796

 

SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON JAMES LOVELL, MTA TRAIN DERAILMENT VICTIM

Brewster, N.Y. – (12/1/2013) – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the death of Cold Spring resident, James Lovell, in this morning’s Metro-North train derailment.

“What a sad and horrifying tragedy to strike such a great man and such a beautiful and caring family. Sadly, James Lovell was among the four people killed on this morning’s tragic Metro-North train derailment. James was a caring and giving member of Putnam's community and my heart breaks for his wife, as well as their lovely children and the entire family that are now struggling with this enormous loss. I ask residents to keep James' family in their thoughts and prayers thought the holiday season, and let us find ways to be supportive and caring this holiday season and beyond,” said Senator Greg Ball.

For more information contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796.
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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796        
 
SENATOR GREG BALL HOSTS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY JOBS FORUM
Brewster, N.Y. – (12/02/2013) – Senator Greg Ball Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will be hosting a community briefing regarding sustainable energy development, specifically biomass energy, and it’s prospects for creating good paying jobs throughout New York State.
Biomass energy is an innovative and environmentally friendly technology aimed at adding “recover” to the common environmental lexicon of  “reduce, re-use, recycle.” The biomass process involves a revolutionary change in the haul and dump method. While many profess solutions to “going green” and being a piece of our environmental and energy solution, biomass is a holistic approach that limits our carbon footprint while efficiently creating, clean and sustainable energy.
Biomass allows, post sorting, for nearly 97% of our waste to be processed through a zero emission, zero energy used gasification process. Biomass effectively eliminates most of our waste while creating affordable energy. One such biomass plant can be a sustainable energy source for nearly 30,000 residential homes.
“Currently, we are paying folks to transport our waste a great distance away.  This process revolutionizes the entire waste process by creating a real value around our refuse. We continue to utilize an outdated process to dispose of garbage and waste that is harmful to the environment and not economically sound,” said Senator Greg Ball. “In my eight years in public life, I have never stumbled upon such an amazing opportunity to create jobs and clean up the environment, contemporaneously. This unique process is revolutionary and has been building for some time under the leadership of former Congresswoman Sue Kelly and others. I am organizing this meeting so we can learn how this new innovative and environmentally friendly process can benefit our area with good paying jobs, by turning our waste into energy, while protecting and preserving the environment.”   
The meeting will be hosted at the Putnam Valley Town Hall on Thursday December 19th at 7PM. For more information about the meeting contact Senator Greg Ball’s Director of Operations Colin Schmitt at (845) 279-3773 or cschmitt@nysenate.gov.
Who: Senator Ball, Local Elected Officials, Community Partners
What: Community Briefing on Biomass Energy
When: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7 PM
Where: Putnam Valley Town Hall, 265 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY
 
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov (845) 531-9796
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Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            Contacts:      Lauren Weiner, 202-470-5870
December 3, 2013                                                                      Jeremy Funk, 202-470-5878
** Press Conference Call, WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 12:15 PM ET**
ALEC: In Town and Under Fire:  Lawmakers to Respond to Corporate-Owned Agenda and Disturbing New Revelations Detailed in Leaked Documents
CALL IN: (310) 409-2027, 501154
• Rightwing lobby group appealing to major donors to return
• Internal documents reveal so-called 'Prodigal Son Project'
• Network lost almost 400 state legislators over past two years
(SEE FULL ARTICLE BELOW)
 
 
On Wednesday, December 4 at 12:15 p.m ET, state and federal lawmakers who have seen firsthand how ALEC’s corporate-owned special interest agenda harms their constituents will respond to disturbing new revelations about ALEC’s upcoming legislative agenda and plans to further sabotage the Affordable Care Act, as well as newly published documents that raise serious issues about the group’s status as a so-called charitable organization.
ALEC – the American Legislative Exchange Council, is in D.C. this week for its “State and Nation Policy Summit” has been the moving force behind legislation including the Stand Your Ground laws that protect reckless killers, voter suppression schemes and laws to strip workers of their right to bargain collectively for fair wages, benefits and working conditions.
ALEC is funded by massive “donations,” from corporations who in return are given full voting rights in all decisions. Corporations draft legislation that directly benefits their bottom line, sits with legislators at ALEC conferences and votes on ALEC policy and legislation, then sets the legislators loose to push these bills on their behalf in state governments around the country.
Early this week The Guardian newspaper published an expose and accompanying documents that detail secret ALEC’s concerns about lobbying while pretending to be a charitable organization as well as its plans to win back corporate members who left after the Trayvon Martin shooting and to require legislators to pledge allegiance to ALEC above all ALEC’s legislative agenda for 2014 includes plans to harass navigators who help uninsured Americans sign up for affordable health coverage and continue to push for a repeal of the minimum wage.
Speakers include :
·         Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
·         Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI)
·         Nebraska State Senator Danielle Conrad, a former ALEC member
·         Center for Media and Democracy and ALEC Exposed Executive Director Lisa Graves
When: Wednesday, December 4 at 12:15 p.m. EST
Call info: (310) 409 -2027
Conference I.D.: 501154
 
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The Guardian: ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row
• Rightwing lobby group appealing to major donors to return
 Internal documents reveal so-called 'Prodigal Son Project'
• Network lost almost 400 state legislators over past two years
An influential US lobbying network of Republican politicians and big businesses is seeking to avert a looming funding crisis by appealing to major donors that have abandoned it over the past two years following criticism of its policy on gun laws.
The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the "Prodigal Son Project".
The target firms include commercial giants such as Amazon, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Kraft, McDonald's and Walmart, all of which cut ties with the group following the furore over the killing of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida in February 2012.
Alec was embroiled in the controversy surrounding Florida's 2005 "stand-your-ground" law under which George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot and killed the 17-year-old Martin, initially claimed self-defence. The Florida law was picked up by Alec, and, working in partnership with the National Rifle Association, used as a template for one of its "model bills", which was then taken up by other states across the country.
The Guardian has learned that by Alec's own reckoning the network has lost almost 400 state legislators from its membership over the past two years, as well as more than 60 corporations that form the core of its funding. In the first six months of this year it suffered a hole in its budget of more than a third of its projected income.
The reference to the Prodigal Son Project is just one of many revelations contained in a batch of internal Alec documents that have been obtained by the Guardian. The documents, prepared for its most recent annual board meeting in Chicago in August, cast light on the inner workings of the group.
They show that:
 Alec has set up a separate sister group called the "Jeffersonian Project" amid concerns over possible government inquiries into whether its activities constitute lobbying – which would threaten its tax-exempt status;
 the network has suffered a decline in its membership among state-based Republicans and among big corporations following the Trayvon Martin controversy;
 its income raised from conferences, membership fees and donations has fallen short, leaving the group with a potential funding crisis;
 a draft agreement prepared for the board meeting proposed that Alec's chairs in each of the 50 states, who are drawn from senior legislators, should be required to put the interests of the organisation first, thus setting up a possible conflict of interest with the voters who elected them;
 Alec also considered extending its remit to include the gambling industry, particularly online gambling, as a possible source of new members and revenue.
Alec reconvenes for its next nationwide meeting, described as a "states and nation policy summit", on Wednesday in Washington. The three-day event will be attended by hundreds of state legislators and corporate representatives.
In a sign of the influence the network holds with Republicans, it will be addressed by rising stars of the party including US senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who led the push for the recent government shutdown, and the party's budget guru, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
The network also counts among its former members the two highest ranking Republicans in the House of Representatives, John Boehner and Eric Cantor, as well as prominent Republican governors such as Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio.
The documents seen by the Guardian show that Alec is hoping to avoid legal, tax and ethical challenges by creating a separate sister organisation it calls the "Jeffersonian Project". The new body would be categorised as a 501(c)(4) social welfare organisation, a designation that would allow Alec to be far more overt in its lobbying activities than its current charitable status as a 501(c)(3).
"Any activity that could be done by Alec may be done by Jeffersonian Project if legal counsel advises it would provide greater legal protection or lessen ethics concerns," a note on the proposed new body to Alec's board of directors says. The note adds that the Jeffersonian Project would remove "questions of ethical violations made by our critics and state ethics boards and provides further legal protection".
Alec's critics have accused it of violating tax laws by lobbying on behalf of rightwing legislation that advances the interests of its corporate members. Among the areas that Alec has pursued aggressively in the form of model bills are measures to privatise public education, cut taxes, reduce public employee compensation and workplace rights, oppose Obamacare and resist state action to reduce global warming gas emissions.
A letter included among the documents from Alec's lawyer, Alan Dye, warns that "though we do not believe that any activity carried on by Alec is lobbying, the IRS could disagree". It also makes clear that major potential donors are holding back because they are anxious about Alec's tax status.
"Alec has been approached by donors who are willing to make sizable donations, but insist that the donations go to a section 501(c)(4) organization," Dye writes.
Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which monitors Alec's activities, said the Jeffersonian Project laid bare Alec's internal concerns about the tax rules and the perceived need to take steps to avoid getting into trouble. "It should have disclosed its lobbying long ago," she said.
But Alec's senior director of public affairs, Bill Meierling, insisted that the group complies with all state and federal tax laws. He said the creation of the Jeffersonian Project "does not indicate a desire to avoid trouble; it illustrates a desire for compliance with the law".
It would also be proactive, rather than reactive. "We are preparing for the possibility of future change that may alter the way we communicate with the public."
The Obama administration last week signaled its intention to get tough on tax-exempt organisations that stray into the political realm. Alec is not directly affected by the new rules as it does not engage in election campaigning, but more intense federal scrutiny could have longer-term ramifications.
Meierling insisted that Alec does not lobby in any state. It "provides non-partisan study, research and analysis on policy issues, and nothing more. Alec does not advocate the passage of specific legislation; it discusses the impact of potential policies on the American people."
Alec's own internal records of its membership states that it has 1,810 state legislators on its membership books – amounting to almost a quarter of all elected representatives at state level across the nation. That support base has declined though over the past two years, from a peak in 2011 of 2,200, underlining the structural problems that the group faces in the wake of the Trayvon Martin outrage.
Alec has also suffered heavy losses in its private backing from corporate members that have declined from a similar 2011 peak of 280 to 214. Among the documents are Alec's own list of 38 companies that have allowed their membership to lapse, including The Home Depot, the over-50s organisation AARP, healthcare insurers such as WellPoint and the pharmaceutical company Roche Diagnostics.
The documents show that Alec has struggled to hold on to members from the financial services industry. A note records that "many of these companies failed to renew at Alec due to controversy".
The group accepts that it has lost members in recent months, but puts it down to normal cyclical pressures. "No one disputes that Alec lost public and private members during the past several years, but Alec and its members work on issues relevant to the American people and will continue to do so long into the future," Meierling said.
He added that "companies do not like controversy of any sort. It is also clear that – whether true or untrue – accusations made of Alec cost members."
But he said the network intended to regain the trust of lapsed members by focusing on "transparency and engagement".
However, the decline in both public and private membership is starting to have an impact on Alec's financial health, the documents show. Over the first six months of this year, the network suffered a shortfall on its projected budget of $547,500 in sponsorship of its thrice-yearly national conferences, and a further shortfall of $440,792 on its general support from memberships.
By 30 June this year it had developed a hole in its income of $1.4m on expected dues of $3.9m.
Alec said that its financial challenges did not amount to a crisis, though it admitted that there had been a shortfall in projected income.
Despite the losses, Alec continues to be supported by some of the largest rightwing foundations in the country, including the energy tycoons theKoch brothers, the Bradley Foundation and the Searle Freedom Trust set up by the creator of NutraSweet. Alec's list of corporate membersincludes companies such as the telecoms firm AT&T, energy concerns Exxon Mobil and Peabody Energy, the pharma company Pfizer, drinks giant Diageo and the tobacco multinational Altria.
Yet the hole in Alec's budget still has to be filled, lending urgency to the push to regain lapsed members referred to in the documents as the Prodigal Son Project. Meierling said no "specific, named project exists", but he added that "it is reasonable for any organisation to be interested in engagement with former members".
A total of 41 companies are listed by Alec as targets to be lured back into membership. Of those, only one – Wells Fargo – is known to be still funding the network, acting as a sponsor of the August board meeting in Chicago.
Walmart is one of the companies that withdrew its membership of Alec in May 2012 complaining that the organisation had strayed from its core mission to advance free-market policies and that the "divide between [its] activities and our purpose as a business has become too wide". In April 2012, in the wake of criticism from Walmart and others, Alec shut down its Public Safety and Elections Task Force, which had been responsible for the stand-your-ground law as well as controversial voter suppression legislation.
Yet Walmart continues to keep its distance. A company spokesperson, Lorenzo Lopez, told the Guardian: "We don't have any current plans to rejoin Alec."
Coca-Cola was also asked whether they had plans to rejoin, but did not comment.
Lisa Graves said that the difficulty the network was having in attracting back major corporate sponsors showed how vulnerable the network is to public scrutiny. "This is a reflection of the power of sunlight on their activities – for too many years they were operating largely in secret. Corporations are sensitive to these issues."
The documents obtained by the Guardian include a variety of papers prepared for Alec's board of directors. To give a full and fair picture of the organisation, the Guardian is publishing all of the documents.
Among them is a draft agreement that was prepared for Alec's board of directors that set out the proposed responsibilities of the group's state chairs from prominent, largely Republican, legislators. The draft agreement contains the proposed commitment from state chairs that: "I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first."
The duty of elected politicians to put the interests of Alec first, with no mention of their obligations to the voters who put them in office, would have set up an apparent conflict of interest. But Alec said that the draft agreement was not adopted by the membership committee or by any of the state chairs. "All legislators are beholden to their constituents' interests first – if they are not, they will be held accountable at the ballot box," Meierling said.
Another document prepared for the board meeting reveals that Alec considered expanding its area of interests to take in gambling, specifically online gambling and sports betting. The position paper notes that $37bn in revenue was generated by gambling in the US last year, providing a potentially lucrative source of new corporate members – it lists giant casino operators such as Las Vegas Sands, MGM and Wynn Resorts as potential draws. "This industry is very large and regulated by the states. We believe they would have a strong interest in Alec."
But Meierling said that the proposal was not taken up. The Alec board, consisting solely of state legislators, rejected the gambling plan.
 
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WITH HOUSE SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON INVISIBLE GUN BAN LEGISLATION TODAY --
Today at 3:30pm: SCHUMER: HOUSE-PASSED BILL TO EXTEND BAN ON UNDETECTABLE PLASTIC GUNS IS GOOD FIRST STEP, BUT LEAVES DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE UNCLOSED – ANNOUNCES PLANS TO PURSUE STRONGER BILL IN SENATE NEXT WEEK
 
Current Ban On Undetectable Firearms Allows The Legal Production of Guns That Can Be Made Invisible Simply By Removing Metal Piece  
 
House Bill Does Not Fix This Dangerous Loophole – Schumer Will Attempt To Pass Legislation In The Senate Next Week That Does
 
Schumer: Extending The Existing Ban is Better Than Nothing, But We Should Seize Historic Opportunity To Strengthen Ban, Close Dangerous Loophole
 
 New York, NY -- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will TODAY at 3:30pm say that the House bill to extend the ban on undetectable firearms, set to pass today, is a good first step but leaves a dangerous loophole unclosed.  That loophole allows someone to make an illegal gun legal by simply attaching a removable metal piece to the weapon.  That piece could then be removed if someone wanted to sneak the weapon into a protected location.  Schumer will announce his plans to pursue legislation in the Senate next week that will not only extend the ban, but close this loophole as well. 
 
A longstanding, nationwide ban on the production of firearms that are undetectable by metal detectors and x-ray machines is expiring next week..  Schumer said that impending expiration, combined with rapidly advancing technology that allows anyone to produce a plastic gun in their home cheaply and easily with a 3D printer, creates a situation in which felons, terrorists and the mentally ill can slip deadly weapons into airports, schools, sporting events, government buildings and other supposedly secure locations. Schumer first raised the alarm about these guns in May, and even in the short time since then, the weapons that have been created have gotten more and more deadly.  Whereas at first the guns were able to only fire a single bullet before falling apart, now they can shoot multiple bullets and are far more reliable. 
 
Who:         U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
 
When:       TODAY, December 3rd at 3:30pm
 
Place:        Senator Schumer’s Office
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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today release the following statement regarding the derailment on Metro-North's Hudson Line: 
 
“My thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured and the families of those who lost their life in such an unexpected and tragic way.  We must figure out how this happened.  The National Transportation Safety Board was set up to conduct expert, complete and, most of all, independent investigations when a major tragedy like this occurs. To protect commuters, it is critical that they do their job with speed and certainty.” 
 
-U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
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On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:07 AM, Catherine Borgia wrote:
The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) will hold its final public hearing on County Executive Astorino’s Proposed 2014 Budget TONIGHT—Wednesday, December 4 at the BOL Chambers in the Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY. The hearing begins at 7 PM.
This is the third of three scheduled public hearings on the Proposed 2014 Budget. Prior hearings were held in Peekskill and Yonkers.
The BOL Budget & Appropriations Committee will consider deletions to the Proposed 2014 Budget on Friday, December 6. A special meeting of the BOL will be held on Monday, December 9 at 10:30 AM in the BOL Chambers to consider an Act adopting the 2014 County Budget.
Note: Public Hearings are scheduled for 7pm. Doors open at 6:15pm.
Numbered speaker cards will be given out at 6:15pm. Only one speaker card per person shall be given out. Speakers shall be limited to three minutes. Anyone may submit a written statement in advance which will be included in the record.
Who: The Westchester County Board of Legislators and concerned Westchester residents and business owners
What: Public Hearing for County Executive Astorino’s Proposed 2014 Budget
When: TONIGHT—Wednesday, December 4 at 7 PM
Where: BOL Chambers, Michaelian Office Building,148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor, White Plains, NY
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