I've written plenty about the American Legislative Exchange Council and its noxious influence on Indiana education policy: Here and here and here. The corporate-controlled political group is holding its annual meeting in Salt Lake City right now. Columbia City Republican Jim Banks, a member of the Senate Education Committee, tweeted his excitement at being included. The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly amended an ethics bill to exclude ALEC from lobbyist disclosure requirements, so we'll never know just how much the Hoosier representatives will be wined, dined and influenced on the back nine.
If you're a fan of Schoolhouse Rock – and who isn't? – you'll enjoy this from Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore, an updated version to explain how democracy works in the age of ALEC.