by Max Brantley
The American Legislative Exchange Council meets this week in Philadelphia. It's a conservative answer to non-partisan legislative research and education organizations.
Featured speakers: Newt Gingrich, Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee, Neil Cavuto, Jon Fund and Dick Armey.
In the words of Delphi, "This is the annual confab where the whack jobs get their drafts of legislation for the next state legislative session."
The agenda is chock full of ideas for helping corporations through tax policy and protection from lawsuits, to name one priority.
I'm trying to run down the Arkansas contingent that will be attending on the taxpayers' tab. But should you be in Philadelphia this week, I'll tell you one place where you'll be able to find Arkies. Lobbyists Ted Mullenix and Bobby Hogue will be slopping the Razorback delegation with drinks at 7:30 and dinner at 8 Friday at the "historic City Tavern Restaurant." We'll be checking their reports later for the tab and who they entertained. Here's the menu if you'd like to dine vicariously with Arkansas lawmakers.
Who'll be paying? Hard to say until the lobbyists turn in their receipts. Mullenix's clients include Oaklawn, the Poultry Federation, Arkansas Realtors and Stephens Production. Hogue's include the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, the rural telephone lobby and Kraft Foods.