by Max Brantley
Let's call it a week. Closing out:
* 15 YEARS IN RACE BOMBING: The Justice Department announced today a 15-year sentence for a man who participated in the firebombing of an interracial couple's home in Hardy. He's the last of five people to be sentenced in the case.
* THINGS GO BETTER WITH KOCH: Funny. An Arkansas legislator got a certified, restricted delivery letter from the Arkansas chapter of Koch boys' Americans for Prosperity the pro-Republican lobbying group demanding that he sign a no-tax pledge and a pledge against working to curb air pollution with money. The mailing cost $5.75. He notes the Koch lobbyists could have reached him for 46 cents. the trash can would have been the receptacle either way, he said. The Kochs are very conservative about spending money on the public welfare. But spending to impose their political will on the country and Arkansas? No amount is too great.
* JOHN DALY AT THE MASTERS: No he's not playing golf. He's hawking merchandise out of his bus. Given a chance to advocate women's membership in Augusta National, Daly suggests women instead go out and build their own clubs for women only.
* RUNNING START: Q. Byrum Hurst, the Hot Springs lawyer running as a Democrat for 4th District Congress, is bragging about the $100,000 he's already raised for his race against Sen. Gene Jeffress and D.C. Morrison. Money is the mother's milk of politics and Hurst's total is a good start for a late arrival.
* PROSECUTING THE FOI: How about this — a third prosecution this year for failure to follow the Freedom of Information Act, this time for an alleged secret meeting of the Bono City Council.
* ADIOS ALEC: Now it's Intuit, Coca-Cola, Kraft and Pepsi that have left the sponsorship ranks of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the thinly disguised corporate/Republican lobby that churns out cookie cutter legislation for automaton state legislative wingnuts in states like Arkansas. They'll still have Nate Bell, Missy Irvin and Co. Read about it on jump.
NEW YORK – The following is a statement from ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson:
“Today ColorOfChange learned that Intuit, Inc. has also ended its membership in ALEC. The company, which makes Quicken, Turbo Tax and QuickBooks accounting software, decided not to renew its membership after it expired in 2011.
It appears that Intuit has decided that it, too, wants to be on the right side of history. Through our conversations with corporations supporting ALEC, we've realized that many of these companies are not educated about the dangerous legislation that ALEC pushes. Now that we've succeeded in shining a light on what ALEC is really about, these corporations are severing ties. They know they owe it to their customers to do just that.
We continue to call on all major corporations to stop supporting voter suppression through ALEC. Our members are prepared to hold accountable companies that continue to participate in ALEC's attack on voting rights.
The tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death – and the law that has prevented his killer from being arrested – is another example of how ALEC's agenda is dangerous for people of color. The NRA and ALEC exported Florida's “stand your ground” law to more than 20 states across the country, jeopardizing the safety of Americans nationwide.
We want to thank Intuit for making the right decision, and we want to thank ColorOfChange members and our partners.”
More than 85,000 CoC members signed an earlier petition targeting ALEC’s corporate partners for their role in suppressing Black votes. That petition can be found here:: http://www.colorofchange.org/campaign/alec/
In addition, more than 170,000 CoC members have signed the petition calling on the Department of Justice to take over the Trayvon Martin case, arrest Martin's killer, and launch an independent investigation into the Sanford police department's mishandling of the case. The petition can be found here: http://www.colorofchange.org/campaign/trayvon/