by Max Brantley
The Color of Change, a political group activated by legislation to suppress minority votes through ID laws, says another corporate sponsor has forsaken the American Legislative Exchange Council, supplier of corporate and other rightwing legislation to state stooges. Yum! Brands, operator of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, joins McDonald's, Wendy's, Mars Inc., Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Intuit, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Reed Elsevier (owner of LexisNexis and publisher of science and health information), American Traffic Solutions and Arizona Public Service.
There's also this: One Republican legislator, formerly a leading stooge for ALEC in Louisiana, has quit the organization. He wasn't happy to find ALEC had been meeting secretly with legislators about cutting state employee pensions. This is a key push for ALEC, which generally detests public employees. Arkansas ALEC backers — primarily the Republican caucus — are still on board this bus.