By John Hennen
First, some good news. Kentucky Public Radio-Frankfort reported on May 18 that four Democratic Kentucky legislators (Sens. Ray Jones, KY 31; Denise Harper Angel, KY 35; Tim Shaughnessy, KY 19; and Kathy Stein, KY 13) had broken with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative network of national and state legislators associated with the attacks against public sector unions in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Florida, and other states.
Now, some bad news. Nearly forty additional Kentucky lawgivers from both parties are still associated with ALEC, including Representative Mike Harmon (R-54) and Senator Tom Buford (R-22), identified by ALEC as Kentucky state chairmen. And, according to a Louisville Courant blog post Kentucky Senate leader David Williams was chosen ALEC’s “Legislator of the Year” for 2011.