- Smartphone Meets the Fourth Amendment | The Greenville News
July 16, 2014
Many of us are never far from our cell phones. For all their utility, cell phones are poorly locked portals that lead directly into our private lives. Cell phones, particularly the newer smartphones, are so useful precisely because they have the ability to store and retrieve an incredible amount of data anytime, anywhere. Almost everything about our families is stored on our smartphones: photographs, email and voice messages, schedules, text messages, and even Internet browsing histories are available to anyone with the skill and equipment to break into these devices.
- State wireless facility reforms promise jobs and economic benefits | The Hill
July 9, 2014
As states look to balance budgets and inspire local economic investment, lawmakers should consider adopting wireless facilities siting reforms as a way to encourage economic growth. So far this year, three state legislatures have passed pro-growth reforms to remove local regulatory barriers to building and upgrading wireless infrastructure facilities. With more people using wireless, mobile data traffic continues to escalate. Cisco Systems forecasted that “[g]lobal mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017.” Public safety personnel, businesses and students all rely on dependable, high-speed wireless broadband. Construction of new cell towers, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and other infrastructure […]
- New ALEC chief sees Scott Walker as model limited government reformer | WatchDog.org
July 9, 2014
The new head of the nation’s largest nonpartisan model legislation organization says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a model for limited government reformers nationally. Lisa B. Nelson, a former Visa Inc. executive and one-time aide to Newt Gingrich, on Monday was named chief executive officer of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
- Meet the new head of ALEC, the free-market group of state legislators | Washington Post
July 9, 2014
The free-market group that has become a boogeyman of the left is getting a leadership change. As we reported yesterday, former Visa executive Lisa B. Nelson is joining the American Legislative Exchange Council as its incoming chief executive, replacing Ron Scheberle, who has been heading the organization since January 2012 and been involved in other capacities for more than two decades.
- ALEC, the free-market group liberals love to hate, gets a new boss | Washington Post
July 9, 2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council, which advocates for limited government, free-market state policies, has a new chief executive. Lisa B. Nelson, formerly of Ulysses Consulting, is joining the group as its new CEO, taking over for Ron Scheberle. ALEC connects member legislators with private-sector members, representatives from corporations and nonprofit groups, and makes available a library of model bills in line with its free-market, limited government philosophy.
- New leader, bolder direction for growing ALEC | Watchdog.org
July 9, 2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council has tapped Lisa B. Nelson to serve as chief executive officer of the nation’s largest nonpartisan organization of state legislators. Nelson, a former Visa Inc. executive and aide to Newt Gingrich, comes to ALEC from McLean, Va.-based Ulysses Consulting, where she served as managing partner, providing counsel to nonprofits and associations on coalition building and marketing development, according to her biography.
- Intellectual property entitled to protection | Cincinnati Enquirer
July 7, 2014
What do Coca-Cola, Whole Foods and 5-Hour Energy have in common? They all maintain trade secrets to protect their brands and market their products. Trade secrets are integral to a company’s brand. Once in government hands, however, a company’s trade secret is vulnerable to inadvertent or purposeful disclosure through leaks or Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. A trade secret is a form of intellectual property (IP) that derives its economic value by not being generally known. For some companies, trade secrets serve as their most valuable assets. Once released – even if a court determines that the release was […]Related: International Relations
- Michigan rejoins U.S. economy | The Detroit News
May 15, 2014
For most of the last decade, Michigan has unquestionably had the worst performing state economy. As economists and former Michigan residents, we know both the abysmal economic statistics and the real human costs of perpetual layoffs, declining income, long-term unemployment, empty main street storefronts, and a stream of friends and family members forced to leave the state they love in search of opportunity and prosperity elsewhere. Thankfully, recent public policy changes should give Michigan citizens reason for optimism for a brighter and more prosperous future. Our recent Rich States, Poor States economic outlook ranking of the 50 states shows Michigan […]Related: Tax and Fiscal Policy
- State Senator Jim Patrick, ID (SD-25) Responds to Critics
April 7, 2014
State Senator Jim Patrick, ID (SD-25) Responds to Critics This originally appeared on MagicValley.com on April 4, 2014. I laughed when I read that the editorial board “discovered” from “internal documents acquired by SourceWatch.org” that I am the American Legislative Exchange Council Idaho State chair. Perhaps those documents include a picture of the Exchange Council website, since I’m listed right there on the state chair webpage. The American Legislative Exchange Council is a forum whereby policy analysts, industry experts and state lawmakers from around the country can gather, share ideas and exchange data and experiences. Similarly, I am also a […]
- Pension Myths Keep Us From Making Badly Needed Reforms | IBD
February 24, 2014
As 2014 brings in new struggles for cities and states to pay for employee legacy costs while still funding the essential functions of government, policymakers on both sides of the aisle are reconsidering how to provide a secure retirement for state and municipal employees in a responsible manner. Reports estimate total unfunded pension liabilities exceed $4 trillion across the 50 states, and Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, along with dozens more over the last half decade, are just the tip of the iceberg. Many thoughtful criticisms have come from reform discussions, but also many attacks built on misconceptions, “straw man” arguments and […]Related: Tax and Fiscal Policy