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Conservatives eye city halls

Denis Poroy) / AP

"US conservatism expands to final frontier: City Hall," by AP's Nicholas Riccardi in Denver:

  • "For decades, a well-funded conservative group [American Legislative Exchange Council] has helped state lawmakers across the U.S. write legislation to rein in unions, expand charter schools and lower taxes."
  • Now, with the American City County Exchange, "it's expanding to the final frontier: normally nonpartisan city halls and county governments, which have become a bastion of liberal resistance to ... Trump."
  • Why it matters: "[I]t's notched some significant accomplishments — most prominently helping distribute model legislation to end the automatic deduction of union dues from paychecks that 12 Kentucky counties implemented."
  • The new group "distributes model legislation on everything from a taxpayer bill of rights that would require a supermajority to raise property taxes to measures requiring that cities explore all available materials to build sewer pipelines. An official at the city council project, Bruce Hollands, is head of the PVC pipe association."