If Kansas City’s downtown is normally considered blue politically, it will definitely have big splashes of red Friday with the American Legislative Exchange Council meeting here for brainstorming sessions.
ALEC will attract state lawmakers nationwide for meetings with business leaders and think tanks, creating conservative legislation that could then be adopted by state legislatures throughout the country. Topics will include civil justice, which means government hands off except concerning women’s reproductive rights; economic development, which means more tax cuts for the rich creating an even greater disparity of wealth; education, expect less funding for K-12 schools and higher education and more privatization; energy, look for a bigger “clean coal” push; health care, certainly for the well-off but none for the poor; and tax policies, what do you know — another opportunity for more tax cuts.
When the ALEC folks finish for the day, they can saunter into downtown and the Crossroads and party with the First Friday crowds. Who knows, maybe the fun the ALEC folks have with Kansas City area residents will help tip conservatives into thinking Kansas City would be a fabulous, all-out welcoming place after all for the Republicans to hold their national convention here in 2016.