Big Picture Panel: Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future/The Zero Hour & Kymone Freeman, We Act Radio/Black Lives Matter DC. The American Legislative Exchange Council - or ALEC - the Koch Brothers-backed right-wing group that succesfully gave us right to work for less laws, stand for ground shoot first laws, and voter suppression ID laws, has drawn up a dangerous new piece of "model legislation." As John Nichols reports in the Nation - it calls for a repeal of the 17th Amendment - which gives the American people the right to directly elect their senators. The proposed resolution would instead give state legislatures the power to elect senators. As wild as this sounds - it's a popular idea among Republicans. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Jeff Flake have all said in recent years that they support repealing the 17th Amendment. Why do the Repblicans hate democracy?For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!
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