An upbeat end to a turbulent year for conservative state legislature group

This week’s annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council comes at the tail end of a year that was one of the group’s worst – and one of its best.

Early in 2014, ALEC lost some of its most esteemed corporate partners – including  leading tech companies Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook – who decided not to renew their memberships following complaints that the organization questioned climate science.

But then came Election Day in November, which delivered massive gains for Republican state legislators backed by the group and left a record number of state legislative chambers in GOP hands…