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New Polling Data Shows Huge Support for PRAs
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New Polling Data Shows Huge Support for PRAs

New polls from Fox News and CNN show strong, widespread support for Personal Retirement Accounts (PRAs) that workers can own and control. PRAs are a bipartisan solution to the looming Social Security crisis-- the program will run into the red in 2018 if Congress doesn't act now.

02/03/2004
We take democracy too far
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We take democracy too far

BY BRIAN WAGNER

For the Unless Oregonians experience a large change of heart, polls indicate that Measure 30 will fall to defeat today, following close on the heels of the recent defeat of its tax-increase predecessor, Measure 28. But in reality, while the measure itself is of the utmost importance to Oregonians who would be adversely affected by cuts, the most important issue is not "to tax or not to tax," but instead: Should we as voters have the direct ability to reverse legislative decisions? Measure 30 is on the ballot as a citizen referendum in response to House Bill 2152; the Legislature came to a compromise after weeks of special sessions last year and passed HB 2152, an $800 million temporary income tax surcharge. By gathering signatures from 5 percent of the people who voted in the 2002 gubernatorial race, Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy was able to place the tax increase on the ballot, in effect asking, "Do we agree with what our representatives have done?" But a system that allows us to challenge every action of our legislators is fundamentally flawed. We have the ability to ask the aforementioned question at each election, but we should not be able to act whenever we feel that our elected officials aren't saying what we want them to say. Oregon should not, in fact, have a referendum system that allows citizens to bring to a direct vote the legislative decisions of the Oregon Legislature. That is not the role of the electorate in our representative system.

02/03/2004
Oregonians vote on a tax increase
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Oregonians vote on a tax increase

BY BRAD CAIN

With state government desperate for additional revenue, Oregonians voted for a second time in just over a year Tuesday on a state tax increase. The stakes were high. If the Measure 30 tax hike is rejected, as last year's tax plan was, schools and social welfare programs that are still reeling from earlier funding cuts will once again take a big hit. ___ The Legislature narrowly passed the $800 million tax package last August in a bid to balance the state budget without inflicting even more pain on schools, welfare programs and law enforcement.

02/03/2004
Seven States, Seven Candidates, No Rest for the Weary: More States Ahead; Campaign Ad Spending
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Seven States, Seven Candidates, No Rest for the Weary: More States Ahead; Campaign Ad Spending

Aired February 3, 2004 - 15:08 ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) ANNOUNCER: The power of seven. The Democrats first cross- country showdown is under way. And for some, a long awaited win could mean everything. SEN. JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I need you to get to the polls. You've got a few hours left. Get your friends, anybody you can reach, to the polls. ANNOUNCER: We are live on the trail with all of the top contenders.

02/03/2004
CSE Auto-Dial and Activist Calls Reveal Edwards’s True Social Security Position
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CSE Auto-Dial and Activist Calls Reveal Edwards’s True Social Security Position

National grassroots leader Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) is conducting a telephone campaign in South Carolina today to inform voters about Democratic presidential hopeful Senator John Edwards’s lack of a Social Security reform plan.

02/02/2004
CSE Activates Member Network in South Carolina
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CSE Activates Member Network in South Carolina

CSE Members in North and South Carolina are alerting CSE activist networks to educate voters. CSE wants to know: why doesn't Sen. Edwards have a plan to reform Social Security?

02/02/2004
CSE Auto-Dial and Activist Calls Reveal Edwards’s True Social Security Position
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CSE Auto-Dial and Activist Calls Reveal Edwards’s True Social Security Position

National grassroots leader Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) is conducting a telephone campaign in South Carolina today to inform voters about Democratic presidential hopeful Senator John Edwards’s lack of a Social Security reform plan.

02/02/2004
CSE Activates Member Network in South Carolina
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CSE Activates Member Network in South Carolina

CSE Members in North and South Carolina are alerting CSE activist networks to educate voters. CSE wants to know: why doesn't Sen. Edwards have a plan to reform Social Security?

02/02/2004
Tax vote has state on edge of its seat
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Tax vote has state on edge of its seat

BY CHARLES E. BEGGS

Vern Smith has stents — implanted tubes — in three arteries to keep blood flowing to his heart. The 49-year-old also is dependent on insulin to treat his diabetes. Unable to work at his former job as a security officer, Smith and his wife are living on the $158 weekly unemployment benefit she’s getting after being laid off from a nursing job. Smith is one of about 50,000 Oregonians who stands to lose state health plan coverage if Measure 30 is defeated in Tuesday’s election.

02/02/2004
'Hidden millions' sounds like the old ploy
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'Hidden millions' sounds like the old ploy

There's an old chestnut in political circles about last-minute election tactics: In the tense final days of big campaigns, campaign directors send out teams of volunteers to ride crowded elevators and start rumors about the opposing candidate in hopes of swaying undecided voters. It didn't matter whether the rumors were true. The goal wasn't truth, it was getting votes.

02/01/2004

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