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NC CSE Leading "Tar Heel Tea Party"
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NC CSE Leading "Tar Heel Tea Party"

On July 31 in front of the legislative building, concerned citizens and conservative groups from across North Carolina will join North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy for a "Tar Heel Tea Party" to protest the $1.2 billion tax increase. Jerry Agar, of WPTF radio will host his talk show from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in front of the legislative building following the "Tar Heel Tea Party." What: "Tar Heel Tea Party"

07/27/2001
Locke Weighs Fourth Session
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Locke Weighs Fourth Session

BY Jim Camden

The Legislature will likely be called back to Olympia to deal yet again with transportation problems. But it may only be asked to give local communities a way to handle their problems without a statewide hike in the gas tax, Gov. Gary Locke said Thursday. The day after the Legislature's third special session dissolved in a round of partisan recriminations, Locke said there was a commitment to return for at least a partial fix.

07/27/2001
Olympia Gridlock
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Olympia Gridlock

BY David Ammons

Never mind. Remember all that talk about transportation being the No. 1 issue of the year in Olympia? How they were going to come up with a bipartisan solution and lift the issue above political gridlock and campaign-style rancor? Well, it didn't happen. It went splat, a dispiriting coda to lawmakers' most deflating, discouraging, discombobulating session in a long, long time. And the ugly and personal way it imploded left scars on the institution that will be hard to heal.

07/26/2001
Trust Names Dirty-Air Power Group The Clean Air 'Villain Of The Month'
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Trust Names Dirty-Air Power Group The Clean Air 'Villain Of The Month'

The non-profit Clean Air Trust today awarded its clean air "Villain of the Month" award to the National Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, a group of coal-burning power companies accused of evading the Clean Air Act. Members of the Council -- including the Southern Company, First Energy, and Duke Power -- are defendants in high-profile Justice Department anti-pollution lawsuits. (Another financial contributor to the Council, the Tennessee Valley Authority, is facing administrative action by the Environmental Protection Agency for the same sort of pollution violations.)

07/26/2001
Olympia Gridlock
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Olympia Gridlock

Never mind. Remember all that talk about transportation being the No. 1 issue of the year in Olympia? How they were going to come up with a bipartisan solution and lift the issue above political gridlock and campaign-style rancor? Well, it didn't happen. It went splat, a dispiriting coda to lawmakers' most deflating, discouraging, discombobulating session in a long, long time. And the ugly and personal way it imploded left scars on the institution that will be hard to heal.

07/26/2001
Don’t Go to the Well With a Leaky Bucket
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Don’t Go to the Well With a Leaky Bucket

I am not certain, but it seems I heard a wise old fellow say that once. I’ve got to hand it to them. The transportation special interests have done a marvelous job convincing everyone that the buckets are just fine. Don’t worry about that water, er, money, all over the floor. It’s doesn’t really amount to much anyway, we’re assured.

07/25/2001
Don’t Go to the Well With a Leaky Bucket
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Don’t Go to the Well With a Leaky Bucket

I am not certain, but it seems I heard a wise old fellow say that once. I’ve got to hand it to them. The transportation special interests have done a marvelous job convincing everyone that the buckets are just fine. Don’t worry about that water, er, money, all over the floor. It’s doesn’t really amount to much anyway, we’re assured.

07/25/2001
Rep. Barnhart: "The State is not broke!"
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Rep. Barnhart: "The State is not broke!"

As the budget leaders push for big tax increases and representatives struggle to respond to citizens repeatedly call for no tax increases, Representative Barnhart wrote a passionate letter regarding the North Carolina budget that will go down in history as the most blatant example of legislative arrogance toward the wishes of the citizens of North Carolina.

07/25/2001
Parties Split on Budget Rescue
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Parties Split on Budget Rescue

BY Mark Johnson

Democratic House leaders' plans for a $440 million tax increase package immediately ran into opposition Tuesday, with Republicans rallying to try to block the legislation in the narrowly divided chamber. The House Finance Committee starts debating the tax package this morning, hashing out criticism of the proposals to raise the income tax on the wealthy, and sales and liquor taxes. "There are sections of this state that are in an economic recession," said Rep. Connie Wilson, R-Mecklenburg. "This bill will make sure the rest of the state follows."

07/25/2001
Sen. Schumer Demands Changes to New Microsoft Product Software package yet to be released, Schumer sharpening his knives
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Sen. Schumer Demands Changes to New Microsoft Product Software package yet to be released, Schumer sharpening his knives

Recently, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to justify his call for hearings on the release of Microsoft’s anticipated new XP software package and competition in the Internet marketplace. Erick Gustafson, director of CSE’s Center for Consumer Choice, issued the following statement responding to Sen. Schumer’s actions:

07/24/2001

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