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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: If You Build It, Will They Come?
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: If You Build It, Will They Come?

If there is one thing Scott McNealy, Larry Ellison, and Bill Gates can all agree on, it is that the paucity of broadband has strangled growth in the high-tech sector. The “last-mile” bottleneck has compromised innovation and slowed investment spending to a trickle.

06/04/2001
Hundreds of Activists to Converge on North Carolina Capitol to Demand 'Less' on Second Annual 'Citizens for Sound Economy' Day
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Hundreds of Activists to Converge on North Carolina Capitol to Demand 'Less' on Second Annual 'Citizens for Sound Economy' Day

On Tuesday, June 5, North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) will hold its second annual "North Carolina CSE Day at the Capitol."   Hundreds of CSE activists from across the state will converge on the state Capitol to demand less government and lower taxes.  The event will include several special guests including Sen. Lauch Faircloth, Rep. Walter B. Jones, and state House Minority Leader Leo Daughtry, among others.   "We anticipate that this event will be even more successful than our event last year," said Jonathan Hill, director of North Carolina CSE.  "We expect literally hundreds of activists from across the state, from Charlotte to Winston-Salem to Greensboro to Wilmington, to show up to let their legislators know they want less.  Less government and less taxes, that is."     ------   What:   North Carolina CSE Day at the Capitol and subsequent press conference.  Free BBQ lunch provided to members of the media.   Who:   Rep. Walter B. Jones; NC State House Minority Leader Leo Daughtry; Councilwoman Katherine Bell Moore, Mayor Pro Tem of Wilmington; Commissioner Jim Puckett, Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors; and Paul Beckner, President of CSE   When:   Tuesday, June 5, lunch begins at 11:45 A.M., press conference begins at 1:30 P.M.   Where:   Downtown Raleigh, Halifax Mall (Lawn of the General Assembly)

06/04/2001
Revaluation Causes Stir In Mitchell County
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Revaluation Causes Stir In Mitchell County

BY Geoffrey Cantrell And Julie Ball

BAKERSVILLE - The heated issue of taxes and a recent property revaluation in Mitchell County will be the topic at a rally and meeting of the local chapter of North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy. Some Mitchell County residents were furious this year when they found out how much their property had increased in value during the past eight years. "The value of property was inflated in the last revaluation," local organizer Keith Masters said. "We are asking commissioners to revisit that and adjust values to more accurately reflect property values."

06/03/2001
Around the Region
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Around the Region

Wilmington resident Lee Brewer Garrett has been appointed to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Board of Trustees. She was misidentified in Saturday's Morning Star. Morning Star Category: Local/State Published: 06/02/2001 Page: 2B Keywords: region briefs CORRECTION DATE: 06/06/2001 CORRECTION: Wilmington resident Lee Brewer Garrett has been appointed to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Board of Trustees. She was misidentified in Saturday's Morning Star. AROUND THE REGION

06/02/2001
Around the Region
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Around the Region

Citizen group to head to Raleigh The Cape Fear Chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy will be busing up to Raleigh Tuesday to join other state chapters for the Second Annual "CSE Day at the Capitol." The event will include meetings with members of the local delegation and other officials for talks about taxation and government regulation. Annexation also will be discussed. CSE is a conservative grassroots organization that supports less government, lower taxes and a free market economy. For more information about the trip, contact Joyce Fernando at 799-3434.

06/02/2001
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: The Crucial W Question
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: The Crucial W Question

Earlier this week, the cable news program Moneyline ran a segment on the future of the Microsoft antitrust lawsuit. While the segment was not able to answer the most interesting questions, it did ferret out an important issue: Some participants in the case refuse to allow facts and evidence play their proper role in the case. Just like the rest of us, lawsuit-happy attorneys general should wait to see what is in the Appeals Court ruling.

06/01/2001
ENERGY POLICY II: CONSERVATIVE COALITION BLASTS OPPOSITION TO BUSH PLAN
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ENERGY POLICY II: CONSERVATIVE COALITION BLASTS OPPOSITION TO BUSH PLAN

BY Suzanne Struglinski

Several conservative groups launched the "21st Century Energy Project" Wednesday with aims to run ads to attack liberal criticisms of the Bush administration's proposed national energy policy. The group released a print and radio ad at a press conference to "counter balance the scathing, misleading assault" on the Bush plan from environmental organizations.

05/31/2001
Voucher plan changes: Is it politics or progress?;
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Voucher plan changes: Is it politics or progress?;

BY MARILYN BROWN

TAMPA - Florida's voucher program remains alive but is facing changes after school grades improve. America's only statewide school voucher program, once either feared or hoped to encompass hundreds of schools, is changing fast. Because Florida's annual report card flunked no schools this year, Gov. Jeb Bush's voucher program remains stalled at 51 students from two Escambia County schools who are using public money to pay private school tuition.

05/31/2001
Conservative Coalition Forms To Provide Offensive Firepower To Bush Energy Strategy
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Conservative Coalition Forms To Provide Offensive Firepower To Bush Energy Strategy

A group of conservative organizations will announce early this afternoon that they are forming a coalition - the 21st Century Energy Project (21CEP) -- to engage liberal opponents of President Bush's energy strategy. The coalition will be led by Ed Gillespie of Quinn Gillespie, who told the Bulletin that the aim of the coalition is to "provide some counterbalance to the liberal assault" on the President's energy strategy. Among coalition members are the 60 Plus Association, American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Frontiers of Freedom, National Center for Policy Analysis, National Center for Public Policy Research, The Seniors Coalition, and the United Seniors Association. The formation of the coalition outside the White House comes after some inside the White House acknowledge the in-house rollout of the Bush energy strategy was mismanaged. In prepared remarks, Gillespie is expected to say this afternoon, "Often flying under the false banner of environmental protection or conservation, groups like the Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council -- not to mention Greenpeace -- have become little more than outside resources for the Democratic National Committee. They were poised to echo the attacks of the DNC and congressional Democrats they supported in the last campaign weeks before the Bush Administration even unveiled its energy initiative. Ultimately, 40 of the plan's 105 recommendations ended up focusing on increasing conservation, but they did not let that fact change their plan." Gillespie continues, "They reflexively oppose any plan that would increase traditional forms of energy production as a means by which to restore the imbalance between our nation's demand for energy and its supply. They do so in the most cynical political fashion, branding every abundant and affordable source of energy as a threat to clean air or clean water in order to frighten policy makers by frightening suburban women swing voters. Rarely do these groups acknowledge -- nor are they asked -- how they would meet the demand necessary for Americans to maintain higher standards of living over the next 20 years in the absence of greater domestic production. The answer is that they would not. They would instead reduce demand by government fiat." The coalition has assembled a $1 million ad budget and fired its first shot today with an ad in the Fresno Bee, coinciding with President Bush's trip to that area of California today. Drawing a connection between the current Democratic stance on energy today and President Jimmy Carter's plan during the 1970s, the ad says, "Two decades ago, over-dependence on foreign oil created a shortage and drove prices up. The solution was rationing. It was a bad idea. Today, we are again becoming too dependent on foreign oil when demand for oil and electricity consumption is increasing. This is simple Economics 101: when demand increases faster than supply, prices go up. Liberal groups and some politicians believe rationing, price caps, higher taxes and excessive regulations will solve the problem. We disagree. Their policies will only decrease supply and further increase prices. That hurts lower and middle class families the most. In fact, if some on the left have their way, 'soccer moms' will be forced to sell their mini-vans - they'll become a luxury only the elite can afford." While 21CEP has no direct connection to the White House, they intend to adopt a grassroots strategy similar to what President Bush engaged in to sell his tax plan. Acknowledging the Democratic Senate will provide a roadblock to enacting elements of the Bush plan, Gillespie noted the President's tax cut tour - in which he visited GOP-leaning states with Democratic senators -- was an element of a strategy that ultimately delivered 12 Democratic votes for his tax plan.

05/30/2001
Congress Passes Tax Relief Package
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Congress Passes Tax Relief Package

On May 26, 2001, the United States Congress approved the House and Senate compromise version of President Bush’s tax relief package. The president is expected to sign the bill into law the week of June 5. CSE president Paul Beckner issued the following statement regarding this monumental achievement: "Finally, meaningful tax relief for working Americans is a reality. "On May 26, the United States Congress assured working Americans of meaningful tax relief as a compromise version of the president’s tax relief package was passed.

05/29/2001

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