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Panel votes to change judges' rules
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Panel votes to change judges' rules

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama legislators are getting involved in the disciplinary process for judges while a complaint is pending against state Supreme Court Justice Harold See. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-7 Thursday for two bills changing the rules for the state Judicial Inquiry Commission, which acts like a grand jury to hear complaints against judges, and the state Court of the Judiciary, which disciplines judges for improper conduct. The two bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

02/17/2002
Attention turning to Global Crossing
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Attention turning to Global Crossing

BY Jube Shiver Jr. and Karen Kaplan

Interest is building on Capitol Hill for an investigation of the business and accounting practices that steered telecommunications pioneer Global Crossing Ltd. into bankruptcy court, stranding workers and investors with worthless stock while company executives reaped huge financial rewards.

02/17/2002
Newsweek: Lobbyist Gillespie's Corporate Clients, Including Enron, Funded 'Independent' Energy Advocacy Project
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Newsweek: Lobbyist Gillespie's Corporate Clients, Including Enron, Funded 'Independent' Energy Advocacy Project

An independent advocacy group, started last spring by Washington lobbyist Ed Gillespie to promote the president's energy plan, was funded entirely by Gillespie's corporate lobbying clients, who quietly gave cash to the 21st Century Energy Project to support causes that would benefit both the companies and the president, Newsweek has learned. And one of the firms that chipped in was Enron, which stood to gain off Bush's pro-energy agenda, Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reports in the February 25 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, February 18).  (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020217/HSSU003 )  Sources tell Newsweek the now-bankrupt Enron gave more than $50,000 to the Project, secretly routing the money through one of its members, Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative interest group run by activist Grover Norquist. Asked about Enron, Norquist replied: "We don't disclose our donors." Another contributor was Daimler-Chrysler, which hired Gillespie, a $700,000 a year consultant to Enron who is also well-known for his tight relationships with the Bush White House, to lobby against stricter fuel economy standards.  The automaker gave $50,000 to Gillespie's project, steering the money through Citizens For a Sound Economy, a conservative think tank.  When Gillespie started calling the leaders of conservative interest groups last spring, asking them to join the group, they figured Gillespie was discreetly doing the White House's bidding, reports Isikoff.  "Administration officials generally don't ask for support directly," says American Conservative Union President David Keene. "It's more a wink and a nod."  At the time, the Project didn't get much notice.  But now, with lawyers and lobbyists in the capital scrambling to find ways around tough new restrictions on corporate campaign contributions, Gillespie's innovative Project may become a widely copied example of a way to keep the dollars flowing.  In a May press conference launching the group, Gillespie said the money came from contributions from the Project's 10 members, which included Keene's ACU and the United Seniors Association.  When Newsweek called the Fund's members and asked how much money they'd put up, eight of the 10 said they'd given no money at all: Gillespie had asked only for their support, not their cash.  The White House says it had been "notified" about Gillespie's ad campaign.  But spokesman Dan Bartlett said, "they never gave us any details on what the financing was." Gillespie says there was nothing improper about his efforts: "This was straight-forward issue advocacy."

02/17/2002
Democratizing capitalism
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Democratizing capitalism

Remarks prepared for delivery by Jack Kemp, Co-Director, Empower America, to Investor's Business Daily's Second Annual Conference, "2002: A Business and Economic Outlook" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, February 15, 2002 GREETINGS

02/15/2002
Vice President Dick Cheney's Remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations
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Vice President Dick Cheney's Remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations

Council on Foreign Relations Friday, February 15, 2002 # 12 Click here for the Adobe PDF handout that accompanied this speech Thank you, Les, and thank you all very much. I have a lot of old friends in the room, and it’s good to see all of you.

02/15/2002
Senate committee votes to change judges' rules
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Senate committee votes to change judges' rules

BY PHILLIP RAWLS

Alabama legislators are getting involved in the disciplinary process for judges while a complaint is pending against state Supreme Court Justice Harold See. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-7 Thursday for two bills changing the rules for the state Judicial Inquiry Commission, which acts like a grand jury to hear complaints against judges, and the state Court of the Judiciary, which disciplines judges for improper conduct. The two bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

02/14/2002
Focus Shifts to Global Crossing
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Focus Shifts to Global Crossing

BY JUBE SHIVER Jr. and KAREN KAPLAN

Interest is building on Capitol Hill for an investigation of the business and accounting practices that steered telecommunications pioneer Global Crossing Ltd. into Bankruptcy Court, stranding workers and investors with worthless stock while company executives reaped huge financial rewards. "It appears to be inevitable we will take a look at them," Ken Johnson, a spokesman for the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. W. J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.), said Wednesday.

02/14/2002
New tactic in tax fight: financial disclosure
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New tactic in tax fight: financial disclosure

BY ADAM C. SMITH

Opponents of a plan to overhaul Florida's tax system tried to seize the high ground Wednesday by identifying contributors to their campaign and by calling on Senate President John McKay to do the same. Some of the state's most powerful special interests are fueling the antitax campaign.

02/14/2002
DENOUNCING TAX REFORM
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DENOUNCING TAX REFORM

BY PHIL COALE

Rallying against tax plan: Paul Beckner, president of the National Chapter of the Citizens for a Sound Economy, speaks at a rally in opposition to the tax reform bill Wednesday. About 150 members of the group gathered at the Capitol to try to derail the plan, which is being pushed by Senate President John McKay. The measure would lower the sales tax rate from 6 percent to 4.5 percent but end tax exemptions that make some items and many services tax-free. Becker said state government spending has seen a "tremendous run-up" and "the McKay tax proposal is designed to ratify that run-up in spending."

02/14/2002
Education Panel Seeks Property Tax Increase
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Education Panel Seeks Property Tax Increase

BY MIKE SALINERO

 HOUSE SPEAKER CALLS IDEA A NO GO TALLAHASSEE - Senators are looking at rolling back property tax cuts made three years ago in an attempt to find money for cash-strapped schools.

02/14/2002

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