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Memo to Congressional Leaders
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Memo to Congressional Leaders

"After months of disarray and disquiet over how to deal with a popular wartime president, Democratic leaders are beginning a party-wide drive this week to refocus on their domestic agenda and to highlight their sharp policy differences with President Bush and the Republicans.” - New York Times, 4/22/02

04/23/2002
American Consumers for Affordable Homes to Hold Media Briefing at Legislative Conference
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American Consumers for Affordable Homes to Hold Media Briefing at Legislative Conference

News Advisory: American Consumers for Affordable Homes, an ad hoc alliance of 17 U.S. national organizations and businesses, will hold a media briefing at the National Lumber and Building Material Dealer's Association Legislative Conference. When: Tuesday, April 23, 9:15-9:45 a.m. Where: Marriott Metro Center Washington, D.C. London II room mult box provided

04/22/2002
Organizing Voters for Less
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Organizing Voters for Less

Cynicism. Pessimism. These are the words that the media constantly uses to describe the public’s attitude towards politics and politicians. Voter turnout is low, campaigns are driven by money rather than policy, and Congress remains helplessly gridlocked on important national issues such as energy and social security reform. There is more than a grain of truth to this description of politics. But what is unclear, however, is whether the voters are wrong. Should they be optimistic? Should they view politics as a positive force that can better their lives? In many ways, voter sentiments are right in line with the tenets of limited government that frame our constitutional democracy.

04/16/2002
Activists Storm D.C. to Demand Senate Action
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Activists Storm D.C. to Demand Senate Action

Activists visited the White House to spread the message that they want Senate action on the Bush agenda. Some of CSE’s best volunteer citizen activists from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Utah took time out of their schedules to come to the nation’s capital to express their frustration with the Senate’s stone-walling and delay tactics. “Let’s Vote,” was the message sent to Senate office after Senate office.

04/11/2002
Citizens Defend Freedom
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Citizens Defend Freedom

This week CSE hosted our second, Liberty Summit, in Washington, D.C. Volunteer citizen activists from 9 states took time out of their schedules to come to the nation’s capital and talk with their Senators about the need to end lawsuit abuse. Unlike union members who come to Washington lobby days, our activists were not paid to be here. They came because they believe in freedom and accept the burdens and responsibilities of defending it.

04/09/2002
The Real Threat from the Farm Bill
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The Real Threat from the Farm Bill

The economics of contemporary American agricultural production is so complicated that few outside of the USDA and the industry understand it. The politics of contemporary agricultural production, on the other hand, is straightforward: American producers, dependent on explicit subsidies, sub-market loans, and price supports for their livelihood, besiege their elected officials to ensure that Congress transfers as much wealth from other sectors of the economy as possible.

04/09/2002
Citizens for a Sound Economy: 'Real' Consumers To Visit Microsoft Trial Tomorrow
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Citizens for a Sound Economy: 'Real' Consumers To Visit Microsoft Trial Tomorrow

News Advisory: And Now for Something Completely Different..."Real" Consumers To Visit Microsoft Trial Tomorrow

04/09/2002
Small Business in America
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Small Business in America

The American preoccupation with small businesses is rooted in the raw entrepreneurial spirit and freedom associated with working for one’s self. This is true for the owners of small businesses and farms, as well as the employees of upstarts looking to capitalize on their firm’s potential for growth. Too often, government intervention that seeks to help these constituencies threatens the same values that give “small business” its romantic character.

04/02/2002
Fine Wine and Good Economics
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Fine Wine and Good Economics

In Virginia last week, federal judge Richard L. Williams struck down the state’s archaic laws against purchasing wine and beer from other states as unconstitutional. Like many other states, Virginia has laws prohibiting out-of-state wineries from selling directly to Virginians, even though it is legal to buy and ship directly from a Virginian winery. The decision, which is on hold until the state can appeal, is an important reminder that states cannot pass laws to protect favored industries or special interests.

04/02/2002
Impact Update 3.20
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Impact Update 3.20

CSE Activists Lead Campaign to Limit Growth of Government in Florida On March 19, the Florida House of Representatives passed HJR 87, “The Limitation on State Appropriations Amendment,” to limit the growth of government to a sustainable level. Passage of this legislation was at the top of Florida CSE’s issue agenda for 2002. Introduced by State Representative Rob Wallace (R-Tampa), the bill would limit state spending to the previous year’s appropriation plus an adjustment for growth. The growth adjustment would be calculated with a simple formula that adds the growth of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to Florida’s population growth. This new spending limit would take effect January 1, 2003 if State Representative Wallace’s amendment passes both houses of the state legislature and is approved by Florida voters in the November 2002 general election.

03/22/2002

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