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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
Groups rate success, failures of 77th Legislature
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Groups rate success, failures of 77th Legislature

BY CONNIE MABIN

The reviews were mixed Tuesday as the groups that had been pushing their agendas for 140 days weighed in on how well, or not so well, they thought the 77th Legislature did. State employees and teachers are happy about their pay and benefit raises. Bills awaiting Gov. Rick Perry's signature give state workers a $514 million pay boost and create a $1.24 billion health-insurance program for public school employees.

05/29/2001
Bush Legacy Survives 77th Texas Legislature
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Bush Legacy Survives 77th Texas Legislature

When George W. Bush headed to Washington, he left Texans paying less in taxes, filing fewer lawsuits and having more choices in education. While the members of the 77th Texas Legislature were not exactly taxpayer friendly, they did little to reverse this Bush legacy.

05/28/2001
N.C. BUDGET WRANGLING STARTS TODAY; LAWMAKERS TRY TO BALANCE NEEDS, CUTS
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N.C. BUDGET WRANGLING STARTS TODAY; LAWMAKERS TRY TO BALANCE NEEDS, CUTS

BY KERRA BOLTON FISHER

RALEIGH - Politics, it has been said, is the arena where power and conscience meet. It is difficult to say whether power or conscience will ultimately rule the day as the General Assembly hashes out a $14 billion budget compromise at a time when the state faces a shortfall of $850 million this fiscal year and $450 million next year.

05/28/2001
VOTOMATICS SET TO PUNCH OUT FOR FINAL TIME
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VOTOMATICS SET TO PUNCH OUT FOR FINAL TIME

BY George Bennett

It could be The Last Punch Card Show. With state legislators declaring them illegal, Palm Beach County commissioners pledging $14 million for high-tech replacements and eBay hoping to auction them off, the world's most famous fleet of Votomatics is about to be decommissioned.

05/28/2001
Smith wants Internet sales tax-free. Sierra Club calls for higher fuel economy
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Smith wants Internet sales tax-free. Sierra Club calls for higher fuel economy

CONCORD - Senator Bob Smith hopes to make a temporary federal moratorium on Internet sales taxes and related levies permanent, the state branch of Citizens for a Sound Economy said last week. The 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act now forbids states from taxing electronic commerce. However, that prohibition will only remain in effect through October of this year. On May 21, Sen. Smith introduced legislation in Congress that would make the ban permanent. Citizens for a Sound Economy is a Washington, D.C. -based lobbying group. ----

05/28/2001
Schools push the numbers
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Schools push the numbers

BY T. Keung Hui

RALEIGH -- In the fight over school funding in Wake, there are a few things that are not debatable. The Wake County school system has higher test scores than the other large school districts in the state - Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Cumberland counties - yet spends less per student in its operating budget than nearly all of them. Wake also is a wealthy county, by North Carolina standards, with a low property-tax rate and a greater ability to pay than nearly any other community.

05/27/2001
STATE LAWMAKERS SHOULD PUT PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST
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STATE LAWMAKERS SHOULD PUT PUBLIC SERVICE FIRST

Politicians or public servants? Before lawmakers finish tackling this year's ugly budget challenges, they might do well to take a moment for self-reflection. If they're politicians first, bent primarily on keeping the good will of campaign supporters and voters, then a hard line against new taxes and deep cuts to achieve balance makes good sense. If, however, they're public servants first, it makes more sense to take a holistic look at the services state government provides and its duties as an employer, then look for fair and fiscally responsible ways to fund them.

05/27/2001
Citizens and school taxes: form a new study committee
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Citizens and school taxes: form a new study committee

BY CHUCK FULLER

The Wake County school board proposed another property tax increase just 92 days after voters gave them permission to spend over $ 500 million to build new schools.

05/26/2001

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