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One Vote Away from Class Action Lawsuit Reform
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One Vote Away from Class Action Lawsuit Reform

On Wednesday, the Senate failed to end the filibuster on S. 1751, The Class Action Fairness Act, failed on a vote of 59 to 39. Despite the setback, we remain optimistic that class action reform will be able to pass the Senate this year. Senate leadership is expressing that sentiment as well. A version of this bill has already passed the House, and President Bush is a major supporter. So we’re only one vote away from handing the trial lawyers a major defeat!

10/23/2003
Wisconsin Update
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Wisconsin Update

Wisconsin CSE continues to move right along. Russ Feingold, our junior Democratic Senator, maybe you've heard of him, is starting to gear up for his re-election bid, ("I'm likely to run for reelection in November 2004"), and the money is flowing in. His largest supporters happen to be trial lawyers. Additionally, the three declared Republican candidates are out stumping, each angling on Feingold. All four of them have received their Social Security pledges, and in some cases have taken the time to meet with CSE.

10/23/2003
Seeing Straight on Contact Lens Regulations
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Seeing Straight on Contact Lens Regulations

Recently, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the “Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act,” (H.R. 3140) which promises to modernize regulations governing the contact lens industry. Like many other industries, technological advances and Internet marketing have the potential to provide consumers greater choice and more convenience when filling their prescriptions for new contact lenses. Unfortunately, these consumer benefits are held at bay by regulations that have failed to keep pace with the marketplace. Passing H.R. 3140 would remove unnecessary impediments and allow the market to serve consumers better using all the latest technologies.

10/22/2003
Free us from outside influences
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Free us from outside influences

BY PEGGY KIRKENDALL

Furious. Outraged. Incredulous. These words only begin to describe my reaction upon reading Harry Esteve's article, "Local antitax bid not so local" (Oct. 19). Discovering that the defeat of Ballot Measure 28 (the temporary income tax increase that voters rejected in January) was orchestrated in large part by Citizens for a Sound Economy, a group based in Washington, D.C., with an antitax agenda was a shock and an outrage. To think that our state's most vulnerable citizens and its children suffered at the hands of an outside group is unconscionable.

10/22/2003
Another voice
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Another voice

BY Rob Christensen

The coterie of conservative think tanks, lobbying groups and research organizations in North Carolina is about to grow. A new group called the Center for Citizenship, Enterprise and Government will hold panel discussions around the state on such issues as taxes, trade, education and the environment.

10/22/2003
Faux Foreign Exchange Signals
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Faux Foreign Exchange Signals

©2003 Copley News Service, 10/21/2003 Countries that anchor the value of their currencies to a larger, relatively stable currency, such as the dollar and the euro, are wrongly accused by many world leaders of "manipulating" their currencies. Leaders who pressure countries with fixed exchange rates to allow their currencies to float freely on foreign exchange (Forex) markets aren't considering the inherent limitations of currency markets, and they fail to appreciate the economic havoc floating exchange rates create.

10/21/2003
CSE Key Votes S. 1751, the Class Action Fairness Act
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CSE Key Votes S. 1751, the Class Action Fairness Act

Dear Senator, On behalf of the 280,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote YES on S. 1751, the Class Action Fairness Act. It’s time to stop trial lawyers from fleecing America’s judicial system by curbing abusive and frivolous class action lawsuits. The Class Action Fairness Act (S. 1751) will make it easier for class action suits to be moved to federal courts where judges serve life terms, have a greater degree of expertise, and have broader national interests than state judges.

10/21/2003
CSE Key Votes S. 1751, the Class Action Fairness Act
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CSE Key Votes S. 1751, the Class Action Fairness Act

Dear Senator, On behalf of the 280,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote YES on S. 1751, the Class Action Fairness Act. It’s time to stop trial lawyers from fleecing America’s judicial system by curbing abusive and frivolous class action lawsuits. The Class Action Fairness Act (S. 1751) will make it easier for class action suits to be moved to federal courts where judges serve life terms, have a greater degree of expertise, and have broader national interests than state judges.

10/21/2003
'Biggest tax increase'? Depends on who's asked
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'Biggest tax increase'? Depends on who's asked

BY HARRY ESTEVE

Opponents of the Legislature's $800 million budget-balancing plan call it the "biggest tax increase in Oregon history" in speeches and interviews and on Internet sites. It's a catchy, galvanizing characterization. Whether it's completely accurate depends on how the tax plan and state finances are viewed. From Our Advertiser In raw dollar amounts, said state Legislative Revenue Officer Paul Warner, the latest tax increase clearly is bigger than any other. But that's not the only way to look at it, he said.

10/20/2003
'BIGGEST TAX INCREASE'? DEPENDS ON WHO'S ASKED
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'BIGGEST TAX INCREASE'? DEPENDS ON WHO'S ASKED

BY HARRY ESTEVE

Summary: Critics call the Legislature's $800 million boost in taxes Oregon's largest ever, but others say that, put in context, it's not Opponents of the Legislature's $800 million budget-balancing plan call it the "biggest tax increase in Oregon history" in speeches and interviews and on Internet sites. It's a catchy, galvanizing characterization. Whether it's completely accurate depends on how the tax plan and state finances are viewed.

10/20/2003

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