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Republicans test airwaves to break judicial impasse
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Republicans test airwaves to break judicial impasse

BY Charles Hurt

Republicans and their supporters are taking the debate over President Bush's stalled judicial nominations directly to voters in an untested effort to find out whether people actually care about the increasingly politicized issue. Television advertisements have gone up in South Carolina; radio ads are running in Michigan and Republicans scheduled 30 straight hours of debate next week on judicial nominations that will be broadcast live on C-SPAN 2.

11/09/2003
ON SCHOOL ISSUE, TOWN'S VOTE WAS TOO FEW TO COUNT
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ON SCHOOL ISSUE, TOWN'S VOTE WAS TOO FEW TO COUNT

BY Meg Villeneuve

They came and they voted, but not enough of them. Of Bedford's 12,839 registered voters, 5,511 showed up for Tuesday's special election. Three- quarters of those voters favored a proposal to build a high school and continue sending students to Manchester while the school is being built. But according to state law, in a special election convened by a school district, at least half of registered voters must vote in order for the results to be valid. Tuesday's turnout fell 909 shy of the 6,420 needed.

11/09/2003
Anti-tax group is relentless
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Anti-tax group is relentless

BY DANA BARRICKLOW

We should be very worried about the attempt by Citizens for a Sound Economy to defeat a small tax increase proposed by the state Legislature to pay for essential state services. This group is trying to control our state; they are financed by large corporate interests, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

11/08/2003
Just say no to signing anti-tax-hike petition
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Just say no to signing anti-tax-hike petition

BY Editorial

The increase is not as large as opponents would have you think. If you're out and about this weekend, chances are you will be asked to sign a petition to overturn the Legislature's tax-and-budget plan. For the sake of your fellow Oregonians, say, "Thanks, no," and move on.

11/08/2003
Citizen group a front for antitax businesses
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Citizen group a front for antitax businesses

BY DOUGLAS BARRICKLOW

Aren't words wonderfully deceptive? Citizens for a Sound Economy sounds like it really cares for Oregon. Actually, it is a conservative Washington, D.C., lobbying group funded by donations from Qwest, Philip Morris, Koch Industries, DaimlerChrysler, GE, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, and other corporations and foundations with very deep pockets. It wants less government, lower taxes, and more freedom. The Northwest director of CSE hired a California company to provide signature gatherers to put a initiative on the ballot to defeat the needed income-tax increase the Legislature worked long and hard to pass. Is it a coincidence that a 10-cent cigarette tax will be rescinded if the public defeats the income-tax increase? I wonder if Philip Morris knows that?

11/07/2003
Group is troublesome
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Group is troublesome

BY GEORGE W. GENEVRO

The carpetbaggers are here! Why should Citizens for a Sound Economy director Russ Walker wince when the national organization he represents in Oregon is truthfully described this way? Why are they here if not to thwart the will of the Oregon Legislature and interfere in Oregon's affairs? This nationwide group, amply financed by secretive, ultraconservative foundations and large corporations, couldn't care less about the needs of Oregon and Oregonians.

11/07/2003
Health crisis feared if tax hike repealed
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Health crisis feared if tax hike repealed

BY BRAD CAIN

SALEM, Ore. - Health care activists are criticizing "out-of- state petitioners" who are trying to repeal the Legislature's tax hike, saying that 60,000 low- income Oregonians could lose health insurance if the tax is overturned. Further, they said, repeal would end nutrition, transportation and home care services for many elderly and disabled people while chopping funding for community mental health crisis services. "The health of Oregonians and the stability of our economy are in jeopardy," said Elizabeth Byers of the Oregon Health Action Campaign.

11/07/2003
Groups challenge tax-hike petition
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Groups challenge tax-hike petition

BY BRAD CAIN

Health-care activists are criticizing “out-of-state petitioners” who are trying to repeal the Legislature’s tax hike, saying that 60,000 low-income Oregonians could lose health insurance if the tax is overturned. Further, they said, repeal would end nutrition, transportation and home-care services for many elderly and disabled people while chopping funding for community mental health crisis services. “The health of Oregonians and the stability of our economy are in jeopardy,” said Elizabeth Byers of the Oregon Health Action Campaign.

11/07/2003
State Branded 'Hellhole'
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State Branded 'Hellhole'

From the Charleston Daily Mail, November 6, 2003, Thursday Copyright 2003 Charleston Newspapers West Virginia's image in the business world took another blow today as the American Tort Reform Association declared the whole state, especially Kanawha County and the Northern Panhandle, a "judicial hellhole."

11/06/2003
NEW INITIATIVES SIGNAL TAX FIGHT IN OREGON MAY BE JUST STARTING
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NEW INITIATIVES SIGNAL TAX FIGHT IN OREGON MAY BE JUST STARTING

BY HARRY ESTEVE

Summary: Labor unions line up possible ballot proposals that could follow the current antitax referendum drive if it succeeds The battle over Oregon's $800 million tax increase could trigger a wider ballot-box skirmish over the state's financial future. Labor unions have drawn up an array of tax and revenue initiatives they may take to the streets if voters ultimately overturn the Legislature's budget- balancing package of temporary and permanent increases.

11/06/2003

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