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Puzzle: Cut Services or Raise Taxes?
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Puzzle: Cut Services or Raise Taxes?

BY Wade Rawlins

In front of the Legislative Building on Wednesday, one group of several hundred people chanted "Keep the promise," and "Don't cut children." Under a tent behind the building, another group of similar size had a decidedly different message: "We want less" and "No new taxes." The advocates for the Smart Start early childhood development partnerships and Citizens for a Sound Economy, an anti-tax group, came to the General Assembly with two different visions of North Carolina and how much government should involve itself in people's lives.

06/06/2002
Tax debate heats up at the Legislature
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Tax debate heats up at the Legislature

BY Scott Mooneyham

The no tax crowd and the no cuts crowd flooded the halls of the Legislature on Wednesday, weighing in again for another day on the debate over the state's budget. For the second straight week, advocates streamed to the state capital to let lawmakers know what they think. On one side of the Legislative Building, they chanted, "No new taxes." On the other side, children sang while their parents urged lawmakers to avoid cuts to the Smart Start child care initiative.

06/06/2002
CSE Activists Deliver “The People’s Agenda” to North Carolina Legislators
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CSE Activists Deliver “The People’s Agenda” to North Carolina Legislators

Today, North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (NC CSE) held its 3rd Annual North Carolina CSE Day at the Capital. Jonathan Hill, Director of NC CSE, issued the following statement regarding NC CSE Day 2002: “This year, over 500 citizen-activists from all corners of the state came to Raleigh to share the importance of The People’s Agenda with their legislators. The People’s Agenda includes: No Tax Increases, Property Rights, No Lottery in North Carolina, Choice in Health Care, and Protecting Teachers from Frivolous Lawsuits.

06/05/2002
The Democrats’ Power Sweep
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The Democrats’ Power Sweep

As Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers demonstrated in the 1960s, it is not necessary to surprise your opponents if you can run them over. Opposing defenses knew that the “Power Sweep” was coming, but with Forrest Gregg sealing the outside, guards Jerry Kramer and Fuzzy Thurston pulling around the corner, and the elusive Paul Hornung running with the football, the Packers proved that skillful execution more than compensates for predictability.

06/04/2002
Watchdogs and Regulators
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Watchdogs and Regulators

It is late spring in Washington and spending is the topic of the season. Congress is currently struggling to pass some $30 billion in supplemental spending for 2002 as well as a federal budget for 2003 that includes over $700 billion in discretionary spending. These spending battles are highly publicized, and budget hawks are quick to highlight the pork tucked away in these spending bills. Yet, at the same time, almost 130,000 federal regulators are quietly finalizing over 4,000 new rules and regulations that are estimated to cost Americans more than $800 billion this year. Despite the fact that the regulatory burden is greater than discretionary spending, it is rare for regulations to receive the public scrutiny devoted to federal spending.

06/04/2002
Tom, Can You Give Us a Date?
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Tom, Can You Give Us a Date?

The job of Senate Majority Leader is never easy. Tom Daschle has it as tough as anyone ever has in that position. His party, the Democrats, control the Senate with only a one-vote margin. He faces a popular Republican president and the House of Representatives remains in Republican control. The position of Majority leader has little institutional power, and Senate rules give individual senators great independence from party leaders.

06/04/2002
North Carolina CSE Day at the Capital
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North Carolina CSE Day at the Capital

6:00-9:00am Buses from locations across the state depart for Raleigh

06/04/2002
Groups to Push Tax, Budget Ideas in Raleigh
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Groups to Push Tax, Budget Ideas in Raleigh

Residents seeking to send messages to the General Assembly on budget and tax changes have their pick of points of view this week. Coalition 2001, a network of 47 social service and health care organizations, will gather today at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, talk with lawmakers and hold a news conference. The group opposes cuts to programs in mental health, substance abuse treatment and aid to people with developmental disabilities.

06/04/2002
Getting Involved
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Getting Involved

BY Joyce Sykes

THE PEOPLE'S AGENDA: North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy will host their annual CSE Day at the Capitol in Raleigh Wednesday, with speakers and activists from around the state advocating lower taxes, less government and "The People's Agenda" to the legislature. Activities include meetings with legislators, lunch, an ice cream social and an awards ceremony. Registration is $ 25. The event will start at 10 a.m. on the Halifax Mall near the Legislative Building. Information: Allison Towe, nccse@@cse.org or (888) 446-5273.

06/04/2002
An Open Letter to Europe
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An Open Letter to Europe

© 2002 Copley News Service, 6/3/2002 Dear European Friends: I've just returned from your wonderful continent, where I visited Berlin and Dresden, Wittenberg and Leipzig, and celebrated the end of communism and the reunification of East and West Germany. My European trip ended in Rome, where I attended a mass conducted by Pope John Paul II -- a reminder that collapsing walls and the withering away of communism didn't occur by accident. They were the result of the indomitable spirit of people who refused to accept totalitarianism.

06/03/2002

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