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Campaign reports show unions backing tax hike
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Campaign reports show unions backing tax hike

BY Associated Press

EUGENE (AP) - Opponents of an $800 million tax increase have collected more money than those who support it as the Feb. 3 election draws closer. Public employee unions are financing most of the money to sell the tax increase to voters, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday with the state Elections Division. On the opposing side, a Washington, D.C., group and several Oregon businesses lead the way in the campaign to defeat the tax package, The reports covered campaign fund raising and spending through Dec. 18.

12/30/2003
No Standards Without Freedom
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Press Release

No Standards Without Freedom

As published in the Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2003 When it comes to reforming K-12 education, two powerful ideas are in play: standards and freedom. High standards will lift all boats, if joined to reliable tests and tough accountability measures that reward children who learn what they should and reward schools and educators who successfully teach what they should -- and that bring sanctions to bear on failure.

12/23/2003
More broadband access would boost Va. economy, study says
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More broadband access would boost Va. economy, study says

BY CHERISE WILLIAMS

Logging in to your personal home Internet account with broadband Internet access could help pump $14 billion into the Virginia economy as well as 32,000 new jobs, a new study finds. The study by Citizens for a Sound Economy Freedom Works Foundation, an educational and lobbying organization, said that a complete broadband deployment would help boost jobs for the state in the high-tech sector, which saw a loss of about 19,000 jobs in 2002.

12/23/2003
Running the Perception Race
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Running the Perception Race

BY Jennifer G. Hickey

In a memo to senior Pentagon officials Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld recently used the term "slog" to describe the situation in Iraq. Not a quagmire, but a slog. Citing the "preferred choice" of the Oxford English Dictionary, Rumsfeld defined slog as to "hit or strike hard" or to "assail violently." Known for his precision in word selection, Rumsfeld confidently had his aide read the definition from the Oxford. Attempting to argue with the use of the word, a reporter joined the linguistic skirmish by offering a different interpretation citing another dictionary. Nonplussed, Rumsfeld countered, "There are a lot of different definitions. I read the one I liked."

12/22/2003
Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon
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Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon

BY BRAD CAIN

In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state workers' salaries. At the same time, he worked with legislators — including Republicans — to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at boosting the state's economy. With those actions, Kulongoski believes he has helped restore some of the public's trust in government that was lost during eight years of political warfare between lawmakers and former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

12/22/2003
Watch where you paste those labels
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Watch where you paste those labels

BY Sherry Sylvester

It wasn't reported in any Texas newspaper, but earlier this month, Stanford professor David Brady and economics student Jonathan Ma released another glaring report on media bias. Reviewing news stories over a 12-year period -- from 1990 to 2002 -- Brady and Ma found that The New York Times and The Washington Post were far more likely to label a U.S. senator "conservative" than "liberal." According to the Stanford study, the "conservative" label tagged U.S. senators three, four or five times as often as the "liberal" label was applied to the other side.

12/22/2003
States Have Chance to Tax Internet After Moratorium Expires
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States Have Chance to Tax Internet After Moratorium Expires

BY Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

WASHINGTON — The World Wide Web (search) has been left vulnerable to new levies by states and local governments now free from an Internet tax moratorium (search) Congress failed to renew before adjourning for the year. The ban on taxes that prevents state lawmakers from imposing a utility fee much like that imposed for phone or cable TV use expired Nov. 1.

12/22/2003
Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon
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Governor sees good times ahead for Oregon

BY BRAD CAIN

SALEM, Ore. - In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state worker salaries. At the same time, Kulongoski worked with legislators, including Republicans - to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at giving a boost to the state's economy. With those actions, Kulongoski believes he has helped restore some of the public's trust in government that was lost during eight years of political warfare between lawmakers and former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

12/22/2003
On the social crisis in Oregon—- and the political malaise in the US
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On the social crisis in Oregon—- and the political malaise in the US

BY Noah Page

In 2002, the Pacific Northwest state of Oregon emerged in the regional and national media as the embodiment of a deepening economic and social crisis in the US. This was because, according to official figures, it had the highest unemployment rate and the highest level of hunger of any of the 50 states. Earlier this month, more than 1,000 representatives from the state’s ruling elite—business owners, politicians at the local, state and federal level, and others—convened in Portland for an invitation-only event billed as “Leadership Summit 2003.”

12/22/2003
Copyright Law Revisited
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Press Release

Copyright Law Revisited

Today¡¦s copyright law holds systematic flaws no different than a house that suddenly starts to fall apart. If we do not examine the flaws closely to find out what is wrong, we may suddenly find ourselves sitting on our couch in the rain. When it rains, it pours. In the house of copyright law, we have witnessed blurred lines between justice and abuse of the legal system after record labels have sued over 300 individuals and a handful of companies. In addition, just last week, a goldmine of content on Mp3.com ¡V over 250,000 artists and 1 million songs ¡V disappeared in no small part due to its own brazen brush with copyright law. Some good may be able to come out of its demise and the downpour of lawsuits if we ask whether the system, in particular the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (¡¥DMCA¡¦), failed us and if there are greater lessons to learn.

12/22/2003

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