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Hundreds Rally to End Lawsuit Abuse
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Hundreds Rally to End Lawsuit Abuse

Florida CSE's Issues 2000 creates momentum for tort reform CSE brought more than 400 stade-wide CSE activists to Orlando, Florida this weekend (July 15 & July 16) to learn more about ending lawsuit abuse and what’s at stake in the upcoming elections when they took part in Florida CSE’s Issues Forum 2000 & Campaign Issue Intervention.

07/16/2000
Halifax taxpayer unrest may lead to creating citizen group
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Halifax taxpayer unrest may lead to creating citizen group

Cairns says, "It’s inevitable" ROANOKE RAPIDS – "Merchants are mad as hell," said one car dealer describing the feelings by him and other businessmen toward Halifax County Commissioners having raised property taxes once again. Whereas the word out of County Manager Charles Archer’s office is that taxes under his regime have been raised but once, many are telling the newspaper that raising the property tax rate per $100 valuation by $.085, coupled with not lowering the rate last year after a revaluation, is the same as raising taxes twice.

07/15/2000
Real-Life ‘Runaway Jury’ Sets New Record
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Real-Life ‘Runaway Jury’ Sets New Record

After less than five hours of deliberations, a Florida jury has shattered all records for punitive damages awards. "This jury’s $145 billion award, nearly 30 times the previous record, even outdistanced a fictional award in John Grisham’s novel ‘The Runaway Jury,’" said Paul Beckner, President of Citizens for a Sound Economy. In the Grisham novel about smokers suing tobacco companies, punitive damages were awarded in the amount of $400 million on top of compensatory damages of $2 million.

07/14/2000
CSE applauds Senate killing the "Death Tax"
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CSE applauds Senate killing the "Death Tax"

CSE today praised the Senate for passing H.R. 8, "The Death Tax Elimination Act." "Repealing the Death Tax is the right thing to do for American family farms, businesses and the New Economy," said Citizens for a Sound Economy President Paul Beckner. "It is also the right thing to do to protect American values." Earlier this month, Mr. Beckner sent a letter to House members urging support of this important legislation. Today, nine Senate Democrats signed on with Republicans to pass the bill 59-39.

07/14/2000
Memo Proves Clinton-Gore Administration’s Deliberate Deception On Gas Prices
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Memo Proves Clinton-Gore Administration’s Deliberate Deception On Gas Prices

A internal memo from the Department of Energy proves that the Clinton-Gore administration knew why gas prices rose so dramatically this summer, and that its own regulations were partly to blame. This directly contradicts claims by the administration that “there is no economic reason for the run-up in prices,” and that “big oil is gouging American consumers.”

07/14/2000
Senator Rod Grams Joins CSE Foundation: Talking About Taking Control of Your Retirement
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Senator Rod Grams Joins CSE Foundation: Talking About Taking Control of Your Retirement

MINNEAPOLIS—On July 6, 2000, more than 100 CSE activists attended the Social Security Reform Town Hall Meeting hosted by Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation and featuring Sen. Rod Grams (R-MN), retirement security expert Jose Piñera, and CSE Director of Tax and Budget Policy Scott Hodge. The event was also broadcast live on the KSTP Radio’s Jason Lewis Show, which reaches hundreds of thousands of people across the state of Minnesota.

07/14/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Endangering Life and Limb…At Breakneck Speed
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: Endangering Life and Limb…At Breakneck Speed

In 1829, New York Governor Martin Van Buren wrote to President Andrew Jackson about the threat posed by a new technology. When we read the correspondence today, Van Buren's plea for regulatory barriers to protect the status quo provides a striking example of how industries turn to the government when threatened by superior technologies. The letter gives little forethought to the effect this policy would have on consumers.

07/14/2000
The Heat is On: Taxpayers Want Private Retirement Accounts
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The Heat is On: Taxpayers Want Private Retirement Accounts

Social Security - once an issue politicians addressed only at their own peril - is getting the media and public attention it deserves. Americans are appropriately concerned about this "payroll tax" and are ready to address meaningful and necessary changes in the system. For Americans who lived through the Great Depression, a time when Americans trusted the government more than they trusted banks, Social Security was a security blanket that they relied on to protect them in their retirement.

07/14/2000
Issue Analysis 106 - Protecting the Trial Lawyer Monopoly: The Assault on State and Federal Binding Arbitration
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Issue Analysis 106 - Protecting the Trial Lawyer Monopoly: The Assault on State and Federal Binding Arbitration

Summary When Alabama CSE was listening to its members talk about civil justice reform during “CSE Day” at the State Capitol, the most profound wisdom came from a college student. He put it simply, “If you know the two things that rule the world, [they are] money and power. Arbitration takes both of those away from the attorneys.”

07/12/2000
Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: On the question of e-privacy, Dems should heed their own words
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Tech Bytes - Tid Bits in Tech News: On the question of e-privacy, Dems should heed their own words

“The answer, Dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” —William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar In contemporary politics it is not planetary alignment that dictates action, but polling data. Like the astrologers of times past, pollsters possess remarkable sway over the judgment of their employers. Nowhere is this more evident than in the politics of the vice president. Between vacillations, Gore has demonstrated a penchant for the polemic when polling conditions are ripe, evidenced most recently by his attention to the question of privacy.

07/12/2000

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