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An African Renaissance
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An African Renaissance

©2003 Copley News Service, 7/15/2003

07/15/2003
From Pennsylvania With Love?
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From Pennsylvania With Love?

On Saturday July 19, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill that will allow for the creation of eleven slot machine casinos across the state. Some casino hopefuls in the House estimate that the slot machines will draw roughly $1 billion dollars in revenues. But is $1 billion in state expansion what Pennsylvania really needs? Of course not. Pennsylvanians are in dire need for lawmakers to propose a budget that will cut spending and prevent tax increases that will protect the taxpayers’ economic freedom.

07/15/2003
Tim Penny to Headline NH CSE Social Security Town Hall Meeting
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Tim Penny to Headline NH CSE Social Security Town Hall Meeting

New Hampshire Citizens for a Sound Economy (NH CSE) State Director Chuck McGee announced today that former Democratic Congressman Tim Penny of Minnesota will visit New Hampshire on July 30th to headline the second event of NH CSE’s Choose Your Future Tour. The Social Security Town Hall Meeting will take place in Laconia with local columnist and radio host Niel Young helping to promote the event.

07/15/2003
Protest to Free the "Michigan Four" Judicial Nominees
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Protest to Free the "Michigan Four" Judicial Nominees

Today Michigan members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) joined M-Law to deliver three thousand petition signatures to the Lansing office of Senator Carl Levin, demanding that he quit blocking the nominations of the Michigan Four. President Bush has nominated four qualified individuals to fill the four vacancies in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals but Senator Levin and his Michigan colleague Senator Stabenow are blocking them.

07/14/2003
Hatch Acknowledges Pressure To Move Disputed Nominees
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Hatch Acknowledges Pressure To Move Disputed Nominees

Senate Judiciary Chairman Hatch acknowledged Thursday he is under pressure by GOP leaders to hold a hearing on a handful of 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominations to which the two Democratic senators from Michigan have formally objected. Traditionally, when senators object to a nominee via a "blue slip," no further action is taken on the nominee.

07/11/2003
Hatch Acknowledges Pressure To Move Disputed Nominees
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Hatch Acknowledges Pressure To Move Disputed Nominees

BY April Fulton

Senate Judiciary Chairman Hatch acknowledged Thursday he is under pressure by GOP leaders to hold a hearing on a handful of 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominations to which the two Democratic senators from Michigan have formally objected. Traditionally, when senators object to a nominee via a "blue slip," no further action is taken on the nominee. "I've been directed by the leadership to hold a hearing," Hatch told CongressDaily during a break from a protracted committee markup on asbestos litigation. "And I'm probably going to have to write a letter to the Michigan senators, expressing my viewpoints," Hatch said. While he declined to detail what the letter would say, Hatch has indicated in the past he would consider holding a hearing. A Senate GOP aide said it was likely Hatch would make a decision by next week, but that the pressure is an indication of the importance of the judge issue to Republicans. The battle for the four Michigan nominees is far from over -- and it is far from limited to just the 6th Circuit, which includes the home states of Senate Majority Leader Frist and Majority Whip McConnell. Even if Hatch holds a hearing over the objections of Michigan Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, there would also be the hurdle of reporting the nominees out of committee for floor action and taking them to the floor. Saying the Democrats' objections were a misuse of Senate rules, Frist and McConnell took the unusual step of filing a discharge petition this week that would effectively bypass the Judiciary Committee and bring the nominees straight to the floor. A Senate discharge petition requires only one sponsor and a slot on the calendar for consideration, but senators may object to or filibuster the petition. It is unlikely that Republicans have the votes to overcome a filibuster, GOP aides acknowledged. A spokesman for Frist said he has not set a date for a floor vote yet, preferring to wait for Hatch's decision. Stabenow dismissed the GOP action as a political ploy and said she and Levin are seeking to form a bipartisan congressional advisory commission on judges like one formed in Wisconsin several years ago. "They're trying to bully their way through this," Stabenow said. "We're just going to continue to propose the Wisconsin bipartisan commission," said Levin. The Senate GOP move appears to be just the latest effort to find ways to end the time-honored and historically accepted delay by the minority party in order to move President Bush's judicial nominees forward. Earlier this year, Frist introduced a bill that would reduce over time the number of senators needed to break a filibuster on judicial nominees. Meanwhile, the Michigan issue is being lobbied heavily. A Michigan branch of Citizens for a Sound Economy staged demonstrations outside Levin's district office over the weekend and outside Stabenow's district office Wednesday, including one man dressed as a judge with his hands tied behind his back symbolizing the inaction.

07/11/2003
Members Vote for CSE Economic Agenda
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Members Vote for CSE Economic Agenda

This year, CSE surveyed our members to determine their priorities for the remainder of the 108th Congress. Not surprisingly, taxes were first and foremost on the minds of CSE Members. Fully 80 percent said America needs new tax cuts to get the economy moving. While the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts are starting to boost economic growth, the reality is that taxes are still too high and the tax code still too complicated.

07/11/2003
This Week on Capitol Hill
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This Week on Capitol Hill

Official Washington is focused on equatorial Africa this week, but we'll try to avoid making banana republic references to America's current fiscal management. The latest installment of the U.S. fiscal meltdown is the new "Supplemental Appropriation" heading towards quick adoption by the Senate this week. The bill is already more than $2 billion in new spending that is not budgeted. It is not clear how this new spending squares with the President's public commitment to only 4 percent growth in discretionary spending this year.

07/10/2003
Budget Crisis Continues in Nevada
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Budget Crisis Continues in Nevada

Despite emails, phone calls, and letters from CSE activists in Nevada, the state Assembly continues to debate record tax increases to finance the public school budget. Without a budget by the July 1 deadline, Gov. Kenny Guinn filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court asking them to come up with a solution for balancing the budget.

07/10/2003
Budget Crisis Continues in Nevada
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Budget Crisis Continues in Nevada

Despite emails, phone calls, and letters from CSE activists in Nevada, the state Assembly continues to debate record tax increases to finance the public school budget. Without a budget by the July 1 deadline, Gov. Kenny Guinn filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court asking them to come up with a solution for balancing the budget.

07/10/2003

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