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Don't Play Politics with Judicial Nominees
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Don't Play Politics with Judicial Nominees

Dear Senator: I write in regard to the continuing debate surrounding President Bush’s judicial nominee, Miguel Estrada. On behalf Citizens for a Sound Economy and our 280,000 members, I urge you to confirm Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Mr. Estrada’s illustrious academic career, his subsequent employment as a U.S. Attorney and Assistant U.S. Solicitor General, and his distinguished record and accomplishments in private practice qualify him for the vacant appellate court position.

02/10/2003
Odom proposes capital L
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Odom proposes capital L

BY J. Andrew Curliss, Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

After the convention center study committee narrowed its picks Wednesday for a new center's location to three downtown Raleigh sites, a good number of people hung around and studied a large map of the central city. They mulled the choices. Tossed around some ideas. Then City Council member John Odom separated the crowd and took over. He wasn't in favor of the third site choice, a large tract on the western edge of downtown next to some railroad tracks in a warehouse district. The other two still in the mix -- both just west of the existing center -- were fine. But Odom wants something creative. Maybe it would be good to fashion some combination of the two sites to the west into a third choice, he said. Raleigh does not need a long box of a convention center. Something L-shaped would work, he told the gathering. Ed Jones, a businessman and member of the study committee, was listening and nodding. "Yeah, John, you want something big and different," Jones said. "Like the Sydney Opera House." Odom responded: "I've never seen the Sydney Opera House. But if it's L-shaped, then I'm for it." SPEAKING OF ODOM: Count Bruce Spader as another candidate running to replace Odom, who has served on the council for a decade. Spader ran against Odom for the District B seat in 2001, winning nearly 23 percent of the vote. Since then, Spader has been appointed to city committees. Spader, a leader in the Brentwood neighborhood, said he plans to run a grass-roots campaign. "I am going to put the question to the active voters in District B whether or not they want me sitting down there or not," he said. John Knox, a former interim police chief; Jessie Taliaferro, a Planning Commission member; and Jeff Perkinson, a member of a city committee working to create a land-use plan for a section of Five Points, also have said they are considering a run for the seat, which represents an area that stretches from neighborhoods inside Raleigh's Beltline to Northeast Raleigh. Voters go to the polls Oct. 7. POLITICAL TRAIL - ROY COOPER, North Carolina's attorney general, is scheduled to speak to the Wake County Democratic Men at 6 p.m. Monday at Griffin's Restaurant, 1604 N. Market Drive in Raleigh. - DONNIE HARRISON, the new Wake County sheriff, will speak to Wake County Young Republicans at 7 p.m. Monday at Greenshields Brewery & Pub, 214 E. Martin St. in downtown Raleigh. - DAN GERLACH, Gov. Mike Easley's senior policy adviser for fiscal affairs, will speak about the budget situation to the Wake County chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy at 7 p.m. Thursday at N.C. State University's Jane S. McKimmon Center, corner of Western Boulevard and Gorman Street.

02/08/2003
Oklahoma CSE to Stage "Honk for a Better Way!" Protest
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Oklahoma CSE to Stage "Honk for a Better Way!" Protest

On February 12, more than 10,000 members of Oklahoma Teacher¡¦s Unions will take a paid vacation day to lobby members of the Oklahoma legislature for a one-cent sales tax increase. Member organizations of the "Save Our Schools" coalition (which includes the O.E.A.) claim that the only way to help what they call the "school funding crisis" is with a tax increase. CSE says that claim is wrong. A sales tax increase merely throws more money into a failing public school monopoly.

02/07/2003
Taxes: Business Groups Push For Bush's Tax Cut On Dividends
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Taxes: Business Groups Push For Bush's Tax Cut On Dividends

Top business groups are launching a new effort to secure passage of President Bush's plan to eliminate individual taxation on stock dividends, CongressDaily reports. The Tax Relief Coalition (TRC), the Business Roundtable and Citizens for a Sound Economy will co-chair the new TRC Committee for Dividend Benefits. The dividend proposal is the centerpiece of Bush's $695 billion economic growth package. But the plan has drawn questions even from moderate lawmakers of both parties, who are concerned about the overall price tag of the package. The new TRC committee held its first meeting on Thursday. The committee plans an extensive effort that will include public outreach, the generation of economic studies, forums for discussing the dividend plan and advertising, according to a statement.

02/07/2003
Democrats Say Bush Budget Hurts State Services
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Democrats Say Bush Budget Hurts State Services

Roll Call (2/7, Duran) reports, "Democrats slammed President Bush's $2.23 trillion budget from a fresh angle Thursday, charging that it leaves states in the lurch. '[Bush's budget] fails to fund the president's own education reforms,' Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.) said. 'It fails to help states struggling with rising Medicaid costs. In addition, it cuts children's health care, aid to local law enforcement, highway funding and environmental protection.'" States "face a collective $68.5 billion budget shortfall in fiscal 2004 -- the worst in 50 years, he said. 'When it comes to the way Congress deals with states' challenges, many Republicans preach the gospel of states' rights, but they practice policies that can be summed up in four words: "Pass on the pain,"' Daschle said." In particular, "Democrats have hammered the administration on its funding levels for education, arguing the president has not requested funding for his own No Child Left Behind Act." White House Would Get 9.3% Funding Boost Under Bush Plan. The Washington Post (2/7, A25, Milbank) reports, "While demanding that the federal government restrain its spending to a 4.1 percent increase in 2004, the Bush White House has assigned itself a more lenient standard: It has proposed a 9.3 percent increase in funding for the ongoing operations of the White House. Democrats say the administration is guilty of a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do mentality." The White House "says various hidden security costs account for the increase. ... The only unit scheduled for a cut in funding is the White House Office of Policy Development." Group To Promote Bush Dividend Tax Cut. The Frontrunner (2/7) reports that in a news release distributed to political reporters, Tax Relief Coalition (TRC) members, The Business Roundtable (BRT) and Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), announced they "will co-chair the TRC Committee for Dividend Benefits, a new task force being established by the Tax Relief Coalition to emphasize support for the proposal to eliminate the double taxation of dividends which is a key element of President Bush's Jobs and Growth initiative. At its first meeting in Washington today, the group agreed to launch a concerted campaign to promote the positive benefits to the American economy of the President's dividend proposal."

02/07/2003
President Bush's Tax Plan Would Improve the Ability to Deal with Future Social Security Deficits
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President Bush's Tax Plan Would Improve the Ability to Deal with Future Social Security Deficits

This report was produced by The Heritage Foundation. Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute - a think tank - whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

02/06/2003
States’ Internet Tax Scheme Could Lead to a National Sales Tax
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States’ Internet Tax Scheme Could Lead to a National Sales Tax

The next time you order a sweater from a catalog business in Maine, or a computer online from South Dakota, you might see a little extra surprise on the bill: sales taxes! That’s because state governments want to force businesses nationwide to start collecting sales taxes for them, even if that business has no presence in their state! So, if a small business operating only in, say, Virginia and sells some widgets to someone in Florida, that small business will have to collect and report Florida sales taxes.

02/06/2003
Business Groups Begin New Effort On Dividend Taxation
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Business Groups Begin New Effort On Dividend Taxation

Top business groups are launching a new effort to secure passage of President Bush's plan to eliminate individual taxation on dividends. The Tax Relief Coalition, the Business Roundtable and Citizens for a Sound Economy will co-chair the new TRC Committee for Dividend Benefits. The dividend proposal is the centerpiece of President Bush's $695 billion economic growth package. But the plan has drawn questions even from moderate lawmakers of both parties, who are concerned about the overall price tag of the package. The new TRC committee held its first meeting today. The committee plans an extensive effort that will include public outreach, the generation of economic studies, forums for discussing the dividend plan, and advertising, according to a statement released by the TRC. "The TRC will fight very hard for dividend reform," said U.S. Chamber of Commerce vice president Bruce Josten. The TRC is comprised of leading business associations, including the Chamber, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, and the National Restaurant Association.

02/06/2003
Weekly Capitol Hill Roundup
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Weekly Capitol Hill Roundup

President’s Budget

02/05/2003
Cut Spending First
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Cut Spending First

Congressional critics of the President’s $2.23 trillion budget proposal have narrowly focused their complaints on tax cuts and budget deficits. Have they forgotten that under our system of government the president proposes a budget and the Congress appropriates? Have they forgotten that the president has proposed the largest federal budget in history? If they do not like the size of the budget deficit, why don’t they start with trimming some of the excess spending in the president’s budget?

02/05/2003

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