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Throw Precaution to the Wind—Please!
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Throw Precaution to the Wind—Please!

This week, the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank begin in Washington, D.C. As usual, the meetings promise to bring thousands of protesters to the nation’s capital. While identifying their underlying message is as difficult as reading tea leaves, one of the perennial themes is the global environment. Global warming, deforestation, endangered species, and a slew of other environmental panics fuel discussions of world calamity, despite a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests, by and large, significant progress has been on many environmental problems. Rather than incorporate these findings, many environmentalists simply abandon science altogether.

09/25/2002
Serious Problems and the Politicians Who Ignore Them
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Serious Problems and the Politicians Who Ignore Them

Since the height of the Internet bubble, the U.S. telecommunications sector has shed $2 trillion in market capitalization, 500,000 jobs, and nearly 70 companies. Many telecom firms that have survived will not for long, as the typical company faces annual interest payments equal to its revenue and investors unwilling to provide another dime.

09/25/2002
Tom Daschle’s Spectacular Budget Disappearing Act!
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Tom Daschle’s Spectacular Budget Disappearing Act!

It’s not the Greatest Show on Earth, but the federal budget is definitely the most expensive circus in the world. All the more so this year, thanks to some nifty new tricks from ringleader Sen. Tom Daschle (D - S.D.). Every year, Congress is required to pass an overall plan for U.S. government spending, known as a budget resolution. The budget was due this year on April 15, 2002, and to meet this deadline, President Bush offered his budget plan last February. And the House of Representatives passed its budget in March.

09/25/2002
Response to Leiter's Op-Ed Regarding Textbooks
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Response to Leiter's Op-Ed Regarding Textbooks

Leiter's letter lacked truth. The one environmental science textbook removed from the SBOE "approved" list last year was of such poor educational quality that the purchase of it would have equated to robbery of the taxpayers.

09/24/2002
Bring in the Prognosticators
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Bring in the Prognosticators

This Week- The House is considering several pieces of legislation this week. They begin with H.R. 4691, the “Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002,” and then will turn to a resolution known as a ‘CR.’ Short for “continuing resolution,’ a CR provides government funding during the interim of the fiscal year and the signing into law of the appropriations bills. It is required since the fiscal year officially ends on October 1st. Near the end of the week they expect to take up a very important piece of legislation limiting medical malpractice claims. This legislation, H.R. 4600, would address a growing crisis in our nation. Due to rampant lawsuite and aggressive trial lawyers medical malpractice insurance has skyrocketed leaving many communities without physician care. This bill would impose some limited legal reform bringing sanity back into the medical liability system. Like the movie Groundhog Day the Senate will take up the interior appropriations bill at the beginning of the week with homeland security being considered on a dual track. This is the fourth week for the interior appropriations bill which might actually be a new record for Senatorial logjams. The Senate also hopes to take up a continuing resolution since the fiscal year ends early next week.

09/24/2002
Al Moves (Further) Left
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Al Moves (Further) Left

The former vice president moved out in front of his potential Democratic rivals yesterday by staking out a decidedly anti-Bush position on Iraq. While the other contenders for the Democratic nomination have either totally supported President Bush or given wishy-washy tepid support, Al Gore took a bold step. In a speech that would have made German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder proud, Gore staked out a position as the leading critic of President Bush’s foreign policy.

09/24/2002
Property Rights Rallies...A CSE Hero...and the Sawgrass Rebellion
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Property Rights Rallies...A CSE Hero...and the Sawgrass Rebellion

Kathy Van Tuyl would never call herself a hero. But when this member of Oregon's CSE chapter begins talking about her activism in the property rights arena, it is easy to see that she is a very special person. Kathy begins her interview by saying, "I don't really have a dog in this hunt," meaning that her property rights have not been directly violated by land-grabbing government agencies and their green allies.

09/24/2002
Highlights From NC CSE Tax Tour
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Highlights From NC CSE Tax Tour

< table width="750" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"> < div align="center"> John Hood, from the John Locke Foundation, speaks to CSE members at the Oyster Bay Restaurant on September 18 in Hillsborough.

09/24/2002
Taxpayers Lose Again as North Carolina Legislators Permit Local Governments to Raise Taxes
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Taxpayers Lose Again as North Carolina Legislators Permit Local Governments to Raise Taxes

Yesterday, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to increase taxes on North Carolinians. In a 60-55 vote (55 Democrats and 5 Republicans favored the measure), the House endorsed allowing local governments to increase sales tax from 6.5% to 7% to cover budget shortfalls caused by the Governor taking the reimbursement funds owed to local governments. North Carolina CSE director Jonathan Hill commented:

09/24/2002
Kulongoski Flexes Fundraising Muscle
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Kulongoski Flexes Fundraising Muscle

BY Jeff Mapes

Summary: A hefty contribution from Democratic governors helps him far outpace Republican Kevin Mannix in the latest report Thanks largely to a $150,000 contribution from the Democratic Governors' Association, Democrat Ted Kulongoski far outraised Republican Kevin Mannix in the first half of September in the race for Oregon governor. The candidates were required to file daily contribution reports while the Legislature was in session from Sept. 1-18, and those showed that large donors are playing a key role in the governor's race. During that period, Kulongoski raised about $450,000, while Mannix collected about $250,000. While a third of Kulongoski's money came from one donor, Mannix received about half of his money from three wealthy business people active in Republican politics. Joan Austin, who owns a Newberg dental supply company, and Roderick Wendt, son of one of Oregon's wealthiest men, Klamath Falls businessman Richard Wendt, each gave $50,000. William Colson, who owns a nursing home company, gave $25,000. In the May primary election, all three had backed one of Mannix's rivals, Portland lawyer Ron Saxton. In addition, Mannix said Evergreen Aviation had pledged $50,000 to his campaign. Kulongoski, who has had strong support from organized labor, received almost $90,000 in contributions from six labor groups. But he also made significant inroads with business donors, with Liberty Northwest, a workers' compensation insurer, giving $12,500, and Boise-Cascade and Portland auto dealer Scott Thomason each giving $10,000. The $150,000 from the Democratic Governors' Association was by far the largest contribution the group has ever made in Oregon. B.J. Thornberry, the association's executive director, said the group in part wanted to help Kulongoski counter an independent advertising campaign that Citizens for a Sound Economy has waged against him. Citizens for a Sound Economy, a corporate-backed group that promotes free-market policies, said it has spent more than $116,000 airing ads that criticize Kulongoski for backing a temporary income tax increase to help fill the state budget shortfall. Candidates for state offices once were barred from raising money while the Legislature was in session. But the attorney general said the law was unconstitutional, and the Legislature responded in 2001 by passing a bill requiring candidates to disclose money raised when lawmakers are in session. As a result, the 18-day special session that ended last week gave an early window into the fund-raising of the gubernatorial candidates, who must file complete reports next week. The early reports also showed Kulongoski, who has led in the polls, has had a much broader fund-raising effort than Mannix. He had almost 400 donors who gave more than $50 each, compared with slightly more than 200 for Mannix. Kulongoski, a former state attorney general and Supreme Court justice, received at least $25,000 from legal interests. In addition to the $250,000 in cash he raised, Mannix reported $34,000 of in-kind donations of services and supplies. Amy Casterline, Mannix's campaign manager, said even if Kulongoski is leading in fund-raising, "we've met the goals we've set for ourselves" and will have enough to run a competitive campaign.

09/24/2002

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