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Rhode Island Needs Tort Reform
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Rhode Island Needs Tort Reform

Excerpts from the Providence Journal “ON MARCH 21, The Journal printed an article about the ranking of the states in their litigation environment (‘Lawyers, judges dispute legal system's ranking’). In a survey conducted by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Rhode Island ranked 36th, a very disappointing standing. Plaintiffs' lawyers have dismissed the survey as nothing more than the subjective conclusions of a particular group.

04/04/2004
Republican faces battle within party to keep his seat
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Republican faces battle within party to keep his seat

Incumbent legislators usually worry face their true battles to keep their seats in the general election, when they face a challenger from the other party. But Keizer Republican Vic Backlund, who has been politically invincible to the Democrats since he won election to the Oregon House six years ago, now faces the stiffest challenge of his political career — from fellow Republicans.

04/04/2004
Rep. Backlund faces challenge by his own party
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Rep. Backlund faces challenge by his own party

BY STEVE LAW

Democrats have found Vic Backlund politically invincible since the Keizer Republican retired from McNary High School and won election to the Oregon House of Representatives six years ago. But now, the popular former coach and teacher faces the stiffest challenge of his political career — from fellow Republicans.

04/04/2004
Governor Proposes Limiting Medical Malpractice Awards
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Governor Proposes Limiting Medical Malpractice Awards

Excerpts from the Associated Press “Pointing to doctors who say the cost of practicing medicine in Rhode Island is becoming prohibitive, Gov. Don Carcieri has proposed capping the amount of money medical malpractice victims can receive for pain and suffering. The governor's proposed legislation would limit pain and suffering awards to $250,000, speed up the court process and lower interest rates on prejudgment awards. ‘Doctors shouldn't have to relocate their practice because the cost of doing business in Rhode Island is too steep,’ Carcieri said.

04/03/2004
Study Details Doctors' Concerns
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Study Details Doctors' Concerns

From the Charleston Daily Mail, April 3, 2004, Saturday Copyright 2004 Charleston Newspapers A recent survey found that 94 percent of West Virginia doctors have changed the way they practice medicine because of litigation concerns. The survey by the American Tort Reform Association and the American Medical Association also found that 97 percent of state doctors believe medical malpractice lawsuits drive up the cost of patient care.

04/03/2004
America: An Expensive Place to Do Business
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America: An Expensive Place to Do Business

Presidential candidate John Kerry recently made headlines by comparing corporate CEOs who move production overseas to the most hated traitor in U.S. history, Benedict Arnold. Mr. Kerry has placed at the center of his economic plan a carrot-and-stick approach to stop American companies from outsourcing labor to foreign countries. Mr. Kerry’s approach would end “the unpatriotic practice of U.S. corporations moving offshore simply to avoid paying their fair share of our nation’s tax burden.” What Mr. Kerry fails to understand is that companies are not moving jobs overseas because they are unpatriotic; companies are moving jobs overseas because big government is making America too expensive a place to do business.

04/02/2004
Stop Them Before They Spend Again!
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Stop Them Before They Spend Again!

In the tax debate we often hear about what state government can afford. This is ironic! What legislators really mean is “How much of the taxpayer’s money can we spend?” We need to control government spending in Maine; we need a tax and expenditure limitation policy (TEL). The majority of states have such a policy and it is based on something more rational than Maine spending whatever money comes in.

04/01/2004
Truth in Advertising
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Truth in Advertising

BY Michael King

Chief sucker-puncher on the McNeely story has been Sherry Sylvester, who edits Texas Media Watch, an online political newsletter. According to Sylvester (on the Houston Chronicle op-ed page last week), "The district attorney is presented positively in [McNeely's] story, and the targets of the investigation, Republicans and businessmen, are presented negatively." That's the best she can do: A story that recounts an official investigation of alleged corruption makes the investigators look better than the suspects. Sylvester denounces McNeely's "ethical breach" and the alleged refusal of the state's papers to make a big deal of it. The Houston Chronicle identifies Sylvester as "the director of Texas Media Watch, an Austin think tank." (Sylvester appears to be the only employee, and very little thinking visibly goes on there, but OK.) A few days earlier, in a ponderous mea culpa on the controversy by "senior editor/reader advocate" David House, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram had referred to Sylvester's newsletter as a "nonpartisan media watch-dog project."

04/01/2004
Tuition pact to get 2d vote
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Tuition pact to get 2d vote

BY James Vaznis

Voters in Bedford, N.H., will head to the polls again next month to consider a 20-year high school tuition agreement with neighboring Manchester, but the school board vowed last week that even if the contract is approved, they will not give up their resolve to build a high school in town.

04/01/2004
Contract gets another chance
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Contract gets another chance

BY Ian Bagley

The school board plans to hold a special election so that voters can approve a 20-year high school tuition contract with Manchester and reduce this year’s tax rate by roughly $1.64 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The election was originally scheduled for May 27, but school district Superintendent Ann Remus has since said that date is tentative and could change.

04/01/2004

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