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With School Choice and 'Straight A's' Out, House Education Bill Gets Failing Grade, FRC Says

"H.R. 1 no longer bears any resemblance to President Bush's education plan," Family Research Council President Ken Connor said Thursday. "With school choice and 'Straight A's' cut, the House education bill just pours more money into the same flawed system. Family Research Council has no other choice but to give H.R. 1 a failing grade." The House Education and Workforce Committee voted 27-20 Wednesday to remove private school choice from H.R. 1, the House education bill. This provision would have allowed parents of low-income students in chronically failing schools to place their children in a private school. The committee previously drew criticism from conservative lawmakers and pro-family groups, like the Family Research Council, for removing "Straight A's" from the bill. Under this provision, states can either choose the education status quo or enter into a results-oriented contract that would give greater freedom in exchange for clearer accountability. "The House committee had already ripped the conservative heart out of the education bill by taking 'Straight A's out," Mr. Connor said. "With school choice now excluded, the soul is gone, too. Unless Congressional leadership fights hard to reconfigure H.R. 1 into a revolutionary bill that will give local communities and parents more control over education, there is little hope this Congress will enact true education reform." The Republican Study Committee released a statement this morning which listed groups and individuals now opposed to H.R. 1. In addition to Family Research Council, those opposed to the House education bill include: Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family; Concerned Women for America; Eagle Forum; Independent Women's Forum; Citizens for a Sound Economy; Free Congress Foundation; Education Policy Institute; Janet Parshall with "Janet Parshall's America"; Family First of Nebraska; Family Foundation of Kentucky; New Jersey Family Policy Council; Louisiana Family Forum; Pennsylvania Family Institute; Rocky Mountain Family Council; Free Market Foundation of Texas; Christian Civic League of Maine; South Dakota Family Policy Council.

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With School Choice and 'Straight A's' Out, House Education Bill Gets Failing Grade, FRC Says

"H.R. 1 no longer bears any resemblance to President Bush's education plan," Family Research Council President Ken Connor said Thursday. "With school choice and 'Straight A's' cut, the House education bill just pours more money into the same flawed system. Family Research Council has no other choice but to give H.R. 1 a failing grade." The House Education and Workforce Committee voted 27-20 Wednesday to remove private school choice from H.R. 1, the House education bill. This provision would have allowed parents of low-income students in chronically failing schools to place their children in a private school. The committee previously drew criticism from conservative lawmakers and pro-family groups, like the Family Research Council, for removing "Straight A's" from the bill. Under this provision, states can either choose the education status quo or enter into a results-oriented contract that would give greater freedom in exchange for clearer accountability. "The House committee had already ripped the conservative heart out of the education bill by taking 'Straight A's out," Mr. Connor said. "With school choice now excluded, the soul is gone, too. Unless Congressional leadership fights hard to reconfigure H.R. 1 into a revolutionary bill that will give local communities and parents more control over education, there is little hope this Congress will enact true education reform." The Republican Study Committee released a statement this morning which listed groups and individuals now opposed to H.R. 1. In addition to Family Research Council, those opposed to the House education bill include: Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family; Concerned Women for America; Eagle Forum; Independent Women's Forum; Citizens for a Sound Economy; Free Congress Foundation; Education Policy Institute; Janet Parshall with "Janet Parshall's America"; Family First of Nebraska; Family Foundation of Kentucky; New Jersey Family Policy Council; Louisiana Family Forum; Pennsylvania Family Institute; Rocky Mountain Family Council; Free Market Foundation of Texas; Christian Civic League of Maine; South Dakota Family Policy Council.

05/03/2001
Misunderstanding Threatens to Derail Broadband Deployment

H.R. 1542, “Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001,” would deregulate the high bandwidth Internet market and provide substantial benefit to consumers and the economy as a whole. Yet, some policymakers remain intent on framing the Internet broadband debate in the context of the antiquated local telephone network.

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Misunderstanding Threatens to Derail Broadband Deployment

H.R. 1542, “Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001,” would deregulate the high bandwidth Internet market and provide substantial benefit to consumers and the economy as a whole. Yet, some policymakers remain intent on framing the Internet broadband debate in the context of the antiquated local telephone network.

05/03/2001
OFFICIALS LOOKING INTO OPTIONS FOR BIG RUN OF SALMON

As a flood of spring chinook salmon heads up the Columbia River to spawn, hatchery managers are preparing to welcome them back. But, in light of recent controversies over clubbing "surplus" salmon, one burning question is occupying the minds of federal, state and tribal salmon managers this week: What to do with all the extras? Federal hatchery managers are assiduously avoiding answering that question, at least until they finish negotiating with state and tribal representatives.

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OFFICIALS LOOKING INTO OPTIONS FOR BIG RUN OF SALMON

BY ERIK ROBINSON

As a flood of spring chinook salmon heads up the Columbia River to spawn, hatchery managers are preparing to welcome them back. But, in light of recent controversies over clubbing "surplus" salmon, one burning question is occupying the minds of federal, state and tribal salmon managers this week: What to do with all the extras? Federal hatchery managers are assiduously avoiding answering that question, at least until they finish negotiating with state and tribal representatives.

05/02/2001
Testimony of John R. Christy Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 2 May 2001 Written Testimony John R. Christy University of Alabama in Huntsville Mr. Chairman and Committee Members, I am pleased to accept your invitation to speak to you again about climate change. I am John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. I am also Alabama’s State Climatologist and recently served as one of the Lead Authors of the IPCC. CARBON DIOXIDE

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Testimony of John R. Christy Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 2 May 2001 Written Testimony John R. Christy University of Alabama in Huntsville Mr. Chairman and Committee Members, I am pleased to accept your invitation to speak to you again about climate change. I am John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. I am also Alabama’s State Climatologist and recently served as one of the Lead Authors of the IPCC. CARBON DIOXIDE

05/02/2001
Testimony of Richard S. Lindzen Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 2 May 2001 Written Testimony Richard S. Lindzen

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Testimony of Richard S. Lindzen Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 2 May 2001 Written Testimony Richard S. Lindzen

05/02/2001
CSE Activists Hail Bush’s Commission on Social Security

“Events like these show the power of CSE’s commitment to real people and important issues,” Joyce Fernando, CSE’s 2000 Activist of the Year. On May 2, President George W. Bush unveiled a 16-member bipartisan commission to examine the recommendations for preserving Social Security. Four activists from Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) were present in the White House Rose Garden to witness this important event. They were invited to attend the event because of their involvement in Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the organization’s commitment to reforming Social Security.

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CSE Activists Hail Bush’s Commission on Social Security

“Events like these show the power of CSE’s commitment to real people and important issues,” Joyce Fernando, CSE’s 2000 Activist of the Year. On May 2, President George W. Bush unveiled a 16-member bipartisan commission to examine the recommendations for preserving Social Security. Four activists from Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) were present in the White House Rose Garden to witness this important event. They were invited to attend the event because of their involvement in Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the organization’s commitment to reforming Social Security.

05/02/2001
Residents to rally before meeting

Fed up with having to pay more tax because of annexation and what they claim to be questionable county expenses, dozens of New Hanover County residents plan to picket before Monday's County Commissioners meeting. The group will then present its complaints to the commissioners during the meeting, said Esther Potter, one of the leaders of the nameless grassroots movement. Ms. Potter, caught Monday taking a break from making protest signs, said she 's simply had enough. "I just woke up one morning and said, 'I am fed up and I want to be heard,' " she said.

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Residents to rally before meeting

BY Gareth McGrath

Fed up with having to pay more tax because of annexation and what they claim to be questionable county expenses, dozens of New Hanover County residents plan to picket before Monday's County Commissioners meeting. The group will then present its complaints to the commissioners during the meeting, said Esther Potter, one of the leaders of the nameless grassroots movement. Ms. Potter, caught Monday taking a break from making protest signs, said she 's simply had enough. "I just woke up one morning and said, 'I am fed up and I want to be heard,' " she said.

05/01/2001
Issue Number 5 - Lottery Proponents are Being Disingenuous to the Public When They Say All Funds Will go to Education

North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy today released Issue Number 5 of its ongoing effort to educate elected officials and citizens on why a government-run lottery is bad business and public policy. Other uses for lottery revenue is not mentioned to the public.

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Issue Number 5 - Lottery Proponents are Being Disingenuous to the Public When They Say All Funds Will go to Education

North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy today released Issue Number 5 of its ongoing effort to educate elected officials and citizens on why a government-run lottery is bad business and public policy. Other uses for lottery revenue is not mentioned to the public.

05/01/2001
Republican Women Join Fight to Stop the Lottery

North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) is gaining allies in its battle against a state-run lottery. The North Carolina Federation of Republican Women (NCFRW) has taken a stand against a state sponsored lottery. This past weekend, at its state convention the NCFRW passed a resolution calling on members of the General Assembly to vote against any legislation that would create either a lottery or a state referendum on the issue. As proof of the NCFRW’s commitment to this issue the measure passed unanimously.

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Republican Women Join Fight to Stop the Lottery

North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) is gaining allies in its battle against a state-run lottery. The North Carolina Federation of Republican Women (NCFRW) has taken a stand against a state sponsored lottery. This past weekend, at its state convention the NCFRW passed a resolution calling on members of the General Assembly to vote against any legislation that would create either a lottery or a state referendum on the issue. As proof of the NCFRW’s commitment to this issue the measure passed unanimously.

05/01/2001
CSE's Letter to Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary

The Honorable Orrin Hatch Chairman Senate Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate The Capitol Washington, DC 20010 Dear Senator Hatch: Few issues are of greater importance to Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) than antitrust enforcement. Since its founding in 1984, CSE has been the voice of consumers on antitrust issues and offered detailed analysis and commentary on cases ranging from the divestiture of AT&T to the pending landmark antitrust suit against Microsoft.

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CSE's Letter to Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary

The Honorable Orrin Hatch Chairman Senate Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate The Capitol Washington, DC 20010 Dear Senator Hatch: Few issues are of greater importance to Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) than antitrust enforcement. Since its founding in 1984, CSE has been the voice of consumers on antitrust issues and offered detailed analysis and commentary on cases ranging from the divestiture of AT&T to the pending landmark antitrust suit against Microsoft.

05/01/2001

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