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League of Private Property Voters names champions and enemies of private property in Congressional vote index
The League of Private Property Voters (LPPV) named 35 US Senators and 214 Representatives as Champions of Private Property Rights. It also named 34 Senators and 110 Representatives as Enemies of Private Property Rights.
The 1998 Vote Index rates the first session of the 105th Congress: Members of the House on twelve key property rights votes and Senators on' 6 key votes plus co- sponsorship of S 781, the Omnibus Private Property Rights Act.
Key House roll call votes were Endangered Species Act, Biosphere and World Heritage Programs, Forest Service Roads funding, National Monument Designation, United Nations Land Designation, Private Property Rights - Local Land Use Decision Appeals, and Grazing Fees/Rangeland Management. Key Senate roll call votes were RS 2477 Rights of Way, Hardrock Mining Depletion Allowance and Public Lands fees, Ninth Circuit Court reorganization, Forest Service Roads funding, and American Heritage Rivers Initiative funding.
"These scores show that the issue of private property Is a significant consideration as Members chose how to vote on legislation." said Chuck Cushman, chairman of LPPV. "As voters become more aware of how their private property rights are jeopardized every day in Congress, they pay more attention to how the Private Property Congressional Vote Index scores their elected officials. Being a Champion of Property Rights is becoming more important to Members of Congress with each congressional session."
To be named as a Champion of Property Rights, a Member must receive a 75 per cent score or better. Among the Senators named were: Allard (R-CO), Bennett (R-UT), Burns (R-MT), Campbell (R-CO), Craig (R-ID), Enzi (R-WY), Gorton (R-WA), Gramm (R-TX), Grams (R-MN), Hatch (R-UT), Helms (R-NC), Hutchinson (R-AR), Hutchison (R-TX), Inhofe (R-OK), Kyl (R-AZ), Lott (R-MS), Lugar (R-IN), Murkowski ' I (R-AK), Nickles (R-OK), Santorum (R-PA), Smith (R-OR), Stevens (R-AK), and Thomas (R-WY).
Among the Representatives named Champions were: Archer (R-TX), Armey (R-TX), Baker (R-LA), Bono (R-CA), Boswell (D-IA), Buyer (R-IN), Byrant (R-TN), Calvert (R-CA), Campbell (R-CA), Canady (R-FL), Cannon (R-UT), Chenoweth (R-ID), Coburn (R-OK), Condit (D-CA), Cox (R-CA), Crapo (R-ID), Cubin (R-WY), Danner (D-MO), Delahunt (D- MA), Doolittle (R-CA), Dunn (R-WA), Edwards (D-TX), Ensign (R-NV), Gallegly (R-CA), Gibbons (R-NV), Goode (D-VA), Hall (D-TX), Hansen (R-UT), Hastings (R-WA), Hayworth (R-AZ), Herger (R-CA), Hill (R-MT), Holden (D-PA), Kolbe (k-AZ), Largent (R-OK), McIntosh (R-IN), Metcalf (R-WA), Peterson (D-MN), Pickett (b-VA), Pombo (R-CA), Radanovich (R-CA), Riggs (R-CA), Ryun (R-KS), Sandlin (D-TX), Schaefer, D (R-CO), Schaffer, B (R-CO), Shadegg (R-AZ), Sisisky (D-VA), Skelton (D'-MO), Smith, B (R-OR), Smith, L (R-WA), Solomon (R-NY), Stenholm (D-TX), Sununu (R-NH), Tauzin (R-LA), Taylor (D-MS), Taylor (R-NC), Traficant (D-OH), Turner (D-TX), Wamp (R-TN), and Young (R-AK).
To be named as an Enemy of Property Rights, a Member must receive a 30 per cent score or lower. Among the Senators named were: Bingaman (D-NM), Boxer (D-CA), Bumpers (D-AR), Chafee (R-RI), Collins (R-ME), Daschle (D-SD), Feinstein (D-CA), Gregg (R-NH), Jeffords (R-VT), Johnson (D-SD), Kerrey (D-NE), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Murray (D- WA), Reid (D-NV), Snowe (R-ME), Wellstone (D-MN), and Wyden (I)-OR).
Among the Representatives named Enemies were: Allen (R-ME), Baldacci (D-ME), Blumenauer (D-OR), Capps (D-CA), Castle (R-DE), DeFazio (D-0@), Dicks (D-WA), Farr (D-CA), Fazio (D-CA), Gephardt (D-MO), Hinchey (D-NY), Hooley (D-OR), Leach (R-IA), Rahall (D-WV), Sanchez (D-CA), Sanders (I-VT), Saxton (R-NJ), Schumer (D-NY), Skaggs (D-CO), Smith, A (D-WA), Stupak (D-MI), Vento (D-MN), and Visclosky (D-IN).
LPPV and the Congressional Vote Index are non-partisan. The Senate has five Republicans counted among the Enemies of Property Rights, The House shows 23 Democrats as Champions and 15 Republicans that are Enemies of Private Property Rights.
LPPV formed in 1990 to track Congressional votes on property rights issues. This is the 6th Vote Index published, with almost half a million copies of the 1995-96 Vote Index distributed. LPPV plans to mail a million copies of the 1998 Vote Index. Over 600 grassroots private property rights and Wise Use groups belong to LPPV and co-sponsor the Vote Index.
Their dedication is inspiring...
In New York City, the Congress for Racial Equality discontinued an internship program aimed at disadvantaged youth after the state ruled that it must pay interns minimum wage.
El Nino? El loco!
Concerns among many climatologists that the recurring Pacific
Ocean warming known as El Nino may lead to more catastrophic weather problems
have attracted the attention of Vice President Al Gore. Though it is still
a little-understood phenomenon of unknown risk, scientists generally agree
that El Nino occurs every decade or so and tends to shift volatility of
weather patterns from the Atlantic (where hurricanes are common) to the
Pacific Ocean basin. This year, the westward ocean current targeting equatorial
South America's Pacific coastline is particularly warm, leading to concerns
over the magnitude of its effect on the weather.
No wonder why my mother wanted me to be a lawyer
Federal Circuit Judge Harold Jeffrey Cohen ruled against the state of Florida's $11.3 billion claim against tobacco companies, pointing out that if the $2.8 billion claim by its lawyers was accurate, they would have been working at $7 716 an hour for 24 hours a day for the 42 months the case lasted.
California...land of the moron? Well, a few anyway
Two entrepreneurs in Fountain Valley, California, wanted to open a cigar lounge featuring a gourmet menu, a full bar, and Internet access. When they applied for a business permit, however, the town's residents rejected the idea. While locals were concerned about the cancer-causing effects of cigars and worried over the availability of parking, they were mainly concerned with the effects of mixing alcohol and the Internet. "How are we going to protect our women after these guys get liquored up, look at pornography, and then roam the neighborhood late at night?" intoned one concerned citizen. Local police also opposed "uncontrolled Internet access."
Detective Sgt. Paul McGinnis commented, "I've never actually been on the Internet, but my understanding is that you can get just about anything you want on there."
Including Enter Stage Right!
Costa Rica elects conservative president
"What does the AFL-CIO have to hide?" Asks journalist
thrown out of union press conference
Federal funds used against initiative
Bill seeks to take 100 000 IRS agents off the street...
The current IRS code is also incredibly inefficient. Its been estimated that taxpayers spend 5 billion hours each year and some $225 billion preparing their tax returns. "The Tax Code Termination Act eliminates the questions of 'if' and 'when' we end the current tax code," said Representative Largent. "It sets a date certain for the enactment of a new tax system, one that I hope will be simpler, fairer and applies one rate, one time, to all taxpayers."
...and maybe bring them to Canada
Revenue Canada will begin watching out for people they consider
tax cheats. Those people? The so-called "squeegee kids." Squeegee
kids are those who wash vehicle windshields at busy intersections and
Smallest U.S. government in 35 years? Not exactly
A surprise member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy"?
From a recent edition of The Federalist Digest: Stranger than fiction, what do District of Columbia tag numbers 800 001 and 800 002 have in common. Well, 002 belongs to Mr. Clinton, and is on his personal bulletproof limousine. So, youre thinking 001 belongs to Hillary? Actually, believe it or not, 800 001 is on Ken Starrs car. Guess that makes Mr. Clinton #2 in the "vast right-wing conspiracy."
We had it wrong! What Hillary Clinton can teach Chinese Communists!
Around the world, Hillary Clinton“s ability to manipulate public opinion with "little or no substance and no reasoning" has been chosen as a model by the Chinese Communist Party . Yu Quanyu in an article in Ideological and Political Work Studies at Beijing“s Academy of Social Sciences, says that Mrs. Clinton“s methodology and style is an excellent example for his comrades. Certainly her "vast Right-wing conspiracy" claim in defense of her husbands infidelity is a shining example.
Support for Kempthorne ESA Bill weaker than claimed: Bill
backers speak for organizations without their permission
We knew the Kyoto Conference was full of hot air... 2,559
tons of it
Why my mother wanted me to be a lawyer II
In early February, a U.S.judge ruled that a $349 million settlement of a second hand smoke lawsuit will stand despite the fact that lawyers will collect $46 million while the plaintiffs will collect nothing!
The class action lawsuit, in which some 60 000 nonsmoking flight attendants sued the tobacco industry for secondhand smoke injuries, was settled last October.
The lawsuit alleged the cigarette makers knew the dangers to nonsmokers of cigarette smoke, and hid the health risks from flight attendants and other Americans. It was the first class-action lawsuit against the tobacco industry -- and the first suit addressing secondhand smoke -- to go to trial.
In the settlement, the tobacco industry agreed to pay $300 million to create a foundation to study the effects of cigarette smoke on flight attendants (now that's a foundation!), and to pay the legal fees and expenses of the flight attendants' attorneys.
While the settlement was in the flight attendants' favor, a small but growing number now feel the agreement was harmful because it left all 60 000 flight attendants out in the cold.
Their frustrations center on Stanley and Susan Rosenblatt, husband and wife attorneys who represented the flight attendants and negotiated the settlement.
The couple also saw to it that the tobacco industry would pay $46 million for their legal fees and expenses -- but again, not a penny to the actual plaintiffs!
Dade County Circuit Judge Robert Kaye said in his court order upholding the settlement, that it was "fair, reasonable, adequate and in the best interests of the class."
According to court documents, the approval of the settlement means the Rosenblatts will immediately receive their first payment, $3 million. They will receive the rest of the money, $40 million-plus, only if they successfully overcome objections to a suit in the appeals process.
I thought we already proved this methodology to be bogus
Let is be known that Enter Stage Right truly does believe that women receive far more than their fair share of sexual harassment and that we don't like it, but the following tidbit proves that bad "research" is still being done on behalf of people with agendas other than simply eliminating sexual harassment.
More than one-third of American female doctors say they have been
sexually harassed, according to a survey that suggests the problem isn't
disappearing from the medical profession.
The 1993-94 nationwide survey did not ask women to specify what behavior they thought constituted harassment, only whether they believed it had occurred.
"Present thought characterizes sexual harassment as primarily a manifestation of power, rather than sexual attraction. The profession of medicine, particularly in academic settings, may be especially prone to harassment because of the importance of hierarchy," stated the authors.
Ah yes, hierarchy. Now we know what that other agenda is. And of course, the survey only polled one group. Guess who? If the esteemed editor of ESR had attempted to submit such a methodology in his thesis class several years ago, he would today be still working on that very same thesis...which also involved gender-based differences in hierarchical interactions in (yes, this is true) academic settings. I knew university would be useful.
Black Leadership Network outraged over snub of former congressman over school choice
Former Congressman Floyd Flake (D-NY) was abruptly uninvited to the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Prayer Breakfast earlier in February because some members of the Caucus objected to his support of school vouchers, an issue which was to be mentioned in his speech.
Project 21 member Jackie Cissell, an associate with the Indiana Family Institute in Indianapolis, said, "Considering that 87 per cent of Black America support school vouchers, it is outrageous that the desire to empower parents in the education of their children is not on the agenda of some of Indiana's Black legislators. Because the content his speech could not be dictated, he was thrown off their plantation. The leadership is so out of touch at the detriment of our children."
Censoring Representative Flake is unacceptable, says the Black leadership network Project 21. Members agree with Rev. Flake that progress for the black community is found in education and community empowerment, not government programs. Project 21 also agrees with the ex-lawmaker that many black Democrats are too beholden to special interest groups (particularly labor unions), and that most black leaders are mired in the protest politics of the civil rights era and waste precious energy advocating welfare and affirmative action.
Rev. Flake is the pastor of the 9,000-member Allen A.M.E. Church and founder of the highly successful 480-student Allen Christian School in Jamaica (Queens), New York. He has emerged as one of America's most prominent black proponents of federally-funded vouchers for private schools, angering other African American leaders. Rev. Flake, who often criticized the Republican Party for everything from minimum wage increases to advocating the elimination of the Department of Education, blames the poor performance of many black public school students on what he sees as a complicated set of social realities ranging from low expectations of white teachers for black students to teacher union interference to substandard expectations some blacks set for themselves.
"You can't claim to represent the Black community and work to silence dissenting voices in the community," said Indiana resident and Project 21 member Maurice Broaddus. "Black leadership had better catch on to the fact that we can't continue to ignore the sorry state of education in our community. We have got to learn to prepare for the future if we as black people are to have a future at all. That starts with the best education we can give our children -- not petty black politics."
"I'm not surprised," said Rev. Mike Ramey, an associate minister of the Greater St. Mark Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana and Project 21 member. "Members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus and the hit movie 'Titanic' have a lot in common. The builders of the Titanic said it wouldn't sink, and Caucus members are saying the same thing about the issue of public education in that they are more interested in how nice the deck chairs feel rather than paying attention to the sounds and sights of the water coming into the boat."
Upping the ante for political choice in Nevada; voters
to consider paycheck protection amendment to state constitution
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