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See...China is becoming a freer society
Maybe Americans need less government, not plainer government
California votes to eliminate bilingual education, but votes against pay check protection
California voters on June 2 rejected a proposal to weaken the political clout of labor unions and eliminated the state's 30-year-old system of bilingual education.
Proposition 226 -- dubbed "paycheck protection" by sponsors -- drew opposition from union leaders, who saw it leading a national campaign to require them to obtain a member's permission before spending dues on politics.
Proposition 227, the brainchild of software millionaire Ron Unz, will essentially replace the state's bilingual education program with an English immersion program after one year of transition classes. Parents can ask that their children get bilingual education but only under limited conditions.
Supporters of the measure included the state Republican Party (over the objections of party leaders) and Jaime Escalante, the East Los Angeles teacher whose innovative methods were the subject of the movie "Stand and Deliver." Opponents included the California Teachers Association, President Clinton, and all four candidates for governor.
The AFL-CIO ran $11 million worth of TV ads that questioned the motives of Proposition 226's backers and hysterically warned of dire consequences for everything from Medicare to food safety if labor's political advocacy was hampered. Unfortunately, a little over of half of voters agreed.
Canadian youth to bare unfair load
Young Canadians are taking a bigger tax hit, but getting less in return than the baby boom generation, says a C.D. Howe Institute report. And the report predicts the situation will get much worse for youth unless governments act now to pay down debt before using budget surpluses on new spending or short-term vote-getting tax cuts.
Dealing with debt today will substantially decrease the net tax burden in the long run on the generations following the boomers, says the report, released June 4, which is called Taxes, Transfers and Generations in Canada: Who Gains and Who Loses from the Demographic Transition.
If they dont take care of the debt then the onus or burden will be on a younger generation later, warned co-author Philip Oreopoulos, an economics graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
I dont want to sound anti-elderly, he said in an interview, adding: Its a tough trade-off.
He and Universite de Montreal economist Franois Vaillancourt did what they call generational accounting in their report to determine the long-term implications of demographics on fiscal policies in the era of the aging baby boomer.
According to demographic projections, the number of Canadians past retirement age (65 and older) will rise from the current 19 per cent of the working-age population to 27 per cent in 2020, 36 per cent in 2030 and almost 39 per cent in 2040.
If surpluses are used to raise spending or cut taxes, young Canadians can expect a whopping lifetime tax burden as high as 55 per cent, the paper warns.
A policy that assumes government will increase spending to keep its budget roughly in balance cannot be sustained without imposing substantially higher net tax rates in the future.
Under the reports most favourable scenario, a person born in 1940 must expect to pay 32 per cent of their labour income in net taxes.
A child born in 1995 can expect to pay 38 per cent in taxes, says the report, adding the trend cannot continue indefinitely.
Theyre paying more than theyre getting back, Oreopoulos said.
The crunch time will come in 2015, as the first boomers begin retiring.
At that time, there will be so much pressure on legislators to maintain current health care and income security for the elderly that governments may have to raise taxes or resort again to deficit financing, the report says.
People of Hong Kong honor memory of Tiananmen Square
On June 4 the people of Hong Kong did what their compatriots in
mainland China could not: They honoured the dead of Tiananmen.
Canadians want laws to be meaner and greener...we aren't
doing our jobs
Private investors announced June 9 that they will contribute at least $200 million in partial scholarships to help more than 65 000 public school children in selected cities attend private schools.
Investment banker Ted Forstmann and Wal-Mart discount store heir John Walton each will contribute $100 million, and Hollywood mogul Michael Ovitz is expected to commit another $50 million, and they'll seek more money from others.
Forstmann, who is leading the effort, said he had bipartisan support in Washington and from the mayors of the cities in which he plans to launch the scholarship program.
He identified the cities as New York, Jersey City, New Jersey, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The effort is a boost to supporters of school "choice" in the politically charged debate over whether public school students should be able to receive financial help if they choose private schools.
American Federation of Teachers President Sandra Feldman does not oppose the plan but says she doesn't believe it will help solve the problems of the public schools.
Wait, I thought there were no problems with state education?
"I have no problem with people giving their own money," said Feldman, "unless they pose it as a solution to the problems of public schools in America."
Forstmann says his program ultimately will improve public education because it will make public school educators realize they have to change, and make parents aware that they don't have to accept schools as they are.
Forstmann said pilot programs testing similar scholarships in Washington and New York have been successful. In Washington, more than 7 000 students applied for 1 000 positions, he said.
His organization, the New York-based non-profit Children's Scholarship Fund, will offer students roughly $2 000 to $3 000 per school year, or about 60 percent to 70 percent of tuition at urban parochial schools -- that is, schools run by a church.
The program would require a student's family to pay the rest of the tuition so that both parents and children have a stake in the student's education.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen by lottery, but they must gain private school admission to be eligible. The program will award scholarships to students from kindergarten to eighth grade. But once they win the lottery, they can get scholarship aid throughout high school.
Forstmann said his plan doesn't give preference to parochial schools, but he noted that such schools already have the ability to provide inexpensive yet high quality education in urban settings.
He predicted other private schools would start if his project gains momentum.
See...China is becoming a freer society II
A former Chinese population control administrator says she felt like "a monster" during the 14 years she watched what she called China's brutal enforcement of its "one child per couple" policy.
Beijing says the policy is necessary for population control and that forced abortions and sterilizations are prohibited.
But on June 10, lawmakers on Capitol Hill heard graphic testimony and saw a shocking video, both of which strongly counter China's official line on its role in family planning.
Gao Xiao Duan told Congressional lawmakers her office paid informants to report on unauthorized pregnancies of neighbors. Women who violated China's policy on pregnancy could be seized during a nighttime raid, or have their homes destroyed, as the government forced the offenders to submit to abortions, Gao said.
"I did so many brutal things," Gao told the House International Relations human rights subcommittee. "All those ... years I was a monster in the daytime, injuring others by carrying out the Chinese Communist authorities' barbaric planned birth policy."
Gao said she "could not live such a dual life anymore." She quit her job in Fujian province's Yongwe township this year, fled China, and arrived in the United States in April, she said.
Human rights activist and China critic Harry Wu helped get Gao out of her homeland.
Gao showed lawmakers documents and a videotape she smuggled out of China. The items, she said, were evidence of China's brutal enforcement of its one-child policy. The videotape, played the lawmakers, showed an aborted fetus, a detention cell with bars, an operating room and a computer records center.
The videotape also told the story of a woman suspected of illegally having a baby and hiding it. The woman claimed the government forced her to be sterilized, and that her husband then beat her and left her, saying: "What good is a chicken who cannot lay an egg?"
The homeless need what?
If you're like me, you think the biggest problem that the homeless have is that...well, they're homeless. Not the United Way, Industry Canada, and the City of Toronto.
They think giving homeless people access to email is the number one priority.
"Im interested all right," a homeless Toronto woman said when asked her opinion about Voice to Screen, an inner-city initiative that will give the homeless e-mail and access to the Internet.
"Im interested in getting more money from the rich and making them pay for the poor," she said before recoiling from questions and curling into a fetal position on the sidewalk.
The e-mail program, funded jointly by Industry Canada, the city of Toronto and the United Way, will allow the homeless to log on to the Internet, learn how to surf Websites for places to live or work and send or receive electronic mail for a small fee.
But in parks and on street corners around the three community centres that launched the initiative, the homeless remained unconvinced that logging on to cyberspace would make any difference in their day-to-day struggle to survive.
Tom Allen, the co-ordinator of a Toronto program that gives 1 700 homeless people free voice-mail, says the Internet program is for those "who are on the economic fringe."
Anne Golden, the local president of the United Way, called it "an extraordinary innovation that will have an impact.
"They dont have a phone number, remember," she said. "By having an e-mail address, they can communicate with others who have e-mail access. This is going to grow and grow and grow," she said.
"Were moving yet another barrier. Its a step toward inclusion in the community."
Canada's Reformers stay out of gold-plated MP pension plan
The Reform Party announced June 11 that an overwhelming majority of its MPs eligible to opt back into the gold-plated pension plan will not do so. This includes the entire caucus leadership team of Preston Manning, Deborah Grey, Randy White, Chuck Strahl, Jay Hill and Ken Epp.
"In 1995, 51 Reformers, 5 Liberals and 4 Bloc Quebecois opted out of the gold-plated MP pension plan. All members of the NDP and the PCs chose to remain in," said Opposition Leader Preston Manning. "As did 172 Liberal MPs."
"Fighting against the gold-plated MP pension plan is an important symbol for Reform," said Deputy Leader Deborah Grey, who personally turned down $1.4-million when she opted out. "It's what sets us apart from the other parties and it is one of the first things we'll change when there's a Reform Government."
MPs who chose to remain outside the gold-plated plan will now be eligible for a one-time severance pay-out, that is convertible into an RRSP.
"I'm happy to see that there's now an option other than the all or nothing offered by the Liberals," said Opposition House Leader Randy White. "This one-time payment is an important first step towards achieving the one-to-one pension plan that Reform has been fighting for since we came to Ottawa in 1993."
On the subject of increases to an MP's salary and accommodation allowance, White said a Reform government would have followed the recommendations of the Blais Commission.
"The Blais Commission recommended an alternative pension plan, no salary increases and full transparency in the way MPs are paid. It also said that Members of Parliament shouldn't be voting on their own pay packages," said White. "Reform agrees with these recommendations and will continue to push for them in the House of Commons."
Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds school vouchers
In the most important ruling ever on school choice, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on June 11 upheld the nation's first school choice program against legal challenge.
"A bright new day just dawned for youngsters from low-income families," declared Clint Bolick, the Institute for Justice's litigation director, which represented Milwaukee families defending the program. "The constitutional cloud over school choice is giving way to sunshine."
Bolick predicted the teacher unions and other opponents will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. "We welcome an appeal," Bolick said. "Giving parents a choice does not violate the Constitution."
Institute for Justice President Chip Mellor said, "Today's decision will help school choice spread like wildfire across the nation. The Court's careful analysis of the Constitutional issues provides powerful insight that voucher program are fully compatible with the principles of the First Amendment."
The program allows up to 15 000 low-income children use their state education funds in private or religious schools. The opponents challenged it as a violation of religious establishment provisions of the First Amendment and U.S. Constitutions.
By a 4-2 vote, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected those claims. Four other state supreme courts-Ohio, Vermont, Arizona and Maine-face similar questions. The Institute for Justice is litigating in all of these cases.
"This ruling begins to make good on the promise of equal educational opportunities for all children," Bolick declared.
Gingrich booed during commencement address at UCSD
Bozell launches Internet news operation
Too bad more Canadians -- politicians and the public alike
-- didn't think this way
The City Council renamed its major airport June 16 in tribute to the late Barry Goldwater, the conservative icon known as "Mr. Arizona."
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport became Goldwater Sky Harbor International Airport on a 6-3 vote.
"I think it's great that from now on when people fly into Arizona, they're going to say 'I'm flying into Goldwater,"' said one backer, Attorney General Grant Woods.
The idea was proposed by Mayor Skip Rimsza, who said Goldwater's love of flying made renaming the airport a logical choice. The five-term senator and 1964 presidential candidate died May 29 at age 89.
Rimsza initially wanted to call it Phoenix Goldwater International Airport, but changed the proposal after too many people said they liked the name Sky Harbor.
Susan Goldwater said her husband would have been delighted to have his name attached to the airport, which he could see from his mountaintop home.
"I listened on the radio on the way in and people were saying he wouldn't like (the name change). That is flat out not true," she said. "I do believe he would be very pleased."
Well, the rename didn't last long. On June 19 Rimsza bowed to pressure from people who liked the original name better and postponed the final decision on the airport's name until September. 2.
"We have heard the pleas from people. People who love Barry Goldwater. But people who want us to hear their ideas," Rimsza wrote in a memo to the city council. "We can do that."
Rimsza wrote that he plans to vote again to change the airport's name to honor Goldwater.
"Everything I know and feel tells me this is the right thing to do," Rimsza wrote. "I'll never do anything less than that."
Opponents of the name change say they have nothing against Goldwater, whose crusty conservatism brought him both widespread admiration and frequent criticism in Arizona. Instead, they suggest that other features be named after Goldwater, such as Squaw Peak, whose name many American Indians consider a racial slur.
Greenspan urges free-market view of mergers
U.S. House of Representatives votes to dump tax code...we'll
see how long that lasts
Ontario MPP wants student cigarettes smokers sent to addiction
counseling - or - proving that even members of parties that Gord Gekko
votes for have an equal chance at idiocy
Another unbiased liberal...yeah right
From the National Centre for Public Policy Research
Dr. Bonner Cohen, editor of EPA Watch and Washington Editor for Earth Times, reviewed the findings of a National Wilderness Institute report he wrote, "The People v. Carol Browner: EPA on Trial," released at a Washington press conference with Congressional participation in May. Following the report's release the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility announced that it "has initiated an inquiry into the matters described." The Landmark Legal Foundation has also referred the report to the Department of Justice's Criminal Division for possible action.
On June 8 a group of 19 EPA employees from six EPA offices signed a joint letter endorsing the general conclusions of the report, saying they were willing to "risk their careers" by going public about alleged lawbreaking and irresponsible behavior at the EPA. Says the letter, in part: "Within the EPA, employees are harassed, even fired, for protesting illegal or irresponsible behavior by managers who jeopardize the proper enforcement of the law... At the EPA, retaliation against whistleblowers occurs at every management level. At times, it involved the highest levels of administration including the offices of Regional Administrators and the Office of Administrator Carol Browner." The report documents the following patterns of behavior by EPA officials: 1) corrupting agency ethics rules to silence whistle blowers, 2) creating and submitting backdated documents to federal court, 3) asking career scientists to lobby Congress in violation of federal law, 4) overseeing the creation of a tax-exempt group to circumvent state and local governments in violation of existing agreements, and 5) abusing the rights of citizens by violating the Congressional Review Act and establishing unwritten and unpublicized regulations.
justice n [ME, fr. OF, fr. L justitia, fr. justus] 1: pro-filtering group gets filtered 2: getting what you deserve
The American Family Association, one of the most vocal conservative organizations on Internet decency, announced that they are the subject of one popular Internet filtering program. AFA has organized protests against Disney, Levi-Strauss, Pepsi and ABC for their support of homosexual activists, leading the Learning Company, makers of CyberPatrol software, to add the organization to the Cyber NOT list, which is filtered out on their software products.
AFA has learned that it has been categorized in the "intolerance" listing, along with such web sites as the David Duke Report and WhitePower.com. Susan Getgood, spokesperson for the Learning Company said, "The material found on the Web site met the criteria of intolerance." AFA has an opportunity to appeal, but doubts that it will. "When I put the pencil to the expenditure of flying to [the appeal hearing,] I just couldn't do it," said Buddy Smith, AFA spokesman.
AFA has also been a strong supporter of requiring schools and libraries to install filtering software on their computers, but this incident may provide some perspective that demonstrates that filtering works in a variety of ways and against a wide range of targets - including filtering advocates themselves.
As one commentator, David Goldman of HateWatch, said, "the whole notion that parents should abdicate responsibility to government agencies or filtering software is ludicrous," stressing that parents and teachers should be the primary guides for children's Internet viewing.
Competition will always find a way to survive
The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association has changed the rules for tournament games involving players under 10 so that no score is kept, yielding no winners or losers. Trophies are not allowed unless everyone on every team gets one. Head Coach Dean Conway calls this a "non-results-oriented initiative," but some of the kids have apparently been keeping score in their heads, contrary to the spirit of the game. Paige Beauregard of Belchertown explained, "I'd like to know the score so I can get better." A coach commented on the association's informal score policy, "In non-results-oriented tourneys, score is not kept for all to see, but only for tourney officials to view, to make sure games aren't too one-sided."
Why tenure should be ended
As noted in his job application for a post as professor of eighteenth-century literature, Manfred Mickleson's dissertation, "informed by feminist theory, queer theory, cultural materialism, eco-criticism, and postcolonial studies," focuses on "masculine authority and feminine desire in eighteenth-century pirate literature." Mickleson received six invitations to be interviewed at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, despite the fact that both he and his resume were made up by academic hoaxers.
Reform-minded conservative wins Colombian presidency
The expert on substance abuse speaks
Canada's populist conservatives "smear" aboriginals
by demanding equality
Apparently selling missile technology to China wasn't
Clinton proves determination to continue racial politics
Canadians to protest incoming gun law
Expected costs for the rally will be around $45 000 which still has to raised through your donations. Currently, there are three deposit options available:
The snail mail address is George Penfold, 101 Anwatin Road, Nepean, Ontario K2H 6J4.
Forget what you're worth says Arizona school board
According to the The Education Intelligence Agency's Communique of June 23, 1998, teacher Andrew Creighton-Harank stirred up some trouble in the Kyrene School District in Arizona when he made an appointment with the school board and asked for a $15 000 raise.
According to a story in the Arizona Republic, Creighton-Harank is recognized as an exceptional teacher and has a large number of parents among his supporters. Not surprisingly, the district turned down his request. Creighton-Harank then submitted his resignation. "It's going to happen," he said. "I am going to work with children and make $50 000 a year."
The powers-that-be were less than taken with Creighton-Harank's approach. "People felt he shouldn't be out for himself," said Kyrene Education Association President Debbie Dinyes. Jack Peterson, executive director of the Arizona School Board Association, felt the same way. "That would be very anti- union to negotiate on your own," he said.
Privatize all of British Columbia's forests, says company head
Virtually all aspects of the forest industry should be placed in the hands of the private sector, says the head of MacMillan Bloedel.
This would solve the unending battle over softwood lumber exports to the United States, Tom Stephens, president of the forest company said in a 12-page discussion paper circulated to industry insiders.
Under his proposal, planning, management, development, harvesting and manufacturing activities would be concentrated in the hands of the forest companies.
That means the system would be responsive to market conditions and undermine the Americans contention that the B.C. government subsidizes its industry, he said in the document.
The United States announced that same week plans to challenge the provinces recent reduction of stumpage fees under the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement, a five-year deal that imposes a quota to restrict B.C. exports.
The Macmillan Bloedel solution would put a significant portion of British Columbias annual allowable cut up for unrestricted auction so that stumpage fees, the royalties the province collects for timber cut on Crown land, would be more clearly tied to the free market.
At present, stumpage is set by the government.
Under the new proposal, it would be tied to the value of the logs.
"I see this as a first and essential step in eliminating quota under the softwood lumber agreement," Stephens wrote.
Forests Minister David Zirnhelt said, however, the proposal could further undermine the already tenuous job security in the industry.
"Our reference will be whats good for employment and whats good for communities," he said.
The discussion paper, sent to industry insiders in mid June, said the proposed reform of stumpage fees and forest licence tenure would "permit unrestricted access of B.C. forest products into U.S. and global markets."
To do that, the current tenure system, which is supposed to tie timber cutting rights to employment, would have to be dismantled. U.S. Supreme Court rules line-item veto unconstitutional
The line-item veto is unconstitutional the Supreme Court decided June 24, ruling that the law violates constitutional language requiring every bill be presented to the president for approval or veto only.
The 6-3 ruling striking down the executive power, has far-reaching implications for the budget process in Washington. The 1996 line-item veto law allowed the president to pencil out specific spending items approved by the Congress.
The ruling was a defeat for the Clinton Administration which asked the high court to reverse a lower court ruling.
During oral arguments in April, Solicitor General Seth Waxman argued that the line-item veto does not violate the separation of powers between Congress and the president.
"This is not an example of a president repealing a provision of a law that Congress has enacted ... but exercising a discretionary authority that Congress has given him," Waxman said.
Louis Cohen, a lawyer for an Idaho potato growers' group that challenged the law, said the effect of using the line-item veto is to produce "a truncated statute that Congress didn't pass."
Waxman argued the potato growers and New York City, which also challenged the law, lacked legal standing because they were not directly affected by vetoes carried out last year by President Bill Clinton.
Last June, the justices ruled that six members of Congress who challenged the veto law also lacked standing to sue.
Opponents charge the law tips the constitutional balance of power toward the presidency and away from Congress. Supporters of the law argue it's merely a check on wasteful spending.
Clinton exercised the veto 82 times last year before a federal judge in Washington ruled the law unconstitutional in February. Once a bill becomes law, the president's sole duty is to carry it out, U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said.
"The Line-Item Veto Act is hardly revolutionary," Waxman said in court papers. "The act simply gives the president a measure of discretion over the expenditure of appropriated funds."
But New York City's lawyers called the line-item veto a "too-clever device" that seeks to give the president the authority to repeal laws by himself.
Under the Constitution, "cancellation is an action that only Congress has the power ... to take," the city's attorneys said in court briefs.
New York City sued to restore a provision that would have let the city and New York state raise taxes on hospitals and use the money to attract federal Medicaid payments.
The Snake River Potato Growers sued over Clinton's veto of a tax measure that would have allowed agricultural processors to defer capital gains taxes when they sell such facilities to farmers' cooperatives.
Exxon sued for trying to prevent oil spills
When it comes to the federal government, it seems you are damned if you do and damned if you don¹t. At least that¹s the way it seems to some businesses that are trying to comply with the law.
According to the Anchorage Daily News (May 30), after the Exxon Valdez ran aground and dumped 11 millions gallons of oil into Alaska¹s Prince William Sound, Exxon restricted any employee with a history of drug or alcohol abuse from 1 500 safety-sensitive jobs. Alcohol use had been linked to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, although the ship¹s captain was later cleared by a jury of charges that he was intoxicated on the job.
The Daily News says Exxon was congratulated for its new policy by both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency, but does that mean the federal government approves of the policy?
Apparently not, because the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission now is suing Exxon, saying that the new policy violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Exxon goes on trial for attempting to prevent another oil spill on August 3.
NJ coalition beats back national ID plan...for now
Demonstrating the power of grassroots activism, a coalition of Right/Left organizations turned back New Jersey's Gov. Christie Todd Whitman's "AccessNJ" driver's license proposal June 30 in both the State Assembly and Senate after a massive media and legislative blitz over the weekend by conservative activists. With the Democrats stating their opposition to the measure, a Republican caucus vote showed the proposal to be significantly short in both houses early Monday morning.
Headed by the League of American Families and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, the coalition included the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, the Conservative Caucus of NJ, and the New Jersey Family Policy Council.
The AccessNJ proposal would have created a 10-year "smart card" drivers license that would have been required for all government programs and services, as well as authorizing banks, hospitals, schools, libraries, credit card and insurance companies to electronically store information on the drivers licence as well. Coalition groups opposed this measure as an invasion of personal privacy because of the lack of guarantees by administration officials how the information would be used and by whom.
Dr. Seriah Rein of Concerned Women for America said, "This is not an AccessNJ card; this is an access our privacy card."
ACLU-NJ Staff Attorney David Rocah also attacked the proposal: "Even if the license works as officials claim, every transaction done with the smart card will leave an electronic trial showing who did what and when. Computers will record each time the card is used to pay a toll, cash a check, make a purchase, check out a book, get insurance authorization to see your doctor, or any time you need proof of identification. And, unlike the databases that currently exist, all of these new databases will be able to be combined, because they will all share the same means of identifying the individual involved - your Social Security number."
Coalition organizations also noted the speed with which the proposal flew through both houses of the state legislature. Hearings were held June 22nd, only days after the bills were introduced. Assembly and Senate Committees passed the bills on to the floor last week, with floor votes scheduled June 30.
John Tomacki, President of the League of American Families and architect of the conservative opposition to the proposal, said: "Over the last several weeks, the New Jersey legislature has been concentrating its attention on the $18 billion budget. But this controversial electronic 'smart card' has moved in 18 days from introduction to a vote like a stealth bomber. This is no longer a question of Big Brother in Washington DC invading your privacy, but Big Mother in Trenton controlling your personal information."
Coalition members pointed out that the AccessNJ proposal comes at a peculiar time. Under federal guidelines issued by the federal Department of Transportation last month, federal agencies will not accept state drivers licenses as valid identification unless the state conforms to the federal identification guidelines.
Len Deo, President of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, pointed out that "the federal proposal will require individuals to show a federally approved identification document for air travel, the federally required New Hires database, medical care and firearms registration."
The $25 million AccessNJ card would have met the proposed federal identification regulations. With its temporary defeat, the battle by privacy advocates in New Jersey may serve as the model for activists in other states to follow to combat similar proposals pending in other states.
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