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What message are our legislators sending to voters, when they publicly admit they haven't done their job? How many bills are passed each year that policymakers haven't even bothered to read? This is disgraceful. This is called dereliction of duties and we must demand a stop to this practice.

      
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World Net Daily

by Joe Kovacs

June 23, 2005

Los Angeles artist posts billboard, website suggesting network puppet of Bush admin

The billboard made its debut this week on Sepulveda Boulevard, south of Santa Monica, Calif., featuring a shadowy Uncle Sam figure controlling a handpuppet, as it proclaims in giant lettering, "Shox News Channel, We Distort, You Comply," an obvious send-up of the cable news channel's "We report, you decide" slogan.

Washington Post

by Charles Lane

June 23, 2005

Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal government has the power to prosecute the use of marijuana for medical purposes even in states that have enacted their own laws permitting it.

By a vote of 6 to 3, the court ruled that Congress's constitutional authority to regulate the interstate market in drugs, licit or illicit, extends to small, homegrown quantities of doctor-recommended marijuana consumed under California's Compassionate Use Act, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority of voters in 1996.

Auburn Journal (CA)

by Ryan Sabalow

June 17, 2005

The Nevada Joint Union High School District board of trustees voted this week to keep its policy in which students are allowed to leave school for medical treatment without consulting their parents.

However, the trustees voted 4-1 Wednesday night at Bear River High School to change the policy so that parents would have the option of including unsealed envelopes in their child's file at school. These envelopes would be given to the student to read in the event they choose to exercise their rights to leave class for treatment, said Maggie Deetz, Nevada Union superintendent.

Education Intelligence Agency

May 16, 2005

In its latest effort against altering the Social Security system, the National Education Association will contribute $200,000 to Americans United to Protect Social Security.

Last week, NEA submitted testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee on the Social Security privatization issue. Their heartrending appeal might have more impact if it weren't for the fact that about 900,000 NEA members " about one-third of its total membership -- don't contribute to Social Security.

Deliberate Dumbing Down

by Charlotte Iserbyt

May 12, 2005

The U.S Senate's unanimous vote on the REAL ID card is a tragedy for our nation. What an abuse of the U.S. Constitution! Ghastly news.

This neat little package says we won't be able to open a bank account, board a plane or bus or drive a car without one. And just wait until the deliberately dumbed down socialist bureaucrats have finished with writing the regulations!

Orange County Register (CA) [Free subscription required]

by Hanh Kim Quach

April 22, 2005

Reagan, Wilson got more from moneyed, and some lawmakers and activists want the rich to do more to ease the state's deficit.

With the state entering its fourth straight year of large projected deficits, one proposed solution has re-emerged: Tax the rich - more and more. The idea is not new. Former Republican governors Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson did it in the 1960s and 1990s. Why can't we do it now, some Democrats ask. Their proposals:

MSNBC

April 21, 2005

Stage set for clash with Senate; Bush wants energy bill by summer

The House voted late Wednesday to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge. The bill's sponsors said oil from Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as much as a million barrels a day, will be needed to help curtail the country's growing dependence on oil imports.

Drivers

by PDE Publications Inc.

April 14, 2005

High gasoline prices have been a fact of life in Europe for decades, but auto-dependent North Americans have had soft easy times. Now the other shoe is falling, and it's personal.

Cheap gas prices lured us into gas-guzzling hummers, fuel hungry SUVs and bigger, more powerful family cars. Some can afford this, and higher gas prices will probably not affect them much, but most of us will feel the crunch, and if it keeps up, it will affect our lifestyles. It may even seriously damage the national economy.

The Seattle Times (WA)

by Lornet Turnbull

April 6, 2005

If you travel to the Caribbean, Mexico or even Canada, the federal government soon will require that you have a valid passport to get back home. For the first time, Canadian's will need a passport to travel south.

Aimed at further reinforcing the U.S. perimeter against terrorist threats, the new rules for air, land and sea travel, announced yesterday by the departments of State and Homeland Security, will be phased in over two years between December 2005 and December 2007. The impact of these changes could be especially strong in the Pacific Northwest, just south of Canada's British Columbia, site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Reason Magazine

by Greg Beato

April 5, 2005

Why corporate reformers are ignoring the real revolution in education.

Would-be reformers continue to give generously to a public school system they routinely condemn as inefficient, dysfunctional, and hopelessly obsolete. A survey of Fortune 500 companies found that teaching employees "basic skills" accounted for 17 percent of their training costs in 2002.

      
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