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Issue 155 * March 13, 1997

The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz Ridenour, President
300 Eye Street N.E. Suite 3 * Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 543-4110 * Fax (202) 543-5975
E-Mail: [email protected]
Web: http://www.nationalcenter.org


Strategy Lunch: Activities at the March 5 Wednesday Strategy Lunch chaired by Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation and Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK).

Jenkins Describes Evidence of Fraud in Louisiana Senate Race
& Progress of U.S. Senate Inquiry

Woody Jenkins, the 1996 Republican candidate for Senate in Louisiana who lost to Mary Landrieu in an election many claim is invalid due to fraud, explained the nature of both the fraud allegations and the U.S. Senate's investigation into it. Jenkins reported that 7,454 illegal votes have now been identified (Landrieu won by 5,700 votes). There are seven different ways so-far identified in which votes were cast illegally, said Jenkins, among them recruiting people off the street for pay and driving them to multiple -- sometimes 10 to 15 -- polling places, where they voted each time. In addition, Jenkins said, 250 city hall employees were forced to work on Landrieu's behalf, causing one, an assistant city attorney, to resign in protest, and corporate contributions were illegally used. Responding to fraud allegations, the Senate seated Mary Landrieu without prejudice, which means that, should the Senate investigation confirm that the election was fraudulently held, a simple majority of Senators can remove Landrieu from the seat. Although the Senate could award the seat to Jenkins, it is more likely that a second election would be held between Landrieu and Jenkins. The Rules Committee investigation is being conducted by two special counsels, one from each party. Jenkins distributed media clips and other information about the fraud allegations and said that the June Reader's Digest will be doing a feature story on the case. Jenkins has filed 3,097 pages of evidence in the case with investigating authorities, and has available a 4-page summary of this evidence. Contact Mark Siefert, Jenkins's attorney, at 202/638-6400, or Woody Jenkins at the Jenkins for Senate Recount Fund at 504/923-1700 or [email protected]. News articles, the evidence summary and other information about the case are also available at http://www.jenkins96.comhttp://www.jenkins96.com/.

Clinton Administration Has It Wrong on Drugs, Says Group

Major Andy Messing (USA-Ret.) of the National Defense Council Foundation explained to participants why the President's decision to decertify Columbia while certifying Mexico as partners in the war on drugs is self-defeating for U.S. drug policy. Contact Major Messing at 703/836-3443.

Congressman Seeks to End Tax Red Tape Caused by NAFTA

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) described HR 722, the Small Business Tax Payment Relief Act, intended to provide paperwork relief to taxpayers by making optional the soon-to-be-mandatory (due to NAFTA) electronic filing of tax payments. Contact staffer Christa Winter at 202/225-5816.

House & Senate to Vote Again on Fate of the Nearly Born;
Feingold Reverses Himself

Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI), Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) and Mike Schwartz of the House Family Caucus discussed plans for a vote on banning partial birth abortions in both the House and Senate during March. Neumann also discussed a Senate debate between Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Rick Santorum (R-PA) in which Feingold staked out an extraordinarily radical position on partial birth abortions. Feingold now says he didn't mean it, said Neumann, who noted that a recall petition against Feingold is being circulated in Wisconsin on this issue. Contact Rep. Neumann at 202/225-3031 or [email protected], Rep. Istook at 202/225-2132 or [email protected] or Mike Schwartz at 202/225-2701.

Environmental Policy Task Force: Activities at the March 3
Environmental Policy Task Force meeting, Part II,
chaired by David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research (202/543-4110).

Small Communities Ask to Resume Traditional Whaling Practices

Ms. Shigeko Misaki of the Institute for Cetacean Research delivered a presentation on how the 1982 International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium on whaling has adversely affected four Japanese whaling communities which have depended on whaling since 400-500 AD. The IWC will soon be holding a meeting in Japan to discuss reinstating permission for whaling by small communities using small vessel whaling ships, and U.S. support for the Japanese position is sought. Contact Steve Boyton at 703/281-0207.

United Nations Erroneous Debt Act Would Prohibit
Payments to UN Until Past Payments Are Credited

Jim Sheehan of the Competitve Enterprise institute discussed CEI's participation in a March 3 press conference with the American Sovereignty Action Project and Americans for Tax Reform, among others, to discuss Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's new "United Nations Erroneous Debt Act." The bill, which has over 45 original co-sponsors, would prohibit any payment to the United Nations of any contribution until U.S. overpayments to the UN are either reimbursed or properly credited as U.S. contributions. Contact Jim Sheehan at 202/331-1010 or info@cei-org (http://www.cei.org), Jim Backlin/Rep. Bartlett at 202/225-2721 or the American Sovereignty Action Project at 703/352-4788 (http://www.citizensunited.org/cu/asap).

New Paper Analyzes Regulatory Reform Experiences of 104th Congress

David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research distributed copies of his organization's new paper, National Policy Analysis #160, "Regulatory Relief Initiatives of the 104th Congress." The paper, adapted from articles in The National Center's Relief Report newsletter during the 104th Congress, provides a chronological exploration of how the GOP attempted to reform federal regulations run amuck, and where, in many cases, they failed. Contact David Ridenour at 202/543-4110 or [email protected] (paper is available at http://www.nationalcenter.org/npa160.html).

Bulletin Board: Publications, activities, statements
and plans of the conservative community.

Community Service Groups & Private Schools Sought
for Study on How Gov't Affects Their Work

The National Center for Public Policy Research is documenting how government at all levels affects the work of community service organizations throughout the United States. Private schools are also being interviewed to discover the adverse and positive affects government has on them. The results of this study will be sent to policymakers in an attempt to help them improve the way government works with voluntary organizations. It will also be sent to the media, posted on the Internet and sent to the philanthropic community in the hope that successful community service organizations and schools will benefit from increased support. Recommendations for participants in this study, which consists largely of a telephone interview and fax survey, are sought. Contact Telly Lovelace at 202/543-4110 or [email protected].

New Conservative Internet Search Engine Saves Time
During Internet Searches for the Conservative Point-of-View

Aware that traditional internet search engines typically bring back so much information it is difficult to sort through it all, yet site-specific search engines tend to bring back information only from one particular site, the web site of the Michael Reagan Talk Show has a developed a conservative internet search engine. Billed as the "only exclusively conservative" multi-site search engine on the web, the Conservative Net search engine makes documents available from 85 conservative web sites by keyword/topic, reducing research time dramatically for anyone who swiftly wants the conservative perspective on any topic of the day. Visit the Conservative Net search engine at http://www.ConservativeNet.com. *

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