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Issue 143 * October 31, 1996

The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz Ridenour, President
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Bulletin Board: Publications, press releases, statements and plans of the conservative community.

Secret Clinton Administration Memo Detailing Plans for
New Gas and Auto Taxes Released

U.S. House Republican Conference Committee Chairman Rep. John Boehner of Ohio has just released the contents of a leaked Environmental Protection Agency memo detailing a secret Clinton Administration plan for a 50-cent-per-gallon increase in the gasoline tax, a host of new energy taxes including resurrection of President Clinton's repudiated 1993 BTU tax, tighter motor vehicle emissions standards, a new $40 federal free for automobile emissions tests and a plan for "full pricing of roads" that would alone cost motorists, Boehner says, as much as $400 per year. Boehner called the memo proof of "a secret Clinton Administration plan for war on the family car," saying it was "a rewrite of Vice President Al Gore's Earth in the Balance, a radical, extremist approach which would put most working Americans on bicycles." The Republican Conference Committee has copies of the 45-page memorandum available in their offices for inspection. Media contact Terry Holt or Paula Nowakowski at 202/225-5107.

Reagan Listeners Select "Freshman Hall of Fame";
Reagan Says "Eastern Establishment of the Republican
Party" has Run Away from Freshmen

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Michael Reagan on October 31 announced a "Freshman Hall of Fame" for the 104th Congress, selected by his listeners. "The accomplishments of the first conservative Congress in 40 years deserve more attention than they've gotten, and perhaps this Hall of Fame will help them get that attention," Reagan said. "The Eastern establishment of the Republican Party has run away from what these hard working Americans tried to accomplished. That's the most important reason Bob Dole lacks enthusiastic grassroots support." Inductees to the Hall of Fame were nominated and elected via Reagan's Internet site at The following are the Members of Congress nominated and elected to the Hall of Fame by Reagan's listeners during the past seven weeks: J.C. Watts, Oklahoma; Linda Smith, Washington; Steve Stockman, Texas; Helen Chenoweth, Idaho; Randy Tate, Washington; J.D. Hayworth, Arizona; George Nethercutt, Washington. The Michael Reagan Radio Talk Show, syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, Inc., is heard daily on more than 125 radio stations. Contact: Paul Wilkinson at 818/380-6827 or [email protected]



Wednesday Strategy Lunch: Activities at the October 30, 24 and 16 Wednesday Strategy Lunches chaired by Paul Weyrich and Dick Dingman of the Free Congress Foundation.

GOP Senatorial Committee Calls
Twelve Senate Races "Dead Heats"

Chris Greer of the National Republican Senatorial Committee reviewed Senate races across the United States based on both internal and public polls at the October 30, 24 and 16 meetings. His October 30 analysis included the following: the GOP Senate candidate was behind by 10 points or more in four states (DE, MI, RI, and WV) and ahead beyond the margin of error in seven states (CO, WY, AL, KS, AR, NC, ME). His "dead heat" states included New Jersey (where, he noted, a sizeable number of voters are still undecided), Massachusetts, Nebraska, Georgia (he noted that the establishment media expects the Democrat to win), Louisiana (Morton Blackwell noted that the New Orleans Times-Picayne has a new poll they have refused to release which, rumor has it, shows Republican Woody Jenkins up by one point. Blackwell also related that the campaign has gotten nasty, with the Democrat running ads on black radio stations accusing Jenkins of running cocaine into black neighborhoods), South Dakota and New Hampshire (Greer noted that neither GOP incumbent in these two states was polling over 50%), Oregon, Illinois (Greer said Democrat Dick Durbin is up 5-7 points but has never polled over 50%, and that turnout would probably determine the race), Montana (Greer said the race had tightened from a 15 point lead for Democrat Max Baucus but said the race had tightened to 5-7 points in the last week, with Baucus polling less than 50%), Minnesota (Greer said the Democrat incumbent Paul Wellstone is leading former Republican Senator Rudy Boschwitz by 5-7 points), and Iowa. Greer declined to make an overall prediction about the makeup of the Senate following the election but others present predicted the Senate would go 55 Republican, 45 Democrat. Contact Chris Greer at 202/675-6033.

Republican Congressional Committee
Sees Movement in GOP's Direction

Doug Fahry of the National Republican Congressional Committee reviewed key House races across the United States based on both internal and public polls at the October 30, 24 and 16 meetings. His October 30 analysis included the following: in thirty House races identified as key, NRCC analysts were seeing movement in the GOP's direction. He listed touched on several extremely close races involving GOP freshmen in which he thinks the GOP will win: Bill Baker (CA), Andrea Seastrand (CA), Dick Chrysler (MI), Dan Frisa (NY), Fred Heineman (NC), Martin Hoke (OH), Frank Cremeans (OH), Jim Bunn (OR), Helen Chenoweth (ID) (Fahry noted that Chenoweth, once thought to be in trouble, is not ahead 5-7 points), and J.C. Heyward (AZ). Fahry also said that the GOP is optimistic about winning all the Washington state Congressional races featuring GOP incumbents. He also reported that poll numbers for embattled incumbent Steve Stockman of Texas were "all over the map" but that there is a chance Stockman could "win outright" on election day (due to redistricting, Congressional candidates in Texas must win 50% on election day or a runoff election will be head featuring the two highest vote-getters). Contact Doug Fahry at 202/479-7065.

Prediction: Future Candidates Will Need a
Social Security Reform Plan: Voter Guide
for Seniors Distributed

Gordon Jones of the Seniors Coalition distributed an opinion piece he wrote for the October 25 Washington Times saying, in part: "Prediction: This is the last election where a candidate will be able to run for national office without a plan to revamp the Social Security system." The article goes on to look at the alternatives Congress considered when it created Social Security in 1935, Social Security's long-term insolvency under the present system, and various proposal for reform. Jones also distributed copies of the Seniors Coalition's 58-page Take a Stand: 1996 Congressional Voting Guide. Contact Gordon Jones at 703/591-0663.

ATF Says Alcohol Labels Must Reveal
Only Bad News; Group Files Suit

Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute distributed a press release about a lawsuit CEI and Consumer Alert filed October 29 against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to "force the agency to stop forbidding truthful statements about the medical benefits of moderate consumption on alcohol labels and in advertising." Federal dietary guidelines released in 1996 say that "Current evidence suggests that moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk for coronary heart disease for some individuals." Lewis also distributed an October 25 Washington Times op/ed by CEI's regulatory fellow, Clyde Wayne Crews on the best way to bring runaway federal regulations under the control of the American people. Contact Marlo Lewis at 202/331-1010.

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