ARCHIVE – 2002

Project 21 Release: Congress Passes Environmental Legislation to Benefit Blighted Inner-City Communities – December 2001

Congressional approval of and White House support for legislation that will help clean up areas of urban blight is being hailed by members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 as an environmental achievement that will benefit inner-city minorities. On December 20, both chambers of Congress passed legislation to raise ...
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Political Money Monitor: campaign finance reforms opposed, edited by David Almasi

This past election was the first in Arizona to be conducted under the Clean Elections Act. A ballot initiative passed in 1998, the Act provides public funding for candidates. Attorney Clint Bolick contends the new guidelines "proved to be anything but clean or divested of special interest pressures." Bolick wrote ...
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Conservative African-American Group Project 21 Addresses Lott-Thurmond Controversy

Press Release /
Members of the conservative African-American leadership network Project 21 are dismayed by recent remarks by incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). At a December 5 100th birthday celebration for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC), Lott said: "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Conservative African-American Group Project 21 Addresses Lott-Thurmond Controversy – December 2002

Press Release /
Members of the conservative African-American leadership network Project 21 are dismayed by recent remarks by incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). At a December 5 100th birthday celebration for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC), Lott said: "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for ...
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Organized Labor’s Campaign Against Wal-Mart: No Altruism Here, by Amy Ridenour

National Policy Analysis #443 /
A group calling itself People's Campaign for Justice at Wal-Mart -- no doubt armed with battering rams, maces and other 14th-century accoutrements of war -- is preparing to lay siege to some of the huge retailer's 3,200 stores around the country. Sounds like a group of idealistic students faulting Wal-Mart ...
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Government “Scrooge” Ruining Breast Cancer Victim’s Christmas, by Christopher Burger

National Policy Analysis #444 /
The Ebenezer Scrooge of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol was a wealthy, mean-spirited man who lacked Christmas cheer. He was so consumed with his business that he failed to understand the importance of spreading good cheer and compassion. As every schoolchild should know, after visits from the ghosts of Christmases ...
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The Fairness Doctrine: Dead, and Justly So, by Amy Ridenour

National Policy Analysis #445 /
The Fairness Doctrine isn't fair and doesn't work. Furthermore, it most likely is unconstitutional. Sure, the Fairness Doctrine, which until its 1987 repeal required radio and television broadcasters to cover controversial issues with balancing views, sounds good. So those who want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reinstate it ask: ...
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Be Aware of Scams Like the Nigerian Connection, by David Almasi

New Visions Commentary /
 E-mail is a wonderful thing. These days, it's more efficient and reliable than the Post Office, and it's virtually free. I find it useful for keeping in touch with people I might not otherwise have the time to talk to and helpful for confirming details that sometimes seem too insignificant ...
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It’s OK to Talk Trash at the “Barbershop,” by Kimberley Jane Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
Even though the appeal of the "Barbershop" cannot be denied, controversy has a way of enhancing something's popularity. "Barbershop" first gained notoriety this past fall because Jesse Jackson demanded scenes he considered offensive be cut from the film and DVD. The DCD comes out on New Year's Day, and the ...
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Trent Lott Does Black Conservatives a Tremendous Disservice, by Ak’bar Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
At a 100th birthday celebration for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC), designated Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) praised the centenarian's 1948 presidential campaign. Praise of Thurmond is permissible, but not the basis of the man's campaign. Lott's misguided honor brings his leadership into question. Then-governor Thurmond ran as a ...
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Blacks Must Add Missing Ingredients to the American Melting Pot, by B.B. Robinson

New Visions Commentary /
On a recent visit to Stockholm, Sweden, I took a daylong bus trip for tourists. It featured some of the most important historical and cultural sites the nation had to offer. It also made me think about what may be lacking in America, particularly among African-Americans. My tour guide, who ...
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Senator Tom Daschle Should Praise, Not Attack, Talk Radio Hosts and America’s Diverse Media

Press Release /
Responding to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's November 20 statements claiming "Rush Limbaugh and all of the Rush Limbaugh wannabees" are responsible for violence and threats of violence, Amy Ridenour, President of The National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, made the following response: "Public officials that believes that ...
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New Study Says Minorities and Poor Harmed by Anti-Sprawl Policies

Press Release /
Policies to combat sprawl penalize minorities, the poor, urban families and the young, says a new econometrics report being released at a November 21 Washington policy conference by the Center for Environmental Justice of The National Center for Public Policy Research. Moreover, such policies do not generate the expected environmental ...
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Environmental Justice Study to Be Released November 21

Press Release /
A new econometrics report will be released at a November 21 Washington policy conference by the Center for Environmental Justice of The National Center for Public Policy Research. The study, "Smart Growth and Its Effects on Housing Markets" examined this question: if cities nationwide had adopted "smart growth" policies like ...
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Democrats: No Vision Means No Majority, by Amy Ridenour

National Policy Analysis #442 /
It is ironic. The Democrats lost their majority in the U.S. Senate because they haven't learned how to be a minority. If that seems senseless, consider: out-of-power political parties -- as the Democrats, holding but one House of Congress, surely were before Election Day -- rise or fall on the ...
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Trial Lawyers and Fear-Mongering Put Real Victims At Risk in Asbestos Cases, by Kevin Martin

New Visions Commentary /
Today's burning question: You discover you are inhaling between 10,000 and 15,000 fibers of asbestos per day. Should you: a) head for the nearest emergency room, b) call your physician and schedule a checkup, 3) purchase a gas mask to wear outdoors, d) go about your business as usual. Given ...
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Stoning Death Sentence Creates a Nigerian Nightmare, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
Amina Lawal is going to die. Amina is the 30-year-old Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning. Her unforgivable "crime" was to have a baby out of wedlock. Her lawyers hint the pregnancy may be the result of a rape, but the baby's father faces no rape or adultery charges ...
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At First Ford Failed – But Try, Try Again for the Sake of Black America, by Ak’Bar Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
After his party's defeat in the 2002 elections, Democratic House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (MO) resigned his congressional leadership post. A more liberal colleague - Nancy Pelosi (CA) - succeeded him, but not without a challenge from Harold Ford, Jr. (TN). Ford, an African-American, represents a new breed of politician ...
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Smart Growth Tosses a White Hood Over Black Homeownership, by Kevin Martin

New Visions Commentary /
When one imagines liberal environmental activists, the stereotype is one of tie-dyed followers of the Grateful Dead. These days, environmental activism is big business. Well-paid heads of green groups more likely choose Bruno Maglis over Birkenstocks. But some of the policies they promote hurt minorities, and lead you to expect ...
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League of Conservation Voters Makes Traditional Misleading Attack on Republicans; Promotes Democratic Party Candidates, by Tom Randall

Ten Second Response /
BACKGROUND: The League of Conservation Voters has once again issued its environmental scorecard and list of "dirty dozen" candidates targeted for defeat in the November 5 election. As usual, the scorecard's selection of issues and phraseology seems designed to promote Democrats and denigrate Republicans. TEN SECOND RESPONSE: The LCV's interest ...
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