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President Bush Denies Hope to North Carolinians

Republicans Oppose Promising Stem Cell Legislation

Today, with one stroke of his veto pen, President Bush denied hope to North Carolinians and millions of other Americans by vetoing critical legislation to expand federal funding of stem cells.

Respected scientists have confirmed that embryonic stem cell research holds the most promise of helping to cure debilitating diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and Parkinson’s. Yet, the President and Bush Republicans in Congress are determined to put their ideology above compassion for Americans who are suffering.

Cheney Flunks High School Civics

Vice President Exempts His Office from the Requirements for Protecting Classified Information

Vice President Exempts His Office from the Requirements for Protecting Classified Information

Washington, D.C. — The Oversight Committee has learned that over the objections of the National Archives, Vice President Cheney exempted his office from the presidential order that establishes government-wide procedures for safeguarding classified national security information. The Vice President asserts that his office is not an “entity within the executive branch.”

Making America Less Secure: The President's Middle East Policy

Bush is Making America Less Secure

The Administration's Middle East policy is Creating More Terrorist Havens

As a result of the Bush Administration's ineffective Middle East policies, America is less secure. The nation's 16 intelligence agencies concluded that Iraq has become a "cause celebre" for Jihadists. On the Afghan/Pakistan border Al Qaeda continues to operate with impunity. In Lebanon, an Al Qaeda inspired extremist group that includes many fighters who learned their trade by attacking American troops in Iraq, are now in a battle with Lebanese forces. And now, thanks in part to the lack of American leadership or engagement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gaza is under the control of Hamas. Rather than keeping America secure, the Administration's policies have contributed significantly to chaos in the region and sparked terrorist activities where none previously exist.

Why Doesn’t Republican State Auditor Les Merritt Want People to Vote?

State Auditor Les Merritt is politicizing his public office for partisan gain, following the national Republican playbook of deception and incompetence.

Merritt stalled last week the passage of legislation that would make it easier to vote. It allows voters to register up to three days before Election Day, down from 25 days under existing law.

Citing a flawed preliminary report, Merritt asked for a delay on the same day that a state Senate committee was poised to take up the bill.

Merritt also used an analysis similar to that employed by the Republican-led federal justice department, the same agency that urged North Carolina to prematurely scrub qualified voters from the rolls.

Feds on Wrong Side of Election Law

GOP errors disenfranchise legitimate voters

By Scott Mooneyham

You'd think the U.S. Justice Department had more important worries, bosses to save or court cases to lose. But unfazed by public humiliation or courtroom defeats, the federal agency apparently has chosen North Carolina as the latest state to harass regarding how it maintains voter registration rolls.

The Justice Department sent a letter to state election officials in the spring implying that they are failing to properly purge registration lists of ineligible voters.

The letter stated that voter registration in some North Carolina counties exceeds the voting-age population.

To be fair, federal laws enacted in the aftermath of the 2000 election debacle require states to periodically review voter registration rolls and make "a reasonable effort to remove the names of ineligible voters."

But those same laws make clear that state election officials may not remove voters who have changed residence unless the voters have failed to vote in the last two federal elections and haven't responded to written notification.

The Help America Vote Act and National Voter Registration Act also provide no guidance on how states are expected to match databases to remove deceased voters or convicted felons.

The federal laws avoid such specificity for good reason.

According to liberal-leaning Project Vote, studies have found that even well-intended database matching efforts resulted in error rates between 20 and 32 percent. Those errors disenfranchise legitimate voters.

McIntyre Votes To Honor Veterans, Strengthen Our Military

U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre today voted to strengthen our military and provide an historic new commitment of resources for America's veterans.

The Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill was approved and includes record-funding for veterans' health care, support for military facilities and new measures to hold the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs accountable.

"America's veterans are our heroes, and we must honor them with both our words and our deeds," said Congressman McIntyre. "I am pleased to support legislation that will finally ensure our veterans have the resources and benefits they have earned and help improve facilities like the Fayetteville VA Hospital and local veterans' clinics."

Where is Liddy on the Issues?

Dole Rejected Minimum Wage Hike Three Times. Dole voted three times against raising the minimum wage. Because of the lack of action by a Republican Congress, the real value of the minimum wage fell to a 51-year low. [Vote 179, 6/21/06; Vote 26, 3/7/05; Vote 257, 10/19/05]

Dole Voted to Keep Tax Incentives for Offshore Companies. In 2005, Dole voted against an amendment that would repeal tax incentives for domestic companies that move their manufacturing plants to offshore locations and use the resulting revenue to reduce the federal deficit and debt by $3.2 billion from 2006 to 2010. [Vote 63, 3/17/05]


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