News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush - Part I b
Republicans Favor Wealthy Special Interests
Pt. I b BUSH'S CONGRESS
NEO-CONSERVATIVES' ULTIMATE GOAL
RIGGING ELECTIONS
------ Reforms needed
-- Corrupt Redistricting
---- Texas
---- Colorado
---- Pennsylvania
-- Rigged E-Voting?
---- Diebold For Bush
-- Delayed Disclosures
RAW POWER TACTICS
-- Bullying to Win
---- Threatening Dems
---- Bribing Republican
-- Excluding Democrats
---- 11th-Hour Bills
---- 1-Vote Victories
LOOTING the FUTURE
-- Driving Up Deficit
-- Extra Pork in Bills
-- $87 bill. Blank Check
BAD BILLS
-- Energy Bill
-- Medicare Bill
-- Spending Bill
WHO BENEFITS?
-- Wealthy Interests
-- Cheney's Cronies
-- Bush Camp'n Donors
-- Gun Lobby
WHAT ARE WE LOSING?
-- Privacy Rules
-- Academic Freedom
---- at the U. of Wash.
-- States' Rights on..
---- Air Quality
---- Antispam Rules
---- ID Protection
---- Gay Marriage
---- Scholarships
STATES FIGHT BACK
-- Brandeis's Support

'Under the phony banner of "tort reform," this act is a legislative gift to wealthy special interests'
 
 

New York Times
October 22, 2003

Class-Action Showdown

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Labels can be deceiving. A pressing case in point is the so-called Class Action Fairness Act, scheduled for a crucial vote today in the Senate.

Under the phony banner of "tort reform," this act is a legislative gift to wealthy special interests. It would make it harder for Americans to win redress in court for corporate violations of state civil rights, health, consumer and environmental protection laws. ...

 
 

The complete article may be purchased online from the New York Times archives at-- http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50813F6345A0C718EDDA90994DB404482

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New York Times
October 22, 2003    
Bill Changing Class-Action Law Appears Dead for Now
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
 
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 — Senate Democrats won a victory over President Bush and their Republican colleagues today, blocking a measure backed by business interests to push certain class-action lawsuits out of state courts and into the federal judiciary.

The measure's backers rounded up 59 votes, but they fell one vote short of the number needed to end a Democratic filibuster against the bill, which is dead at least for the time being. ...

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