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  • Rally for Campaign Finance Reform
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    Rally for Campaign Finance Reform

    Campaign finance reform activists held a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court building as justices were hearing oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC. The case concerns the aggregate…

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  • Annual Toy Hazard Report
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    Annual Toy Hazard Report

    Mr. Mierzwinski spoke about toy product safety issues, hazards to children, recent toy recalls due to lead paint and other hazards, and sources for information on toys in the holiday…

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  • Energy Prices
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    Energy Prices

    Representatives of environmental interest groups talked to reporters about energy and petroleum companies policies, recent spikes in gasoline prices, the levels of corporate profits, and…

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  • Campaign Spending Limits
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    Campaign Spending Limits

    Participants talked to students about campaign finance laws, regulation of political campaign spending, placing further limits on campaign spending, and potential reform of campaign laws.…

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  • State Consumer Protection Laws
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    State Consumer Protection Laws

    Experts talked about differences between federal and state consumer protection laws and the efforts by lobbyists to have stronger state laws replaced by weaker uniform federal rules. Ms.…

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  • Consumer Rights in Mandatory Arbitration
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    Consumer Rights in Mandatory Arbitration

    A coalition of consumer groups talked about their new education campaign in their fight to allow consumers to file lawsuits or join class action lawsuits against corporations instead of…

    219 views
  • Identity Theft
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    Identity Theft

    A panel discussed what states are doing to combat identity theft. The instances of identify theft are increasing greatly and the victims are severely affected. Main factors in allowing…

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  • Energy Conference Report
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    Energy Conference Report

    Environmental and consumer advocates talked about the health impact of the Energy Conference Report that is still in conference committee. They criticized pork barrel spending in the…

    46 views
  • Oil Refineries and Community Risk Report
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    Oil Refineries and Community Risk Report

    The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a report stating that oil refineries and other industrial chemical facilities put communities at unnecessary risk by failing to take…

    51 views
  • Cable Television Deregulation
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    Cable Television Deregulation

    Participants spoke to reporters about a report charging the cable industry with monopolistic policies and price gouging. They also talked about the failure of cable deregulation and the…

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  • Environmental Policy
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    Environmental Policy

    On Earth Day, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group announced a report critical of the Bush administration’s environmental policy. Leaders of national organizations spoke briefly about…

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  • Renewable Energy and the Economy
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    Renewable Energy and the Economy

    Ms. Morrison and Ms. Aurilio spoke to reporters about successful state programs using renewable power sources and the potential impact on the economy. Following their remarks they answered…

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  • Prescription Drug Programs
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    Prescription Drug Programs

    The officials talked about state attempts to lower the cost of prescription drugs, including the court proceedings and legislative efforts that were underway. Following prepared remarks,…

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  • Role of Money in the 2002 Elections
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    Role of Money in the 2002 Elections

    The panelists talked about the impact of money on the 2002 elections, including the role money plays in determining who runs for office and who wins elections. The two former candidates,…

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  • Financing Primary Elections
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    Financing Primary Elections

    Participants talked about a recent report on the role of big money in the 2002 primary elections. The report examined which candidates raised significant amounts of money and the sources of…

    30 views
  • Air Quality
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    Air Quality

    Participants talked to reporters about a study on air quality in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The study looked at ozone depletion, air pollution, and affects on health. It found…

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  • Water Pollution
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    Water Pollution

    Mr. Caplan talked about water quality, a report on pollution, enforcing the clean water act, and the Bush administration on the environment. Following his remarks he answered questions from…

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  • Dangerous Toys Report
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    Dangerous Toys Report

    Officials released the 12th annual report on dangerous toys before the holiday season. The list includes 18 dangerous toys, most of which could choke small children with small parts. They…

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  • Vulnerability to Toxic Chemical Accidents
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    Vulnerability to Toxic Chemical Accidents

    Participants talked to reporters about the group’s study released today which ranks the chemical accident risks for hundreds of cities and counties. It also evaluates current chemical…

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  • Dangerous Toys and Improvements
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    Dangerous Toys and Improvements

    Ms. Sikes discussed the results of the annual study of dangerous toys on the American market.

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