Apr 30 07 · culture, politics

Democratic Hopeful- Or Just Plain Hype? (1)

Until the first Democratic presidential debate here on Thursday night, former senator Mike Gravel campaigned in almost total obscurity since becoming the first Democrat to declare more than a year ago, in April 2006.

“Gravel’s campaign is based primarily on his ardent support for direct democracy (The National Initiative), but also emphasizes his support for a national sales tax and abolition of the IRS, immediate withdrawal from the war in Iraq, and a single-payer national health care system, and term limits during his campaign.” -wikipedia

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Apr 13 07 · news, politics, scientific

Stem Cell Bill Approved by Senate (0)

A stubborn Senate voted Wednesday to ease restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, ignoring President Bush’s threat of a second veto on legislation designed to lead to new medical treatments. The 63-34 vote was shy of the margin that would be needed to enact the measure over presidential opposition, despite gains made by supporters in last fall’s elections.

The House, which passed similar legislation earlier in the year, is expected to adopt the Senate’s version in the next several weeks for Bush’s veto.
The Senate’s action marked the latest act in a drama that blends science and politics on an issue that affects millions of disease sufferers and their families.

At least if Bush veto’s this bill again, he won’t have the opportunity to veto it a third time. Sucks to be him. Peter Kiernan, head of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation was quoted, “The one thing we know is we will outlast him.”

I for one, will be glad to see an end to the veto Nazi’s reign.

Apr 07 07 · culture, politics

How much is too much? (0)

U.S. presidential candidates have announced their record-breaking fundraising results for the first three months of a longer-than-usual campaign. The totals point to what many expect will be the first-ever billion-dollar election.

Republicans and Democrats reported over the last week that they had raised more than $120 million, and two Democratic candidates, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, raised more than $50 million between them.

While the figures are astounding, the mostly private campaign finance system currently in place virtually demands that candidates raise vast amounts early and never let up.

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