Common Cause Magazine

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring

1992 in Review: This Was a Great Year for Common Cause Issues
America cannot deal with a host Of domestic problems - too long neglected - until our leaders restore people's faith in the political system. 1992 was a year of great achievement for Common Cause. Congress - after years of hard work by Common Cause...
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Bill's First Day
It was a week of sweeping change: A poignant classified ad in a Capitol Hill newspaper advertised an "Inaugural ball-gown.... Gorgeous! Size 8-10. Worn once." Immediate seating was available at George Bush's favorite Chinese restaurant in suburban...
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In the States: CC Activists Discover the Joys of the Task Force
If recent experiences in Minnesota, Georgia, New Mexico, Kentucky, Virginia and Illinois are any indication, task forces can produce tough - and often successful - legislative reform proposals. Whether brought together by state officials or CC leaders,...
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It's about Time
Here's the good news: You may have more of this precious commodity than you think. It's interesting to watch my husband, the wire service reporter, get ready for work. First, a beeper goes on his belt, so his editor can reach him anywhere. Next...
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Jim Wright's Legacy of Love
Who'd a thunk it: Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, Republican spearcarrier, defending the legacy of the toppled House speaker, Democrat Jim Wright? Oddly enough it was Love that brought them together. Love Field that is, a small Dallas airport that has gotten...
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On the Town with Jonas Savimbi
The well-connected Washington lobbying firm of Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly has seen dictators such as Somalia's Mohamed Siad Barre, the Philippines' late Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire vanish from its client list. So Black, Manafort...
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Potter's Way
Will Trevor Potter give teeth to one of Washington's most toothless watchdogs? Potter is the newest member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the government agency in Washington that's supposed to enforce campaign finance law. Except for...
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Rebuilding the Schoolhouse: Author Jonathan Kozol Talks about Education Reform, Choice and Chelsea's School
Author Jonathan Kozol talks about education reform, choice and Chelsea's school. When Bill and Hillary Clinton announced in early January that their daughter, Chelsea, would be attending an exclusive private school in the nation's capital, they...
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Risky Business: A Decade of Daredevil Finance and Other Games Plays a Hidden Role in the Health Insurance Crisis
Like many small-business proprietors, Jan and Phil Fenty of Washington, D.C., fret constantly about the cost of health insurance. Owners of Fleet Feet, a running shoe and clothing franchise, the Fentys pay dearly to cover themselves and their two full-time...
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Seize the Moment: It's Time for Congress and Clinton to Deliver on Campaign Finance Reform
It's time for Congress and Clinton to deliver on campaign finance reform. Not since the founding days of Common Cause 22 years ago have we witnessed as powerful a public mood for change in Washington as we see now. And not since those early years...
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The Divorce Is Final
From the beginning, the non-profit Points of Light Foundation has fought a perception problem. No matter how hard it has struggled to prove its political independence, folks have always confused it with President Bush. Probably has something to...
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The Players: Behind the Glitter, the Movie Industry Is Just Another Favor-Seeking Special Interest
Behind the glitter, the movie industry is just another favor-seeking special interest. Hollywood has long eyed Washington - the other city of power and illusion - with hungry fascination. As the Clinton administration dawns you can almost hear studio...
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Trading Favors: While Congress Debates Trade Policy, Members Quietly Lift the Barriers for Their Favorite Importers
While Congress debates trade policy, members quietly lift the barriers for their favorite importers. Dark-haired, tanned and dapper, Rep. Mel Levine (D-Calif.) took the House floor in July 1991 and condemned the Bush administration's trade policy...
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