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Posted by Diane Farsetta on July 28, 2004

"Citizens for a Sound Economy and Empower America have merged to form FreedomWorks, a grass-roots advocacy and political group to bolster their fight for 'lower taxes, less government and more economic freedom,'" reports Judy Sarasohn.

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on July 27, 2004

Ohio's concealed carry law allows "only the media to find out the names of those obtaining such permits" for weapons.

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on July 25, 2004

"Fear has increased in every newsroom in America," said CBS's Dan Rather during a discussion of "The Press and the Election" at Harvard University. That's fear of "a torrent of e-mails and phone calls" complaining about media coverage of controversial issues. Rather said journalists might think, "when you run this story, you're asking for trouble. ...

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on July 24, 2004

"All PR people pitch stories to reporters, but Fox is unusually forceful ... and active in letting reporters know when it is unhappy," writes Alex Ben Block.

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on July 21, 2004

"On Saturday, [Republican] convention officials will begin a highly organized nationwide campaign to get volunteers to donate blood, feed the hungry and operate community health fairs. Initially, it will be part of a broader effort to draw attention away from the Democratic National Convention.

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Posted by Sheldon Rampton on July 17, 2004

Ken Grubbs has been fired as director of the conservative National Journalism Center after he wrote a piece criticizing the Washington Times and its founder, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on July 16, 2004

Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed's public affairs firm Century Strategies "has raked in millions of dollars by mounting grassroots lobbying drives" for corporations, Republicans and "controversial lobbyists." Reed is also the

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on July 10, 2004

GOP pollster Frank Luntz's advice against 1998 rookie Senate candidate John Edwards - "it's almost impossible to go too far when it comes to demonizing lawyers" - wasn't successful, but Luntz remains influential. Molly Ivins writes that Luntz is now focusing on women undecided voters.

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on July 01, 2004

"That's not very wise ... People are aware that this has happened. It's going to be treated seriously," warned GOP strategist Grover Norquist, incensed that biotech company Amgen hired a former senior Al Gore aide to lobby for them.

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Posted by Sheldon Rampton on June 30, 2004

The former head of a GOP Marketplace, a Republican consulting group, has pleaded guilty to jamming get-out-the-vote efforts on election day in New Hampshire two years ago. The company used computer-generated phone calls to flood phone lines that were set up so voters could call for rides to the polls.

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