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Posted: 4/18/2006 1:15:47 PM EST


GOA has been tracking other federal bills for you this year, but unfortunately, the progress report is not as good:

* FREE SPEECH RESTRICTIONS. On April 5, the House of Representatives narrowly passed HR 513 -- a bill that will regulate "527 organizations" like the Swift Boat Veterans as severely as the most heavily regulated political groups in the country. If enacted, HR 513 could effectively eliminate organizations like the Swift Boat Veterans. The final tally in the House was 218-209. The bill is now in the Senate.

* FREE SPEECH PROTECTIONS. In March, GOA alerted you to legislation that was introduced by Texas Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and Ron Paul. Their bill (HR 1606) was good legislation to exempt the Internet from regulation under federal "electioneering" laws. The House probably had the votes to pass this bill, but it was yanked at the last minute.

When the Federal Election Commission issued favorable regulations last month, House leaders decided that HR 1606 was no longer necessary. This was unfortunate, because a future anti-rights administration could one day reverse the recent FEC ruling and decide to gag bloggers and internet users in such a way that they will be unable to criticize candidates in the days leading up to an election. So, while we're in the clear for now, we'll have to keep watching this issue closely.

* McCAIN'S GAG ACT. GOA has also alerted you to harmful legislation introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ). McCain's bill (S. 2128) is dead, but in typical shell-game fashion, one has to always keep his eye on the "ball." The "ball" in this case is the bill's contents.

The troublesome provisions from McCain's legislation were included in another bill (S. 2349) which passed the Senate in March. The language does several things to limit the free speech rights of Americans who want to lobby their legislators, and it eliminates some of the legislative weapons that U.S. Senators have used in recent years to kill anti-gun bills or to get pro-gun provisions enacted into law.

S. 2349 passed with very few dissenting votes. In fact, the only pro-gun Senators who voted AGAINST the bill were Oklahoma Senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe, and South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and James DeMint. All other normally pro-gun senators voted in favor of this troublesome bill.

Link Posted: 4/18/2006 1:22:27 PM EST
sometimes I wonder if having hillary would be worse than a mccain
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 1:27:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
sometimes I wonder if having hillary would be worse than a mccain



That is like compairing horse poop to cow poop. In the end it is all poop.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 1:29:16 PM EST
Ok, I read it, but what is being limited? I see no specifics.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 3:05:25 PM EST
I just used ever bad phrase i know of, and they still work. Molon Labe my commie friends.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 3:10:31 PM EST
Republicans are the express elevator to hell.

Democrats are the shears that cut the cables on the express elevator.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 3:17:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By staraero:
I just used ever bad phrase i know of, and they still work. Molon Labe my commie friends.




talk the talk

Link Posted: 4/18/2006 4:52:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/19/2006 3:58:38 AM EST by The_Beer_Slayer]

Originally Posted By IceHandLuke:

Originally Posted By staraero:
I just used ever bad phrase i know of, and they still work. Molon Labe my commie friends.




talk the talk



I walk the walk and got a ban on here to prove it. Want me to list the no no's and get this name and ip banned? comments removed. are you trying for number 2?
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 4:57:42 PM EST
Anybody besides me willing to put up cash for an ad that deliberately violates BCRA during the '06 election cycle, and do without guns for a couple of years to life to re-test the law?
Link Posted: 4/19/2006 12:52:34 AM EST
I'm starting to think McCain would be worse, as terrifying as that is!

Think about it: people would support him "because he's a republican and a war hero", and he's basically get to enact more fascism/socialism (it's all the same totalitarianism in the end) encoraching acts than bush has because of it. THe only reason conservative people still give him support is because a) he's a so-called "conservative", and still seen as such by many because they're not paying attention, and b) because he's not a democrat, and c) they voted for him.

Link Posted: 4/19/2006 1:04:29 AM EST
Need......More......Candidates.......
Link Posted: 4/19/2006 1:09:44 AM EST
Well when the pen fails, fall back to a sword.

Link Posted: 4/19/2006 2:48:02 AM EST
The Republicans are Americas savior. You do not understand their political manuevering. Bush will veto all of these bills as he is a true conservative and believes in American Citizens civil rights. You didn't vote for Bush or the other Republicans anyway. If you vote for anyone but a Republican you will destroy this country, you Commie/Socialist/Fascist.
Link Posted: 4/19/2006 3:05:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By Caimlas:
I'm starting to think McCain would be worse, as terrifying as that is!

Think about it: people would support him "because he's a republican and a war hero", and he's basically get to enact more fascism/socialism (it's all the same totalitarianism in the end) encoraching acts than bush has because of it. THe only reason conservative people still give him support is because a) he's a so-called "conservative", and still seen as such by many because they're not paying attention, and b) because he's not a democrat, and c) they voted for him.




john mccain is every bit our enemy that hillary clinton is. make no mistake about it.

don't worry though, maybe a true republican like guiliani will run for pres...

republican/democrat. same game, different name.
Link Posted: 4/19/2006 3:51:38 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/19/2006 3:53:26 AM EST by Voldermortist]

Originally Posted By Dance:
The Republicans are Americas savior. You do not understand their political manuevering. Bush will veto all of these bills as he is a true conservative and believes in American Citizens civil rights. You didn't vote for Bush or the other Republicans anyway. If you vote for anyone but a Republican you will destroy this country, you Commie/Socialist/Fascist.




you're an idiot. Unless of course you're just being sarcastic in which case I agree with you and negate/apologize what I said just previously. I've already left the republican party. Republican party has sunk.
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