Monday, June 24, 1996

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  • Congressional Update

    In November, 1994, Democrats in Congress were rudely awakened when, by the slimmest of margins, voters tossed incumbents out and the Democratic Party lost control of the House of Representatives after decades as the majority. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was largely credited as the architect of that GOP victory; he galvanized Republican candidates through a clever tool called the Contract with America — a ten point conservative platform. Never mind that most voters didn’t know what the contract stood for (and still don’t), but the Contract set the agenda for the 104th Congress. Now, Congressional Democrats, weary of their brief minority status, have unveiled a new "Families First" campaign, a 21-point agenda they hope will galvanize Americans to return the reins of the Capitol to Democratic hands. The Democrats refuse to be outmaneuvered in 1996 — they’re going on the offensive with a well produced, orchestrated multimedia strategy to win back the hearts and minds of American voters.

  • Congressional Update, part 2

    As Democrats including President Clinton and members of Congress try to project a moderate image to attract so-called mainstream voters, some in the electorate are confused about where the two parties actually differ and question if it even matters whether Democrats or Republicans are at the helm. But Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says the differences between the two major parties are stark. At a major Republican fundraiser in Washington earlier this month, Gingrich predicted a tough battle this fall and told the audience what he thinks the 1996 elections are all about.

  • Representative Patricia Schroeder is Retiring

    THIS YEAR, THE DEAN OF WOMEN IN CONGRESS IS RETIRING. 12 TERM DEMOCRAT OF COLORADO, REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA SCHROEDER has decided to leave Congress after 24 years as one of the leading political voices for women in the U.S. Last week, supporters of Congresswoman Schroeder gathered to celebrate her career at a roast. Among the guests: comedienne Nora Dunn who imitated Pat Schroeder on Saturday Night Live.

  • The Sierra Club

    THE SIERRA CLUB has a new president: 23-year old Adam Werbach. His selection indicates that the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization recognizes that recruiting, educating and organizing young people are the key to the environmental movement’s success.