Wednesday, June 26, 1996

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  • Campaign Finance Reform

    The Senate yesterday killed the best chance for campaign finance reform before the 1996 elections. In a 54-46 vote, the Senate cut off debate, preventing a vote on the measure. The bill would have set voluntary limits on Senate campaign spending in return for free broadcast time and would have required candidates to get most of their contributions from their home state.

  • Gambling and Campaign Finances

    Money is growing on trees around the Capitol, and an increasing amount of contributions to candidates is coming from one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.–GAMBLING. Center for Public Integrity, one of the leading group in Washington that tracks money and politics, is releasing a new report today that looks at how gambling interests, from riverboats to casinos to race tracks are funneling money into the Presidential and congressional campaigns.

  • Extremist Activity Inside the US Military

    A Congressional committee yesterday held hearings on extremist activity inside the U.S. military.

  • Gay Pride Month

    June is Gay Pride Month — a time when gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people around the country gather together for pride marches, rallies, workshops, prayer services, fundraisers and parties to celebrate their gayness and the political gains the gay community has made since the Stonewall. Our guest this morning, Bruce Bawer has made a lot of enemies in that movement. It all started a few years ago when Bawer, an openly gay writer, published a book called A Place at the Table which called on gays to try to win mainstream acceptance by emphasizing what they have in common with average Americans, as opposed to what makes them different. The book revealed a growing rift between progressives and the emerging conservative presence in the gay community, a presence perhaps best represented by the Log Cabin group of Gay Republicans. Well, Bruce Bawer is at it again. He’s edited a new book called BEYOND QUEER: Challenging the Gay Left Orthodoxy.

  • Gay and Lesbian Movement Strategy

    A DEBATE ON THE STRATEGY OF THE GAY AND LESBIAN MOVEMENT.

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