Wednesday, October 28, 1998

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  • CIA State in the Middle East

    Bowing to pressure from his right wing constituency, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced yesterday that he would postpone the ratification of the new Palestinian-Israeli peace accord signed last week until the Palestinians show the United States a plan to combat terrorism. The Palestinian police announced yesterday that they had arrested a suspect for the killing of a Jewish settler shot near Hebron on Monday. Netanyahu blamed his delay in ratifying the agreement on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s failure to submit a working security plan within the established deadline.

  • Clean Money for Clean Elections: State Campaign Finance Reform

    Voters in Massachusetts and Arizona will have an opportunity this November 3 to decide on voter initiatives known as Clean Money, Clean Elections. Thanks to a widespread grass-roots movement in both states, these initiatives could significantly reform campaigns by offering public funds to candidates who establish low limits for personal campaign contributions and disclose their campaign finance activities. The latest polls indicate that both initiatives seem to have strong support from voters.

  • Lift Every Voice and Vote: African American Voter Mobilization

    The Congressional Black Caucus tomorrow kicks off a five-city bus tour to encourage African Americans to go to the polls this November 3. Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI) and Charles Rangel (D-NY), who organized the bus tour, will begin stumping for candidates in Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville and Racine, Wisconsin. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a non-partisan research group, has identified nine Senate races and 19 House contests where African Americans could hold the decisive vote. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has also pinpointed at least 10 close House races with large numbers of black voters for special get-out-the-vote efforts.