Tuesday, January 16, 2001

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  • Ashcroft Thwarted Voter Registration in Largely African American Area

    Critics expressed concern today about a previously unexamined aspect of the record of attorney general nominee JohnAshcroft: his successful efforts to block legislation designed to equalize access to voter registration in the St.Louis area.

  • Norton Nomination Meets Opposition

    As the Inauguration of George Bush nears, some his nominees are facing opposition from civil rights, consumer, andenvironmental groups. In particular, Gale Norton, nominated to head the Department of Interior, has drawn fire fromenvironmental groups. They charge that she plotted to undo the Endangered Species Act, open the Alaska WildlifeRefuge to oil drilling, abetted strip mining in the Rocky Mountains and undermined wetlands protection.

  • The Lead Industry, Its Trail of Poison and Its Ties to Gale Norton

    NL Industries, the firm for which Norton lobbied, is being sued by numerous states, cities and individuals to recovermulti-million dollars damages for adverse effects on children’s health and property values.

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