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More on indecency


As expected, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback spent Thursday working on legislation to increase fines for televised indecency.[Reuters][1] reports: "The Kansas Republican declined to detail how much the maximum fine could be but said the compromise was tracking a measure the Senate passed in June, a bill that would increase fines to as much as $275,000 for the first incident and up to $3 million a day."'We've gotten together on a basic outline on what we would put forward in this and I think there's a good chance we're going to be able to get this done this year,' Brownback told a news conference on the impact of television on children. "The current maximum fine is $27,500 per incident, which lawmakers and regulators have said is paltry compared to the profits many television and radio station owners earn."On a related note, Brownback will speak today at a [training conference][2] for the Christian Coalition of America. The organization describes itself as "the nation's largest pro-family grassroots organization with over 2 million supporters."Iraqi leader's visitIraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's visited America this week, and addressed a [joint session of Congress.][3]U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts was impressed, according to the Christian Science Monitor: "Anyone who meets [Allawi] knows they are meeting a genuine hero, who is risking his life and that of his family on behalf of Iraq."The Pledge of Allegiance[Cox News Service][4] reports that the U.S. House "voted Thursday to strip the Supreme Court and lower federal courts of their power to hear cases concerning the wording or recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. "The Pledge Protection Act was adopted 247-173, with support from 213 Republicans and 34 Democrats. "In the Kansas delegation, Democrat Dennis Moore voted against the bill while Republicans Jerry Moran, Jim Ryun and Todd Tiahrt voted for it."Sam Brownback links[What To Do In Darfur?][5] [Wooing the Jewish Vote][6] ['Great healing' begins][7]Pat Roberts links[Senate Confirms Goss as CIA Head][8] [What a Comprehensive Intelligence Bill Should Contain][9] [Scott Speicher deserves eulogy after 13 years][10]Jim Ryun-Nancy Boyda links[Boyda's Campaign Responds][11] [Boyda Anniversary Party][12]How to contactAs always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][13] [1]: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20040923-1031-media-indecency.html [2]: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=36838 [3]: http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0924/p01s03-woiq.html [4]: http://www.some-web-page.com [5]: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/23/opinion/main645327.shtml [6]: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6083061/site/newsweek/ [7]: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20040922-9999-1n22museum.html [8]: http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=1693 [9]: http://www.heritage.org/Research/NationalSecurity/bg1799.cfm [10]: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1452&dept_id=155079&newsid=12987350&PAG=461&rfi=9 [11]: http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/1045771.html [12]: http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/1043036.html [13]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


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