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Rebekah Kennedy on Government Reform

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Cynical politicians exploited 9-11 to increase their power

Cynical politicians in Washington have exploited the sorrow, anger and fear created by the terrorist attacks of 9-11 to increase their own power. The executive branch in particular has claimed and exercised powers that would have been unthinkable even a decade ago. The President now claims the power to take anyone, anywhere in the world, including US citizens, into custody without charges and hold them indefinitely without trial.

This government has claimed the right and exercised the power to use torture and evidence obtained by torture, to conduct secret trials, to maintain secret prisons to which people can be "disappeared", & to violate or redefine the Geneva Conventions.

With the active support of my opponent, Mark Pryor, Congress has passed and the President has signed a number of intolerable and unconstitutional acts to curtail our liberties and give the President powers that even kings have not claimed for centuries.

Source: Campaign website, www.kennedy2008.org, "Issues" Jun 1, 2008

Full public funding of elections

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter limits on political campaign funds?"

A: Do Support. I support full public funding of elections. Until that is achieved, I support prohibiting for profit corporations from contributing to campaigns.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org May 20, 2008

Other candidates on Government Reform: Rebekah Kennedy on other issues:
AR Gubernatorial:
Mike Beebe
AR Senatorial:
Blanche Lambert Lincoln
Mark Pryor


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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