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News: Mid-term election special
Science issues could play a key role in the US mid-term elections, says a news feature in this week’s Nature. Reporters have teamed up to scrutinize races across the country and report how two topics in particular – stem cells and energy – are being used on the campaign trail. In some cases, candidates are making science a large part of their platform as they challenge incumbents. In others, such as California’s Proposition 87 clean-energy initiative, leading researchers are actively supporting new measures. With Democrats hoping to regain control of one or both houses of Congress, the 7 November elections could signal significant changes for US science in the coming years.
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Commentary: Planning ahead
In a related commentary, Thomas Kalil, former science advisor to President Clinton, argues that there is no time to lose in preparing for the next US elections in 2008 He believes the science community should come together now to prepare its case before the next administration takes office in 2009 and to develop carefully crafted science and technology initiatives.
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