newspaper reports. Excerpt:
One hundred ninety-four out of 200 House Republicans are
backing the effort to block the anticipated revival of the Fairness Doctrine,
which they believe is a tool Democrats will use to cut down on the number of
conservative radio talk shows. The Fairness Doctrine was discarded by the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during the Reagan administration in
1985. Not one Democrat has signed the petition, which requires 218 signatures
to trigger a vote.
The six Republicans who have opted not to sign Pence’s
petition are Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Robin Hayes (N.C.), Timothy
Johnson (Ill.), Mike Rogers (Ala.), John McHugh (N.Y.) and Ralph Regula (Ohio).