Posted inElections, Policy Topics, World Commmunity

Bernie opposes Ex-Im. Will it “cost him” in Washington State’s Democratic caucuses? No.

Last night’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial debate between Hillary Clin­ton and Bernie Sanders includ­ed a lengthy exchange over an issue of con­cern to Wash­ing­ton State’s polit­i­cal lead­er­ship: the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, which mem­bers of Wash­ing­ton’s con­gres­sion­al del­e­ga­tion fought hard to pro­tect and then to reau­tho­rize after Repub­li­cans shame­ful­ly allowed its char­ter to expire. The can­di­dates dis­agree over […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, World Commmunity

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations completed in Atlanta, says White House

Nego­ti­a­tions on the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship, an unprece­dent­ed trade pact that has been devel­oped in secret by diplo­mats rep­re­sent­ing eleven nations as well as lob­by­ists for large, multi­na­tion­al cor­po­ra­tions, have final­ly been com­plet­ed, the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion announced this morn­ing. “This part­ner­ship lev­els the play­ing field for our farm­ers, ranch­ers, and man­u­fac­tur­ers by elim­i­nat­ing more than 18,000 […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, World Commmunity

DelBene, Kilmer, Larsen planning to vote for fast-track; McDermott, Smith, Heck opposed

As many read­ers of the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate may have heard, the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is set to vote tomor­row on con­tro­ver­sial “trade pro­mo­tion author­i­ty” leg­is­la­tion that would grant Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma the pow­er to fast-track the pro­posed Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship. This leg­is­la­tion has already made it through the Sen­ate and is now await­ing a vote […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, World Commmunity

Bill to fast-track Trans-Pacific Partnership blocked in U.S. Senate (for now)

Divi­sive trade pro­mo­tion author­i­ty leg­is­la­tion the White House is seek­ing to put the Trans-Pacif­ic part­ner­ship on a fast-track to pas­sage ran off the rails today, with the Unit­ed States Sen­ate vot­ing most­ly along par­ty lines not to invoke clo­ture on the bill. The leg­is­la­tion could still come up again, but at least for the time […]

Posted inLegislative Advocacy, Policy Topics, World Commmunity

President Obama unwisely ratchets up feud with Senator Warren over fast-track, TPP

In a just-pub­­lished inter­view with polit­i­cal colum­nist Matt Bai, who now writes for Yahoo, Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma has unwise­ly cho­sen to ratch­et up his feud with Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth War­ren of Mass­a­chu­setts over the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) and fast-track leg­is­la­tion that would require a final ver­sion of the TPP to receive an up or down vote […]

Posted inOpen Government, Policy Topics, World Commmunity

Maria Cantwell, Ron Wyden vote to fast-track Trans-Pacific Partnership in Senate Finance

Deeply dis­ap­point­ing news to share tonight: So-called “fast-track” leg­is­la­tion that would pre­vent Con­gress from con­sid­er­ing amend­ments to pri­or to a future vote on rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship is mov­ing for­ward after the U.S. Sen­ate’s Finance Com­mit­tee vot­ed twen­ty to six to advance it. Among the twen­ty sen­a­tors who vot­ed in favor were Wash­ing­ton’s Maria […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, World Commmunity

NPI to region’s congressional delegation: Stand strong against fast-track for TPP

Edi­tor’s Note: The fol­low­ing mes­sage regard­ing the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship is being sent today to our region’s Unit­ed States Sen­a­tors and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, exclud­ing Ron Wyden and Dave Reichert, who are on record in sup­port of leg­is­la­tion to give Pres­i­dent Oba­ma the author­i­ty to nego­ti­ate a final incar­na­tion of the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship that could­n’t be amend­ed by […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Technology, World Commmunity

Elite American security firm: Chinese military is behind attacks on U.S. corporate networks

For many months now, inde­pen­dent secu­ri­ty researchers and jour­nal­ists have been open­ly spec­u­lat­ing that the Chi­nese mil­i­tary is behind a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of the increas­ing num­ber of cyber­at­tacks on U.S. cor­po­rate and gov­ern­ment net­works. Now, elite Amer­i­can secu­ri­ty firm Man­di­ant — which Bloomberg Busi­ness­week pro­filed in one of its recent issues — has pub­licly released […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Our Environment, Policy Topics, World Commmunity

LIVE from Seattle: Huge turnout for final scoping hearing on Gateway Pacific Terminal

This after­noon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers, Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Ecol­o­gy, and What­com Coun­ty (the co-lead agen­cies) are hold­ing the sev­enth in a series of scop­ing meet­ings to deter­mine how to best pro­ceed with an envi­ron­men­tal impact state­ment for the pro­posed Gate­way Pacif­ic Ter­mi­nal and Custer rail­road spur at the Wash­ing­ton State Convention […]