Senate Reverses Course and Advances TPP Fast Track Bill

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EFF.orgThe U.S. Sen­ate advanced the Fast Track bill today May 14) in a rushed vote fol­low­ing a slew of con­ces­sions made to swing Democ­rats who had voted to block it ear­lier this week. The set­back on Tues­day could have forced pro­po­nents of the Trans-Pacific Part­ner­ship (TPP), the Transat­lantic Trade and Invest­ment Part­ner­ship (TTIP), and other secre­tive, anti-user trade agree­ments to go back to the draw­ing board to come up with a new bill. Unfor­tu­nately, Sen­ate lead­ers were able to get around this impasse within 48 hours by agree­ing to let Democ­rats vote on some other trade-enforcement mea­sures first before hold­ing the vote on Fast Track.

Now the Sen­ate will go on to debate and vote on the bill, likely within the com­ing week—essentially putting this leg­is­la­tion on its own fast track to con­gres­sional approval. We have lit­tle con­fi­dence that the Sen­ate would improve the bill enough to ever rem­edy the non­trans­par­ent, corporate-dominated process of trade nego­ti­a­tions. This is why we need to turn our atten­tion to rep­re­sen­ta­tives. [Con­tinue reading]

THE LEGISLATURE AND THE SOB SISTER CIRCUS

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Channeling RealityYes­ter­day (May 19) was an expe­ri­ence.  It was never on my bucket list to tes­tify to a state leg­is­la­ture on leg­is­la­tion but I did it.  And I learned a lot.

HB 1 was the replace­ment bill for S.1067 – the bill that inte­grates the Hague Con­ven­tion on Inter­na­tional Recov­ery of Child Sup­port etc. into state law.   The leg­is­la­ture met in spe­cial ses­sion to pass it and they did even though it is clearly and unequiv­o­cally uncon­sti­tu­tional.   And you don’t need to be a lawyer to fig­ure that out.   You don’t even need to read beyond a sixth grade level.

Arti­cle 1, Sec­tion 10 –

No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation;

The vote to approve HB 1 (S.1067) did exactly that.   The state became a party to the Hague Con­ven­tion by ref­er­ence to it in the HB 1 leg­is­la­tion. [Con­tinue reading]

The Empty Chair

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Occasionally when one writes on political issues, it’s easy to get carried away.  When I wrote The Legislature and The Sob Sister Circus, I spoke ill of Scott Keim, Deputy Attorney General of the State of Idaho.  I said he “got his law degree out of … [Continue reading]

Sessions on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

From US Senator Jeff Sessions: “…here are the top five concerns about the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that must be fully understood and addressed before passage:”“Consolidation Of Power In The Executive Branch. TPA eliminates Congress’ … [Continue reading]

U.S. backs down on trade dispute

FA Note: This article exemplifies the use of international law and trade agreements to nullify U.S. sovereignty and consumer protections. Facing threatened retaliation from Canada over “country of origin” meat labelling ruled unlawful by the World … [Continue reading]

Western Ranchers Sustain Big Grazing Victory at Appeals Court

Two ranching organizations, an Arizona ranch, and an Arizona rancher today won a major victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit when a three-judge panel affirmed a ruling by an Arizona federal district court that granted them … [Continue reading]

The EPA myth of “Clean Power”

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There are many things I do not like about the Environmental Protection Agency, but what angers me most are the lies that stream forth from it to justify programs that have no basis in fact or science and which threaten the economy.Currently, … [Continue reading]

Mom Arrested, Shackled, Jailed Because Her Honor Roll Son Had 3 Unexcused Absences at School

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Screven County, Georgia – Mother and substitute teacher Julie Giles was arrested this week because her son had too many unexcused absences from public school.Writing on her Facebook page before turning herself in, Giles said “If anyone feels the … [Continue reading]