Archives for May 22, 2015

Senate Reverses Course and Advances TPP Fast Track Bill

The 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, […]

The Legislature and The Sob Sister Circus

Yes­ter­day (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 […]

The Empty Chair

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 a box from the Crack­er­jack Uni­ver­si­ty”.   When I wrote […]