DFA: NEW POLLING: Oregonian opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership, Fast Track Authority could pose reelection risk to Senator Ron Wyden

BURLINGTON, VT — Oregon’s U.S. Senator Ron Wyden could face challenges in his new 2016 reelection fight if he votes with Senate Republicans in favor of the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the so-called “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) many in Washington believe is needed for passing it.  [Reposted from Democracy for America  | …

Former USTR Official: Reagan did not need Fast Track

Fast Track Wasn’t Needed During Reagan’s Successful Uruguay Round, And Is Not Needed Now by Charles Blum, former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Multilateral RelationsManufacturing & Technology News, (subscription required) February 19, 2013, Vol. 22, No. 3 When it took the lead in launching the Uruguay Round in 1985 – 1986, the Reagan administration did…

Michael Stumo meets with CA Chapter members

Michael Stumo had the opportunity to meet with Michele Nash-Hoff, chair of the CPA CA Chapter, and other CA Chapter members this past week over dinner to discuss how to make free, fair, and balanced trade teh norm in California. Chapter members discussed ways to further develop the California Chapter.  Michele Nash-Hoff also discussed the…

WSJ: China Expands Island Construction in Disputed South China Sea

BEIJING—Newly released satellite images show a dramatic expansion in China’s construction of artificial islands on disputed South China Sea reefs, intensifying concerns about Beijing’s territorial ambitions. [Reposted from the Wall Street Journal  |  Jeremy Page and Julian Barnes  |  February 18, 2015] The images provide the first visual evidence that China has built an artificial…

A letter from the Interfaith Working Group on Trade and Investment Opposing Fast Track

The Interfaith Working Group on Trade and Investment – representing Quaker, Jewish, Protestant and Catholic organizations,  – has written a letter in opposition to Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority.  Here is their letter: February 17, 2015 Dear Representative/Senator: As religious bodies and faith-based organizations, we write today to ask you to oppose fast track trade…