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Election results for Tuesday, 5/13/08

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Pres – WV Dem Primary:  Clinton beat Obama by 2 to 1 in West Virgina.  Final vote counts are apparently not complete, but exceed 65% for Hillary. MS-01:  Democrat Travis Childers beat Republican Greg Davis 54-46% in MIssissippi’s First Congressional District.  Up north, near Memphis.  Bush took 63% of the…

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Bill Clinton invested in China govt company

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Hillary Clinton has developed good talking points on trade and China.  She hits China currency manipulation/misalignment head on.  She wants a pause on trade agreements, which is sensible because those agreements miss the mark of what is wrong with trade.  Obama recently said that free trade is good, but we…

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NY-26 Jack Davis formally announces

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Jack Davis has formally announced, though he made no secret of his intentions.  Davis nearly lost to powerful incumbent Tom Reynolds (R) in 2006. Reynolds is retiring, will finish out his term, and will not stand for re-election.  Davis owns I Squared R Element Co.  He is a former Republican…

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McCain the clueless free trader

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McCain continues his self-proclaimed role as the biggest free trader in the Senate since Phil Gramm.  In Pittsburgh yesterday: Dipping into a contentious issue that has stirred up the Democratic Party, Mr. McCain made clear his unequivocal support for free trade even as Senators Obama and Clinton have been speaking…

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Sen. Stabenow on trade

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I have reprinted a letter by Senator Debbie Stabenow to a Michigan
constituent concerned about trade policy issues.  Her words have
been backed up, generally, by votes, including voting against the Peru FTA.

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Dear [Constituent]:

Thank you . . .
 
. . for contacting me about the impact of free trade agreements on our
country. I share your deep concerns about our current trade policies
and am leading the fight to change course. Last year, I voted against
the Peru Free Trade Agreement, and I intend to lead the opposition to
trade agreements with Columbia and South Korea that are being pushed by
the Bush Administration.
 
We live in a global economy that continues to grow and expand.  Over
the last century, we have consistently proven that Michigan businesses
and workers can successfully compete with anyone in the world when the
playing field is level.
 
Unfortunately, persistent unfair trade practices by other countries are costing us jobs every day. (read more)

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Bill Clinton backs/backed Colombia FTA

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Bill Clinton met with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on June 23, 2005.   This was said publicly: "We need your help to expedite the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU is very important to give a clear signal of what the relations between the two countries…

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More Clinton campaign ties to Colombia

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Hmm.  Things are starting to look worse for Hillary on trade.   I have noted the good things Clinton has said on trade, and there have been some good things said.  But they were words.  I do trust that she would vote against the Colombia, Panama and South Korea FTAs,…

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Clinton in Montana

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Hillary in Butte, Montana.  Brought to you because it took a glancing blow at the trade deficit. Her language was also more exhortatory in a traditional Democratic sense, using tropes that are always guaranteed to get Democrats on their feet. A line about borrowing money from the Chinese to buy…

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Mark Penn resigns from Clinton campaign

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Charlie Rangel does not yet get it.  Free trade is a loser.  Public rejection of free trade helped him gain the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee in 2006.  But he thinks it was Iraq.  Or something else.  So he keeps pushing stupid trade deals based upon the…

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CO-Sen: Udall up slightly over Schaffer

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I discussed a poll showing a big Udall lead here, but expressed skepticism.  Rasmussen is one of the two most accurate polling firms, and has Udall up 46-43% over Schaffer, which spread is within the 4.5% margin of error.

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