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Tampa City Council passes resolution opposing Trans Pacific Partnership

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The Tampa City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution calling on elected officials in Congress to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the controversial free trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations. It’s intended to reduce trade barriers between the 12 countries by lowering tariffs on goods, coordinating regulations and much more. The proposal was presented by Council Chair Frank Reddick, and was supported by labor activists who fear that passage of the agreement will make it easier for…

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Alan Grayson aims to flood TPP deal with public comments

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U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson announced he would deliver nearly 6,000 public comments Wednesday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, more than tripling the number of public comments the Office of the United States Trade Representative has received. The office will review the comments on the proposed trade deal’s potential effect on U.S. employment, including labor markets. Today is the deadline for such comments to be filed. Grayson, an Orlando Democrat, is running for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat and his Senate campaign released news…

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In final year, Barack Obama seeks to stave off lame-duck status

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In June, during one of the best stretches of his presidency, Barack Obama strode through a West Wing hallway exclaiming, “Offense! Stay on offense!” It was a rallying cry for a White House that suddenly seemed to find its footing in the final quarter of Obama’s tenure. An Asia-Pacific trade agreement was moving forward, as was the diplomatic opening with Cuba and work on an historic nuclear accord with Iran. The Supreme Court upheld a key tenant of the president’s…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.11.15 — The return of Rand Paul to the GOP presidential race

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The odds were stacked against him last night, and there were many who were writing him off before last night’s debate. And yet he had a breakthrough performance at the GOP’s 4th presidential debate in Milwaukee. Jeb Bush? No, Rand Paul. Paul’s been down so far this election cycle that the only stories you seem to read about him these days are when he’s going to quit and concentrate on being re-elected to the Senate in Kentucky. But for one…

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David Jolly focused on how to change Washington

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In his short year-and-a-half stint serving as a congressman in Washington, David Jolly has on occasion voted against the majority of his party because of what he says is typical Washington dishonesty. While that attitude works in representing his moderate Pinellas County district, it’s a danger in running in a Republican primary election for Senate, something he appears to be keenly aware of. Take for example, his vote last week against supporting a fourth committee in the House to investigate…

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Democratic debate a breakout chance for Martin O’Malley, others

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Stuck far behind Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Martin O’Malley needs a breakout moment in the party’s first debate to catch up to the front-runners. And he knows it. “This will really be the first time that nationally voters see that there’s more than one alternative to this year’s inevitable front-runner, Secretary Clinton,” O’Malley said. “It’s a very, very important opportunity for me to not only present my vision for where…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.6.15 — Who’s down with the TPP?

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After nearly six years of discussions, negotiators announced finalized terms for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Monday. Although it will take months before it can wind its way through Congress, the question is: Will it pass and become a feather in the cap for President Obama’s legacy? Note that I didn’t ask whether or not  it should pass. There are plenty of folks on both sides of the aisle who say it should not. In a close vote earlier this year, Congress…

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