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A vote for TPA is not a vote for Obama

Before presidential politics — the game of getting to 270 electoral votes — completely eclipses governing, there is the urgent task of getting to 217 votes in the House of Representatives to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). This would guarantee a vote without amendments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Without TPA, any trade agreement will be nibbled to death in Congress by persons eager to do organized labor’s bidding. So, Republicans who oppose TPA are collaborating with those who oppose increasing the velocity and rationality of economic life.

I text, I texted and I will text

This was to be another in an occasional series of columns offering evidence that I am 1) old, and 2) don’t know anything about the modern world and the how people communicate. Then I decided this was unnecessary. I prove it every day. Further evidence is not needed.

Consensus, conflict and climate

It makes me nervous when someone who might become president of the United States says the science on climate change is “convoluted” and that it is “arrogant” to assert that humans are the primary cause of global warming.
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Republicans might as well pound sand

After months of trying to weaken Hillary Clinton by pounding her with everything they’ve got, the amount of progress Republicans have made is pretty close to zero.

World trade is our lifeblood

We are a state — and moreover, we are a region — that produces many products to be sold in markets overseas. Washington apples, pears, cherries, potatoes and wheat are just part of it. Agriculture accounts for 13 percent of the state’s economy, said John Stuhlmiller of the Washington Farm Bureau, and a third of the state’s commodities are exported. At least 75 percent are sold in Asian markets, across the wide Pacific.

A broken system

Broetje Orchards of Prescott, one of Washington’s largest and most respected fruit growers, has agreed to pay a $2.25 million civil fine for hiring some 950 undocumented immigrant workers, discovered in audits by Immigration and Customs Enforcement dating back to 2012.

AVID, a true asset

There perhaps is no greater gift a school can bestow on a student than the ability to grasp an opportunity. To fill a young person with knowledge is crucial, but to give them the skills to learn is something greater. To give them the desire to learn is something greater still. Confidence and courage are precious assets common to successful people. A school can nurture all this, and help put a student in a position where opportunity will present itself, and better yet, give them the ability to take advantage ...

The super PAC minuet

Campaign finance “reformers” think America would be better governed if the government could thoroughly regulate campaign speech, which is speech about the composition and comportment of the government. Reformers scold the Supreme Court for construing the First Amendment as though it says “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech.” Reformers say government can limit campaign money without limiting what most such money funds — political speech.

Graduates, you have the tools

This is a note to the Class of 2015. We don’t expect many of you will be up early Sunday morning reading this, most of you having graduated Friday or Saturday and set your priorities accordingly, but we feel compelled to send a short message:

Class of 2015: It’s not about the fires

It is an annual project, to learn a little of what our best students are like, what our graduating high school seniors have accomplished, to hear of their plans and dreams and what they hope to achieve. Each year I’m more impressed by their skills, energy, optimism, and their courage.