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Trans-Pacific PartnershipOne of the things notably and happily absent from President Obama’s State of the Union speech this week was any push for the pro-corporate/globalization agenda found in the move to revive “Fast Track” and approve the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). About which, all a caring and thinking person can say is “thank goodness.”

As explained in this commentary from last October (“NAFTA on Steroids?”), the TPP is a potentially grave threat to the well-being of American workers and consumers and our national security itself. By ceding democratic powers to corporations and international tribunals, the TPP threatens to subject American labor, environmental and consumer protections to being overruled and dismantled as unlawful restraints on trade. Meanwhile “Fast Track” is an already discredited idea that would bestow powers on the President to unilaterally negotiate and control trade agreements that has been appended on to TPP legislation in Congress.

The President’s failure to promote the proposal is being hailed by opponents as an extremely positive sign — especially given the public opposition of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. According to the good folks at Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch program: Read More

The Affordable Care Act needs lots more work, but it is also an essential and incredibly important step toward improving the American health care system: That’s one of the central messages that was delivered to a large and engaged audience yesterday at an NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation breakfast by Lynn Quincy of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.  You can watch the video of the event below — Quincy’s talk starts at around the 6:30 mark. You can also check out her PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

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Lynn QuincyIn case you missed the excellent explanation of the Affordable Care Act by Lynn Quincy of Consumers Union at this morning’s NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation breakfast in Raleigh, don’t fret — we’ll have a video of the event posted shortly. In the mean time, click here to view a PDF version of Lynn’s slides — which also include several helpful web links to sites maintained by the folks at Consumers Union/Consumer reports.

It’s going to be a full house, but we have a few seats remaining for tomorrow morning’s Crucial Conversation breakfast — “The Truth about the Affordable Care Act: What it really means for American health care consumers” with Lynn Quincy of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Here are the vitals:

When: Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. — Coffee and breakfast will be available at 7:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Click here for parking info.

Click here to register

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

Lynn QuincySeats are going fast so don’t get shut out of next week’s Crucial Conversation breakfast: “The truth about the Affordable Care Act and what it really means for American health care consumers” with Lynn Quincy of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.

When: Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. — Coffee and breakfast will be available at 7:45 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Click here for parking info.

Click here to register

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

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