July 22, 2011

International Trade…Don’t Just Take My Word For it!

Do y’all remember the PBS show Reading Rainbow? The host, LeVar Burton, would talk about his book recommendations, and then say “But you don’t have to take my word for it”…and the show would cut to videos of children making their own testimonials for those books. That’s exactly what I …

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July 15, 2011

What Should the Theme of the Washington Trade Conference Be?

One of the signature events of the Washington Council on International Trade was always the “Senators Conference.” So called because, well, it always featured both of Washington state’s U.S. Senators at a conference talking about international trade policy. For example – as a fun, historical momento – here’s Senator Murray’s …

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July 8, 2011

In Defense of International Junkets

This week, Publicola posted a news item on the travel expenses of Seattle City Councilmembers. Although there’s nothing editorial in the article, it has all the telltale signs of criticism of government travel: 1) the outrageous sounding headline (“City Spent Tens of Thousands on Council Incumbents’ Travel”), and 2) the …

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June 14, 2011

What’s An International Trade Issue?

Over the next few weeks, State of Trade – the new Washington Council on International Trade blog – is going to start with the basics. Don’t you worry, we’ll get to the hard hitting issues of the day (like the South Korea, Panama and Colombia free trade agreements), but since …

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