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14_Lt_FT on Aug 7, 2005

Letter: ALIPAC report on Governors
Source: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC report
States' commitments under CAFTA:

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) compiled a list of the status of each of the 50 states with regards to CAFTA procurement. For states that have rescinded their commitment, we infer that the incumbent governor strongly opposes CAFTA (because the state made a commitment and then un-made it). For states that declined to commit, we infer that the incumbent governor somewhat opposes CAFTA. For states that committed, we infer that the incumbent governor supports CAFTA.

CAFTA is the Central American Free Trade Agreement. CAFTA expands NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement, between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) to five Central American nations (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua), and the Dominican Republic. It passed Congress on July 27, 2005.

Opposition to CAFTA procurement rules (by Public Citizen): Should an international trade agreement determine how we are allowed to spend our domestic tax dollars? Prior to the passage of CAFTA, the majority of state governments agreed: Subjecting decisions about how to spend state taxpayer dollars to second-guessing by foreign trade tribunals is a bad idea! As a result, a bi-partisan group of governors withdrew their initial agreement to bind their states to comply with CAFTA's procurement rules. Many other governors simply avoided binding their states to CAFTA's procurement rules in the first place. Common state economic development and environmental policies are prohibited by trade agreement procurement rules include:

  • Measures to stop the offshoring of state jobs;
  • "Buy Local" or "Buy America" policies;
  • Preferences for recycled content, renewable energy, and alternative fuel vehicles.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Question 13: Support & expand free trade Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Free Trade
  • Headline: Rescinded state commitment under CAFTA (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Declined state commitment to CAFTA (Score: -1)
  • Headline 3: Bound under state commitment to CAFTA (Score: 1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 14_Lt_FT

John Baldacci s1fMaine Democrat 
Rod Blagojevich s2fIL Former Democrat Governor (2003-2009) 
Kathleen Blanco s3fLA Former Democrat Governor (2004-2007) 
Phil Bredesen s2fTN Former Democrat Governor (2002-2010) 
Richard Codey s2fNJ Former Democratic challenger (2006); former Acting Governor 
Jim Doyle s2fWI Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 
Dave Freudenthal s3fWY Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 
Christine Gregoire s3fWA Former Democratic Governor (2005-2013)Dec 31, 2005
Bob Holden s1fMO Former Democratic Governor (2001-2004)Jan 1, 2004
Ted Kulongoski s1fOR Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 
Gary Locke s3fWA Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce)Jan 1, 2004
John Lynch s1fNH Former Democratic Governor (2005-2013)Dec 31, 2005
Ruth Ann Minner s3fDE Former Democrat Governor (retired 2008) 
Bill Owens s3fNew York Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Ed Rendell s1fPA Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 
Bill Richardson s2fNM Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) and Cabinet Sec'y 
Brian Schweitzer s2fMT Former Democratic Challenger (now Governor)Dec 31, 2005
Kathleen Sebelius s1fKS Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (HHS) 
Tom Vilsack s1fIA Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA) 
Mark Warner s2fVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously Governor 
Bob Wise s2fWest Virginia DemocratJan 1, 2004

Republicans participating in 14_Lt_FT

Haley Barbour s3fMS Former Republican challenger (2006), Governor 
Craig Benson s1fNH Former Republican Governor (2003-2004)Jan 1, 2004
Matt Blunt s1fMO Former Republican Governor (retired 2008)Dec 31, 2005
Mitch Daniels s2fIN Former Republican Governor (2005-2013)Dec 31, 2005
Jim Douglas s3fVT Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Ernie Fletcher s3fKentucky Republican 
Kenny Guinn s2fNV Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
Dave Heineman s3fNE Republican Governor 
John Hoeven s2fND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Linda Lingle s3fHI Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Judy Martz s2fMT Former Republican Governor (2001-2005)Jan 1, 2004
Frank Murkowski s2fAK Former Republican Governor (2002-2006) 
George Pataki s3fNY Republican presidential candidate 
Tim Pawlenty s1fMN Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Rick Perry s3fTX Republican Presidential candidate 
Jodi Rell s3fCT Former RepublicanDec 31, 2005
Bob Riley s2fAL Former Republican Governor (until 2010) 
Mike Rounds s3fSD Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
John Rowland s3fCT Former Republican Governor (1995-2004)Jan 1, 2004
Mark Sanford s2fSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Arnold Schwarzenegger s2fCA Former Republican Governor (2003-2010) 
Bob Taft s2fOH Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
Olene Walker s3fUT Former Republican Governor (2003-2004)Jan 1, 2004

Independents participating in 14_Lt_FT

Jeb Bush s3fFL Former FL Governor; Republican Presidential candidate 
Jennifer Granholm s2fMI Previously Democratic Governor 
Brad Henry s2fOK Previously Democratic Governor 
Jon Huntsman s3fUT Former GOP Governor (2005-2009); Ambassador to ChinaDec 31, 2005
Janet Napolitano s2fUS Cabinet 
Mitt Romney s2fMA Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008) 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 21
Republicans: 23
Independents: 6

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