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November 01, 2022
Gina Raimondo Should (Still) Fire NHC Acting Director Jamie Rhome
Last month, Jamie Rhome, the current Acting Director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), effectively rejected settled climate science while discussing the then-potential severity and impact of Hurricane Ian. In that interview, Rhome said he would “caution against” linking the intensity of Hurricane Ian to climate change. To be clear, there is no question or ambiguity on this link. The worsening severity of extreme weather events as a result of climate change is something that has been firmly established, for years, by other federal agencies – like NASA – and also by international research bodies – like the National Academies – which makes Rhome’s refusal to do so all the more baffling.
October 14, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter.
Hack Watch: Raimondo's Constituency: New York Times Pundits
The Commerce Secretary’s commitment to 90’s centrism has won her support from the Gray Lady, and hostility from actual voters.
October 03, 2022
Gina Raimondo: Fire Acting Director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) Jamie Rhome
Today the Revolving Door Project released a petition calling on Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to remove Acting Director Jamie Rhome from his position running the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA).
September 02, 2022 | The American Prospect
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Trump’s Patent Director Pressured Judges to Rule in His Law Firm’s Favor
There are numerous ways for the Biden administration to implement these safeguards. One option would be to issue a broad executive order that sets a path to restore public trust in the Patent Office. This order would require that the USPTO create a publicly available record of intervention in appeal proceedings by staff other than APJs, and outline new ethics practices that would ensure key USPTO staff recuse themselves from matters involving prior clients or former employers, and refrain from representing clients or working for companies whose cases they decide for at least three years.
June 14, 2022 | The American Prospect
Big Tech’s Back Door to Digital Trade Rules
The Department of Commerce is currently conducting digital trade talks with nations from the Indo-Pacific and Europe, with negotiations led by its secretary, Gina Raimondo. Through her role as lead negotiator in President Biden’s newly established Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and one-year-old U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC), Raimondo is poised to influence global trade policies.
April 11, 2022
Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee: Scrutinize Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo's Refusal To Release Her Calendars
January 14, 2022
Personnel Is Policy For Communities On The Wrong Side Of The Digital Divide
Many of Biden’s broadband equity initiatives are being overseen by a former telecom lobbyist with little expertise in digital equity.
September 15, 2021
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Do Not Give Gina Raimondo A Promotion
The Commerce Secretary is a dedicated corporate crony. Making her Treasury Secretary would be a catastrophic mistake.
June 28, 2021
Biden Can't Pick A PTO Director Because Democrats Can't Decide If They Like Big Pharma
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision that substantially weakens the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and re-strengthens the USPTO Director’s power over patent decisions, selecting a public-oriented nominee is more important than ever.
April 23, 2021 | The American Prospect
Place Human Lives Over Pharma’s Property Rights
The Biden administration is divided over whether to waive trade protections for Big Pharma—with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo as a key industry ally.
April 09, 2021
Why You Should Care Who Leads the Patent and Trademark Office
As pressure mounts on the United States government to support waiving intellectual property (IP) protections on the COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization, progressives are closely monitoring the Biden administration’s appointments to agencies that impact intellectual property matters such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).