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420 For the GOP

Feb 8, 2013 3:31 PM PT

In response to Virginia's Cuccinelli Cool With Cannabis?:

Jerome, speaking as someone who occasionally experiments with marijuana laws, it's, um, high time. One doesn't have to own a tie-dyed ferret and a hackysack to realize the waste of the drug wars; not to mention how they've resulted in a disturbing accumulation of federal powers (mandatory minimums, asset forfeiture, a paramilitary DEA to name but a few). If Washington and Colorado, or any other state, wants to legalize weed for recreational purposes, a good conservative should want DC to butt the hell out.

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Virginia's Cuccinelli Cool With Cannabis?

Feb 8, 2013 2:00 PM PT

It would seem that Virginia Attorney General and candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli thinks states should "experiment" (there's a pun in there somewhere right?) with legalizing marihuana. "I don't have a problem with states experimenting with this sort of thing. I think that's the role of the states," Cuccinelli said.  

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Authority From Above, Confidence From Below

Feb 8, 2013 1:49 PM PT

Speaking of the San Jose rag deliberately withholding information from its readers -- or "marks," I believe they say in the confidence business -- Sexton had a sorta-overlooked piece last night,  The NY Times' Shifting Standards on Mixing Murder and Politics.

The catch here is that the New York Times, having spent days claiming Lougher was inspired by Palin, deleted its previous claims, without noting their correction/retraction.

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Chicago Police Union Wants 12% Raise

Feb 8, 2013 10:48 AM PT

Illinois has the worst debt rating in the US thanks to out-of-control union pensions and health care costs. And yet, police unions in Chicago are asking for consecutive 6 percent annual raises plus a cost of living adjustment:

Union president Michael Shields said it’s simply a matter of Mayor Rahm Emanuel making public safety a priority. In addition to 6 percent yearly raises, the union wants $3,000 yearly “cost of living in Chicago” stipends for police to help defray the expense of the requirement that they live within city limits.

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