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Terrible Ideas From The Democratic Party Part Infinity

 

Al Gore

Got to love the Democratic Party. They have a candidate with cross-generational, bipartisan, and populist appeal.  This candidate is surging in the polls, and who also happens to be campaigning in strict appearance of the Democratic platform (much to the chagrin of his fellow Socialists). But because that candidate is Bernie Sanders (and not Hillary Clinton), the party leadership is panicking publicly:

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Al Gore: Each has been discussed among party officials in recent weeks as an alternative to Mrs. Clinton if she does not regain her once-dominant standing in the 2016 presidential field and instead remains mired in the long-running email controversy, with its attendant investigations…..

…“If party leaders see a scenario next winter where Bernie Sanders has a real chance at the Democratic nomination, I think there’s no question that leaders will reach out to Vice President Biden or Secretary of State Kerry or even Gore about entering the primaries,” said Garnet F. Coleman, a Texas state lawmaker and Democratic national committeeman.

Ah a member of the vaunted Texas Democratic Party has an opinion on someone’s electability. That’s fucking rich.

Where is this antagonism for Sanders coming from? Sanders is gaining popularity mainly because he is addressing economic issues in a way that is next to perfect for the decades-long suffering American working class. He is even managing to recast the “family values” slogan into a Democratic ideal- something I’ve been screaming about for a while now. Isn’t this a good thing?

The real issue here is the old truism of Democrats despising the types of people who put them into office. Intelligent political operatives would see the Sanders rise as a fantastic scenario for Democrats, not just because it puts them in a position to retain influence in the White House, but because this sort of campaign could very well produce dramatic results down the ballot throughout the country. HOWEVER, because Democrats have maintained a nomination process that is specifically designed to suppress the liberal vote, they are placing themselves in a position to lose an election where their opponents have basically pulled the goalie.

But by all means continue hippy punching when your brilliant fucking idea of nominating Al Gore (20 years after he was relevant) doesn’t work.


Nuance and Foresight: Why I Love Working In The Legal Pot Industry

Where else will you find activists associated with an unabashedly capitalistic cause urging supporters to be patient in order to ensure that a policy is as precise and politically perfect as possible?

The California Secretary of State’s Office suggested July 7 as the last day to submit a measure to the state attorney general and request an official title and summary for a November 2016 ballot measure. But the leading coalition will not file an initiative until some time in early September, said Dale Sky Jones, chancellor of Oaksterdam University in Oakland and chair of what’s referred to as ReformCA — the post-Proposition 19 coalition that includes the most effective, major reform groups: Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed that he will lead the ReformCA effort on August 7 on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Newsom is the head of a steering committee for a blue ribbon commission on cannabis legalization that released its findings in July. Incorporating those findings delayed ReformCA’s initiative, Jones said. “We wanted to ensure our language was well within the parameters [of the commission’s report], so that slowed us down a bit,” she said.

Collaboration has also slowed down the effort, she added. “We care more about getting the policy exactly right. We realize if we’re a little late, it’s going to be a little harder. It’s going to be worth the extra effort to get it right.”

To understand why we’re having this delay you must understand the history of California’s medical pot movement and how its subsequent legacy is putting adult-use weed in danger. We’ve had 19 years of quasi-legal cannabis in this state where a broadly written law has allowed a uniquely lawyer-driven (almost feudal) market to develop here in SoCal. This “mess” might have been created by prohibitionists who never acted in good faith towards this law, but it has been maintained by lawyers who have never wanted to cede control over the dispensary clients that they attracted. Furthermore the state legislature has been very recalcitrant in adopting necessary “clean up” legislation on this issue, so therefore it is incumbent on the industry to develop the good public policies and best practices for legal cannabis.

Plus a good law (unlike one currently under consideration in Ohio for example) has a tendency to sell itself to voters:

Marijuana Policy Project communications director Mason Tvert, who helped legalize cannabis in Colorado, agreed. “I would take a good initiative and three hundred days of campaigning over a sub-par initiative and five hundred days of campaigning — any day,” he said.

Seeing as I plan on walking precincts for this proposal until the soles of my Chuck Taylor’s wear out, I have to agree.


“Like with a cloth or something?”

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I can’t tell if Hillary is being semantically cute like a’la her husband, or if she’s going for the elderly mob boss defense by pretending that she doesn’t understand basic tech terminology from 1992.

This is one of the dumber scandals to hit the Clintons, especially since the people pushing it are the last motherfuckers to lecture someone about the danger to democracy posed by lost emails. Nevertheless this should serve as your daily reminder that Hillary is (once again) a doomed candidate.