Make GOP End The Drug War

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Let’s assume that the New York Times was right this week when it asserted that in 2013, “the only issue that truly unites Republicans is a commitment to shrinking the federal government.”

Even though there’s ample evidence that the GOP doesn’t actually want to shrink the government, let’s nonetheless assume that Republicans are trying to rhetorically brand themselves to the concept of small government, past votes be damned. And let’s assume that gerrymandering means the GOP will control at least one house of congress for the remainder of the Obama presidency. [Read more…]

Florida Politicians Look Out Of Touch In Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:  Time and again, Florida‘s Republican leaders have bashed Big Government, especially if it intrudes upon the doctor-patient relationship. When it comes to Obamacare, that is.

But when it comes to medical marijuana, they’ve so far been all Big Government all the way.

The opposition to physicians recommending prescription cannabis isn’t just an example of political inconsistency in Tallahassee. It’s a sign that — unlike their opposition to Obamacare — GOP leaders look greatly out of step with voters, including rank-and-file Republicans.

As many as 70 percent of registered Florida Republicans said they favored medical marijuana, according to the most-recent Quinnipiac University poll conducted in late November. Support was even higher among Democrats (87 percent) and independents (88 percent).