The Fear of “Big Marijuana” Is Completely Irrational

By: Tuesday February 11, 2014 10:07 am

On the Colbert Report last night Patrick Kennedy, from Project SAM, said he opposes marijuana legalization because it could lead to “Big Marijuana.” Basically his organization argues we should keep marijuana illegal because legalization might possibly lead to some large marijuana corporations which will occasionally use questionable business practices.

Sentencing Phase of Bradley Manning’s Trial, Day 4 (Live Updates)

By: Monday August 5, 2013 7:35 am

One of the most powerful career diplomats at the United States State Department, Ambassador Patrick F. Kennedy, will testify in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial.

Corruption in State Department Detailed in Inspector General’s Memo

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 2:44 pm

A U.S. State Department Inspector General’s memorandum details a slew of inappropriate behaviors by officials in the State Department, as well as efforts to cover up that wrongdoing. The memo was obtained by CBS News and lists claims of prostitution, sexual assault, and illegal drug use by State Department officials.

Progressive Caucus Will Gain Members After Elections

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 3:30 pm

Democrats picked up three seats from Republicans, making good on some prior anomalies and realigning correctly. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), Cedric Richmond (LA-02) and John Carney (DE-AL) all won. Of those, I would say Hanabusa and Richmond will join the Progressive Caucus. In AL-07, Terri Sewell replaced Artur Davis. She’s a lot more progressive than he ever was, and she will likely join the caucus. David Cicilline (RI-01), the replacement for Patrick Kennedy and another openly gay member of Congress, is likely to join (Patrick Kennedy never did). The race that a progressive lost in a primary, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI-13), was over ethical issues, and she’ll be replaced by Hansen Clarke, likely to join the caucus.

What’s likely, then, is an increase in the ranks of the Progressive Caucus numbers. Even if they opened the floodgates on the Blue Dog Caucus, which they limit, they won’t increase their numbers.

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