Sen. Alexander (R-TN) Opposes Feds Interfering in State Marijuana Laws

By: Friday October 24, 2014 11:22 am

Alexander is not the first traditional Republican from a red state to adopt this position. During a debate last month Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who is in a tough re-election fight, called marijuana legalization a “state issue” that should be decided locally not federally.


Brownback Turns Harder to the Right, as if That Were Possible

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 9:15 am

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court not to take up the various appeals courts’ rulings on marriage equality cases has forced Sam Brownback into a corner. He’s in a big fight for reelection, with moderate Republicans bailing on the ultra-conservative GOP in Kansas. He faced a choice between two electoral strategies: (1) tone down the rightwing rhetoric, and reach out to the disaffected GOP moderates, or (2) write off the moderate vote and focus on ginning up the far right to boost their turnout numbers in November.

Brownback has gone with #2. Hard. And it’s not a pretty sight . . .

Americans Want Feds Out of State Marijuana Legalization

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 1:17 pm

The part of the new Pew Research poll showing majority support for marijuana that may have the biggest impact in the short term is the section that shows Americans overwhelmingly want the federal government to leave new marijuana legalization alone.

La Figa Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate Krampus with Community-Focused and Socially Conscious-Themed Gifts

By: Friday December 14, 2012 2:50 pm

Gifts should reflect the giver’s awareness of recipient, and carry a bit of the giver’s personality. Practical, thoughtful, and thought-provoking are also important attributes. And because this is Firedoglake, a healthy dose of social consciousness never hurts.

Top of my list: FDL’s Free Bradley Manning t-shirt (there’s also an awesome sweatshirt). I ordered one for a friend as a Thanksgiving gift, and he loved it, and I have one myself. The cotton is soft, the design is super cool, and you’re helping to support Manning’s trial coverage and activism.

Want to give a group gift, say for the whole family or your office? Occupy Sandy desperately needs Tyvek suits to protect those who are cleaning up mold damage in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Or consider supplying Occupy with the FDL Occupy Supply items.

Americans Overwhelmingly Think Marijuana’s Legal Status Should Be Decided at the State Level

By: Friday November 30, 2012 10:59 am

Following the approval of marijuana legalization in both Colorado and Washington State, the big question is how will the Obama administration respond given that marijuana is still illegal under federal law? If President Obama wants to respect the will of the electorate he should leave both states alone and let them set their own marijuana policy.

First Circuit Court of Appeals Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 8:37 am

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has affirmed a ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, bringing the case one step closer to an ultimate resolution at the Supreme Court.

Santorum’s America: No Birth Control but Lots of Free Money for Babies

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 4:15 pm

With Rick Santorum poised to do well in Iowa today and perhaps play at least a barely-plausible role as an anti-Romney challenger for the GOP nomination, it’s worth looking for a moment at his priorities. He wants expanded credits to encourage more kids, and he wants states to ban contraceptives. As Paul says, he’s the liberal.

With Health Reform Not Yet Law, “Repeal the Bill” Movement Begins

By: Monday March 22, 2010 1:40 pm

Before health care was signed into law, House and Senate Republicans released bills calling for its full repeal. It’ll be amusing to watch these have the same legislative chances as liberal bills not favored by the establishment for years, but get outsized attention and influence.

Snowe’s War on States’ Rights in the Health Care Debate

By: Sunday October 25, 2009 6:45 am

Should we be surprised that Empress Snowe wants to use the federal government to take power away from the states?

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