09 Dec 2014

Congress Plans to Overturn Democracy in D.C.

Last month, people living in the District of Columbia turned out to overwhelmingly vote in favor of marijuana legalization. But now Congress is potentially planning to abuse their power by stripping the district’s roughly 650,000 citizens of their basic democratic rights. In budget negotiations, Congressional Democrats are thinking of giving in to the Republicans’ demand to effectively overturn the recent initiative.

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09 Dec 2014

Congress Plans to Overturn Democracy in D.C.

Last month, people living in the District of Columbia turned out to overwhelmingly vote in favor of marijuana legalization. But now Congress is potentially planning to abuse their power by stripping the district’s roughly 650,000 citizens of their basic democratic rights. In budget negotiations, Congressional Democrats are thinking of giving

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08 Dec 2014

Incumbency Isn’t Worth Much Anymore

On Saturday, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) lost her re-election bid to Republican Bill Cassidy in the run off in Louisiana. Cassidy won with an impressive 55.9 percent of the vote while Landrieu got 44.1 percent. Landrieu had held the seat since 1997. She previously survived several tough elections, but she

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08 Dec 2014

Public Overwhelmingly Wants Marijuana Legalization Left up to the States

While the country remains relatively split on whether they want marijuana to be legal, according a new poll from the Third Way, there is overwhelming consensus that the Congress should leave the issue up to the states. On the basic question of whether nor not marijuana should be legal, the

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07 Dec 2014

What to do about Enhanced Marijuana Buds?

I recently came across a California product on Instagram that raises interesting policy questions. Kurupt’s MoonRock is marijuana buds that have been enhanced with hash oil and kief. The government treats distilled alcohol differently from beer. It is subject to different tax rates and rules on where and when it

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06 Dec 2014

Little Change in Public Satisfaction with their Personal Healthcare Costs

This chart provides some important insight into the Affordable Care Act’s continuing political problems. Since the major provisions of the law have been in effect the public’s satisfaction with their personal healthcare costs is actually down a very small amount. From Gallup: While there are definitely some people who feel

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05 Dec 2014

The Bad Design of Health Care Exchanges Will Cost People Billions

If you got insurance on an Affordable Care Act exchange last year, not going through the process again every year can be very costly to you. According to a new report from HHS, ” More than 7 in 10 current Marketplace enrollees can find a lower premium plan in the same

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04 Dec 2014

What Focusing on the Economy Could Have Looked Like

Despite Paul Krugman’s lack of imagination President Obama could have easily done more to help the economy in 2009-2010 but choose not to. Defenders of Obama’s failure to do more stimulus point to the fact that Congress probably wasn’t interested in passing another “stimulus bill,” but Congress was approving several

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04 Dec 2014

Wyoming Residents Not Ready for Marijuana Legalization

Even though recreational marijuana has been legal for over two years for their neighbors to the south the people of Wyoming continue to oppose legalizing in their own state. According to a new University of Wyoming poll, 35 percent of Wyoming residents support legalizing the personal use of marijuana for

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03 Dec 2014

Validation on Health Care Reform

In an interview with The Hill, outgoing Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has come to admit that, in hindsight, most of the strong political and policy criticism I (and Firedoglake) were making during the health care reform debate were correct. From The Hill: “We had the power to do it in

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