The federal government is ending its prohibition against medical marijuana.
As part of the end-of-year budget package, a bipartisan Congress has adopted language that would prohibit the federal government, including the Drug Enforcement Agency, from interfering in any way with states that have adopted medical marijuana laws. From the L.A. Times story, “Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana.”
By now, 32 states and the District of Colombia have legalized pot or its ingredients to treat ailments, a movement that began in the 1990s. Even back then, some states had been approving broader decriminalization measures for two decades.
This is a man (see above: guy on right in duck pajamas) who is representing Texas in the halls of Congress. A former staffer in the congressional office of Representative Blake Farenthold filed suit against his office alleging she was illegally fired after complaining about sexual harassment.
Greg Abbott came under fire for blocking public access to state records documenting the location of dangerous chemicals. He told Texans to "drive around" if they wanted to find dangerous chemical plants near their home. Yes. Really...
The Freedom to Marry campaign has generated almost 25,000 signatures. Our effort sought to prove we could get more signatures than Republicans had rallying against marriage at their state convention.
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This is what we're up against this legislative session: A month out, and two Republican legislators have already filed proposals for constitutional amendments that would provide a license to discriminate against Texas’ LGBTQ community by using religion as a weapon. Continue reading this post »
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate released a report on CIA torture practices. In response, Republican Senator John McCain, a survivor of torture himself, lauded the report with a speech in which he said "...the American people have a right - indeed a responsibility - to know what was done in their name."
Ted Cruz disagrees.
Here's what happened: Mother Jones highlights the most egregious parts of the report, and summarizes:
Ah, the holidays. A time for turkeys of all kinds; the ones you eat, and the ones you call your uncle. At some point, you know he’s going to try to talk politics.
We’ve got your back.
This year we’ve assembled a Thanksgiving-edition of our “how to talk to your crazy uncle” series, offering five responses about President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Because whether it’s your crazy Tea Party uncle, a distant relative who starts every sentence with, "As a taxpayer..." or if it’s Ted Cruz – someone will say something ridiculous.
CRAZY UNCLE SAYS: Does the President have authority to take executive action?
YOU SAY: Yes, the President exercises executive authority granted to him by Congress in the same way every other president has over the past 60 years. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush both used executive authority to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. Bush’s action covered about 1.4 million people, or about 40% of America's undocumented population at the time, the same percentage covered by Obama’s action.