State & Local Politics

State & Local Politics

California pushing marijuana to kids

I was horrified to read this morning that it is increasingly commonplace in California to treat children diagnosed with deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, with marijuana. With California’s pot industry pushing into the mainstream, experts say marijuana prescriptions for children are skyrocketing.

Truly, this is horrifying. First, marijuana produces many of the same effects in users — short-term memory problems and inattention — as those associated with ADHD. Get it? Pot actually causes many of the effects that you want a treatment for ADHD to alleviate.

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New England's self-esteem issue

Speaking of self-esteem issues, only an overweight career buffoon who proudly and conspicuously talks like a duck to display his endemic contempt for the world west of Boston would say that some of the people at the rally “appeared to have been the losers in the 'Are you smarter than Michele Bachmann?’ contest.”

Thinking we are really smart is part of the curse of being a non-Yankee in New England. Time has long passed us by, even the real Yankees. But also for us immigrants and outlanders who likewise wear the regimental tie although we bought it at Quincy Market. We have not been important since 1865. New York, the Empire State, conquered us when it conquered the South.

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The South has won

One key fact explains the present that has come to us in Tuesday’s election: A deeply conservative Republican explaining himself without apology has won the Old Dominion by 18 percent. Virginia is bright red. It will be this way in Texas, too, where the conservative, Rick Perry, is ahead of the moderate, Kay Bailey Hutchison, by 12 percent.

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Haley Barbour = adult supervision

In the fall and winter of 1998, I had the brief chance to work for Haley Barbour at his firm, Barbour, Griffith and Rogers (before Speaker-elect Denny Hastert asked me to return to Capitol Hill and serve as his spokesman).

Haley was the hardest-working, smartest, most capable person I have ever worked with.

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Gillibrand for New York

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) filled up a large room with gay activists at New York’s LGBT Community Center yesterday for a 45-minute town hall meeting that touched on many issues important to the community. Questions ranged from gay persecution in Iraq to repealing “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Although she has been a vocal supporter of LGBT rights since her January appointment, this was the first time she faced an entirely gay audience for open questions. She did quite well.

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Q-and-A with the VA gubernatorial candidates, Part II

In highly contested elections, candidates are rarely asked questions that pertain to their personal lives, as their political agendas command all the attention. It is in this regard that Kathy Kemper stands apart. Kemper not only gets answers to the most pertinent of issues, but also explores the candidate's tastes and preferences. This is Part II of a series.
 
Q. Horrible traffic conditions have plagued Northern Virginia for many years now. Several different steps have been taken to fix this problem, with no real advances. As governor, what innovative new approaches will you take to repair one of Virginia's biggest weaknesses?
 
Sen. Creigh Deeds (D): We all largely agree about what we need to do to fix our transportation infrastructure. Where my opponent and I disagree is on the best approach to actually get it done.

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Q-and-A with VA gov candidates

In highly contested elections, candidates are rarely asked questions that pertain to their personal lives, as their political agendas command all attention. It is in this regard that Kathy Kemper stands apart. Kemper not only gets answers to the most pertinent of issues, but also explores the candidates’ tastes and preferences. This is Part 1 of a series.

Q: UVA is ranked as one of the best public universities in the United States, and the world. This is in part due to the high tuition paid by out-of-state students. Recently, however, Virginia has been trying to pass new legislation that would severely limit the amount of accepted out-of-state applicants. What would you do as governor to ensure that a sufficient amount of Virginians still attend the university, without compromising the necessary funding?

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We need a new political party with true Federalist features

Anyone who has had the experience, as I had, of wandering in the vicinity during the Tet Offensive would have by now fully gotten that Yogi Berra feeling of déjà vu all over again. The generals, the men in suits, so fully self-assured and autonomous; the top political leadership, oh-so-coy and reassuring. But they have no clue as to where they are going and how they will get there. There is one difference between this and Vietnam. Jim Webb, the Democratic Virginia senator who served heroically in Vietnam, said recently that he saw positive exit possibilities in Vietnam. He sees none in Afghanistan.

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In poor taste

If anyone ever doubted that the president of the United States doesn't stay involved in the politics of his party and the candidates who want to run on his coattails, they are sorely mistaken.

In a brazen (and foolish) move this weekend, President Barack Obama let it be known that he doesn't think current New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is fit to continue as governor once his term expires. In fact, he thinks the current leader is a millstone about his party's neck there, and the sooner he's gone, the better for Empire State Democrats.

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