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  • Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

    TamronHallYouTubeThis is a fantastic interview. Ms. Hall is one of the best there is. She really gets to the heart of some of the issues with the Sanders campaign. Turner is clearly a very competent surrogate and she holds her ground very well, but in my opinion her entire premise in this discussion is flawed. Turner's position, and seemingly that… Read more…  

  • Dear Berners: There’s No Getting Around Process

    web_3  One thing that has really been bothering me during the Democratic primary and about Bernie Sanders specifically is the severity of his ignorance and detachment from reality. Bear with me - I honestly believe that is an objective assessment, not an insult. At the root of it is a complete ignorance of process and any understanding of how to… Read more…  

  • Here’s What Hillary Clinton Said

    hrclaunch  One thing I have learned over the years of studying government and electoral politics is that things aren't always what they seem. As a progressive, I took it as a matter of fact that the 'Left' were the good guys and the 'Right' bad. Black and white. Over the past few years however I have discovered that things are… Read more…  

  • Sanders Begins His Death Spiral

    48580423.cached1Coming off what may be a record week in the history of fact checking, Bernie goes for a blow out. In less than a week, Sanders has garnered 10 pinocchios from the Washington Post and a 'false' and 'mostly false' from Politifact. In just 5 days. But that wasn't good enough for Sanders. He decided to continue the death spiral… Read more…  


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Rick Scott Vetoes Bill Sending Non-Violent Drug Offenders To Rehab After Serving Half Sentence In Jail

“He said it was a ‘public safety’ issue. No it’s not,” said bill sponsor Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale) according to the Miami Herald. “These are non-violent drug offenders.”

The bill, a rare common sense favorite during a legislative season that saw Scott approve dying animals and Jay-Z lyrics debated on the House floor, was opposed by only four state lawmakers.

Sold on Bogdanoff’s argument that the state would save money by getting potential re-offenders the help they need for addiction, lawmakers including typically tough-on-crime conservatives overwhelmingly sped the bill through the House 40-0 and the Senate 112-4.

But though offenders would remain in custody during the rehabilitation portion of their sentences, Scott said in his veto statement that the bill would violate laws against early release — and be an injustice to “victims.”

via Rick Scott Vetoes Bill Sending Non-Violent Drug Offenders To Rehab After Serving Half Sentence In Jail.