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Legislation to Protect Medical Marijuana States Introduced

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

By drosenfeld

Bill Would Remove Marijuana from Schedule I and Halt Federal Government Interference With State Medical Marijuana Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation that would recognize the medicinal use of marijuana and remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

The issue of regulating medical marijuana would be returned to the states, and individuals complying with state medical marijuana laws would be exempt from federal arrest and prosecution. The bill, the States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, H.R. 689, also requires greater access to marijuana for medical research.

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Sen. Paul Statement on Hagel and Brennan Nominations

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today voted to invoke cloture on President Obama’s nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense. Following that vote, which failed to invoke cloture, Sen. Rand Paul released the following statement regarding both Sen. Hagel’s nomination and that of John Brennan, whom the President has nominated to serve as the director to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

‘I tend to believe that the President should be entitled to some leeway on his nominees. That is why I voted in favor of Sen. John Kerry, with whom I largely disagree on foreign policy, to serve as Secretary of State. However, I also believe there are standards in both policy and background that go beyond mere disagreement and go to the suitability of the nominee to perform their job,’ Sen. Paul said. ‘That is why I have placed a hold on the nomination of John Brennan to serve as director of the CIA until he answers the question of whether or not the President can kill American citizens through the drone strike program on U.S. soil.’

‘That is also why I voted to not end debate on the Hagel nomination. I do not believe Sen. Hagel has adequately explained his activities and their financing since he left the Senate, and I believe this criteria is especially important when dealing with the revolving door between government and the private sector,’ he continued.

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Sens. McConnell and Paul Co-sponsor Industrial Hemp Legislation

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

Washington, D.C. – Today, Sen. Rand Paul and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, both of Kentucky, joined Oregon Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden in introducing legislation to allow American farmers to cultivate and profit from industrial hemp.
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 would remove federal restrictions on the domestic cultivation of industrial hemp. Specifically, the bill would remove hemp from the Schedule I controlled substance list under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, and would define it as a non-drug so long as it contained less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Prior to World War II, Kentucky provided 94 percent of the nation’s industrial hemp. Today the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of hemp, but it remains the only major industrialized country that bans farming the product. U.S. imports have consistently grown over the past decade – increasing by 300 percent over that period.
Earlier this week, the Kentucky State Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously approved legislation that would set up a state permitting program for the growth of industrial hemp. And today, the Kentucky Senate passed SB 50, which establishes oversight for Kentucky farmers to cultivate legalized industrial hemp. It now awaits a vote in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
‘The Industrial Hemp Farming Act paves the way to creating jobs for Kentucky,’ Sen. Paul said. ‘Allowing American farmers to cultivate industrial hemp and benefit from its many uses will boost our state’s economy and bring much-needed jobs in the agriculture community. Today’s State Senate victory, coupled with the efforts Sen. McConnell and I are making here in Washington increase my confidence that they will soon payoff, to the benefit of Kentuckians.’
‘I am proud to introduce legislation with my friend Rand Paul that will allow Kentucky farmers to harness the economic potential that industrial hemp can provide,’ Sen. McConnell said. ‘During these tough economic times, this legislation has the potential to create jobs and provide a boost to Kentucky’s economy and to our farmers and their families.’
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 525, which was introduced last week in the House with 28 original co-sponsors.

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GOP Senate Leader McConnell seeking to get a vote on Audit the Fed

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Norm Singleton

This morning, Republican Senate  Leader Mitch McConnell told Louisville, Kentucky, radio talk-show host Mandy Connell that he was working with fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to find a way around Harry Reid’s obstructionism and force the Senate to vote on Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed Bill (S. 209).

Campaign for Liberty members should call their senators today and demand they cosponsor Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed bill if they have not yet done so and help Senators Paul and McConnell bring this important bill to the Senate floor for a roll call vote.

Here is the transcript of Senator McConnell discussing Audit the Fed with Mandy Connell:

MANDY CONNELL: “We’ve had a tremendous expansionary money policies. The Fed has been printing money left and right. And if we’re ever going to get our dollar back where it needs to be and stop devaluing the dollar, we’re going to have to contract the money supply, which may or may not, I would think may, would make the economy contract a bit. At what point do we start moving in that direction?”

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): “Well I think a good first step is Senator Rand Paul’s bill to audit the Fed which I support. The Fed has never been audited and I think, you know, transparency is important. I think a good place to start would be to audit the Fed.”

CONNELL: “That has been something that has been talked about for years by former Congressman Ron Paul, Rand Paul’s father, but it does seem like more people are amenable to it now. Does that have any real chance of getting done?”

SEN. MCCONNELL: “Well you know it may have actually passed the House last year. I’m trying to remember. I think it did.”

CONNELL: “It did.”

SEN. MCCONNELL: “So that’s half way through the process. And there’s a number of Senate Democrats who maybe don’t want it to come up but wouldn’t want to vote against it if it did. So Rand Paul and I are both going to be looking for ways to get that voted on in the Senate.” (WHAS’ “Mandy Connell Show,” 2/14/13)

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Barack Obama's Warfare State

February 14, 2013 in Economics

By Malou Innocent

Malou Innocent

In his fifth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama hit all the main talking points that everyone expected he would. What he did not say, though, should concern many Americans. Numerous polls show that the majority of Americans want U.S. troops to out of Afghanistan “as soon as possible.” Americans also say that their country does not have a responsibility to get involved in Syria and the broader Middle East, and they favor substantial cuts to record high military spending. On all three of these issues, however, Obama did not go far enough and even went in the opposite direction. Certainly, foreign policy should not always fluctuate with the prevailing political winds. But the interests of the American people undoubtedly deserve to be heard.

On Afghanistan, Obama pledged to cut America’s presence in half by bringing 34,000 troops home by this time next year. Of course, he failed to specify how many troops will remain thereafter. Last May, he and President Hamid Karzai signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement that committed America to Afghanistan’s military and economic security—until 2024. Absent a status of forces agreement, and a resolution to the issue of whether U.S. troops will be immune from the Afghan judicial system, the exact size of America’s residual presence remains murky.

Nevertheless, the commander-in-chief could have clarified why the United States should dwell in Central Asia for another decade. He should have explained what vital American interests are being served and what aspect of America’s national security would be at stake once we leave. With foreign-policy planners continuing to press for an open-ended commitment, claiming the war will end in 2014 was flagrantly disingenuous.

It is time for politicians to revisit how America engages with the world, and recognize that there are more peaceful, more effective, and less costly ways to project America’s power and influence abroad and meet our security objectives.”

On future U.S. military interventions, the president was correct to state that “We don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad or occupy other nations.” But his following promise to “help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security” was ill-defined and dangerous. The reason: Obama failed to lay out what set of conditions would warrant America’s “help,” at a time when the country should be more selective about where it chooses …read more
Source: OP-EDS

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Shelby County v. Holder: Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Conflicts with Section 2, Which Provides the Proper Remedy for Racial Discrimination in Voting

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Ilya Shapiro

Ilya Shapiro

I’ve previously detailed on SCOTUSblog and elsewhere how Section 5’s modern application conflicts with the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and with fair and orderly election administration.

To summarize: Covered jurisdictions are constantly subject to utterly predictable litigation whose outcome often depends on judges’ views of how to satisfy both Section 5’s race-conscious mandates and the Constitution’s command to treat people equally. Moreover, the coverage formula is a Jim Crow anachronism; the racial gap in voter registration and turnout, for example, is lower in states originally covered by Section 5 than nationwide. These problems undermine the Voting Rights Act’s successful legacy.

Here I want to develop another theme from my Shelby County brief, that in addition to its constitutional defects, Section 5 also conflicts with Section 2 — and that Section 2 is the more appropriate remedy for claims of racial discrimination in voting.

I. The conflict between Sections 2 and 5 creates bad law

Shelby County brings the tension between Sections 2 and 5 to the fore. While we know from Reno v. Bossier Parish School Board that each section requires a distinct inquiry, courts often face Section 2 claims while also having to draw electoral maps that comply with Section 5. Neither the Department of Justice nor the D.C. district court is supposed to deny Section 5 preclearance on Section 2 grounds, but courts are effectively forced to wear both hats. Their apparent inability to do so is not surprising given the lack of applicable standards.

Many courts and legislatures in covered jurisdictions have labored to satisfy the VRA in the context of a cacophony of precedent — some that invokes only Section 5, some only Section 2, and some that references both sections. What’s more, certain elements of the two inquiries overlap, even as this and other courts have consistently maintained that — at least in some measure — they are distinct.

Section 5’s extraordinary measures are no longer constitutionally warranted because other legislation exists to fully enforce the Fifteenth Amendment’s guarantees: Section 2.”

For example, in evaluating an election regulation under Section 5, a court conducts a “retrogression” analysis to ensure the proposed rule doesn’t reduce the ability of minorities to elect their preferred candidates. But there is no justiciable definition of what constitutes the “ability to elect.”

Ignoring for the moment that ambiguity, if a court concludes that retrogression would result under a given proposal, the Supreme Court said in Upham …read more
Source: OP-EDS

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We Don`t Have A Secretary Of Treasury, We Have A Secretary Of The Debt

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized



Video Summary: On Wednesday, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew faced a Senate Finance Committee where he was scrutinized to see if he was fit to succeed Timothy Geithner. During the session, Lew faced tough questions from Republicans regarding his time at Citibank during the financial crisis where he received a $1 million bonus. Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital, joins RT’s Liz Wahl to discuss.

Peter Schiff`s comments on the economy, stock markets, politics and gold. Schiff is the renowned writer of the bestseller Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse. …read more
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Is Big Brother Emerging?

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Monty Pelerin Reader NII comments on recent government activities, implying they may be ready to act in some sort of big way. I will admit that things do not look right and that we should be worried: NII: Hmm. And you have huge amounts of ammo in hands of govt agency AND tests with military in towns …read more
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Americans For Safe Access 2013 Unity Conference Award Winners

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green Americans For Safe Access announced the award winners for the 2013 Unity Conference that is coming up later this month. While all of the award winners are very deserving, and I tip my hat to all of you, I want to especially congratulate my friend and longtime Oregon activist Jim Greig. Not enough people know [Continue Reading]

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Majority Of New Hampshire Adults Support Selling Marijuana At State Liquor Stores

February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director Pollingdata released this week by the University of New Hampshire found that a majority of adults in New Hampshire support selling marijuana at state liquor stores with regulations similar to how the state handles alcohol. The survey, conducted from January 30th to February 5th, asked 581 New Hampshire adults [Continue Reading]

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Source: THE WEED BLOG