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Cannabis won't be on the ballot, but it may define the 2018 elections

National polling shows growing support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of it. Support has increased by 14 points since 2011, and even 51 percent of Republicans say medical marijuana should be made legal.

Life may not be fair, but government should be

Phil Berger and Tim Moore want to control all three branches of government in North Carolina, and they’re working to make that happen. The first branch in their crosshairs was the executive, where they’ve been trying to hobble Governor Cooper. Some of their actions have already been judged unconstitutional, others will be.

Freedom + fairness: Abortion rights

Freedom + fairness: Abortion rights

I had a great conversation today with an extremely knowledgeable advocate about many different aspects of reproductive health. She thinks that "safety" is a key element in the discussion, something that hasn't been front and center for me. Her evidence is that many people who disapprove of abortion still want it to be legal ... and safe.

I get that, and I'm sure there are lots of people who feel that way. But the question I didn't get to ask is this: Will people who disapprove of abortion ever vote for a Democrat?

Dereliction of duty

What happens when a legislator votes for a bill she or he cannot possibly have read? Isn't there some sort of legal challenge that could be mounted by citizens charging dereliction of duty? Rather than saying, "We use elections to decide such things," how about saying, "This is a matter for the courts. Some things are fundamental. including carrying out the basic responsibilities of the position to which you have been elected. Reading bills is one of them. We fine you $100,000 and declare that you stand for reelection in the next cycle."

Happy whatever

Wishing you all a happy holiday season. I’m taking the day off from politics after witnessing more Republican Christmas pandering than you can shake a stick at.

Is Art Pope pushing for a Second Constitutional Convention?

Many consider the prospect of a Second Constitutional Convention to be the biggest threat to freedom and fairness in the history of our nation. If you're not up to speed on what it is and what could happen, I encourage you to get there. I'll make it easy.

Who's prepared?

Below is an email from a friend who is currently living out west. Think of it as a road map for how to survive, if and when the shit hits the fan. In my opinion, the odds are high that our government will fall into fascism, both at the national level and here in North Carolina. It could get ugly.

With that preamble, here's what one person is doing to prepare for the worst. I'm on a slightly different track, but many of the actions he's taking are on my to-do list.

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