I’m fine with this. Heck, ‘let the states decide’ is my go-to answer for these issues. We shouldn’t always test stuff in the states before we pass laws on the federal level, but it should be our default strategy.
In an one-on-one interview Saturday with The Denver Post, [Texas senator Ted Cruz] said he opposes legalization but declared that the U.S. Constitution allows “states to experiment.”
“I think on the question of marijuana legalization, we should leave it to the states,” Cruz said before addressing 6,000 GOP activists at the state GOP convention in Colorado Springs.”If it were me personally, voting on it in the state of Texas, I would vote against it.
“The people of Colorado have made a different decision. I respect that decision,” he continued. “And actually, it is an opportunity for the rest of the country to see what happens here in Colorado, what happens in Washington state, see the states implement the policies, and if it works well, other states may choose to follow. If it doesn’t work well other states may choose not to follow.”
By the way, I understand that there is a big argument out there about how safe marijuana is, really. So I’m not going to tell anybody that they’re wrong for opposing CO/WA’s laws. I’m just a guy who defaults to federalism on a lot of stuff.
[UPDATE]: Must have highlighted/deleted some text. Anyway, H/T: @sahilkapur.
Found here. Short version: Darryl Glenn is the dude who put himself in a pretty good position to win the Republican nomination for Colorado Senator. Never underestimate the power of a good stump speech at just the right moment.
Ted Cruz should clean up in the remaining delegate races in Colorado; he’s almost certainly going to win the state at this point, and might very well sweep. Michigan is more of a ‘deciding who gets to be a pledged delegate’ situation. The general vibe there is that the state Republican party is staying neutral in the delegate allocation wars and just trying to match up delegates with the candidates they support, and that’s their call. For that matter: that’s actually helpful, on a second ballot. Which is why you probably haven’t heard anything about Michigan this weekend, I suspect.
No, not that Ted Cruz got all three delegates there. It’s what happened in the Colorado-05 Congressional race.
This means that Calandra Vargas will face off Doug Lamborn in the June primary, and be at the top of the list. CO-05 is R+15, so even if there’s a disaster on the Presidential ticket after all the winner of this primary should still be OK. A buddy of mine was at the CO-05 thing, and he told me that Vargas sounded smart and passionate, and spoke well – and is apparently not affiliated with Trump, which would have been a deal-breaker right there. So keep an eye on this race.
Found here. Short version: it seems increasingly obvious that the field has been conceded to Ted Cruz. Which is remarkable, because if it had been fought out the results might have been different.
Found here. Short version: Ted Cruz went six for six in the first wave. There are another 15 up this Thursday and Friday.
That’s what I call it. “The marijuana.” Because of course it’s site policy never to imply ownership, in the event of marijuana. So I always use the indefinite article ‘the’ marijuana, never ‘your’ marijuana*.
But, yeah: somebody let the bear get toasted. Which is to be expected, of course. Colorado, you know.
*Yes, it’s a classical reference.
The poll in question is mostly about pot legalization – which is a subject that the Democrats can’t quite capitalize on, given that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are strongly in favor of the War on Some Drugs – but not entirely. There’s also some polling of the Colorado Senate race. And… oh, boy: “In an early look at the 2016 U.S. Senate race in Colorado, U.S. Rep. Michael Coffman, a Republican, runs better than his wife, State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. Matchups show: Michael Coffman gets 43 percent to Bennet’s 40 percent. Bennet leads Cynthia Coffman 44 – 36 percent.” Continue reading Why this one, single Colorado Q-poll probably scares Democrats unduly.
Found here. Again, sorry about the lack of crossposting: I am, after all, on vacation. Be back to normal tomorrow.
You can find it here: it’s all about the exciting, gripping saga that is Direct Marketing Association v. the Colorado Department of Revenue. …No, really. It’s at least mildly important, honest to God.