Gleanings and observations.12:36 PM, Aug 3, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Libertarians in Colorado are flying high after their success in getting marijuana legalized in the state. In our little town of Aspen, there are now seven stores in which eager consumers – I perhaps should say addicts because one user recently held up a store, threatening staff with a hammer, because he absolutely positively had to have the $11,000 worth of weed – can satisfy their desire for the stuff. Score one for libertarians.
Not so fast. After a liberty of this sort is won, more government will inevitably be right there to monitor it. On Wednesday the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement and Taxation wing of the Department of Revenue swept through Aspen. Also known as The Marijuana Enforcement Division, acronym a handy MED, performed “compliance checks.” The Aspen Daily News says that the MED did not notify the Aspen Police Department (APD) until after the sweep, and that MED intervened because a young woman a few weeks shy of the legal age of 21 attempted to purchase marijuana at several stores.
The agents of MED, salaries between $55,000 and $82,000 plus benefits, performed and closed 3,200 due diligence and complaint investigations last year. MED is accepting applications to fill more posts. Congratulations to the libertarians for shrinking government.
Both Dems losing to Walker, Rubio, and Bush.8:36 AM, Jul 22, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Hillary Clinton is trailing some potential Republican opponents in three key swing states, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac, and doing about as well against the GOP as one of her rivals for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders.
8:02 AM, Jul 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden posed for a picture with a man wearing a marijuana themed t-shirt on a recent visit to Colorado. The t-shirt, from High Times, reportedly says, "I got high in Colorado."
Here's the picture:
The picture was shared on Twitter by BambuCycles:
1:46 PM, Apr 11, 2015 • By DAVID W. MURRAY and JOHN P. WALTERS
President Obama this week told an audience in Jamaica that U.S. efforts against illegal drugs were “counterproductive” because they relied too much on incarceration—particularly for “young people who did not engage in violence.”
You got a license for that?Mar 16, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 26 • By P. J. O’ROURKE
According to an article in the New York Times on Monday, March 2, “a debate . . . has roiled Colorado’s growing yoga world.” (And don’t start thinking about what kind of planet the “yoga world” is.)
11:00 AM, Feb 8, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized pot legalization in recent remarks in Aspen. "This is one of the stupider things that’s happening across our country," said Bloomberg.
9:33 AM, Jan 8, 2015 • By DAVID W. MURRAY
The Colorado Gazette reports this week that “Colorado is taking a novel approach to marijuana education — not telling people to avoid the drug, just to use it safely.”
Rep. Mike Coffman’s recipe for victory. Nov 24, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 11 • By FRED BARNES
Republican representative Mike Coffman of Colorado was the No. 1 target for defeat by House Democrats in 2014. Making matters worse, he had been gerrymandered out of his solidly Republican district and was opposed by the most impressive candidate Democrats could recruit. His future as a congressman did not look bright. Yet he was reelected.
How did he do it? He learned to speak Spanish.
Undoing the Democrats’ blueprint. Nov 17, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 10 • By ROB WITWER
Cory Gardner stunned Coloradans in February by announcing he would give up a safe seat in the House to challenge Democratic senator Mark Udall, a well-liked incumbent with no obvious weaknesses. It was a huge risk, despite a strong Republican tailwind. The energetic young congressman from the eastern plains was effectively betting his political career that he could do something no Coloradan had done since 1978: defeat an incumbent U.S. senator.
9:59 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Cory Gardner is projected to beat incumbent Democrat Mark Udall in Colorado's U.S. Senate race.
Gardner is a two-term House member from the state's eastern prairie region, while Udall is a former longtime congressman who won his Senate seat in 2008.
Gardner is the first Republican to win statewide in Colorado since 2002.
9:09 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Bad news for Senator Udall. As reported in The Hill, a big-time, high-profile, hero to Colorado is backing his opponent, Rep. Gardner. It isn’t the money. Another five grand, more or less, won’t swing the election. What is ominous for the Udall operation is the identity of the donor.
3:13 PM, Oct 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Mark Udall has been in the battle for his political life for months, as his Republican challenger Cory Gardner has gained and overtaken the Colorado Democrat in the polls.