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On November 4, Florida may become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana. I certainly never think of FloriDUH as a trend leader and, in this case, we'd be in the middle of the pack. But that's certainly better than dead last or bringing up the rear as is usually the case.

On the ballot on election day, Floridians will get to vote yes or no on constitutional amendment 2: Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions.

Although many groups and factions got together to make this dream a reality, United for Care led the charge in the petition drive, and garnered the almost 1 million signatures necessary to get the amendment on the ballot.

Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, joined me on the show this morning to talk about the amendment as we near the final test- the Nov. 4 elections!

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows sky-high support for the measure.

88 percent of voters support the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes, while 10 percent do not. Those attitudes were unchanged from May, but support was six percentage points up from November.

The levels of support among different demographic groups is surprising due to the great numbers.

quinnipiac mm FLWith such huge numbers, especially among the youth voters, Democrats, women and independents, you'd expect that the Democrats elected to represent Floridians would be on board too.

And most are. But not Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. The congresswoman from Weston who also chairs the DNC is at odds with her base, her party and her constituents.

Not only does she oppose Amendment 2, putting her in league with her Republican friends, but she was one of only 17 Democrats, mostly Blue Dogs or the equally reprehensible "New Dems," to vote against a measure to cut funds for Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana operations in states where medical marijuana is legal.

When asked about her opposition to medical marijuana, Wasserman-Shultz was wishy-washy,

Wasserman Schultz, up for re-election in November, has criticized Florida's ballot initiative, saying it is written too broadly and does not ensure strong regulatory oversight.

"My view is that approval of the use of marijuana as a medical treatment should be handled responsibly and in a regulated manner that ensures its approval does not do more harm than good," she said on her website.

Perhaps someone should ask if her opposition to to ending marijuana prohibition is at all related to her support of the private prison industry.

[Wasserman-Schultz] initially called a town hall meeting to allow residents to voice their opposition and learn more about the project. After more than 250 people showed up to let CCA and the town council know they didn’t want a private prison, Wasserman, who had called the meeting, decided she would support the project.

Howie Klein, a regular contributor to this program, wrote about Wasserman-Schultz' cozy relationship with the private prison industry at DownWithTyranny back in 2012. Just sayin'.

Mike Rogers of Raw Story and Netroots Connect was on the show this morning, filling in for the vacationing Susie Madrak, and he stayed on for the Ben Pollara interview.

When the questioning got to Charlie Crist (who apparently supports Amendment 2, though his representatives haven't responded to numerous interview requests from me), Mike alluded to Charlie's wife not having much influence over him, as it's believed by most who have done any research on Crist's private life that he's a closeted gay man. (A bit of background here, should you care to go down that road.)

We certainly don't shy away from controversy here. I have no problem with whatever Crist does in the privacy of his bedroom, but when he works against the LGBT community and is ashamed of who he is, then I do have a problem. And yes, I'll be voting for Nan Rich in the gubernatorial primary.

Ellen Ratner called in with an update from the Talk Radio News Service, and let us know that she's headed back to South Sudan next week. Should you care to help the people there, visit the charity site Ellen put together, Goats for the Old Goat.

And finally, Anat Shenker-Osario joined me for the last segment of the show to tell us about a new study she published along with pollster Celinda Lake and the Center for Community Change: Redefining the way we talk about poverty.

You can and should read the brief of their findings here, check out Anat's book, Don’t Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense About the Economy, and listen to the interview. I find the topic fascinating!

We'll be back tomorrow with another show, talking about the over population of the planet with Stephanie Feldstein of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Plus Amy Simon with some fabulous female facts, and Stephen Goldstein with the "No More Bullshit Minute," and whatever else the day brings us... radio or not!

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Good economic news... again! Time to impeach! #BlameObama

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With all the talk of impeachment and GOP lawsuits against President Obama these days, it seemed like a good time to add more fuel to the politically insane fires. Yes, once again we have upbeat economic news. What's a blogger to do? Why, publish the upbeat economic news, of course.

Let's start with a Fox Biz email alert headline, because I know how you rely heavily on every word uttered by Fox, the most reliable name in economic news:

U.S. Economy Grows at 4% Pace in 2Q

What?! Why I oughta. Please proceed, Fox Biz:

The Commerce Department reports the U.S. economy grew at an annualized pace of 4% in the second quarter, beating Wall Street expectations for a 3% rate.

Oh what do they know... Let's see what the big bad "librul media" has to say about all this good economic news. New York Times, I'm talkin' to you:

The United States economy rebounded heartily in the spring after a dismal winter, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday, growing at an annual rate of 4 percent from April through June and surpassing economists’ expectations.

In its initial estimate for the second quarter, the government cited a major advance in inventories for private businesses, higher government spending at the state and local level and personal consumption spending as chief contributors to growth. Economists, who had been hoping for a full reversal of the first quarter’s decline, were cheered by the second quarter’s numbers. The consensus forecast for G.D.P. was 3 percent.

“Fantastic,” Douglas Handler, chief United States economist for IHS Global Insight Analysis, said of the second-quarter G.D.P. increase. The bigger-than-expected gain further cemented views that the decrease in America’s overall output during the first quarter was most likely a fluke tied in large part to unusually stormy winter weather and other anomalies.

Huhwha? "Higher government spending at the state and local level"?

Read it and weep, impeachers.

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Helping the Homeless in Los Angeles Is an Under-discussed/funded Issue

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Despite its status as one of the country's largest urban areas, the plight of the homeless in Los Angeles is a vastly under-discussed and under-addressed issue.

It was heartening to see Josè Díez-Balart, newly in the MSNBC morning lineup from 10-11 a.m. EST, host advocate Dr. Sophia Momand to get to the heart of the matter.

Her religious credo as a Muslim included a highly unusual promise she made when she became a doctor -- a very personal and unique oath to give care to all in her path, and give harm to none by choice.

A little further research on Dr. Momand proved edifying. From Southern California Public Radio, a bit more on that particular oath she swore more than twenty years ago. When homelessnessness was an equally large and looming plight.

Momand says she became a doctor because she enjoys helping people, "but it’s also part of my faith. I happen to be a Muslim, and part of our religion is that you have to be active helping humanity. For me it’s pretty easy, so it’s not like I’m giving up a whole lot of time, but whatever little I can help has really made a difference in their lives."

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So we have been hearing a deal from the popular Jesuit hippie Pope about caring for the poor, the homeless, the sick ... now Muslims are stepping up. Who is it that lags behind ... again?

Oh rihhght right right, the Religious Right.

The 'Turn Back Time' crowd.

They that listen to La Palin and worship at the feet of hate-mongorers extraordinaire Hannity and Limbaugh ... the station of Fvx Nation.

Apparently less free with their charity than other organized religious bodies of work.

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Upbeat economic news round-up. Yes, upbeat. #BlameObama

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Every morning I hold my Los Angeles Times newspaper (key word: paper) in my hands and read it cover to cover. By the time I'm done, I usually need a Valium, a six-pack of wine, and some Pepto Bismol. But today's Business section actually cheered me up! I only ended up requiring an IV of wine due to the horrific front page headlines about Israel and the Malaysia crash. It wasn't too hard to resist the Pepe Le Pew-like enticement of Le Valium, and I loaned the Pepto to the neighbor down the street with the very teenagey teen. Why? Because the economic news was actually upbeat.

You read that right.

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Don't believe me? I don't blame you. Usually economic news makes us want to haul out our old GW Bush dartboards and start throwing.

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But here's proof:

  • Stocks buoyed by strong earnings (no link to that either, but that title with the accompanying article is in my paper, honest)

Yes, things could be better. But seeing all the positive headlines was encouraging.

Of course, this is clearly some commie fascist Marxist socialist plot by President Obama, who we all know controls every news organization except Fox, which doesn't report news at all. So you'll have to read the reports and draw your own conclusions. But IMHO, this can serve as today's Moment of Happy.

I retort, you deride.

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Who Hurts GOP Women The Most, Men Or Women?

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"Why, I do declare," Miss Elmers said," how awfully hard these men folk make it on us demure ladies. Seems so burdensome, doesn't it now, with all those fancy big numbers and those complicated words they use. Why, it's all a woman can do to not take to the salts and feel the vapors without a man at her side to tell her what she should think. Another Mint Julep?"

If you think that awful made-up dialogue is from some old MGM costume Civil War piece, it certainly could be. But this kind of talk is actually being spewed right now as we speak. And it's being done by a North Carolina congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, who believes that the Republican Party would make more headway with women voters if it could bring policy discussions “down to a woman’s level.”

Raw Story:

The problem, she said, is that male politicians are making the policy discussion too complicated for women to understand.

“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.”

“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go,” she said.

Can you really believe this woman was elected to her office in Congress? She's about as contemporary as a hooped skirt and a whale bone corset. What is going on in this country that backwards thinkers like this are being allowed to ruin the lives of other women?

North Carolina by its mere antiquated, backwards and restrictive actions has a lot to apologize for -- but Renee Elmers's election to Congress might take the cake.

Wake up people. Your votes count. Make sure you use them and use them for your best interests. You don't need someone to tell you what's right nor do you need someone to talk down to you. You deserve better than this.

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Why They Come … the Children Swarming Our Borders

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NBC's Stephanie Gosk is one of the few investigative journalists out there who can do a field report that actually puts you in the field.

Where you find facts and things Fvx Nation tend to bypass in favor of whatever agenda The Tundra Twit is fancying herself in charge of this week.

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When it appeared that she [Gosk, not La Palin. Ick.] had gone into Central America to see just what was motivating the humanitarian crisis growing on our southern borders, I was all ears.

See if this doesn't inform your view of why these families are in a domino effect of extreme measures, and how the United States is most certainly culpable in the larger picture.

This echoed a brilliant interview MSNBC had aired earlier in the day, when Josè Díez-Balart premiered his new hourly news program on the cable news network, which gives a great segue to the view of both sides of the border from a teenager's eyes.

This young woman is not naive, don't think that for a moment. You don't have to be as impressive as Stephanie Gosk to read pragmatic understanding in her being. Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza joined in.

These are very important portraits, are they not? Not black and white sentences of moral judgment … these are kids and families. Possible neighbors. Every egg that might escape an IUD is vital, but these actual human beings … not so much?

When does the Pro Life come in, again? Harry Reid may have the right of it, this is all at about Judge Judy level in terms of genuine graspable gravitas.

Going to take a LOT more than a village. Governor Good Hair Perry and Congress seem disinclined to act. SCROTUS would evict.

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Anybody got this? We can figure out why they came. Where do they go now?

A bit of a bonus as he's such a welcome addition to the troubled MSNBC lineup … Josè Díez-Balart Monday on what it means to have a more public liberal microphone - a voice to keep an ear out for.

A moment of privilege. Well worded.

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President Obama Gives the GOP Justifiable Hell Over The Border Crisis

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The optics of the 5th Grader level kerfluffle between President Obama and Tea'd Up Republicans on the border crisis clambered down to new rhetorical lows this week. Bovine lows.

And President Obama fired back.

According to the Regressive Right, Tea Party Edition, Kenyan President Obama is going Straight To Hell because he chose not to make a full-stop photo-op at the Texas border when he travelled to Governor Perry Land this week.

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Bull Shite.

Let us remember a few differences between the Koch Addicted, money grubbing 1% Driven GOP, aka Fvx Nation, and the sitting president:

♦   Obama gives a rat's bum about what happens to kids, especially the Borned Ones. The GOP won't fund education or healthcare for the Amurrikan Children born on our Exceptional Soil as it is. Bonus: Barack Obama has not only visited Mexico for a vacation or two, he has actually LIVED in other countries and has the intellect to see the global picture.

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♦   The sitting president just begged a non-functioning GOP-led Congress for 3.7 billion USD to address the Humanitarian Crises on the range of state borders seeing the influx of homeless children. The Do Nothing GOP.Tea Congress will pinch-penny every last red cent.

♦   The influx of South American minors, and some mothers and the occasional brother, uncle or father, is not an occasion to don combat gear like Governor Good Hair Perry and shoot the shite with Sean Hannity about what exceptional human beings They are because they flew down to get their pictures taken at 'ground zero' ... and the hypocrites will oppose any positive efforts, financial or policy wise, to actually assist the victims of this crisis: the kids.

Melissa Harris-Perry covered this so superbly I'll let her inform or re-inform you, her own perspective and nuanced panel discussions do credit to the complexity and global nature of this Border issue.

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First, a recap of the president slamming the GOP on their Idjit and Petty Politics. Democratic pollster Margie Omero, Juan Cartagena from Latino Justice and Republicans strategist Lenny Alcivar join Melissa to discuss the topic. Rationally.


Then a look at what is truly happening at the Border itself in terms of the politics and 'optics' [you too beginning to loathe that word?] of the crisis.

Then some real life facts ... i.e. what you're not seeing at Fvx News or on Morning Schmoe ... they just want to scream and yell about a non-existant 'Brownie' Border moment. Victoria Defrancesco Soto joins this time.

Conclusion? The GOP can and will throw faux outrage and tons of money at opposing any damned thing President Obama tries to do with the betterment of individuals, foreign, domestic or, especially, innocent children.
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