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DI Politics Chat: Upzoning the American Dream

DI Politics Chat: Upzoning the American Dream

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This chat ran in the Daily Intel newsletter, which combines a digest of the stories you care about with exclusive political commentary that you won’t find on the website. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here. I’m your host, Ezekiel Kweku, and today I’m grilling two members of New York’s politics team — Eric Levitz and Ed Kilgore — on the urban housing crisis and how progressives should think about it. Let’s go.Ezekiel: S.B. 827, a bill to require local government to accept dense developments near transit hubs and thereby reduce housing costs, died in committee in California. What’s the headline reason why?Ed: Is Jon not going to be in on this one, since he wrote the column that got all the...
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Blunt Talk

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Blunt Talk

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Today in 5 LinesIn a statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans to introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, saying his thinking on the issue “has evolved.”The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and the WikiLeaks organization, alleging that the three parties conspired to disrupt the 2016 presidential campaign.Thousands of students across the country participated in school walkouts to protest gun violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.Foster Friess, a major Republican donor, announced that he will run for governor of Wyoming. “It's only going to be one term and I'm going to donate my salary to charities that the people in Wyomi...
Former Gov. of Massachusetts: De-scheduling marijuana is 'excellent politics for President Trump'

Former Gov. of Massachusetts: De-scheduling marijuana is 'excellent politics for President Trump'

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Former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld says it makes a lot of sense for Republicans, like President Donald Trump, to support de-scheduling marijuana."I would think it's excellent politics for President Trump. He did say during the campaign in 2016, adult recreation, full adult legalization, is a states' rights issue — and that goes down very well with Republicans," Weld said on CNBC's "Fast Money.""Including this former Republican," Weld added, chuckling.The former Republican governor of Massachusetts-turned Libertarian has made his newfound feelings about marijuana well-known, since announcing last week he would join former House Speaker John Boehner on the board of medical marijuana company, Acreage Holdings."There's almost no logical argument against" de-scheduling marijuan...

See Team Politics at the Festival of Books this weekend

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An attorney representing Gavin Newsom’s campaign for governor is demanding that California television stations cease airing an ad by an independent political committee supporting his Democratic rival Antonio Villaraigosa.Attorney Thomas A. Willis, in a letter to the stations, said the ad is “false and misleading and violates California law” because it uses snippets of video footage from Villaraigosa’s own campaign ads. Willis called that illegal coordination between the campaign and PAC.“Under California law, advertisements made by entities other than a candidate are presumed to be ‘coordinated’ — and thus not independent expenditures —  when the advertisement replicates, reproduces or disseminates substantial par...
Columbine Survivor: 'We have to bring common sense back into politics'

Columbine Survivor: 'We have to bring common sense back into politics'

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Student walkouts are happening across the country today in honor of the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine. Kristen Welker speaks with Austin Eubanks, a Columbine survivor, to reflect upon the reaction to school shootings over the last two decades. He says that after these tragedies occur, instead of blaming gun control or mental health, there's a responsibility to take action on both in a non-partisan way.Apr.20.2018Read MoreLet's block ads! (Why?) Source link
Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

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The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana's informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Friday he'll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances — in effect decriminalizing its use. His bill would let states decide how to treat marijuana possession. Under the measure, the federal government would still enforce laws against moving pot into states where it's illegal and would still regulate advertising so it isn't aimed at children. Schumer said he also wants to ensure that minorities and women have a fair shot at getting involved in the growing marijuana industry and that the federal government invests in research to...
On Iowa Politics: Re-uniting with rural Iowans

On Iowa Politics: Re-uniting with rural Iowans

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This week’s show includes discussion on whether Democrats can re-unite with rural Iowans, Rep. Dave Loebsack's decision to not vote to impeach of President Donald Trump, and a checkin on fundraising for the 2018 election cycle.On Iowa Politics is a weekly news and analysis podcast that aims to re-create the kinds of conversations that happen when you get political reporters from across Iowa together after the day’s deadlines have been met.The show features James Q. Lynch, Todd Dorman, Ed Tibbetts, Bret Hayworth and Erin Murphy. The show was produced by Max Freund and music heard in the podcast is courtesy of Copperhead and The Olympics.Let's block ads! (Why?) Source link