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  •  Prop 19 is likely to draw out younger voters (6+ / 0-)

    and this is likely to help Democrats

    If the vote on Proposition 19 ends up as close as most people expect, a large increase in turnout from motivated young supporters could make up that few percentage points that push it over the top. The question is: can marijuana legalization motivate a decent fraction of the many normally politically disengaged young adults to vote at the levels we saw when Obama and McCain were on the ballot? I think there are some signs that potentially point to yes, but we will find out this November.

    Yeah...it's FDL, but the point remains valid.

    I see that (from another pooh-poohed source)that at least some California Dems have apparently seen the light, but refuse to commit to a public statement.

    Democratic lawmakers from California are hoping that a proposition to legalize marijuana on the November ballot will help drive progressive voter turnout, but most are so far unwilling to state publicly how they'll vote when the curtain closes. Three House Democrats, however, tell HuffPost that they'll be supporting the measure, which would authorize cities and counties to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

    Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 09:22:14 AM PDT

    •  Here's an article on Raw Story that says (3+ / 0-)
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      the same thing and quotes Nate Silver as it's main source. So you don't have to take FDL's word for it.

      If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

      by MikePhoenix on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 09:48:18 AM PDT

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    •  I love the arguments that allowing Counties (2+ / 0-)
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      to determine their own policies "just won't work".

      Don't we have something like 15 States that let Counties decide whether or not be "dry"?

      "The financial system is broken. We can use that term in late 2008, and I think it's fair to still use the term unfortunately." Paul Volker, 9/23/2010

      by JesseCW on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 09:49:14 AM PDT

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      •  I worked in one of the dry counties (2+ / 0-)
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        in North Georgia.

        Bizarre places.

        Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 10:07:34 AM PDT

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