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Kathleen Kane may not be running for governor of Pennsylvania. But whomever ends up being the Democratic candidate with the honor of retiring Tom Corbett is going to owe her.

Though I haven't lived in Pennsylvania since high school -- well, I went to high school there. I still care. I keep track. And the job that Kane has done as the state's first female elected Attorney General is phenomenal. 2020 or 2024, anyone? Emily's List has been talking about her in that way.

There's a great piece of journalism over at about the kind of impact "General Kane" is having. See:

The Wrecking Crew: Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s War Against Heroin

Maybe we can't, never could "win the war" on drugs. But with strong, pragmatic leadership from a great Democratic attorney general, Pennsylvania is making strides.

... Last August, as the unit was still getting established in the greater Hazleton area, Police Chief Frank V. DeAndrea Jr. already liked what he was seeing.

DeAndrea is a wiry, intense man with a love of history – and a knack for hyperbole. In his nicely appointed office in Hazleton City Hall, DeAndrea likens Kane and her MSCU concept to General William T. Sherman and his then-modern methods of using raw numbers to outflank the opponent, a break from traditional war strategy that altered the Civil War.

"She's a modern day General Sherman," DeAndrea gushes. "She is changing the way urban drug and drug-crime battles will be fought in the future. She's Mrs. Clean, and she's coming to scrub the place. And when she leaves, she's gonna leave the tools behind for us to protect the community."

According to DeAndrea, Kane deserves credit for "recognizing a problem and coming up with a solution that goes against what everyone else is doing."

Again, the whole story on Kane's efforts is at

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  •  There has certainly been a lot of big drug busts (0+ / 0-)

    In a Chester County lately.

  •  Great article, great subjects (0+ / 0-)

    Because Democrats like Kane are smart and tough on crime.

  •  She is no hero to me, this "war" is stupid (4+ / 0-)

    The "war" on drugs will never be won and the war actually creates far more problems than the drugs. Drug use and abuse should be only a medical issue and not a criminal justice issue at all.

    The way a real liberal or progressive would attack a spike in IV drug abuse by providing safe access to a known quality of the drug, clean needles and addiction treatments instead of jail. After all, we are supposedly a free country and that means people should be free to make errors in judgement about which inebriants they choose as long as they don't cause property damage and/or personal injury. If they do cause damage or injury they should be held responsible for those crimes alone.

    One day we will go back to a nation where people are held accountable for their actions and the personal choice of drug use of the people that don't cause any problems will be left alone. The easiest and most cost effective way to attack this kind of problem is to take the market out of the shadows and away from the criminals just like they did in Portugal. When are we going to get it? Legal means regulated and illegal creates the criminal illicit markets. I'm sorry, I just don't see this woman as a hero of the Democratic Party at all.

    Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

    by RMForbes on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 07:16:57 PM PDT

  •  Heroin epidemic self inflicted (0+ / 0-)

    We have it going on here in WV.

    Here's how I see it:

    OK so you pass Welfare Reform in the 90's where people have to work for welfare.

    At approximately the same time you decide to change how pain medicine is prescribed, and rather than only giving heavy opiates to people with cancer and stuff we started giving it to people with simple back pain, sometimes with no organing cause demonstrated.

    Meanwhile the war against marijuana was goin on since Reagan's time making it harder to grow.

    So as we go along thru the 90's inequality starts getting worse, so people get poorer.

    So poor people can't afford much recreation, and there just isn't much to do in these rural towns destroyed by free trade of the 90's and what jobs are left after union busting don't pay enough to even go to the movies.

    So  drugs are great for recreation. You can set there and not do a damn thing and feel great.

    So you got a lot of people doing them for fun and a lot of people selling their prescriptions to supplement their crappy salaries or lack of welfare benefits.

    THEN suddenly everybody realizes there's a problem. Suddenly all these little towns are filled with junkies, OD'ing and jamming up the hospitals and EMS's  stealing from their relatives, all getting hepatitis and HIV.

    So they crack down on the pills but the junkie population is there. They aren't going away.

    So  just like when the US was in Central America in the 80's and Israel was in Lebanon in the 80's when the country was flooded with coke and cheap Lebanese hash,  the middle east is unstalble and the US is flooded with Heroin.

    So you got guys from Detroit and Columbus shooting it out in little towns in WV and PA, and a worse problem than when you started.

    Just like the crack epidemic of the 80's the heroin problem is related to economic factors and foreign policy decisions. Give people good paying jobs and something to do and you'll see the problem take care of itself.

  •  More Drug War an Implicit Failure (0+ / 0-)

    Busting doctors writing crooked prescriptions is a good move.

    But the rest of it, highly armed police busting down doors, is just more failure, of which the Drug War is entirely made.

    Just because a Democrat is the "warrior" doesn't make the Drug War any less a failure. It makes the Drug War the same old failure.

    How about the US actually busts the banks that the Mexican drug cartels need to stay in business? When they did, the banks got off with a tiny tax in the name of a fine - and keep on doing it.

    How about the US legalizes pot - and deeply undermines the drug import gangs. Or even more obviously, legalizes heroin and all other opiates (though still requiring a prescription) and gives it away free to anyone enrolled in a free detox/rehab programme?

    How about the US works with Mexico to give all the people in the drug industry there the alternatives that can support their families? Which would also include legalizing drugs there, coupled with free detox/rehab.

    In other words, convert the Drug WAR into FREE PUBLIC HEALTHCARE. And for people who don't hurt anyone else, even if they're addicts, leave them to make their own choices as they please, even if it's bad for them.

    No, that will not go. The banks, the drug warriors, all have too much money and power from this failed Drug War. We will not even legalize pot - Democrats are among the biggest obstacles to that.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:38:51 AM PDT

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