Author: jrlassiter

The only thing Congress can agree on these days is ending the War on Drugs

(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just because the War on Drugs is an epic failure.)  

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What do you get when a City Hall scandal rocks the capital city in New Jersey? Low voter turnout

(State House) -- Trenton is one of several large New Jersey municipalites with "non-partisan" elections for Mayor today.  Here's a little tutorial about this race and what you might expect once the ballots are counted later this evening.

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420 Solutions to Christie's Budget Woes

(Cherry Hill, NJ) -- There's a bipartisan bill in Trenton to legalize, tax and regulate Marijuana sales in NJ.  Let's pass it already. 

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There was a time when Atlantic City, NJ ruled the world. Let the comeback begin.

(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political constellation.  But this is not entirely a political story.  Mostly it's about a renaissance in Atlantic City that seems increasingly self-evident.  

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Grading Chris Christie's Biggest Defeats

Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match, Christie seemed to be -- to paraphrase his campaign -- playing 3-D chess while the rest of us were playing checkers.  It's an audacious analogy but given Chris Christie's meteoric rise,  a fair comparison.  But despite his well-earned (carefully-cultivated) alpha-dog persona, Chris Christie's opened a few cans of whoopass in his day. 
That's what this post is all about: recalling the times Chris Christie tasted defeat.  

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Scutari's Bill Drop Imminent and a Gazillion Marijuana Myths

Won't be long before Senator Nick Scutari drops a bill to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use in NJ.  I'm guessing his marijuana legalization bill hits the hopper on (or about) March 25th.  For folks like me working to end marijuana prohibition, that's good news.  But late March isn't far off so we don't have much time to dispel the gazillion or so marijuana myths which curtail our collective ability to enact sensible marijuana policy in New Jersey. 

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Now's the time to tax, regulate and legalize marijuana for personal use in New Jersey

(Trenton, NJ)--Each year New Jersey sends about 22,000 people to jail for smoking pot.  Waging such a punitive drug policy  is costly: annually we spend $127,000,000 clogging up our jails and legal system in the name of marijuana prohibition.  

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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, NJ Politics Edition

NJ Senate President Steven Sweeney probably wasn't thinking of some glib queen in Cherry Hill scrutinizing his much-buzzed "Twitter Thursday" campaign. Maybe he should have been.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 21st

'We believe in redemption': Roque heads into 2015 with full backing of the HCDO WEST NEW YORK – When local pain specialist Dr. Felix Roque delivered U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) from discomfort and restored him to the golf course, the congressman in return indulged the political fancies of...

Op-Ed

Five ideas for strengthening the state's political parties

By Jeff Brindle An August 15, 2014 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler reaffirmed the place of political parties in the State’s electoral system. By rejecting arguments that unaffiliated voters should have a right to vote in... Read More >

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 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

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