While a final-final vote will happen next week, the general shape of the new ordinance, after years of dithering and months of debate and fears from both enemies and advocates of medical pot that there were too many, too unregulated, pot shops in L.A. (apparently around 540 operating now) is clear after a preliminary vote today. More info and links to news coverage, commentary, and the ordinance itself at my California news and politics blog, "City of Angles."
Their letter to Congress warns about inevitable abuses against religious and racial minorities.
Partisans who abandon constitutional principles because they prove inconvenient are in for a rude surprise when the other team wins.
The president could form a sizable splinter party if he's serious, but GOP defectors would have major ballot-access issues. Might they take over a smaller party instead?
Theresa Mathis was in the middle of a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence when she sent Reason a letter asking for help.