The Marijuana Policy Project came out with its report card for 22 presidential candidates and hopefuls and the headline is that no one is sticking their neck out very far when it comes to the legalization of marijuana or the loosening of federal pot laws.
On June 15, environmental activists gathered at the Smithsonian Castle for the institution's Board of Regents meeting, and marched to the National Museum of Natural History to protest climate-denier-oil-baron David Koch being on the museum's advisory board.
It appears that Kasich interpreted the pope's encyclical as pantheistic, because he made a strange implication: "The environment was given to us by the Lord, and it needs to be taken care of, and it shouldn't be worshiped; that's called pantheism." Is Kasich implying that the pope is a pagan?
With Kasich not even registering in polls outside of Ohio, he stands little chance at winning the White House. But if Kasich can carve out a successful voter base on the primary campaign trail, he will be a very attractive choice for Vice President.
The pundits tell us that Jeb is the likely GOP nominee while Hillary is definitely the Democrat's candidate. But what if the people choose someone else? The great thing about American democracy is that the future is impossible to predict.
Should Americans join the military if the next commander-in-chief of the armed services is an arrogant, ignorant, irresponsible, war-happy hawk? Many of America's best and brightest join the armed services. But with the U.S. constantly at war, joining is a life or death decision, dependent on the judgment of whoever sits in the Oval Office.
Obviously the top name on the ballot is extremely important; but on, say, a Walker-Rice or Kasich-Rice ticket, Condi could not only make the difference in the 2016 election, she could also play a major role in the succeeding Republican administration.
Remember that post-2012 RNC "autopsy" that was supposed to expand the party? Now comes contender Cruz who wants the base to vote, not grow. Ron Christie & Gara LaMarche debate whether he's the party's RX or poison. And has Baker's break with Bibi created a problem for "Bush45"?
Jeb Bush gets early style points for taking on his critics about his support for comprehensive immigration reform, perhaps realizing he has already lost the Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and Mark Levin talk radio primaries anyway.
Last July, when Dawg Pound fans thought Johnny Football was their ticket to the Super Bowl, Cleveland topped Dallas in the political arena, winning the right to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The sheer size of the Republican field, even at this early date, is downright astonishing. By some calculations, there are over two dozen valid possibilities for the Republican nomination.
Many GOP governors who loudly condemned Obamacare are secretly signing up for the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion. They aren't just Republicans in Democrat states. A growing number are from Southern conservative states, like Alabama and Tennessee.
At the group's most recent conference, held earlier this month in Washington, D.C., more than 400 predominantly Republican state lawmakers and industry reps formulated sample legislation that will serve as templates for statehouses across the country.
Even as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes its home in the city of Cleveland, the measure before the board may literally cut the musical heart out of Ohio's public schools.
Here's to the winners! But who are they exactly, after the recent Republican sweep into power in the Senate and in a significant majority of governorships?
Whatever new leadership rises from the smoldering rubble of Redfern's ODP, it will be clear that the party has to be inclusive, it must encourage many different voices to attract more supporters, and, like the college football that Ohio is so obsessed with, they have to work like a team.