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The Democratic Party Going Forward
Will Illinois be next to legalize recreational marijuana?

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/madigan...income-tax

Quote:Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he supports Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's plans to legalize recreational marijuana and create a graduated income tax.

The Chicago Democrat said Tuesday he's had several "very friendly and very productive" conversations with Pritzker since the Democrat beat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in last week's election.

Madigan said he believe Pritzker would pursue the marijuana and tax platforms he campaigned

Pritzker believes taxes on legalized marijuana could bring in $700 million to $1 billion a year. The graduated tax plan which would tax the wealthier at higher rates would require a constitutional amendment.
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Bad take was bad:

https://www.mediaite.com/online/media-re...io-cortez/

Quote:Eddie Scarry, a media reporter for the conservative Washington Examiner, posted this tweet on what was otherwise a sleepy Thursday afternoon, and it is getting ratio’d into the stratosphere:

"Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now.  I'll tell you something: that jacket and coat don't look like a girl who struggles."

The tweet, ostensibly, takes aim at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s claims that she struggles to afford rent. Scarry, using a surreptitiously taken photo of the young congresswoman that was apparently sent to him, wrote in his tweet that her very normal jacket and coat are evidence she is dishonest about her financial situation.

The response was swift, and brutal. As of writing, Scarry’s tweet has a ratio that might just be unprecedented on Twitter.com
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(10 hours ago)Iron Maiden Wrote: Will Illinois be next to legalize recreational marijuana?

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/madigan...income-tax

Quote:Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he supports Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's plans to legalize recreational marijuana and create a graduated income tax.

The Chicago Democrat said Tuesday he's had several "very friendly and very productive" conversations with Pritzker since the Democrat beat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in last week's election.

Madigan said he believe Pritzker would pursue the marijuana and tax platforms he campaigned

Pritzker believes taxes on legalized marijuana could bring in $700 million to $1 billion a year. The graduated tax plan which would tax the wealthier at higher rates would require a constitutional amendment.

Based on the random Prtizker ads I saw on Youtube, close to the election, that amounted to nothing more than a 5-7 second clip of him saying pretty much "I want to legalize marijuana" and nothing else, I would say this is a lock.  The only question is when?  I bet it's one of the first things he pushes for.
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(8 hours ago)Iron Maiden Wrote: Bad take was bad:

https://www.mediaite.com/online/media-re...io-cortez/

Quote:Eddie Scarry, a media reporter for the conservative Washington Examiner, posted this tweet on what was otherwise a sleepy Thursday afternoon, and it is getting ratio’d into the stratosphere:

"Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now.  I'll tell you something: that jacket and coat don't look like a girl who struggles."

The tweet, ostensibly, takes aim at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s claims that she struggles to afford rent. Scarry, using a surreptitiously taken photo of the young congresswoman that was apparently sent to him, wrote in his tweet that her very normal jacket and coat are evidence she is dishonest about her financial situation.

The response was swift, and brutal. As of writing, Scarry’s tweet has a ratio that might just be unprecedented on Twitter.com

Jesus, what a dumb shit.
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"Ocasio-Cortez's superpower is making conservatives admit that they think only rich people should have clothes and housing" is a good summation of this whole brouhaha.

https://twitter.com/kenklippenstein/stat...5035635714

Conservative media is practically frothing at the mouth to try to turn AOC into the next Hillary/Pelosi, but thus far it's coming across as "How DARE this WOMAN have nice clothes AND think we should help the poor!"
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During a #CountEveryVote rally at the Georgia capitol, Nikema Williams, a state senator, was arrested and taken out of the building in zip-tie handcuffs.  She said she was strip-searched:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/...type=owned
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(1 hour ago)Dent6084 Wrote: "Ocasio-Cortez's superpower is making conservatives admit that they think only rich people should have clothes and housing" is a good summation of this whole brouhaha.

https://twitter.com/kenklippenstein/stat...5035635714

Conservative media is practically frothing at the mouth to try to turn AOC into the next Hillary/Pelosi, but thus far it's coming across as "How DARE this WOMAN have nice clothes AND think we should help the poor!"

Worse, he called her "girl." To me, that's the really enraging part of that tweet.
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Amazon is being given land in Queens that was supposed to go for affordable housing. Now, 1,500 homes are off the table:

https://www.politico.com/states/new-york...tes-700784

Quote:Amazon’s plans to expand into Long Island City may cost Mayor Bill de Blasio — and New York City — approximately 1,500 units of affordable housing.

Two sites that will house the future offices of the e-commerce giant were originally intended for residential development, before Amazon chose them in a nationwide contest for its new headquarters.

Most — if not all — of that intended housing is now off the table.

“The fact that massive public subsidies are helping eliminate affordable housing units is just the latest reason this bad deal needs to be torn up and thrown away,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris, who represents Long Island City. 

Plaxall, which owns land around the Anable Basin, was prepared to ask New York City for permission to build up to 4,995 new homes on a 14.7-acre site on the East River, 1,250 of which developers would have set aside for low- and middle-income New Yorkers. Most of that site will now be subsumed into Amazon’s office campus.

A small portion of it — about two acres — can still be used for housing because it won’t be part of Amazon’s campus. But Plaxall hasn’t decided if it wants apartments or office space there, and either way, it won’t be able to accommodate nearly as many homes as originally planned. 
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(58 minutes ago)Richard Dickson Wrote:
(1 hour ago)Dent6084 Wrote: "Ocasio-Cortez's superpower is making conservatives admit that they think only rich people should have clothes and housing" is a good summation of this whole brouhaha.

https://twitter.com/kenklippenstein/stat...5035635714

Conservative media is practically frothing at the mouth to try to turn AOC into the next Hillary/Pelosi, but thus far it's coming across as "How DARE this WOMAN have nice clothes AND think we should help the poor!"

Worse, he called her "girl." To me, that's the really enraging part of that tweet.

Scarry is a notorious condescending sexist POS. And yes, there is definitely that ageist/sexist element too to how conservative media is trying to paint her - "This dumb millennial chick doesn't know what she's doing, like us adults!" Thus far, it's only made her stronger, though.
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