Campaign 2014: Third Political Party Needed

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party. – Herbert Hoover

Gallup released a new poll this morning about the need for a third political party.

According to Gallup, “A majority of U.S. adults, 58%, say a third U.S. political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties ‘do such a poor job’ representing the American people.”

Gallup also reported, “Americans’ current desire for a third party is consistent with their generally negative views of both the Republican and Democratic parties, with only about four in 10 viewing each positively. Americans’ views toward the two major parties have been tepid for much of the last decade.”

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MT Politics 2014: Illegal Drugs?

Although yesterday (4/20/14) was Easter Sunday, 4/20 is also known as “weed day” and it’s been called that since the 1970s. 420 was a supposedly police code for someone smoking pot.

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Back in 2004 Montana voters approved Initiative 148 (I-148) which allowed the medical use of marijuana (they should have called it I-420). It was approved by a whopping 62% to 38% vote. I voted for I-148. After it was approved, the state basically screwed up the implementation of the initiative, the state legislature got involved, and the Feds came in and put the hammer down on many medical marijuana providers.

It was a mess. Meanwhile Washington and Colorado approved recreational use of marijuana and will be reaping the benefits of the taxes.

On Friday I read a Lee Newspapers story about a Billings businessman named Steve Zabawa who “has proposed an initiative for the November 2014 ballot that effectively would ban the possession, use, cultivation, trafficking and transportation of marijuana in Montana.”

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