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Congratulations to Jack Ohman on winning the 2016 Pulitzer in Editorial Cartooning!

Mr. Ohman’s Twitter minibio describes his mission as “making the world unsafe for hypocrisy.” His cartoons, the judges wrote, “convey wry, rueful perspectives through sophisticated style that combines bold line work with subtle colors and textures.”

His favorite from his winning package, “Unplanned Parenthood,” shows the Republican elephant getting an ultrasound as an orange-haired figure appears on the screen and the technician says, “You’re about to give birth to a Trump.”

“I’d never seen anybody draw Trump as a fetus,” Mr. Ohman, 55, said.


With Marijuana Felony Expunged, Oregon Man Has 'Tears Of Joy'

by Chris Lehman

When Tim McClure was 42 years old, he was convicted of illegally growing marijuana on his ranch near The Dalles, Oregon. And at this time last year, McClure was living with the shame of being a felon.

“I don’t think it’s the measure of me as a man,” McClure said 2015.

He said it was supposed to be a small grow for some medical marijuana patients but ended up being a little larger than planned. He pled guilty and was fined, but never served any time behind bars.

In the years since then he stayed out of trouble with the law. But his business failed, his marriage fell apart and some of his friends never spoke to him again.

McClure said the conviction was a weight he just couldn’t shake off.

“I’m an unlikely convicted felon, I think,” McClure said last year. “I think after 15 years there ought to be some remedy available to me.”

It turns out, after 16 years, there was.


Monday Toon Roundup







Monday Bernie Group Toons

Clinton Delegate Lead Down to 194, Even as Dramatic Miscounting of Delegates by Media Continues

1,299 to 1,105.

That’s the “insurmountable” delegate lead Hillary Clinton has over Bernie Sanders.

And there are still 1,674 pledged delegates yet to be awarded in twenty primaries and caucuses to be held over the next two months; scores of up-for-grabs delegates yet to be decided via state and county Democratic conventions; and hundreds and hundreds of super-delegates to be wooed by both candidates in Philadelphia this summer — with not a single one of them having officially committed themselves to anybody.

That’s the cold, hard truth — the indisputable numeric data of the current election cycle — but it’s not the story Americans are being told.


Well, put it this way: say what you will about Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com — for instance, that its projections for Bernie Sanders in primaries and caucuses have routinely been low, a fact which sits uncomfortably beside its penchant for publishing articles marginalizing Sanders and his supporters as quixotic — but they’ve consistently had the most accurate delegate counts for the Democratic Primary race.

And even they can’t keep up with Sanders.




Sanders campaign says Sunday rally drew more than 28,000, his largest audience to date

NEW YORK — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’s campaign said his rally on Sunday in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park drew more than 28,000 people, which would make it the largest such event for a candidate who routinely generates large, boisterous crowds.

“In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of people here," Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn, said at the outset of his remarks.

The largest crowd count for the senator from Vermont before Sunday had come at a August rally in Portland, Ore. The staff at the venue estimated that 28,000 people attended that event.

Aides to Sanders said Sunday’s crowd totaled 28,356. The figure was attributed to a representative from a company that helped produce the event. Aides said the company also works for Clinton’s campaign.



It Appears That Only One Flavor of Legalization Will Make the CA Ballot This November

East Bay Express (06 Apr 2016)

It Appears That Only One Flavor of Legalization Will Make the Ballot This November, and It Might Have a Strange Ally.

For those wondering what's going to happen with the crowded field of proposals to legalize cannabis in California this year, look no further than an independent source of information with boots on the ground: paid signature-gatherers. Thousands of these mercenaries have fanned out across the Golden State this April, earning an estimated $2.50 per signature to help place pot legalization on the ballot.

I ran into a man named Alan, a paid signature-gatherer from Vallejo, in the BART's Embarcadero Station last week. Alan said voters are ready to legalize it.

He didn't want to give me his last name because he didn't have his employer's permission to speak to the press, but the self-described veteran signature-gatherer of eight years - four California election cycles - had plenty of insight into how voters will lean this November.

Despite twenty-three different legalization proposals on file with the state, paid gatherers in California are now working on one initiative - the Adult Use of Marijuana Act ( AUMA ). It's almost certain that the initiatives sponsors will file enough signatures to qualify it for the ballot by the state's final deadline, April 26.


Last four surgeons general call on CDC to resume gun violence studies

A ban on federal funding for gun violence research was criticized today by a group of four former U.S. surgeons general, including a President George W. Bush appointee.

These former public health leaders called on Congress to end the controversial 20-year-old ban, joining a growing number of doctors and elected officials who object to the 1996 federal budget amendment that essentially prohibits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from investigating shootings as a public health problem.

The ban, long a sore spot in the medical community, jumped into the national spotlight after the 2014 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. President Obama ordered the CDC to get back to studying the causes of gun violence. But the agency didn't move because of the 1996 budget language that has been reauthorized every year by Congress.

“It is only through research that we can begin to address this menace to our nation’s public health,” wrote the three former surgeons general appointed by a Democrat, Regina Benjamin, Joycelyn Elders and David Satcher.



Sunday toon Roundup


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Sunday's Doonesbury: Another Trump Product Line!

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