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Name: Joe Otterbein
Gender: Male
Hometown: DelMarVa & PA (heading to PNW soon!)
Home country: United States
Current location: York County, PA
Member since: Sun Oct 28, 2012, 09:54 AM
Number of posts: 4,778

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Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) and Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS) by National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

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Joe Biden kinda, sorta, almost endorses legalizing marijuana

Politico

Despite a recent statement in New Hampshire, Biden’s campaign says his stance hasn’t changed.

By NATALIE FERTIG

02/06/2020 02:23 PM EST

Former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to fully legalizing marijuana is well known, but on the campaign trail in New Hampshire this week he appeared to change his position.

"I think it is at the point where it has to be, basically, legalized," Biden said on Tuesday in a recording obtained by POLITICO.

Marijuana legalization advocate Don Murphy of the Marijuana Policy Project approached Biden at a campaign event Tuesday and asked about the candidate's "hawkish" cannabis policy. In the recording, Biden restated his cannabis plan — which would decriminalize cannabis, expunge some cannabis-related records, make medical marijuana legal and create opportunities for more research — adding twice that he does not believe cannabis is "a gateway drug." He then said he thinks cannabis needs to be "basically, legalized."

But Biden wouldn't be willing to legalize marijuana right away, unlike other 2020 contenders. Sen. Bernie Sanders has said he'll remove the federal ban on marijuana during his first 100 days as president. Biden, however, remained firm that he wants scientific research to support his decision, saying he is "not prepared to [legalize] as long as there are serious medical people saying, ‘We should determine what other side effects would occur.'"

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more at link
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Thu Feb 6, 2020, 03:29 PM (4 replies)

Today Trump is clearly enjoying his...

...cocaine and insanity today!
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Thu Feb 6, 2020, 01:48 PM (1 replies)

If Joe won the most votes, and loses the "delegates" vote in the General Election, will you be ok...

...with the result?: (please post below)

Will we stand for votes?

Or, what most states call, "electors" ?

Comments desired below:
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Wed Feb 5, 2020, 01:48 AM (5 replies)

How a broken app overshadowed Biden's Iowa fail

Politico

The election mess robbed Buttigieg of his election-night laurels while allowing Biden’s campaign to limp ahead.

By MARC CAPUTO

02/04/2020 09:18 PM EST

NASHUA, N.H. — Joe Biden entered the presidential race leading in Iowa. Later, he predicted he’d win the state as he rolled up local endorsements galore.

So Biden’s likely fourth-place finish in Iowa would normally put his campaign in ICU, especially when a former no-name mayor of a small town in Indiana came in first and bested the former vice president along with four senators.

But this is no normal campaign.

Iowa Democrats so badly botched their caucus that the results weren’t released until nearly a day later — and even now only two-thirds of the vote is in — making the biggest storyline about a broken app. It robbed Pete Buttigieg of his election-night laurels while allowing Biden’s campaign to limp ahead.

Because of the disarray, “The people like Biden who have ‘splaining to do aren’t ‘splaining,” said Joe Trippi, a veteran Democratic consultant of multiple presidential campaigns.

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Scenes from Bernie's dispirited would-be victory party

Politico

His revolution was not televised from Iowa on Monday night.

By HOLLY OTTERBEIN

02/04/2020 09:53 PM EST

ABOARD BERNIE SANDERS’ CHARTER PLANE TO NEW HAMPSHIRE — The political revolution was put on hold.

When Bernie Sanders’ campaign was preparing for a potential win in the first 2020 contest Monday, his aides and allies envisioned him giving a primetime victory speech, raising millions of dollars from small-dollar donors amid their ecstatic high, and savoring proving so many elites wrong at a party at the Holiday Inn.

Instead, Sanders and his senior aides found themselves working to reassure demoralized and shaken staffers and volunteers on Tuesday.

In a last-minute all-staff call around noon, Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, told aides that the Iowa Democratic Party had been incompetent and the delayed results were frustrating. But, he said, it was critical to appreciate what had just happened despite receiving the most negative news coverage of any 2020 campaign.

With 62 percent of precincts counted, initial results released Tuesday showed Sanders and Pete Buttigieg in a close race for first place, and Sanders aides think there is a good chance they will win in the end.

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It would be easy if we Just Count the Vote

No need for complicated ways of coming up with "winners" based on caucus results and the allotted "delegates" at a convention. It would be much more transparent if the states pick their nominees the way we do in the General Election.

Of course this still leaves the chance we will be denied again in General Election because of the archaic, and racist, Electoral College.

But what would be better way for Democrats to show democratic leadership on the General Election than to rid ourselves of caucuses and convention delegates and instead, we Just Count the Vote?

The states could still be allowed to vote on the present schedule, along with the normal primary election procedures for other races in those states.

The winner of each state would be clear and limit the ability for repubs to play dirty tricks.

Then we could use the time and money saved by eliminating the conventions, to beat whatever evil creature the repubs may appoint as their el duce for the election.

Because be it Trump or another evil one, we need to defeat them.
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 10:07 PM (1 replies)

Judging from just Mayor Pete's great speech tonight, I think I know who won...

...BERNIE!!!!!
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 03:29 AM (4 replies)

Who the hell f...ed it up tonight is the only damn...

...question!
Posted by JoeOtterbein | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 02:40 AM (3 replies)

Watching Pete early this Morning, I'm liking the idea of...

Bernie and Pete!
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