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The GOP led effort in the House and Senate to legalize hemp nationwide

Hemp for those who don’t know is the male of the cannabis plant. The female plant is what contains THC, the substance that gets one high. Hemp is just an amazing industrial product.

If one has ever had a shirt or a piece of rope made from hemp one is struck by its durability. Much more durable than cotton for instance. It is tough but also soft. It has a million uses, from paper to building material. However for years the drug war (not to say cotton producers and producers of chemical based products such as Nylon) have gotten in the way of the legal cultivation of this very useful plant.

Perhaps no longer.

There was a time when this country was filled with hemp fields. In fact at one point in early colonial America it was actually against the law NOT to grow hemp because it was so useful.

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Senator Feinstein’s husband stands to profit big from government deal

Boy is it good to have a spouse in the Senate. Even better if one is in the commercial real estate business like Richard Blum, Diane Feinstien’s husband, is.

Seems Mr. Blum’s company CBRE  just happens to be the sole real estate agent for a batch of now defunct post offices Congress has authorized the sale of. As we reported before many of these old post offices sit on prime real estate.

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Keystone: A way for the GOP and the Democrats to “milk” for contributions

Our friend Peter Schweizer coined the term “milker bill”. (We believe.)

Basically a milker bill is one which floats around Congress which may or may not see the light of day, but does potentially impact a company, industry, or other special interest. So long as the bill is out there interests seek to buy “insurance” by supporting the members of Congress on their side. The longer the bill is bumping around the more money Congress can extract.

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Washpo: What would happen if Congress split into four parties? This. (Plus some really cool maps)

Kudos to Phillip Bump at the Washington Post for this one.

We at ACC often talk about the fracturing going on within the 2 main parties. The Tea Party for instance is a de facto party within the GOP which the author takes into account. He also identifies an increasingly active fault line within the Democratic Party. (We think he’s wrong on who falls on which side of this line to some degree however.)

A thought experiment to be sure, but one which isn’t that “out there.” Very interesting.

(From The Washington Post)

If we assign members of Congress to political parties based on the spending votes, we end up with four parties. The Liberals bucked the Democratic president to oppose the spending package. The Democratsvoted for it. The Republicans followed Boehner and McConnell’s lead. TheConservatives didn’t. It gives us maps of the House and Senate that look like this, with the actual party composition underneath. (Note that this is only based on 1) people who voted on the spending package and 2) are returning to the 114th Congress.)

Click here for the article.

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