The Boston City Council wants to talk about “Hempfest.” During a meeting Wednesday afternoon, councilors opted to move forward with a request made by councilors Josh Zakim and Ed Flynn this week to hold a committee hearing regarding the Boston Freedom Rally — the three-day marijuana advocacy and education event also known as “Hempfest” that converges on Boston Common each September. On the hearing agenda will be a discussion regarding what actions the city can take to mitigate the rally and any options for relocating it from its traditional grounds, according to the order submitted Monday. Both councilors say nearby residents voiced complaints following this year’s Sept. 14 through 16 event. On that list was: the trash left littered throughout the park; vehicles parked on the Common in violation of rules; tents pitched by attendees to spend the night; and hypodermic needles nestled among the garbage. “This is not about being for or against … [Read more...] about Boston city councilors want to talk about ‘Hempfest’ — and how it can be changed
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As Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, was pleading guilty in a federal court to campaign charges implicating the president, House Democratic leaders were on a conference call warning rank-and-file lawmakers: Don't use the word "impeachment." Speaking to members back home in their districts, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team Tuesday cautioned lawmakers to frame Cohen's plea deal as further evidence of a corrupt administration that needs a Democratic check in Congress, they said. Or, play up Hill Republicans’ apathy in the face of Trump’s endless scandals, they encouraged.Story Continued Below But be wary of impeachment, they insisted — it could backfire. With 76 days to go until the midterm elections, Democratic leaders are adamant that they will not turn Nov. 6 into a litmus test for impeachment — even though Cohen accused Trump of directing him to break campaign-finance laws to win the presidency. Party leaders believe … [Read more...] about With House majority at stake, Dems don’t want to talk about impeaching Trump
Scott Wartman Cincinnati Enquirer Published 3:07 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 The president's former attorney Michael Cohen set the political world abuzz Tuesday with his allegations against the president. Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of charges related to income tax evasion, lying to banks to obtain loans and making illegal contributions to Trump's campaign. He then made the stunning allegation he bought the silence of two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump "at the direction" of the candidate. Republican lawmakers, however, would rather talk about something else. When asked by the Enquirer their reactions to the development, the few who responded didn't have much to say about it. Sen. Rob Portman The news didn't move Sen. Rob Portman, a Terrace Park Republican. His spokeswoman, Emily Benavides, said Portman was unavailable for interviews but said the senator is waiting on the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. "Rob has … [Read more...] about Local Republicans don’t want to talk about Michael Cohen’s revelations against Donald Trump
Despite a record number of women running for political office this year, Republican Rep. Kristi Noem says that women voters don't want to just talk about women's issues. As an example, she cites her own campaign to become South Dakota's first female governor. "In my primary we talked about my experience — my experience running businesses, starting businesses, serving at the state level and the legislature in leadership and then also my knowledge of federal policy and how it impacts our state," said Noem on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "I think that as we look across the country women don't just want to talk about women's issues. We want to talk about everything that's important to our economy, to jobs, to our children's futures. And that's what we've focused on in South Dakota discussions." Noem said that while there's "always a time when someone is the first person to be nominated in a state and to run and to be elected, potentially, to a leadership … [Read more...] about Rep. Kristi Noem on 2018: “Women don’t just want to talk about women’s issues”
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