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It seems our society has evolved to the point where every day there is at least one shit-storm which shoots to the top of our news coverage. This is relatively new. During the dark ages, whole centuries went by where literally nothing of interest happened. Sure, there was the occasional plague which wiped out half of this country or that continent. But people barely noticed, and mostly went about their business trying to make ever-sharper tools out of rocks.

As I write this, we find ourselves in the middle of the current shit-storm involving Ted Cruz. It seems that the…


No, Democrats are no Communists. Not Even a Little Bit

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Calling other people names has been part of the human experience for as long as human communication has existed. I would imagine cavemen referred to those from other caves as “Wheel-Jockeys” before crushing their skulls with large Mammoth bones. Even the youngest children call each other “poopy-heads”, and, more recently, “globalists” at the playground.

The names people choose to categorize others they don’t like or agree with often has very little relation to anything that is actually true about those people. I’m not even sure what being a “poopyhead” entails. Although, in fairness, many of your 2nd grade “globalists” do…


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We’ve all heard the expression “reasonable minds can disagree”. I actually think that’s true less often than is commonly supposed, although reasonable minds can disagree on that.

One issue that fails the “reasonable minds” test for me is raising the minimum wage. …


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“Going Viral” was not something I heard of growing up. Either was “car” or “Television” (I’m really old). But in modern life, the phrase has come to represent a post, image, video or news story that gains a rapid influx of national or world-wide attention. This phenomenon wasn’t even possible until recently in human history. Abraham Lincoln had to wait days to learn he had won the Republican nomination for president in 1860. Lincoln is known for many acts of courage. But living an entire life without once exploding on TikTok is perhaps his finest achievement.

Members of my immediate…


Trump’s Call to Georgia Proves We Can’t be Surprised by Anything his Enablers do Over the Next Two Weeks

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Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any weirder, or that Trump couldn’t get any more transparently corrupt, we have another “perfect” Trump phone call to listen to.

There are many parts of the President’s call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that are surreal. if I had to pick a favorite, it’s when Trump said to Brad (that’s what he likes me to call him) “There’s nothing wrong with saying that you miscalculated” as an excuse to reverse…


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On January 6th, a small group of US Senate employees will carry the already-cast electoral votes into the House chamber to be formally counted in a joint-session presided over by Vice-President Mike Pence. If I may take a brief moment of parental pride, one of those carriers will be my daughter. So, don’t be surprised if I unexpectedly carry Utah.

This ceremony is as old as the republic, and usually as routine and perfunctory as singing the national anthem at a Phillies game (by which point they are usually losing by 4 runs). But this year is obviously different in…


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I’ve recently found myself becoming increasingly agitated by the propensity of the media to treat Trump’s attempted Coup d’etat (is there another type of coup? Or another type of d’etat for that matter?) as if it were a thing we’ve defeated and is now in the past. This is wishful and dangerous thinking.

I’ve read the stories about how “our institutions held” and “if the election were just a bit closer, we may not have been so lucky”, etc. Anyone who thinks that Trump is done, or that he won’t use every means at his disposal to remain in power…


To Prosecute Trump or Not to Prosecute Trump. That is the Question.

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By this point in my life, I have a fairly well-developed sense of where I stand on most things. Finding money = Good! Unbearable pain = bad! And so it goes for most issues from what clothes I look good in (none) to where I stand on auditing the Fed (aggressive indifference).

But I have found myself torn on one issue recently. I keep going back and forth, yet whenever I feel I’ve arrived at a position, I can’t shake the nagging feeling that perhaps the other side…


If You Think the Coup is Over, You Don’t Know Trump

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It is clear that over the past month since the election, our democracy has undergone a bit of a stress-test. It’s sort of like a cardiac stress test, but with fewer treadmills and more Rudy Giuliani press conferences in parking lots. Despite losing decisively, Trump has defied all traditions and norms by not conceding. But this was only the Phase I of a continuously ratcheting-up assault on our democracy.

Phase II involved lots of (approaching 50 now) frivolous lawsuits. I happen to believe that in the context of lawsuits…


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I have a suggestion for President-Elect Biden. Actually, I have about 400 of them. But since I don’t want to be the first person “blocked” by the new president (in time…), I’ll start with one.

I believe that the incoming Biden administration would be well-served by creating a discrete Office of Cannabis Policy (“OCP”) to help them make intelligent choices in this complicated and consequential area of public policy.

For those who don’t know me (which I’m told is, shockingly, most of the world), I’ve been very involved in this issue for the past decade or so. I am the…

Daylin Leach

Long-time state House and Senate member, author of PA’s Medical Marijuana law, also creator of “shit-gibbon!” Comedian, professor, father of 2 awesome children!

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