TAMPA BAY TIMES OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES ITS SUSPICION THAT THE CHARLIE CRIST CAMPAIGN IS SORT OF A MIRAGE, OR AT LEAST IN TROUBLE: “Sure, he announced a couple days ago that Barack Obama campaign manager Jim Messina is on board, and Obama's digital director, Teddy Goff, has signed on too. Obamaworld has opened up a bunch of Democratic fundraising doors from Hollywood and beyond. But it's been nearly three months since Crist officially announced his candidacy and at least 10 since everyone knew he was preparing to do just that. Where the rubber meets the road: there is for all purposes no Charlie Crist campaign except for a fundraising operation that so far appears fine but hardly daunting. Crist Campaign headquarters? Coming soon. Campaign manager? Coming soon. Halfway decent Web site? Coming soon. Press operation? Coming soon. Grass roots organizing? Who knows. Weekly announcements of Florida County leadership teams? Dream on. It seems Team Crist, which largely consists of Charlie and Carole Crist, John Morgan, and a maybe a few Obama campaign alums, pressed the re-set button soon after his so-so campaign kickoff in downtown St Petersburg.” (via Tampa Bay Times)
AS IF IT COULD GET ANY HARDER TO HEART HUCKABEE: “During his speech, Huckabee also likened Obamacare’s expanded contraception coverage to a sugar daddy. Democrats want women to think ‘they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government,’ he said. Republicans, by contrast, want to ‘empower them to be something other than victims of their gender.’ While these comments have sparked fresh outrage, the former governor has been blithely offending women for most of his career. In the past, he’s speculated that women have trouble multitasking during their periods and passionately supported former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) after the failed Senate candidate claimed victims of ‘legitimate rape’ can’t get pregnant. He has also specifically endorsed the belief that ‘wives graciously submit to their husband’s sacrificial leadership.’” (via Think Progress)
OH, VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS!: Political reaction to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement Thursday that he won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage was strong and swift — and fell squarely along party lines. Herring told Morning Editions Steve Inskeep that he had concluded the 2006 constitutional amendment is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. ‘There have been times in some key landmark cases where Virginia was on the wrong side, was on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of the law,’ Herring said. ‘And as attorney general, I'm going to make sure that the [people] presenting the state's legal position on behalf of the people of Virginia are on the right side of history and on the right side of the law.’ His remarks come less than two weeks after he was sworn into office, and amid a lawsuit challenging the ban — during which, ordinarily, Herring's office would defend the state law.” (via NPR)
YOU CAN NOW ACTUALLY SLEEP ON YOUR STONER MATTRESS, NOT JUST HIDE STUFF IN IT (IF YOU’RE IN COLORADO): Just a few days after Barack Obama told the New Yorker that he doesn't think weed "is more dangerous than alcohol," Attorney General Eric Holder is finally clarifying that federally insured banks can accept cash from legal marijuana purveyors without having to worry about potential drug racketeering charges. Retail operators in Colorado, where recreational marijuana became legal on January 1, have been scrambling to manage the millions of dollars in cash that flowed in over the last month. But the banks have, by and large, refused to grant bank accounts to marijuana related businesses. Those who are able to deposit cash, usually into personal accounts, are often caught by bank-employed investigators. (via Gawker)
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