Scott Keyes

How a President Bernie Sanders Could End the Federal Marijuana Ban

When Vermont senator Bernie Sanders called for an end to federal marijuana prohibition last week before an audience of college students, he went further than any major national presidential candidate before him.

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Oregon Shooting Occurred in State That 'Actually Forces Colleges to Allow Guns'

After Thursday’s mass shooting in Oregon – the 45th school shooting in the US this year – that left nine dead, attention has focused on the state’s policy of allowing guns on college campuses.

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Bud and Breakfasts and 420 Tours: Denver Sees a Cannabis 'Gold Rush'

It’s not unusual for 24-year-old Maggie Copeland to have a conversation with her coworkers about pot.

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Congresswoman Spends Night In a Shelter To Learn More About Homelessness

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) spent Friday night away from the comforts of her Bay Area home, instead sleeping in cramped quarters at a local homeless shelter to better understand what life is like on the margins.

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'Occupy' Group Houses Homeless Couple for Christmas - Plans to House More in 'Tiny Houses'

For many couples, the thought of living together in a 96-square-foot house sounds awful. But for Chris Derrick and Betty Ybarra, it’s a Christmas miracle.

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7 Homeless People Freeze to Death in Wealthiest Area of the Country

Joe White was this close to making it.

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State Rep. Smashes Homeless Peoples' Stuff With a Sledgehammer

Much like Batkid, Hawaii has found its own superhero. Except that instead of protecting the powerless from harm, he roams the streets with a sledgehammer and looks for homeless people in order to literally smash their possessions.

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Homeless Man Learning Computer Programming Arrested for Sleeping in Public

A well-known homeless man was arrested this week for sleeping on a New York City park bench, becoming perhaps the most high-profile case of the ongoingcriminalization of homelessness.

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California City To Evict Homeless People From Longtime Dwelling

For years, dozens of poor California residents have set up camp on a landfill in the San Francisco Bay, creating their own small tent community where they could rest their heads in peace.

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South Carolina City Approves Plan to Exile Homeless

Many homeless people in Columbia, South Carolina are facing an arduous choice: vacate downtown or be arrested.

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North Carolina on the Cusp Of Passing the Worst Voter Suppression Bill In the Nation

Voting in North Carolina may soon change, much in the same way a wrecking ball changes a building.

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Miami May Just Throw Homeless People in Jail

Being poor could soon be a crime in the city of Miami.

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10 Worst Things About Rick Perry

With his announcement Monday that he will not seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Governor of Texas, Rick Perry (R) will retire from the office in January 2015. Sadly, he will leave behind a record of right-wing extremism that few could match.

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Conservative Group Photoshops Black Woman's Face Out of Photo in Anti-Voting Rights Mailer

A conservative group connected to Colorado’s Secretary of State has been sending political mailers — including a picture of a darker-skinned woman whose face was digitally removed and replaced with a white woman’s face — in an attempt to oppose a landmark voting bill that may soon become law. Colorado is currently considering a major piece of legislation to improve the state’s voting laws by implementing Election Day Registration, automatically sending mail ballots to every voter, and creating a real-time voter database to detect and prevent fraud. It passed the House last week and will now be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a frequent speaker at True The Vote events who uses his perch to warn about the supposed threat of voter fraud, is leading opposition to the bill, which is supported by a number of Republican County Clerks and the Colorado County Clerks Association. Now, a dark money group named the “Citizens for Free and Fair Elections”, which lists its address as that of Gessler’s former firm, the Hackstaff Law Group, is sending out photoshopped mailers in an attempt to pressure the election clerks into switching their position. Here is the mailer:

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'White Student Union' Announces Nighttime Patrols on College Campus

A racist hate group at Towson University has announced plans to conduct its own nighttime police patrols on campus.

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Mexican Restaurant Makes Employees Wear Racist ‘How To Catch An Illegal Immigrant’ T-Shirt

A Mexican restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina is being criticized for its racist T-shirts showing a wooden trap using tacos as bait with the caption “HOW TO CATCH AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT”.

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Romney Campaign Training Poll Watchers To Mislead Voters In Wisconsin

Editor's note: also see Steve Rosenfeld's report about how the Tea Party-aligned TrueTheVote may be violating Ohio law with a similar scheme.

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Mitt Romney: Federal Disaster Relief "Immoral"

The federal government’s ability to respond to natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy currently bearing down on the East Coast, would be significantly hindered under a Romney-Ryan administration.

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Kiss Your Parks Goodbye? GOP Rep. Promises To ‘Reverse This Trend of Public Ownership of Lands’

DENVER, Colorado — A key western congressman declared late last week that Mitt Romney supports his push to “reverse this trend of public ownership of lands.”

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Voter Suppression Guru Says He's Doing Poor People a Favor

DENVER, Colorado — During a panel on voter ID laws, the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky declared at the Colorado Conservative Political Action Conference that voters who are facing disenfranchisement should really be thankful for new, discriminatory voter ID laws being introduced by conservatives across the country:

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