Don't bother smoking it
"You can import as many hemp products into this country as you want...but we can’t grow it."
What about the probation rate?
"We do not have an overcrowding problem. As a matter of fact, Rhode Island has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the country."
Owen, better off in Boston
"Owen in MA vs. Owen in RI … Advantage:Rhode Island."
Standing by Petraeus
"It is rare that a retirement grade determination is conducted for an officer previously retired from the U.S. armed forces."
The cranes have landed, in Boston
Boston is just 60 minutes away and it’s offering subsidies to developers who can charge higher rent than you can get in Providence while construction costs are more or less equal. As a result, the Boston skyline "is completely dominated by the cranes."
A sound premise
"Let’s start with the premise that Rhode Island already has one of the 10 strictest [gun laws] amongst all the states."
Does prohibition ever work?
"Most Americans are ready to put it [marijuana prohibition] behind us and move on."
All in the bubbles
"This March, for the first time in human history, the monthly average carbon dioxide in our atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million. The range had been 170-300 parts per million for hundreds of thousands of years."
31 percent increase over the past century
Annual precipitation "has increased in Rhode Island by over 12 inches in the last century."
Looks like a good bet
"The people of Tiverton have historically supported [gambling measures] at a rate higher than the rest of the state."
Make that 31.5 cents
"More than 30 cents of every state tax dollar goes to Medicaid."
Her numbers add up
"Contrary to popular belief, we actually don’t have that many public employees…We are well below average in the number of public employees.’’
"Research performed by economists has shown no consistent, positive impact on jobs, income or tax revenues arising from stadiums or sports franchises."
Take me out to the (publicly owned) ballpark
Thirty U.S. cities have Triple A baseball teams and "virtually everyone of them [is] playing in government owned ballparks."
Kids eat the darndest things
Cigarette butts "poison babies and small children because of the nicotine in them."
Marijuana's 'dark side'
"The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that up to half of daily marijuana smokers become addicted -- an estimated 2.7 million people in the U.S."
2014 was hot stuff
"January through November 2014, the year so far, were the hottest first 11 months of any year recorded."
A pot of money
"Colorado raked in $60 million in marijuana taxes and licensing fees in the past year."
They called it the "water cure."
The United States "decided waterboarding was torture back when we court-martialed American soldiers for waterboarding Philippine insurgents in the Philippine revolution."
Numbers add up
"There are more African American men in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850."
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