Puff, the Magic . . . Whoa!
"Today’s marijuana is 300 percent to 800 percent more potent than the pot of yesteryear."
UPDATED: New Mexico is the exception
"Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states."
$42 fee was eliminated last year
After hiring a campaign manager in 2006, "I got this $100 and something fee ... for hazardous materials."
Numbers add up
In the U.S., "African-Americans continue to be arrested at nearly three and one half times the rate of whites" on marijuana charges.
Dismissed for cause
Under a bill before the legislature, "you’d have to go to court to fire an employee."
Evidence hazy at best
"Marijuana contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco."
Seventy-five percent of the young adults in this country are not mentally or physically fit to serve.
It was more like $70 million
"The budget I managed at the Department of Education was more than $60 million."
What’s the meaning of life?
Rhode Island is "almost dead last" among Northeastern states in the length of time first-degree murderers must spend in prison before they’re eligible for parole.
With traditional CPI, the difference is even greater.
"According to one study, the minimum wage today is worth $2 less than in 1968."
Some "jobs" bills actually involve jobs
"The Republican leadership in the House has refused to address the issues that matter the most to Rhode Island, such as passing a jobs bill."
The bare minimum
Of minimum wage workers in Rhode Island "only 14 percent serve as sole income earner for their family."
Good numbers were hard to find
"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."
Numbers went up. Why is less clear.
"Since I took office in January 2011, we have created 11,100 Rhode Island-based jobs."
One did, and he ignores sponsored amendments
"Of the 20 bills [Rep. David] Cicilline has sponsored in his three years in office, not a single one has advanced past the embryonic committee stage."
But DEM says hunting rules don't apply if they are "culling"
Deer baiting, planned for Block Island by DEM, is illegal in Rhode Island.
Quonset tenants kick in
"We’ve had the private sector more than double the investment that was made by the public sector" at Quonset Business Park.
Tax power unstated, but all too real
The General Assembly "has no explicit constitutional authority to impose income, sales, estate and the myriad of other taxes upon us."
But not during the regular season
"The (New England) Patriots were led by an explosive offense that scored the second most points in the NFL."
Low temps, high taxes
"You don’t see Norway losing population, and its taxes are astronomical."
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