What makes these coalitions so remarkable in their support of these issues is how much their members disagree on almost everything else. That happy thought brought liberals together with libertarian tea party conservatives in Colorado and Washington to put marijuana legalization over the top by 55 percent to 45 percent in each state. The Colorado cause benefited from vigorous fundraising and a high-profile endorsement by former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, a libertarian Republican and tea party favorite. Washington residents similarly won the backing of mainstream non-hippie figures like Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who has long favored legalization, regulation and taxation over what he calls “nanny state laws.” As a result, proponents proudly noted, the Colorado measure received more votes than President Barack Obama, who carried the state by 5 percentage points.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tom Tancredo: "libertarian Republican"
Pot legalization measures pass with comfortable margins in Colorado and Washington State The Morning Sun, editorial, "Clarence Page: Left and right get along, on some things":