Posted Friday, January 12, 2018
The Hill reported: State Rep. Steve Alford (R), who said over the weekend that African-Americans respond "worst" to marijuana because of "their genetics" and "character makeup," resigned from his posts as the chairman of the House Children and Seniors Committee and vice chairman of a legislative task force on child welfare, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Alford made the comments at a "Legislative Coffee" session, arguing against a county Democratic official who spoke in favor of legalizing marijuana in the state. Alford argued that Jim Crow-era bans on drugs were put in place to protect citizens from black Americans' drug use. "What you really need to do is go back in the '30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas and across the United States," Alford said. "What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African-Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that." Alford later apologized for the comments in a statement, according to The Hutchinson News, after facing major backlash from Republicans and Democrats. Read story @ (Link: thehill.com) Please share and comment
The Hill reported: Conservative Republican Reps. Mark Meadows (N.C.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio) are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down, citing recent leaks from the Justice Department and FBI. "If Sessions can't address this issue immediately, then we have one final question needing an answer: When is it time for a new attorney general?" the two GOP lawmakers asked in an op-ed for The Washington Examiner. "Sadly, it seems the answer is now," they continued. "It would appear he has no control at all of the premier law enforcement agency in the world." The lawmakers went on to cite a New York Times story, published last week, that referenced intelligence community sources as saying a meeting between former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and an Australian diplomat kick-started special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Republicans have long argued the unverified dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele led to the probe. Read story @ (Link: thehill.com) Please share and comment. What do you think?