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McGarveyMcGarveySaying its time has come, state Sen. Morgan McGarvey on Wednesday called on the legislature to consider legalizing medical marijuana to relieve pain and suffering of terminally ill people.

"It's 2017," McGarvey, a Louisville Democrat, told members of the joint House-Senate Health and Welfare Committee. "I think it's time we had a conversation about medical marijuana without snickering."

Members of the committee took no action on legislation McGarvey is proposing for the 2018 legislative session but no one spoke against the proposal and some committee members spoke in favor of the measure that went nowhere in the past two legislative sessions.



Stop the hate speech and fix our problems

by Dr. Glenn Mollette

Hate speech doesn't work for any person or group in America. The result is always hurt. The shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise at a baseball practice is further proof.

Here are some of the comments and other rhetoric that Sean Hannity recently remarked about on an evening broadcast and his website.

Hollywood Actor Mark Ruffalo calls on NBC News to "cease hiring white conservatives."

"Knights for Socialism" group at a Florida University teaches students how to "fight the fascists."

Anti-Trump "resistance" leaders say they want to "Make America Ungovernable," call for "direct action" tactics against Republicans.

Kathy Griffin's photo shoot depicting President Trump's severed head.

Charlie Sheen wishes death on Donald Trump, tweeting, "Dear God; Trump next, please! Trump next, please!" following the death of actress Carrie Fisher.

President Trump murdered in musician Marilyn Manson's music video.

Katie Tur insinuates Donald Trump will begin killing journalists on MSNBC, saying "Donald Trump has made no secret about going after journalists"

Unhinged NYU professor calls on students to attack conservative speaker Gavin McInnes, calls his supporters "Nazis."

Rachel Maddow says Donald Trump wants to murder journalists.

Comedian Jim Carrey supports Kathy Griffin's photo shoot, says he dreams of killing President Trump.

Madonna says she wants to "blow up the White House" during a speech.

Black Lives Matter say they want to "fry cops like bacon" during a rally in Minnesota.

President Obama urges liberal activists to, "Get in their faces."

Actor Mickey Rourke goes on anti-Trump rant, says "F*** him, F*** the horse he rode in on, his wife's one of the biggest gold-diggers I know."

Rapper Big Sean raps about murdering Donald Trump with an icepick.

Late-Night host Stephen Colbert goes on anti-Trump tirade, calls him "Vladimir Putin's c***-holster."

Comedian Bill Maher jokes about Trump family incest.

Rapper Snoop Dogg stages phony execution of 'clown' Donald Trump.

NBC and New York Times contributor Malcolm Nance calls on ISIS to suicide-bomb Trump-owned properties.

NYC Theater group stages performance of 'Julius Caesar,' showing the savage stabbing-death of 'Donald Trump.'

Protesters in Philadelphia chant "Kill Trump - Kill Pence" during May Day demonstrations.

Thanks To Sean Hannity and for providing this startling information.

We've heard many times that sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Words are painful but often lead to very cruel actions. While some of these American personalities hopefully would never act out their speech, their speech influences America. Millions read social media, watch television and they follow America's celebrities. Speech is influential when it comes from so many people who are in the public eye.

President Trump is not a perfect man nor is Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Mike Pence. We should help President Trump accomplish something. We should build the wall; take some of the tax burden off businesses and the average American taxpayer. We should stop wasting Americans' money that is paid into Social Security so that seniors will have something to count on in their senior years. We need our roads, bridges and water systems in America fixed or replaced. We need to continue to build strong energy sources such as wind, solar, natural gas and clean coal. We need to work together to help our kids receive good educations without costing the price of a new house. We need to fix the high cost of medical care and prescription drugs. Some of America's neighborhoods are out of hand with reported murders every night.

Spewing hate filled venomous words at each other solves nothing. All political sides need to tone it down. Calling for hurt or even death to the President or any law abiding citizen is evil. We need to all become human beings again, stop being stupid, go to work and resolve our problems.

Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist and author of twelve books.
He is read in all fifty states. READ HIS NEW BOOK - UNCOMMON SENSE


Paul opposes his plan to delay end of Medicaid expansion from 2020 to 2023...

Al CrossAl CrossMajority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky defended Senate Republicans' secret drafting of a new health-care law Tuesday, saying committee hearings that Democrats demand aren't needed.

"Look, we've been dealing with this issue for seven years. It's not a new thing. We've spent a lot of time on it," McConnell told reporters. "Nobody's hiding the ball here. You're free to ask anyone anything. But there have been gazillions of hearings on this subject when [Democrats] were in the majority, when we were in the majority. We understand the issue very well and we are now coming up with a solution."

Democrats continued their criticism. Michael McAuliff of Huffington Post reports, "Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) noted that McConnell had once been a strong advocate for transparency when Democrats passed Obamare after more than a year of hearings and 25 hours of debate on the Senate floor. Bennet quoted McConnell saying then: 'Above all, he said, the American people, above all, they are tired of a process that shuts them out. They are tired of giant bills negotiated in secret, then jammed through on a party line vote in the middle of the night.'"

Bennet said, “If the process we had wasn’t enough . . . what they’re giving is really giving the back of their hand to the American people.”

Some Republican senators "say the process is hard to defend, but they have no choice if they want to keep their campaign promise to replace Obamacare," Laura Litvan of Bloomberg News reports.

"We wrote a bill in the House, which nobody could amend," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told her. "That's not good. We're trying to do it from a one-party perspective because no Democrat is willing to help us. But no, this is not the best way to do health care. But it's the way we're having to do it."

Litvan writes, "Others say they fear senators and the public will have little time to understand a final proposal when and if it is released. "I think we have to really take a look at this, and I think the American people need to take a look at it," Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told her.

"Some Republicans who have largely been left outside the deliberations say they can't predict what they'll do," Litvan writes, quoting Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: "The emerging bill is considerably better than the House bill, but saying that it's better doesn't mean that it's acceptable to me."

The main sticking point for Republicans is the future of Medicaid, which Kentucky and most other states expanded with funding from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The House bill would have ended the expansion in 2020, but McConnell has proposed a phase-out through 2023.

Bob Bryan of Business Insider reports that conservative Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas "have also come out against a slower phase-out of this funding, making a compromise more difficult" because only 52 of the 100 senators are Republicans. They need 50 votes, plus the tie-breaker by Vice President Mike Pence.

McConnell has said he wants the Senate to pass the bill before it leaves for the July 4 holiday recess, but he wouldn't say Tuesday when it would pass. "Well, you know, I'm not going to answer that with specificity," he said. "Our goal is to move forward quickly. The status quo is unsustainable. Something has to be done. Something has to be done soon."

Meanwhile, McAuliff reports, President Trump "reportedly told GOP senators in a meeting at the White House that the repeal bill passed by the House was 'mean'." The New York Times reported likewise, citing "four congressional aides who were were briefed on the discussion and spoke on the condition of anonymity."

Politico reports Trump "made clear that the Senate needs to pass a bill that Republicans are able to more easily defend and is not viewed as an attack on Americans from low-income households, as the House bill has been portrayed by critics, the sources said. He also advocated more robust tax credits for people who buy insurance on the individual market, a move that would increase the bill’s cost."

Posted by Al Cross at 11:46 PM

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