Drug Trafficking, Wells Fargo & Florida Politics

posted by Claudia Mendoza - 

Here are today's important stories and my takes on them.

First up we have, Wells Fargo closes campaign account because of candidate’s medical-marijuana ties from the Miami Herald.

Thank you to the Miami Herald for pointing out the reality on the ground. Marijuana is illegal. That’s the issue here. Everything else is noise. Once again, I’ve inclined to point out my rule about the premise. If the premise of anything is false anything built on it is likely to fail. Marijuana isn’t legal in Florida because it isn’t legal in the United States. One of two things must happen for that to change. It will have to be legalized, or at a minimum decriminalized, at the federal level or Florida will need to cede from the union. 

Banks can’t accept money from the sale of illegal drugs because they’re federally regulated. A candidate for office who’s storing money that was obtained by federal drug trafficking, under current law, is also a violation once it’s disclosed to the bank. It’s a good talking point for Fried to gain attention for her campaign but it’s simply the latest example of what’s wrong with attempting to legalize something at the state level that can’t be legalized because we’re still part of the country. Details. And what about the move to BB&T you ask?  

Maybe BB&T wasn’t aware of where the money came from. Maybe they’re willing to take a chance that the feds won’t crack down on them for breaking the law. As for Wells Fargo, by now it’s no secret that the government has a permeant seat with their board of directors just waiting for them to screw up again. Rather than blaming Wells for following the law, how about we actually attempt to abide by it? 

Last headline for today comes from the New York Post, CBS News Pollster Reveals Why a 'Blue Wave' Is Unlikely, Mary Linge.

Ding, Ding, ding. Accredited polling is a tool and a highly relevant and predictive one if used correctly. National polling is less relevant than it’s ever been, with state and local polling being more relevant than ever. The divides politically have never been so stark. In every election the key is to dig into details. How do undecided voters traditionally break in a similar election in a particular state or district? How many people say they’ll vote third party but won’t and who will they vote for? These are the details in close elections that matter most.  


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