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Power Lesbian Randi Weingarten Backtracking On Endorsement of Legalized Pot Toking

Randi Weingarten, the one-time pick to replace Hillary Clinton‘s Senate seat, is still clocking hours as head of the 850,000-member American Federation of Teachers. And she’s still clocking headlines, in voicing support for smoking pot.

Unless you’re Touré or Arianna Huffington, going on Bill Maher’s show is likely to get you in trubs. Which it’s doing for Weingarten — who, with former RIAA chief Hilary Rosen, makes up one-half of a lesbian power couple — who the other week responded to Maher’s question about California’s ballot measure (legalizing pot possession, growing, and smoking for those over 21) with, “everything in moderation is pretty much fine.” Of course, she only endorses smoking pot “if it’s legal.” Which, under the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act, it would be (in amounts of one ounce or less).

And some anti-drug groups are supposedly upset? Cue Weingarten’s camp lessening the sting of her remarks. Says spokesman Michael Powell: She actually has “no opinion” on California’s proposition, which she “hasn’t read.” Yeah. Because she was high!

On:           Apr 19, 2010
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    • Randi Weingarten

      The original New York Daily News column by George Rush that started this whole bruhaha was incorrect and Rush has since published a clarification. I do not support the California referendum to legalize marijuana. All I said on Bill Maher’s show is that if it does become legal, then people should use it in moderation. And the American Federation of Teachers is larger than you give us credit for — the AFT represents more than 1.4 million members.

      Apr 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lesboh8r

      Former college official turns
      down plea deal in theft case Judge warns suspect trial will
      start Monday By FRANCIS MCCABE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL A former College of Southern Nevada
      associate vice president on Thursday
      rejected a plea bargain deal from state
      prosecutors . William “Bob” Gilbert faces more than a
      dozen felony charges, including theft and
      misconduct of a public officer. He is
      accused of stealing building material and
      equipment from the college to help build
      his home near Mount Charleston. If convicted, Gilbert could face decades in
      prison. Chief Deputy State Attorney General
      Conrad Hafen told District Judge Donald
      Mosley the deal would have entailed
      Gilbert pleading guilty to three felony
      counts of theft, with a recommended
      sentence of five years probation and $20,000 in restitution to the college.
      Hafen said upon completion of those
      terms, the felony counts could be
      reduced to misdemeanors. It was a harsher deal than Gilbert’s three
      co-defendants accepted Thursday. Thad Skinner, Matthew Goins and
      George Casal each pleaded guilty to two
      counts of conspiracy to commit theft, a
      gross misdemeanor, and were sentenced
      to one year of probation. The men do
      not have to testify against Gilbert but did say in open court that they conspired
      with him to steal college property. Only Casal still works for the college. Hafen said the offer to Gilbert will remain
      open through the weekend, but Mosley
      warned him that he won’t approve any
      deals after the trial starts at 1:30 p.m.
      Monday. Mosley said he was concerned
      and made Gilbert make a public record of his rejection of the deal. “I can see an awful specter of
      disappointment at some point,” Mosley
      said. “I don’t pretend to know
      everything there is to know about this
      case, but I would be really surprised if
      you would leave this court with a total win on all counts. It just looks to me like
      there is a mountain of evidence here. I
      realize there are some defenses and
      there are some things I don’t know, I’ll
      grant you that. I’m just trying to be fair
      here.” Gilbert has maintained his innocence
      since he was indicted by a grand jury in
      2008. Responding that he had discussed
      the deal with his attorneys, he said, “I’m
      not interested in a plea deal.” In a pretrial motion, Mosley ruled
      prosecutors can, under limited
      circumstances only, tell jurors Gilbert
      pleaded guilty to an embezzlement
      charge involving $6,200 in November
      1991. Court records show Gilbert was indicted
      on multiple counts in a federal case while
      working as a construction manager for an
      American Indian tribe in California, Hafen
      said. The indictment alleged that Gilbert
      and others would falsify invoices and have the tribe write checks to phony
      companies for equipment. Mosley said prosecutors can only bring up
      the conviction if Gilbert takes the stand
      in his own defense and testifies that he
      intended to return the CSN equipment
      and material, or that he made a mistake. Hafen had asked the court that he not
      be limited in his ability to question Gilbert
      about the conviction. The case against Gilbert centers on
      college building materials and equipment
      found on his five acres in lower Kyle
      Canyon. Authorities claim he and the co-
      defendants took the construction-grade
      material and equipment so that Gilbert could build his house, and that the co-
      defendants worked on the house when
      they should have been working on
      campus. Gilbert’s defense team, including
      attorneys Brent Bryson and John Momot,
      have indicated that the no-nonsense
      former Marine had permission from
      college officials to store material and
      repair CSN equipment at his property because the college lacks a storage and
      repair facility. Two former CSN presidents have backed
      up that assertion. Bryson said the charges stem from
      allegations made by disgruntled former
      college employees who were fired by
      Gilbert. Lawyers in the case have said the trial
      could last five weeks, though with fewer
      defendants it might end sooner. The witness lists of prosecutors and the
      defense total more than 125, but some
      overlap is expected. Mosley admonished both sides that he
      didn’t want to hear numerous witnesses
      testifying to the same thing. Contact reporter Francis McCabe at
      [email protected] or

      Aug 7, 2010 at 1:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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