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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!

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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.

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    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

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