03/12/17: Really High Noon in the Nevada Desert

LAS VEGAS—It had the makings of a duel in the desert, the first clash between the legion of marijuana lovers emboldened by a surge of legalization and a new federal administration that has pledged to restore “law and order.” In the days leading up to the Cannabis Cup—which is the pot world’s version of harvest festival, lecture series and outdoor concert rolled into one—it looked like a corner of an… Read Article →

03/08/17: The Obama Idea to Save Coal Country

On February 2, in one of his first acts as Senate majority leader of the 115th Congress, Mitch McConnell ushered through the repeal of the Stream Protection Rule. The Obama-era regulation had taken eight years to write, emerging on the last day of the Obama administration, only to be snuffed out two weeks later. In the so-called War on Coal, this was the first time coal had punched back, drawing… Read Article →

01/13/17: Kentucky governor puts Louisville at risk of losing accreditation

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to appoint a new board of trustees at the University of Louisville set off alarms for the school’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This week, the head of the agency, Belle Wheelan, sent Louisville’s acting president Neville G. Pinto a letter clarifying SACS’s decision to sanction the university because Bevin has “considerable external control and influence” that “places in jeopardy board capacity to be… Read Article →

01/05/17: Could President Obama pardon Johnny Boone?

It was three days before Christmas in downtown Montreal, when border agents stopped an elderly man with a biker mustache in a vast indoor mall. The man initially gave his name as Dennis Ross, but when the cops asked him about his tattoos, he acknowledged his real name was Johnny Boone, and his eight-year run was over. La Presse, Montreal’s French-language daily newspaper, called Boone “Le fugitif américain.” When I… Read Article →

12/05/16: Jeff Sessions’s Coming War on Legal Marijuana

On Election Day, eight states voted to legalize recreational or medical marijuana, bringing the nationwide total of medical states to 29. In Florida, medical marijuana won nearly 2 million more votes than Donald Trump… There was another winner on November 8, however, and he has thrown up a serious challenge to the seemingly inexorable march of legal marijuana. By nominating Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for attorney general, President-elect Donald… Read Article →

10/23/16: In the Land of Raw Firepower, a Feeling That Trump Is Out of Ammo

LOUISVILLE — As the sun dropped behind the tree line at the Knob Creek Gun Range, the crowd of 8,500 began pressing forward against the fence that separated them from the objects of their fascination. The mostly white, mostly male spectators had traveled from all over to watch what Knob Creek has become famous for, its Saturday night machine gun shoot. Since 9 a.m. the day before, the range had… Read Article →

09/22/16: U. of Kentucky is suing its student newspaper, trying to block sexual assault reporting

The University of Kentucky is suing the school’s independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, in an effort to block the release of records related to a sexual assault investigation on campus, a rare move that the university says is necessary to protect victims’ private and confidential information. The lawsuit is unusual in a number of ways, in part because the university acknowledges it is reluctantly suing the student newspaper, which… Read Article →

09/20/16: Lindsey Graham’s Mind-Expanding Pot Journey

Eighteen months ago, three junior senators attempted something their chamber had never considered, much less accomplished—starting to roll back the long-entrenched federal ban on marijuana… To no one’s surprise, the bill went absolutely nowhere. But it didn’t die. Despite being ignored by leadership, it managed to collect 16 cosponsors by the end of 2015, a laundry list of mostly Democrats, two Republicans and an independent. Then, early this year, a… Read Article →