Bob Brady Is Not Running For Reelection
Philly.com- Philadelphia Democratic Party Chairman Bob Brady announced yesterday that he is not running for re-election to the U.S. House.
Brady’s announcement is guaranteed to shake up the city: It could reduce the political clout of Philadelphia’s delegation, which besides Brady includes two congressmen with little to no seniority, in an election year in which many observers think Democrats could take back control of the U.S. House.
It will also likely attract more candidates to jump into the race for Brady’s First Congressional District seat, and could possibly weaken the city’s Democratic machine.
Brady told the Inquirer and the Daily News that his family, as well as his concerns about how a new congressional redistricting map may affect his fellow city congressmen, factored into his decision. He was adamant that last year’s federal investigation into his campaign finances, which snared two of his closest political aides, played no role.
Trump May Release Controversial Memo Today Despite ‘Grave Concerns’
NBC News- Democrat Adam Schiff says the House Intelligence Committee sent the White House an altered version of a classified memo about the Trump-Russia investigation from the one that committee Republicans voted to release to the public.
Schiff, the Intelligence Committee’s ranking Democrat, said in an open letter to the committee’s chairman, Republican Devin Nunes, that the memo should be withdrawn immediately,
The committee voted Monday to release the memo, which was prepared by Republicans, on a straight party-line vote. The memo is under White House review. President Trump could decide to release it as early as today.
Republicans say the memo shows that the FBI relied on an opposition research dossier paid for by Democrats to obtain a warrant to conduct secret surveillance on an aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Democrats say it is a misleading attack on the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller and designed to undermine the FBI.
San Francisco Will Wipe Out Thousands Of Marijuana Convictions Dating Back To 1975
LA Times- San Francisco will retroactively apply California’s new marijuana legalization laws to prior convictions, expunging or reducing misdemeanors and felonies dating to 1975, the district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
Nearly 5,000 felony marijuana convictions will be reviewed, recalled and resentenced, and more than 3,000 misdemeanors that were sentenced prior to Proposition 64’s passage will be dismissed and sealed, Dist. Atty. George Gascón said. The move will clear people’s records of crimes that can be barriers to employment and housing.
San Francisco’s move could be the beginning of a larger movement to address old pot convictions.
Proposition 64 legalizes the possession and purchase of up to an ounce of marijuana, allows individuals to grow up to six plants for personal use. The measure also allows people convicted of marijuana possession crimes eliminated by Proposition 64 to petition the courts to have those convictions expunged from their records.