Saturday, June 20, 2015

2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #14 “Liberty and Traffic Courts”

Screen Shot 2012-06-01 at 1.05.41 PM  During my 25 years as a trial court judge I was able to observe the continual devolution of the traffic courts from an emphasis upon safety on our streets and highways to a revenue-gathering machine.  Shame on us all!  In California this has, among other things, taken the form of “penalty assessments.”   These are payments that cannot be waived or excused by the judges, and are added on to all traffic fines for such things as courthouse security, the law library fund and paying for child care services at the courthouse.  All of these are important, but today in Orange County, a $100 fine will carry an additional $390 in penalty assessments, and this really throws a large additional burden upon people who are mostly on the low end of the economic scale.  In other words, Liberty as a function of basic fairness is being jeopardized.

Another example of Liberty at risk is the California Highway Patrol’s 11-99 Foundation which, at the very least, gives the appearance of Traffic Justice for Sale.  The charity itself is worthwhile, since it assists families of injured and deceased CHP officers.  The problem comes with the “benefits of membership.”  As an example, for a $2,500 donation, the donor receives a plaque, license plate frame that says “Member, CHP 11-99 Foundation,” and a wallet with a badge placed just opposite where one’s driver’s license would be carried.  The inescapable message this brings is favoritism on the highway for people who have made donations.  Why otherwise would these articles be provided?  All judges know that we are required to provide two important services to the public: justice, and also of equal importance, the appearance of justice.  But these two situations are working against both principles, and there is nothing that judges can do about them.  Liberty requires better!

(Next post: Liberty and the Presidential Debates)

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

YOU CAN’T FAKE REALITY FOREVER

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Reality: Although government does perform some necessary services, like military and police

protection and a judiciary to enforce our laws, and provides an infrastructure like highways and dams,

that facilitates the production of wealth, it almost never creates wealth itself.  Instead, government

takes large amounts of resources away from people and businesses, keeps a big part for itself, and re-

distributes the rest.  So increasing government spending does not spur economic growth  – mostly it is

the reverse.

Reality:  Since almost all wealth is created by the private sector, the more jobs there are in the

private sector, the more economic growth our country will realize.

Reality:  Employers in the private sector will not hire new workers (or retain present ones)

unless those workers cost less than the income they produce.  Thus the old saying “You can’t fake

reality” is true, although I would add that you can’t fake reality forever.

All of this means that if government imposes market artificialities upon employers – who are

there to make a profit – they will do one of five things for their own health or even survival:  try to work

around or avoid the mandates; cut expenses, usually by reducing their labor force and often by replacing

the workers with machines; increase their prices if they can still stay in business by doing so; move to

locations that do not require those rules, if they can; or simply go out of business.  This analysis applies

to things like minimum wage laws, increased union wages, healthcare mandates and legions of intrusive

and complicated government regulations.

Consider customer self-checkout stations now found in many retail stores, computerized robots

in automobile assembly plants, and automatic crop-picking machines.  All of these have been

implemented to reduce those companies’ labor expenses, because those labor costs were greater than

using the machines.  Yes, the workers who were fortunate enough to retain their jobs make more

money, but the ones who are less productive lost their jobs completely.

Is this result heartless?  Are these employers greedy?  Those are the wrong questions to ask.

The right question is: Is this reality?  And the answer is yes it is – and that reality will not change.

My friend the late David Sills, who was the presiding justice of the Court of Appeal in Orange

County, told a story a long time ago about what he had observed during his trip to the Soviet Union.  He

was staying in the best hotel in Moscow, where he noticed that a worker was assigned to vacuum the

rug in the lobby.  So that is what the worker did: Every morning he plugged in his vacuum cleaner,

turned on the switch and vacuumed the rug.  Unfortunately, the vacuum cleaner had broken a long time

before, and there were no spare parts.  Nevertheless, the worker continued to do what he was assigned.

Justice Sills forecast that no society that would tolerate such conduct could survive – and he was proved

to be right.  With so much interference in the marketplace by our government, in many ways we are

headed in the same direction.

The most positive thing about laws such as those setting minimum wages is that they make

government lawmakers feel better about themselves.  But that should not be the case, because those

laws penalize many of the very people the lawmakers are trying to help, who are mostly low-wage and

unskilled workers.

If lawmakers cared about unskilled workers at the low end of productivity, they would repeal all

minimum wage laws, and address their situation by other means.  That would result in more workers

being hired, thus giving more people an opportunity to get a job – particularly the younger ones who are

entering the workforce for the first time.  This would, in turn, give all of these workers an opportunity to

learn and demonstrate the positive work ethic of showing up on time and being reliable and cheerful, as

well as the pride of earning a paycheck.  Then the reality for most of those workers who learn and

display that work ethic would be that, with time, they would either be given a pay raise because they

would bring more value to their employer, or they would find work at another company and be paid

more according to their increased value.

There would also be another important result from this approach: Those workers would see

firsthand how they could profit by furthering their education.

All of this would also benefit society because, for example, it would be more productive

sociologically for society to have 100 people working at $10 per hour, than having 65 people working at

$15 per hour.  This would be particularly true in poor urban neighborhoods, where unemployment and

the lack of opportunity are pervasive, which, in turn, foster increased crime and despair.  And greater

employment is the only realistic remedy for that problem.

Finally, if it must, society can address welfare through a program of a “negative income tax.”

This means that, with these numbers only being used for purposes of illustration, everyone with a Social

Security card would be entitled to receive a stipend of $15,000 per year from the government.  Then this

stipend would be reduced by 50 cents for every dollar each person earned, up to earnings of $30,000

per year.  Thus people who earn less than $30,000 would be subsidized; those who earn exactly that

amount would receive nothing but pay no taxes, and those who earn more would only pay taxes on

money they earn above that amount.

Obviously there would be many wrinkles to iron out in a program of this kind but, overall, since

this approach would entirely replace the bureaucracy, arbitrariness and expense of the welfare system,

it would generally be beneficial for all concerned.  And not only would it be a simplified, more fair and

less bureaucratic system, it would have the critically important factor of always furnishing an economic

incentive for people to earn the extra dollar.

Yes, there must be some government regulation of the marketplace, but those regulations

should not be nearly as intrusive or complicated as they are now.  Why?  Because they add huge

government bureaucracies and expenses without achieving their desired effect.  And they never will

until they more fully take into account economic realities.  And you can’t fake reality forever.

James P. Gray is a retired judge of the Orange County Superior Court, the author of “A

Voter’s Handbook: Effective Solutions to America’s Problems” (The Forum Press, 2010) and the

2012 Libertarian candidate for vice president, along with New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as

the candidate for president.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #13 “Liberty and the Presidential Debates”

Jim-Gray_Waterwark-11-600x600The Presidential Debates are rigged so that only the candidates from the Republican and Democratic Parties can participate.  Previously when the debates were run by the League of Women Voters, candidates from any political parties that were on the ballots in enough states technically to win the presidency would be invited to participate in the presidential debates.  But the League was frozen out of the process by the high-ranking Republicans and Democrats on the Commission.  So now those two parties completely control the Commission, and have changed the criterion to invite only the candidates who show fifteen percent ratings in five national polls.  (And they don’t even name the polls until after the invitations are issued.)  Of course, this is intentionally unreachable, because most polls don’t even carry candidates beyond Democrats and Republicans.  The two parties also exclusively control other important things like who the moderator will be, the issues that will be discussed, how long the candidates will have to answer the questions and whether follow-up questions will be allowed.

The League withdrew its participation when these changes were implemented.  But itdidn’t go out quietly, because the League issued a public statement that it would not be involved in the “hoodwinking of America.”  And America has been hoodwinked ever since.  Liberty demands that this fraud on the voters be reversed!  The most important event in a presidential election is the debates.  Not only do the debates give a legitimacy and viability to all candidates who participate, it also largely controls the issues that will be presented to the public.  Of course, if the debate criteria are changed, the two main parties will lose their monopoly power – but the voters will win.  What do you think is more important?  That is why http://ift.tt/1KPuMoi is sponsoring a lawsuit against the Commission and the two main parties to reverse these criteria and make more information available to the American voters.  If you wish to help to strike a blow for Liberty, please support this lawsuit.  It is probably the most important investment anyone could make in the future of our great country!

(Next post: Liberty and Marriage Equality)

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

2 Paragraphs 4 Liberty: #1 “Liberty”

  maxresdefaultAs everyone knows, the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country ends with the phrase “with Liberty and Justice for All.”  But what is Liberty?  I am a Libertarian, and it forms the root and basis for our political and even philosophical beliefs.  But it is not really discussed by most people.  So in an effort to focus more upon this most important concept, this series will be sent to you every week.  Only two paragraphs at a time, so obviously the presentation will not be in depth.  But I hope that it will spur you the reader to further thoughts about the concept and benefits of Liberty, and also spur you to forward the series on to your circle of friends for the same purpose.

                Contrary to the feelings of many people, Liberty is not a “no holds barred, anything goes” philosophy – far from it.  Because Liberty also involves responsibility – at every level of society, including personal, group, corporate and governmental.  But it also means that all adults should be able to live their lives as they choose, as long as that does not wrongly interfere with the ability of others to do the same thing.  So please watch for this series each week, and use it to think about, employ and become an advocate for Liberty.

                (Next post: “More on Liberty”)

                                                                                                                                Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)




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Thursday, March 19, 2015

1 Two Paragraphs for Liberty: “Liberty”.

As everyone knows, the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country ends with the phrase "with Liberty and Justice for All." But what is Liberty? I am a Libertarian, and it forms the root and basis for our political and even philosophical beliefs. But it is not really discussed by most people. So in an effort to focus more upon this most important concept, this series will be sent to you every week. Only two paragraphs at a time, so obviously the presentation will not be in depth. But I hope that it will spur you the reader to further thoughts about the concept and benefits of Liberty, and also spur you to forward the series on to your circle of friends for the same purpose. Contrary to the feelings of many people, Liberty is not a "no holds barred, anything goes" philosophy – far from it. Because Liberty also involves responsibility – at every level of society, including personal, group, corporate and governmental. But it also means that all adults should be able to live their lives as they choose, as long as that does not wrongly interfere with the ability of others to do the same thing. So please watch for this series each week, and use it to think about, employ and become an advocate for Liberty. (Next week: More on Liberty) Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

Repeal laws that violate our constitutional, human rights By James P. Gray

Friday, January 2, 2015 Repeal laws that violate our constitutional, human rights By James P. Gray Millions of people all around the world still love America - and Americans. They may not always be wild about some of the actions our government takes, but many of us here are not either. But what is it that makes our country so special - even exceptional? The soul of our great country is our liberty and our freedoms. And today our very soul is under attack by our own government. As legal professionals, we cannot allow this to continue. The temptation to deprive people of their liberties in the name of their own security goes back throughout history to Ancient Greece and before. The Founding Fathers of our country (and Mothers, because women like Abigail Adams must be included) were keenly aware of this tradeoff. This caused them to try to combat it by drafting our Constitution and Bill of Rights, so our country would be a bastion of individual freedom from government encroachment. Tragically those protections have been eroded substantially since that time - mostly by keeping our country in a constant state of war. James Madison's warned us that "No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare ... If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign power." We should keep his warnings forefront in our minds, because that is what we are now facing. The justifications for the main present attacks upon our liberty by our government come from several statutes passed by Congress in the name of keeping us safe, with the largest impetus being from the so-called War on Terror. In its name Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows our government to detain (i.e., arrest) any of us, citizens or not, and hold us indefinitely without charges or a trial, merely by the executive department labeling us as suspected terrorists. This statute has turned our traditional concept of due process on its head. The same rationale was also used for Congress to pass the so-called PATRIOT Act, which has been used to justify government snooping upon our private telephone calls, email messages, and bank records. That same legislation was also used to justify the torture (often labeled as "enhanced interrogation") of people in our custody. And yes, that includes waterboarding. Did you ever think that our country would even debate whether we should waterboard someone in our custody? Acts like these were seen by George Washington as such a blight upon the honor of our country that he threatened death during the Revolutionary War to any of our troops who mistreated British prisoners of war. When it comes down to it, there probably is no power more complete than the ability to torture captive human beings, or more despicable. So these laws must be repealed. Why? Because we are better than this. Sen. John McCain, who was tortured continually while being held captive in North Vietnam, put it best when he said torture "compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies." And our country officially recognized this reality in the 1980s when we joined most of the civilized world in signing a treaty committing us to refrain from torture under any circumstances, and to prosecute any of us that did so. An additional reason to repeal these laws is practical. The goal of most terrorist organizations is to show the world that, contrary to its preaching, the government of the United States of America is no better than any other. So every time our government acts to violate anyone's human or constitutional rights, it is helping the terrorists to achieve their goal. The same analysis and reality should keep our government from killing people with missiles launched from drones. This is not only a violation of our principles, but, at least in countries like Pakistan and the Sudan where we don't even claim we are at war, is probably also a violation of international law. And besides, just like with torture, it probably doesn't work. Put yourself in the place of a son or brother of someone killed by one of our drones, you would probably vow revenge. We are almost surely recruiting more terrorists than we are killing. Without a doubt radical groups in the world today are doing monstrous things to innocent people, like shooting students in their schools, bombing devout people while in prayer, and kidnapping and executing women and children. But the scenario that there is a "ticking time bomb" about to explode, and the only way to keep innocent people from being killed is to torture the information out of a terrorist, basically only happens in Hollywood. Furthermore, as if we needed any other reason but the moral one, tortured information is typically unreliable. There is also another important reason for repeal: Requiring government agents to procure a judicial warrant based upon probable cause will not compromise our security. Federal judges are fully as concerned about terrorist threats as the rest of us are, and they will surely sign arrest and search warrants as the circumstances and the law allow to enable government agents to keep us safe. But enforcing the constitutional requirement of procuring those warrants will seriously reduce the risks of abuses in the process itself. Finally, when it comes down to it, we, as adults, must be realistic enough to realize there is only so much that our government can do to keep us safe from wanton acts of terrorism. Yes, we can concentrate our security forces on airline terminals, but what about train stations or bus terminals? Or bridges or tunnels on our nation's highways? Movie theaters, sports stadiums or crowded beaches? We should take a lesson from the people of London during World War II's Battle of Britain when hell was literally reigning down from the skies during the frequent German Luftwaffe bomber attacks. When the air raid sirens went off, people did what was necessary to protect themselves by going down into bomb shelters. But after the all-clear was sounded, they went back to their regular lives without living in fear. We should do the same. So let us all stand up and work actively to repeal all of our country's laws that allow human and constitutional rights to be violated. It is the right thing to do for simple justice. More importantly, our country's soul is at stake. James P. Gray is a retired judge of the Orange County Superior Court, the author of "A Voter's Handbook: Effective Solutions to America's Problems" (The Forum Press, 2010), and was the 2012 Libertarian candidate for vice president, along with Gov. Gary Johnson as the candidate for president. 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2 PARAGRAPHS 4 LIBERTY: #5 "LIBERTY IN EDUCATION"

One of the most important things we can do as a society is to make the opportunity for excellence in education available to all children in our country. But this is clearly not happening today, particularly in lower economic neighborhoods. If we wish to change this, the first thing we need to decide is whether the purpose of our educational system is to provide excellence in education, or to protect below-average teachers. Tragically, in most cases it appears that we have chosen the latter approach. But if we would choose excellence, our chances for it to be realized would be maximized by giving parents the liberty of choosing where the government money will be spent for the education of their children. If that were to happen, virtually everyone would come out ahead, except below-average teachers and their unions. Children would receive excellence because, if a school did not perform, their parents would transfer them to another school that would. And this could be a public, private, religious, charter, military, or even vocational school. And if such a school did not exist in a particular neighborhood, and there were a funded demand, entrepreneurs would quickly fill the vacuum. Good teachers would also benefit because they would both be judged for educational results instead of restricted in their teaching methods, and be paid better because they would be in demand. And all of these results will be accomplished through the Liberty of choice. (Next week: Enforcing Liberty through Contracts) Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

2 PARAGRAPHS 4 LIBERTY: #7 "LIBERTY IN IMMIGRATION"

Earlier in our history, those coming to America faced fewer immigration problems in entering our country. And, if you think about it, that should be a fundamental human right. Why should people's chances of living in the country or environment of their choice be limited by the accident of the location of their birth? Nevertheless, we do have a legitimate interest in prohibiting immigrants from receiving welfare benefits paid for by the rest of us. So how can this situation be resolved? By issuing work visas rather liberally to immigrants after a basic background check for criminality and health issues. This would not be a "pathway to citizenship," and there would be no entitlement to welfare, except in cases of true medical emergencies. But by adopting this approach, not only would we be upholding a human liberty, we would also bring large beneficial results for our economy. Why? Because if labor is not allowed to go to capital, capital will go to labor, and it is better for our economic prosperity for businesses to be located in our country than elsewhere. In addition, since the immigrants would be here legally, they can also be required to get drivers' licenses and pay their taxes. So in this area, like so many others, Liberty works! (Next week: Liberty in Free Trade) Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, Judge Jim Gray, Larry Sand, and Katie Grimes join Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.

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Anaheim PD Violence, City Govt and Drug Laws, One Teachers' Pay Hike Racket, When Defrauding and Shaking Down the Public Became "de rigueur"

Tuesday, July 31, Judge Jim Gray, Larry Sand, and Katie Grimes join Martha Montelongo, with John Seiler, Managing Editor at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal.

Judge Jim Gray authored Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It: A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs.  "It was the culmination of his experience as a former federal prosecutor, defense attorney and trial judge."  We'll speak with Judge Gray about Anaheim, about an important factor  in the legal conflicts between the people of the affected neighborhood of Anaheim and the Anaheim Police Department.

Larry Sand  of CTEN talks with us about a racket teachers in CA use to hike their pay regardless of whether or not they hike their skills or achievements as teachers.

Katy Grimes of CalWatchDog talks about the investigative reporting she's done recently, to uncover millions of dollars of stashed away taxpayer dollars.  While the State of CA cries poverty and threatens to shut down parks, cut vital services and cut back university and K-12 funding, agencies have been hoarding and doling out millions of dollars, like slush funds.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Jim Gray: Libertarian vice presidential candidate visits Alaska

Jim Gray: Libertarian vice presidential candidate visits Alaska
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The Libertarian Party finally has two respectable candidates for the presidential ticket, including veep hopeful Jim Gray, who was in Alaska this July 4 week, trying to get the word out.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Jim Gray, the former Orange County Superior Court judge and the Libertarian Party's

Wednesday's Calendar
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Jim Gray, the former Orange County Superior Court judge and the Libertarian Party's nominee for vice president, takes part in an online town hall meeting, which will also feature Rob Kampia, co-founder and executive director of the Marijuana Policy ...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Judge Jim Gray On the campaign trail, May 2012

On the campaign trail, May 2012
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After the Libertarian Party nominated former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson for president at May's Libertarian National Convention, upon Johnson's request, the party selected Judge Jim Grayof California for Vice President to complete the ticket.
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Friday, June 1, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

It's time for Californians to get smart on crime, and put the war on drugs behind them.

It's time for Californians to get smart on crime, and put the war on drugs behind them.

California can no longer afford to continue locking up thousands of people each year and branding them "felon" for life simply for possessing a small amount of illicit drugs for personal use. The waste of valuable resources and human life is far too great. For low-level drug offenders, treatment – not incarceration – is the most effective crime prevention. 

State Senator Mark Leno is sponsoring Senate Bill 1506 to revise the penalty for the simple drug possession under state law from a felony to a misdemeanor. This bill will be voted on today or tomorrow in the CA Senate. So, please take a few minutes to write your State Senator today. The legislation will free up funding that can be used effectively to help more people get the treatment they need. It will help to improve safety and relieve overcrowding in California jails and prisons. It will also remove barriers to community reintegration efforts that work against sobriety and public safety.

Tell your California State Senator to support SB 1506 for meaningful drug law reform in California today! 

Sincerely,

Devon Tackels

Regional Outreach Coordinator
Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Monday, May 28, 2012

Judge Jim Gray 2012 Vice President Nomination Speech.

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Judge Jim Gray VP Nomination Speech. Libertarian Vice President nominee Judge Jim Grayspeaking at the Libertarian National Convention, May 5, 2012.
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War on Drugs

Barack Obama drug warrior, Clarence Aaron collateral damage
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Women on the rise in Mexican drug cartels
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The high mortality rate in Mexico's drug war has seen women progress quickly in the shadowy underworld of the cartels and they are increasingly taking on key management roles, a new book says. Mexican Army soldiers guard Irasema Lopez Garza, ...
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NARCOTICS: CIA-Pentagon Death Squads and Mexico's 'War on Drugs"
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The War On Drugs took on the Bigfoot stage at Sasquatch! with a blend of folk/mountain music approached from a riff-heavy rock/shoegaze approach. The War On Drugs are a band that falls easily in line with both riff-rock and folk-rock traditions.
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(Alexandre Meneghini, Associated Press / May 21, 2012) By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times CULIACAN, Mexico — The cartel henchman nicknamed "El Loco" was reported behind the latest atrocity in Mexico's ever-more-depraved drug war: mutilating 49 ...
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Establishment on a Witch Hunt?
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... civil liberty violating aspects of the Patriot Act and presidential war power abuses, not to mention an unconstitutional federal "War on Drugs" that cages millions of minorities and criminalizes thousands of people simply seeking some pain relief.
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At the heart of American justice (Part I)
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If you're using illegal drugs, you're accessory to murder
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Then I suspect that many of these same concerned citizens go on home, kick back and light up a joint or maybe they even might lay out a line of coke or some other drug of choice. The war on drugs will not succeed until the demand for drugs in this ...
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Friday, May 25, 2012

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Contra Costa Libertarians Present Vice Presidential Candidate ...

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Judge Jim Gray, Libertarian VP candidate, to speak and get stroked ...

Judge Jim Gray, Libertarian VP candidate, to speak and get stroked ...
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Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray could catch presidential race by surprise

Gary Johnson could catch presidential race by surprise

To date, Johnson has been polling between 6 and 9 percent nationally – several points shy of what he needs.

Johnson, a Republican who served as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, is running on a platform that includes slashing government spending to balance the federal budget by 2013, ending wars the U.S. in involved in, and drug reform --  beginning with the legalization of marijuana but extending all the way to the war on drugs, drug policy, relations with Latin America, and even law enforcement policies and priorities-- issues that neither of the two major candidates President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are pursuing right now.  

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Judge Jim Gray Homecoming - 2012 Libertarian Party VP Nominee On May 12, 2012 Judge Jim Gray, 2012 Libertarian Party Nominee for Vice President at his ...
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Libertarian Party nominates Vice-Presidential candidate Jim Gray

Libertarian Party nominates Vice-Presidential candidate Jim Gray
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Fresh from winning the Vice Presidential nomination at the Libertarian Party annual convention last weekend in Las Vegas, Newport Beach Judge Jim Gray returns home to begin his campaign for office with Presidential nominee Gov. Gary Johnson.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Retired O.C. judge named to Libertarian presidential ticket

Retired O.C. judge named to Libertarian presidential ticket

Newport Beach's Jim Gray is a longtime drug-reform activist.

  
By MARTIN WISCKOL

By MARTIN WISCKOL 
COLUMNIST 
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jim Gray's national recognition as a drug-reform activist ratcheted up a notch last week, when he landed on the Libertarian Party presidential ticket.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson got the expected nod as the Libertarian Party presidential nominee while Gray was confirmed as Johnson's running mate May 5 at the party's national convention in Las Vegas.

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Newport Beach resident Gray, whom Johnson had previously mentioned as his preferred running mate, is hardly new to the political arena.

He ran as a Republican for the House of Representatives in 1998, losing in the primary as Bob Dornan advanced to the general but failed to win back his seat from Loretta Sanchez. Gray ran as a Libertarian for U.S. Senate in 2004 and helped lead the failed 2010 campaign for Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana for recreational use in California.

Johnson also supports legalized marijuana, but his differences from Mitt Romney and Barack Obama hardly end there. He attacks both for not being what they say they are – criticizing Romney's plan to cut the budget as unrealistic given his spending plans and criticizing Obama on civil liberties and involvement in Afghanistan.

Johnson dismissed suggestions that he could cost Romney the election.

"You know, all of those Romney supporters that are ardent marriage-equality advocates?" Johnson, who favors legalization of gay marriage, told the Daily Caller. "All those pot smokers that are for Romney? Nah, I don't buy it."

Tobacco money

Tobacco companies have pitched in more than $39 million to defeat Proposition 29, which would impose an additional $1 per pack cigarette tax, according to an analysis by non-partisan Maplight watchdog group. The new tax proceedings would go to research into and prevention of tobacco-related diseases,

Philip Morris alone has contributed $23.6 million so far, five times the $4.7 million total raised by measure proponents. Next comes R.J. Reynolds with $9.6 million. The top five contributors against Prop. 29 are tobacco companies. No. 6 is the California Republican Party, which has given $695,000. Americans for Tax Reform and the California Chamber of Commerce also oppose the measure.

Top contributors supporting the measures are the American Cancer Society ($1.6 million) and the Lance Armstrong Foundation ($1.5 million). Other proponents include the California Medical Association and the California State PTA.

Gay marriage poll

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he now supports gay marriage but added that it should be up to the individual states. That stops short of the federal gay marriage preferred by the vast majority of Democrats surveyed in a new OC Political Pulse poll.

Among the 130 county Democrat respondents, 88 percent would prefer gay marriage be enacted on the federal level and another 4 percent wanted civil unions – rather than marriages – on the federal level. Just 5 percent shared Obama's position that states should take responsibility and perform same-sex marriages.

Republicans take a far different view. Of the 220 Republicans surveyed, only 4 percent of wanted to see gay marriage on a federal level.

Forty-nine percent of GOP respondents said gay couples should not have the same legal rights as man-woman married couples, while 28 percent approved of civil unions on a state-by-state basis.

Contact the writer: 714-796-6753 or mwisckol@ocregister.com