This Is Your Race On Drugs: Conway, [Rand] Paul Clash Over Drug Enforcement In KentuckySubmitted by sailingaway on Tue, 08/17/2010 - 10:29
"Democrats in Kentucky are high on the possibilities of debating drug enforcement with Rand Paul. The Republican nominee for Senate has advocated cutting federal spending on drug enforcement, which he has said should be left to the states. Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee (and the state's attorney general), is ripping Paul for the stance and claiming that Paul is ignoring Kentucky's many drug problems.
The result is a strange alternate reality where the Democrats think they have the upper hand on the tough-on-crime stuff -- and the Republicans are shying from a fight over law and order. There are signs that Paul's views are costing him dearly in the relatively tight Senate race: yesterday, the Fraternal Order of Police in Kentucky backed Conway, citing, among other things, his work to fight drug abuse in the Bluegrass State.
What exactly does Paul believe when it comes to drugs? He wants the federal government to dramatically lower its drug enforcement profile. "Paul wants to cut federal funding for undercover drug investigations and drug treatment programs," the AP reported last week. "He said he is opposed to the legalization of marijuana, even for medicinal purposes. But he also has called drug sentences of 10 to 20 years too harsh."
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