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Who buys pot in Denver?

Who buys pot in Denver?

10/28/14 11:51PM

Jamie Perino, owner of the Euflora dispensary in Denver, talks with Rachel Maddow about the nature of her customer base and how marijuana use has become incorporated into people's lives. watch

Ground game seen as key to election victory

Ground game seen as key to election victory

10/28/14 11:47PM

Senator Michael Bennet, chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Democrats are trying to improve their nationwide voter outreach and the importance of field operations to building a campaign. watch

GOP's double secret ground game exposed!

GOP's double secret ground game exposed!

10/28/14 11:46PM

Lynn Bartels, reporter for The Denver Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Republicans are trying to quietly improve their get-out-the-vote strategy in Denver to avoid election day surprises like they had in 2010.  watch

Birthplace of a Democratic upset in Denver

Legend grows around Denver's Bannock Street

10/28/14 11:34PM

Lynn Bartels, reporter for The Denver Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the storied history of a campaign office on Bannock Street in Denver and how Michael Bennet defied expectations to win a Senate seat in 2010 with a strong turnout. watch

Ahead on the 10/28/14 Maddow show

10/28/14 07:43PM

Tonight's guests:

  • Lynn Bartels, report, The Denver Post
  • Senator Michael Bennet, chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • Gen. (ret.) Irv Halter, (D-CO) Congressional Candidate, CD-5
  • Jamie Perino, owner of Euflora marijuana dispensary

After the jump, executive producer Cory Gnazzo shares what the show is putting together. ..

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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 10.28.14

10/28/14 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:
* Another success story: "Amber Vinson, one of two nurses infected while treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, leaves Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Tuesday fully cured of her infection."
* Related news: "The United States shouldn't do anything to discourage health care workers from traveling to Ebola-stricken countries, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in remarks that contrasted sharply with the actions of governors who have sought to quarantine doctors and nurses returning from West Africa."
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "practically dared a nurse to sue him for quarantining her even after she tested negative for Ebola. 'Whatever. Get in line,' the brash Republican said Tuesday during a campaign stop in Rhode Island."
* Iran: "For more than a year, President Hassan Rouhani has been dangling the prospect of a bright economic future before the middle classes that elected him, promising to complete a deal with the West to limit Iran's nuclear program and end the sanctions hobbling the Iranian economy. While the deadline of Nov. 24 is fast approaching, it is far from clear whether the two camps will agree on a pact."
* North Korea: "The United Nations' point man on North Korea's human rights violations called Tuesday for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, saying it is time to take actions against the regime 'to a new level.'"
* Hawaii: "The leading edge of the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano is just 100 yards from the nearest home in Pahoa, Hawaii, where residents are preparing to evacuate. Between Sunday and Monday, the lava flow advanced over 200 yards, moving at an average rate of 10 to 15 yards per hour."
Pope Francis speaks to members of the Sri Lankan community after a mass held by the Archbishop of Colombo, Feb. 8, 2014, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis takes a stand for evolution, against 'magic wands'

10/28/14 04:54PM

Social conservatives in the United States who've been unhappy with Pope Francis' moderation today have one more reason to be upset. Daniel Berger reported this afternoon:
Pope Francis broke with Catholic tradition Monday by declaring that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, and remarking that God is not "a magician with a magic wand."
"When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so," the pope said at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, during a plenary meeting dedicated to evolving concepts of nature.
The pope's remarks came earlier today in a speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
"The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it," the Roman Catholic pontiff said. "Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve."

Francis described a vision in which living beings evolve naturally, "in accordance with the internal laws" ascribed by God.
It is important to note, as the report from the Religion News Service emphasized, that this is not exactly a theological breakthrough: "Unlike much of evangelical Protestantism in the U.S., Catholic teaching traditionally has not been at odds with evolution. In 1950, Pope Pius XII proclaimed there was no opposition between evolution and Catholic doctrine. In 1996, St. John Paul II endorsed Pius' statement."
When it comes to Christian hostility towards modern biology, most of the opposition comes by way of Evangelical Protestants, not Roman Catholics.
Still, Francis' remarks are welcome for supporters of science in light of his immediate predecessor.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage during a news conference March 10, 2014, in Brunswick, Maine.

Republican Governors Association exploits its pawn in Maine

10/28/14 04:07PM

There's no shortage of interesting campaigns this year, but there's no race in the nation quite like Maine's gubernatorial race.
If you haven't been following it, Tea Partying Gov. Paul LePage (R), who won with less than 38% of the vote in a three-way race in 2010, is effectively tied in most recent polls with Rep. Mike Machaud (D). LePage would probably get crushed in a head-to-head contest, but the mainstream vote is being split between Machaud and Independent Eliot Cutler, who also ran four years ago.
LePage, well aware of the circumstances, last week referred to Cutler's candidacy as "an early Christmas present." Today, Chris Christie's RGA went even further.
On Tuesday, the Republican Governor's Association released its latest ad, which attacks Michaud and not-so-discreetly props up Cutler.
The RGA spot explains that a vote Michaud cast when he was in the Legislature would have imposed a new tax on Social Security. "It was such a bad idea that then-Gov. Angus King vetoed it," the ad voiceover said. "No wonder independent King now endorses Eliot Cutler."
Yep, the Republican Governors Association has taken the extraordinary step of creating an ad touting a popular figure endorsing an independent candidate. The independent candidate is running against a Republican incumbent, but the RGA doesn't care -- if it can boost support for Cutler, those are votes coming from Maine's mainstream, not the Republican base.
In other words, the Republican Governors Association is sending a not-so-subtle message to Cutler's supporters: it's time to use you as a pawn in the Republican machine.