Sharpe James out in Newark.
Haley Barbour still unreconstructed in Mississippi.

Good news: Newark will no longer have a crooked, racist Mayor.

Bad news: Mississippi still has a crooked, racist Governor.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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  1. "Good news: Newark will no longer have a crooked, racist Mayor."
    Hmmm. I live in Newark: a godless pallid yuppie who attended the same law school as Cory Booker. (Never met him.) Sharpe James' departure is mixed news. He has done a lot of good for Newark–admittedly on the commission system. Racist? I don't think so, although he wasn't above playing the race card on occasion. Then again, neither was Ed Koch. My main beef against James is that he has been in office a bit too long. Again, like Ed Koch.
    Cory Booker will have a big set of shoes to fill. Let's hope that he isn't the John Lindsey of the naughts.

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