Back in the day, when there were liberal Republicans — Javits, Lindsay, Hatfield — Charles McC. Mathias was a liberal Republican Congressman and then Senator from Maryland. As befits someone whose great-grandfather ran downballot from Lincoln, Mathias was a loyal Republican; he went so far as to endorse Barry Goldwater for President. He has known John McCain since before McCain first held public office.
Mac Mathias endorsed Barack Obama today.
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.
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)
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