Posts Tagged ‘smoking’

Herman Cain’s Smoking Gun

October 26, 2011

Herman Cain's Smoking Gun

Herman Cain’s hired gun, Chief of Staff Mark Block, a former employee of the Koch brothers’ AFP fined in 1997 for violating state campaign laws, smokes. That’s what he does in a strange campaign video that has gone viral.

Some see this as confirmation that the Cain campaign is just blowing smoke, but Mr. Cain has a long friendship with Big Tobacco. In his years as a high-powered Washington lobbyist, a career curiously ignored by his supporters, he made the National Restaurant Association a national powerhouse with money from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and big alcohol companies. The price: Mr. Cain fought smoking bans in bars and laws lowering alcohol blood levels for drunk driving.

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Smoking Guns

February 7, 2009

Smoking Guns

To the surprise of many in the tobacco-growing state, the Virginia Legislature is on the verge of banning smoking in the Old Dominion’s restaurants and bars.  A bill passed the State Senate on Tuesday, and Governor Tim Kaine and  Republican House Speaker William Howell agreed to a compromise smoking ban proposal on Thursday. Passage of the measure seems assured.

On the other hand, the Virginia Senate passed a bill allowing permit holders to carry concealed handguns into restaurants and bars as long as they don’t drink alcohol and inform management that they are armed.

You really think some underpaid Virginia waiter is gonna tell an armed smoker to snuff out his butt?

 

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