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Report: Wisconsin Democrats to decide on pot, single-payer health care for platform

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WISCONSIN DELLS, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Republicans shied away from hot button issues at their state convention this month.  

Now, it remains to be seen whether state Democrats will do the same. The party's annual convention takes place a week from Friday and Saturday in Wisconsin Dells.  

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Democratic delegates will vote on resolutions to seek legalization of recreational marijuana in the Badger State, and to make it a plank in the party platform.  

Delegates will also decide whether to ask Congress to adopt a single-payer health care system -- and create a carbon tax on emissions that encourage global warming.  

All three are radical departures from what we've seen from Madison and Washington in recent years.

Majorities of both parties have rejected marijuana for recreational use, much less a full legalization. Obamacare -- despised as it is by many Republicans -- uses private insurance to get people covered. And while President Obama has campaigned on a carbon tax in the past, it has gone nowhere in the divided Congress.  

Last month, Wisconsin Republicans rejected heavily publicized conservative proposals to allow the state to secede from the U.S., have the right to nullify federal laws like Obamacare, and affirm state sovereignty.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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