Right, Left Get Along -- Outside Washington
Despite the partisan bickering and gridlock in
Not on everything, of course. If everybody agreed on everything, opinion writers like me would be out of business. About that, I am not worried. What makes these coalitions so remarkable in their support of these issues is how much their members disagree on almost everything else.
That happy thought brought liberals together with libertarian tea party conservatives in
As a result, proponents proudly noted, the
Similarly, a slice of Republican
Conservative support helped, even if groups like the new Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry were not easy to find amid the louder opposition from social conservatives.
Another dramatic coalition helped
The old law, which spurred a national trend of similar laws, demanded a life sentence for a third conviction of any felony. That meant even such minor third strikes as stealing a pair of socks could jam the state's badly overcrowded prison system with yet another convict for life.
The new law will put away for life only hard-core criminals such as murderers, rapists and child molesters for any third felony offense. For everyone else, the third strike must be a "serious or violent" felony.
Right on Crime, a prominent conservative justice reform initiative, supported the law, which was drafted by a partnership of the
How prominent is Right on Crime? Its signatories include former
Yes, that's the same
Cash-strapped states and small-government conservatives appreciate measures that can save money without increasing crime rates. Alternative sentencing for small-time offenders and drug rehabilitation for nonviolent drug offenders make great fiscal sense and reduce the abuses that the
But Norquist has long built coalitions around a simple but critically important concept, he told me in an interview last year: Don't let ideological differences on other issues stop you from cooperating wherever your interests overlap.
It's refreshing to see ideological opposites find ways to get things done. It's too bad the political left and right haven't been getting things done that smoothly in
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