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March 10, 2016

Are Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz now back on the same page with respect to sentencing reform?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this GOP Prez race news today via Politico: "Cruz to land first Senate endorsement: Mike Lee."  Beyond the obvious political significance of this (e.g., another body blow to Senator Rubio), I cannot resist thinking about this in federal sentencing reform terms because Senator Mike Lee has been one of the most vocal GOP advocates for federal sentencing reform. 

Of course, as noted in this prior post from last year, Senator Ted Cruz was himself a vocal sentencing reform supported when only drug sentencing reform was the focal point on Senate reform effort.  But, as this press article from a few months ago highlights, the two had a vocal and visible parting of ways when sentencing reform started including violent offenders.  I doubt sentencing reform was the first concern when Senator Lee was thinking about who to endorse, but this interesting history still has me pondering the question in the title of this post.

March 10, 2016 at 02:02 PM | Permalink


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