A Viewers Guide to Tonight’s CNBC Debate

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Boulder dispensaries cautiously welcome GOP debate.

Just in case they don’t have enough to do, journalists attending the third Republican debate in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday have been invited by the thriving local marijuana industry to pay a call on select retailers. “Coming to the GOP Debate?The 14 candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination are set to take the debate stage again Wednesday, each seeking to distinguish themselves in a race that has much of the field clawing for a sense of relevance.As dawn broke on Republican debate day in the liberal bastion of Boulder, Bobby Andrews, 50, was delighting the cooks and customers at the Village Coffee Shop with political humor. “This year we’re having Republican Halloween,” he said, reading off Facebook. “We give the first 1 percent of kids to our door all the candy and trust that they’ll give adequate shares to all the others.” Andrews didn’t like any of the candidates in the Republican field set to debate later Wednesday at the University of Colorado’s Coors Event Center, and that was coming from a native of southwest Virginia, which he called “the Republican religious right of the world.” “I just hope when it all comes out of the wash, Bernie is on top,”said Andrews of Democrat Bernie Sanders, as Neil Young’s “Old Man” played on the diner’s speakers.

Meet cannabis industry leaders and go behind the scenes at a local marijuana retail store,” advises the National Cannabis Industry Association which has organized an afternoon tour and meet-and-greet at a local dispensary which sells legal recreational and medicinal pot with such names as Permafrost, Trainwreck and Chunk Diesel. “The upcoming debate will focus on jobs and the economy. — As marijuana legalization becomes an increasingly mainstream discussion, pot dispensaries here are eyeing Wednesday’s GOP debate for hints of what the future may hold. Colorado’s legal, regulated cannabis businesses are on track to ring up more than $1 billion in sales in 2015 alone,” the association reasons, noting that 15,000 and 20,000 people are employed by the cannabis industry in the state. “Marijuana policy came up during the Democratic debate in Nevada, where a law similar to Colorado’s is set to appear on next year’s ballot,” said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, which has “graded all the presidential hopefuls in terms of their stand on legalization and related issues. “It stands to reason that the subject will come up in Boulder, where the victor would be free to celebrate with marijuana instead of champagne,” he added. Johnny Kurish, general manager at Boulder’s Helping Hands Herbals recreational dispensary, said he was surprised when he heard the national Republican field would come to this largely liberal town, but then he said it all started to make sense. “Part of the political process is facing your opposition,” said Kurish, who has an MBA and sports short-cropped hair and a button-down shirt. The night’s debate is expected to focus on economic policy. “I don’t think they have a message anybody’s buying around here,” said Ellen Kleghorn, 40, as she filled her tank of her Subaru at a 7-Eleven on Valmont Road a half hour earlier. “Maybe that’s why they came here — to see how it would fly in the toughest crowd they could find to audition their ideas.”

The candidates who qualified for the main event include, in order of their polling: Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul. Despite the remaining political opposition, dispensary employees interviewed by CNBC were overwhelmingly positive about marijuana’s future in the United States. “Legalizing weed would change everything,” said Missy McDougall, an assistant manager at the retailer the Village Green Society. “They’ll come around.” “So you guys hate pot more than you like money? Voters are getting serious and candidates are passing the point where concerns can be addressed by saying “it’s still early.” Don’t: Break character. In fact, a poster on the storefront said the business would be closing early on Wednesday — not for a debate watch party, but for a costume party where attendees would dress as their favorite strain of weed, according to one employee (who suggested that her sign implied she wear a “Space Queen” costume). The debate will feature two sets of candidates discussing critical issues facing America today, including job growth, taxes and the health of our economy.

Being broadly palatable to a party that holds reservations about Cruz also means not lacerating — too much — candidates preferred by more moderate voters. Don’t: Repeat the creepy telemarketer routine from the second GOP debate, in which Cruz spoke directly to the camera instead of moderators or his competitors.

Aside from an understandable dip in the polls, there is the report in WSJ that she is shopping for high-paying speaking engagements and her overall low media profile. In the same remarks that he attacked Bush, Kasich broadly condemned the entire field saying “I’ve about had it with these people.” Polls would indicate that voters would have about had it with Kasich.

Christie needs to keep his head outside the New York metro area and in real America, like say, New Hampshire… National Geographic: “The excavators exploring a small stone shaft on a rocky promontory in southern Greece had found an unusual tomb of an ancient warrior…Along with the well-preserved skeleton of a man in his early thirties, the grave contains more than 1,400 objects arrayed on and around the body, including gold rings, silver cups, and an elaborate bronze sword with an ivory hilt. In this plan, all the liabilities GM had racked up over the decades were left behind in “old GM” while all of the assets were magically transported to “new GM.” Poof. The deal, unpopular among Republicans for its lack of spending discipline and avoidance of fights on issues like ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood, is the outstanding liability of his speakership.

The assets, including the largest majority since the 1920s and a successful blockade of President Obama’s legislative agenda, will go to the new entity: presumptive speaker Paul Ryan. And it is a telling moment in Washington that the budget bundle, which is not well liked by anyone, is broadly expected to sail through to passage with mostly Democratic votes. Asked on late night TV Tuesday if as president she’d let big banks in trouble fail, she responded: “Yes, yes ,yes, yes, yes.” The tough line on banks continues Clinton’s swing to the left and looks to quiet concerns over her cozy relationship with Wall Street. He may not be in contention for the nomination, but Sander’s winning in New Hampshire would be an unwanted embarrassment in Clinton’s newly resumed coronation. Runs for cover on VA gaffe – Hit with a torrent of criticism, the Clinton campaign is beating a hasty retreat from her claim that the Veterans Administration scandal was “not as widespread as it has been made out to be.” Target: Hillary – WSJ: “A collection of top GOP operatives, financed by prominent Republican donors, is launching two new groups to take aim at Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

The groups—Future45, a super PAC, and 45Committee, an issue-advocacy organization—are designed to seize on issues that emerge in the campaign or comments Mrs. Organizers are hoping the groups will become something of an experimental, quick-strike vehicle to see what messages and tactics work.” [Future45 group launched its first ad today, which focuses on Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state. After seeing what was supposed to be an art installation at the Museion gallery, a group of cleaners thought they needed to get to work and clear up the area from all the ‘garbage’ someone left behind. The art installation looked like the aftermath of a party room with many bottles on the floor, confetti and a hanging sign that reads ‘Tutti Assolti’ (everyone absolved).

The art piece by Milanese artists Goldschmied & Chiari was entitled as ‘Where are we going to dance tonight?’ and the gallery described it as the perfect metaphor for the 1980’s. Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on the network, including “The Kelly File,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” and “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” He also provides expert political analysis for Fox News coverage of state, congressional and presidential elections.

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