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Marijuana Legalization Could Get a Boost in a Democratic Senate
Advocates hope for better reception to sweeping pot bill, now stalled

Marijuana legalization advocates hope that Vermont Sen. Patrick J. Leahy can push through a sweeping bill if he becomes Judiciary Committee chairman under a Democrat-controlled Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The momentum toward marijuana legalization — already accelerated this year by a raft of state ballot measures — could get an even bigger boost if Democrats win control of the Senate.

That’s partly because the controlling party will choose the chairman of the committee that determines whether a sweeping marijuana proposal advances or dies.

Candidates Get Platform With GOP Weekly Address

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Every week after President Barack Obama delivers his weekly address, the Republicans get a chance to respond. Because they don't, of course, have a singular figure who would naturally address the nation each week, the speakers vary. So far in 2014, 11 Republican candidates — four House hopefuls and seven vying for Senate seats — have had the honor to take to YouTube and spread their party's message.  

In the fall of an election year, the GOP weekly address is an opportunity for Republicans to showcase some of their hopefuls on the ballot to a broader audience than the candidates can normally reach themselves — because not everyone pays attention to every Senate race, or to New York congressional campaigns.