Bill de Blasio Bows Out, Elizabeth Warren’s Big Speech: This Week in the 2020 Race

Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared with other Democratic presidential candidates in Galivants Ferry, S.C., on Monday. By Friday, he had dropped out.

Regulating marijuana like alcohol


Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas released a plan[1] on Thursday to legalize marijuana, expunge all possession convictions and regulate the substance the way alcohol is regulated. Sales would be limited to adults, smoking would be banned in public areas, and advertising would be restricted.

He also wants to tax the marijuana industry and invest the revenue in the communities of color disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

Every Democratic candidate supports decriminalizing marijuana, and most, including Mr. O’Rourke, support full legalization. But six candidates — Mr. Biden, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar, Fla., and former Representative Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania — want to leave the question of legalization up to the states.

  • Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey unveiled a plan[2] to bolster workers’ rights. It would protect the right to organize for all workers, including those in the gig economy; end anti-union “right-to-work” laws; and change the way capital gains are taxed.

  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., released a disaster preparedness plan[3] to help communities prepare for and recover from storms. It aims to improve coordination between federal agencies and storm victims, fortify infrastructure and strengthen the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Mr. Buttigieg also detailed his “Medicare for All Who Want It” plan[4], which seeks to ensure universal access to coverage by allowing all Americans to opt in to a public-coverage alternative.

  • Mr. Sanders introduced a $2.5 trillion housing proposal[5] that calls for more public and affordable housing, as well as a national rent control law[6] that would cap annual rent increases at 3 percent or one and a half times the inflation rate, whichever was higher.

  • Tom Steyer, the former hedge fund executive, released a “justice-centered climate plan[7],” which he said would create nearly 46 million jobs over 10 years. He also promised to create a civilian climate corps as part of a broad “national service plan[8],” which would aim for a million annual participants by 2025.

Overheard on the campaign trail?

“I’m moving to Iowa,” Ms. Harris joked in a comment[9] to Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii that included an expletive and was overheard by a reporter.

The state of California did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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  3. ^ a disaster preparedness plan (
  4. ^ “Medicare for All Who Want It” plan (
  5. ^ introduced a $2.5 trillion housing proposal (
  6. ^ as well as a national rent control law (
  7. ^ “justice-centered climate plan (
  8. ^ “national service plan (
  9. ^ Ms. Harris joked in a comment (

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