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The Democratic National Committee already has 17 well-established, target-voter groups aimed at blacks, Asians and Hispanics — along with disabled people, Democrats living abroad, senior citizens, union members, the LGBT community, American Indians, rural residents and the religious community.

“I want to ensure the Republican Party is building sincere relationships in every community across the country, and our advisory councils will help make that a reality,” says the ever-enthusiastic Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “They are all leaders in their communities, and each council member brings a unique perspective.”

TEA PARTY: 2014=2010

Though its critics claim otherwise, the tea party insists it can sway significant midterm elections. The Texas primaries Tuesday are a test of sorts. The Tea Party Patriots’ new Citizens Fund Super PAC has revealed its first endorsement — Katrina Pierson, who is running as a “true conservative” against Rep. Pete Sessions in the 32nd Congressional District. Immigration is the issue of choice here.

“There is already a legal path to citizenship for those wishing to immigrate to the United States. Katrina knows anyone who decided to get off that path and enter the United States illegally should not be given any sort of amnesty or reward from Congress, for it is neither fair nor equal treatment under the law,” says Jenny Beth Martin, president of the fund.

“We applaud Katrina Pierson for taking a stand and we reiterate her campaign slogan: it’s time to put Americans first. No more excuses,” Mrs. Martin adds.

SMOKE SIGNALS

More proof that the legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational use is creating a new culture that even the late 1960s-era drug guru Timothy Leary wouldn’t recognize. The first medical marijuana commercials are now airing on major Comcast cable channels, including CNBC, CNN, Fox News, ESPN, and even the Food Network, says Marijuana Doctors, a Miami-based consumer resource group that is intent on removing the “shady” connotations of the stuff.

“You wouldn’t buy sushi from this guy, so why buy your medical marijuana from him?” the spot advises, portraying a drug pusher peddling weird sushi selections from inside his jacket.

“Securing the airtime for our commercial on a major network was extremely difficult, and at the same time, extremely satisfying,” reasons company CEO Jason Draizin.

“We recognize that the sale and use of marijuana is still considered very controversial and we are pleased that Comcast understands that there are legitimate businesses providing legitimate and legal services to people who have legitimate needs.”

POLL DU JOUR

77 percent of Americans had a favorable impression of Barbara Bush when she was in the White House.

73 percent had a favorable impression of Laura Bush when she was in the White House.

66 percent currently have a favorable impression of Michelle Obama. 43 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of Democrats agree.

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