Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 7.31.15

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
 
* The details of Donald Trump’s position on immigration are still a little murky, but he apparently wants to pursue mass deportations, followed by limited re-entry. “We got to move ‘em out, we’re going to move ‘em back in if they’re really good people,” the leading Republican told CNN this week.
 
* In Kentucky, where the gubernatorial race is just three months away, the new Bluegrass Poll shows state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) with a very narrow lead over Matt Bevin (R), 45% to 42%.
 
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R) presidential campaign still seems like a longshot, but at least financially, he’s better off than many of his rivals. The governor’s two PACs reported yesterday “raising a total of $11.7 million for his campaign” in the second quarter.
 
* Hillary Clinton hasn’t said exactly how much she’d like to raise the federal minimum wage, but she spoke favorably yesterday of Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-Wash.) proposal to raise the minimum from $7.25 to $12 an hour. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, wants an increase to $15.
 
* The wealthy Ricketts family, influential in Republican circles, is reportedly rallying behind Scott Walker’s presidential campaign. This includes a $5 million check from billionaire investor Joe Ricketts to the governor’s super PAC.
 
* The Trump campaign hired Michael Glassner, a former aide to Bob Dole and Sarah Palin, to serve as political director. Trump is also reportedly receiving guidance from Pat Caddell, a conservative Fox News Democrat.
 
* A month after moving forward with his plans to run for the Senate, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) announced yesterday that he’s changed his mind and will run for re-election instead. He blamed his decision on the Obama administration’s approach to VA reforms.
 
* And former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) formally announced his presidential campaign yesterday with the release of this online video. Note, it’s nearly 11 minutes long, and the clip is a little … what’s the word … bland.
 

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.31.15