Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* Hillary Clinton didn’t explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, “I want to be your champion.”
* On “Face the Nation” yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would “go after” state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of pot even in states where it was approved by voters, the governor replied, “Yes, sir.”
* In North Carolina, the latest PPP poll shows Jeb Bush leading the Republicans’ presidential field with 19%, followed by Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker, each of whom are tied for second with 12%. Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee are the only other candidates to reach double digits, with 11% and 10%, respectively.
* On a related note, the same poll shows Clinton leading Jeb Bush in North Carolina by seven, but she’s tied in the state with Walker and Paul.
* Rick Perry hopes to seriously compete in Iowa, a task that became a little easier late last week when the Texan picked up an endorsement from Sam Clovis, considered “one of the most prominent conservatives in Iowa.”
* About a day after the New York Times published a report on Marco Rubio’s many traffic tickets, the Florida Republican launched a fundraising campaign around the article, falsely blaming the “Clinton machine” for the coverage.
* And in Illinois, vulnerable incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk (R) announced late last week that he’d received $10,000 from former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, but in light of the Hastert scandal, Kirk is now donating that money to a local charity.