Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Donald Trump leading the Republicans’ presidential race with 19% support, just two points ahead of Scott Walker’s 17%. Jeb Bush is third with 12%, followed by Ben Carson and Marco Rubio, who are tied for fourth with 10% each. No other candidate reached double digits.
* In the Democratic race, the same PPP poll found Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by 35 points, 57% to 22%. That’s a sizable advantage, but a month ago, Clinton was ahead 65% to 9%.
* Speaking of the Vermont Independent, Sanders unveiled legislation yesterday to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The bill will not advance in the Republican-led Congress, but it serves as a challenge to Clinton and other leading Democrats to keep pace.
* Though Jeb Bush boasts about his efforts at cleaning up Florida’s state government, firing members of his administration if they “violated the public’s trust,” Politico reported that over the course of his two terms, Bush “often stood by appointees who were mired in scandal or mismanagement until long after damaging revelations emerged.”
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), in his first full day as a presidential candidate, told a New Hampshire audience he supports deploying U.S. ground troops to combat ISIS. “This is something that has to be done – let’s just do it,” he said.
* And speaking of Kasich, the Ohio governor will reportedly huddle with Mitt Romney today in New Hampshire. The failed GOP candidate will apparently “host Kasich for lunch at his waterfront compound on Lake Winnipesaukee,”
* In response to a recruiting effort from Democratic leaders, Pennsylvania’s Katie McGinty will step down as chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and launch a U.S. Senate campaign. She’ll join former Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in a Democratic primary.
* And Scott Walker continues to drop subtle hints about Marco Rubio, a rival for the Republicans’ 2016 nomination, as a possible running mate. This, I have to assume, is deeply irritating to the Florida senator.