Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In Iowa, Public Policy Polling’s new poll still shows Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential field with 19% support. Scott Walker and Ben Carson are tied for second with 12%, followed by Jeb Bush with 11%. For the first time, Carly Fiorina has reached double digits, running fifth with 10% support.
* On a related note, the same poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary by 27 points, 52% to 25%. Martin O’Malley is third with 7%.
* Speaking of Sanders, the Vermont Independent unveiled his comprehensive racial and criminal justice plan yesterday. The senator “packaged his criminal justice plan with proposals to preserve voting rights and protect against racial violence.”
* Sanders, who spoke to a reported crowd or 27,500 people in Los Angeles last night, has also picked up an endorsement from National Nurses United, his first major union endorsement.
* Donald Trump says he spoke to Fox News president Roger Ailes yesterday, and Ailes promised the GOP candidate he’d receive “fair” treatment from the network.
* In Kentucky, Fark.com founder Drew Curtis has qualified for this year’s gubernatorial race and will be on the ballot as an independent.
* The far-right Club for Growth political arm announced yesterday it will steer donations to five GOP presidential hopefuls: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and Jeb Bush. Trump, you’ll notice, isn’t among them.
* Actor Melissa Gilbert launched a congressional campaign yesterday. The Michigan Democrat will take on Rep. Mike Bishop (R), who is considered vulnerable in 2016.
* And Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig is reportedly poised to launch a presidential campaign of sorts, announcing that if he can raise $1 million in small donations by Labor Day, he’ll throw his hat into the ring.