Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* A new national Monmouth poll shows Hillary Clinton leading the race for the Democratic nomination with 42% support. Vice President Biden is second in the survey with 22%, followed by Bernie Sanders at 20%.
* Two Republican presidential hopefuls, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, will be in Kentucky today, participating in campaign stunts that celebrate Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed last week after refusing to obey a court order.
* GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t serve in the military, instead pursuing multiple deferments during the war in Vietnam, but he told a biographer that he feels like he served because he attended the New York Military Academy, “an expensive prep school where his parents had sent him to correct poor behavior.”
* Hillary Clinton will unveil her campaign-finance reform plan today. According to advance previews, the Democrat will push for “a federal matching program for small donors to dilute the influence of big money in the political process. She wants to lower the federal contribution limit for presidential and congressional donors who participate in the program, though she hasn’t said to what amount.”
* Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig announced over the weekend that he’s also running for the Democratic presidential nomination. He apparently intends to run on a single-issue platform: campaign-finance reform.
* House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) will face a rematch next year against Tea Party activist Art Halvorson in a Republican primary. Last year, Shuster, a two-term incumbent whose father held the seat for many years, easily defeated Halvorson, winning by 19 points in a GOP primary.
* And looking to our neighbors to the north, Jerry Bance, a Conservative candidate for Canada’s Parliament, was forced to drop out of his race over the weekend. Bance, who runs an appliance repair company, had been secretly filmed by a Canadian news outlet urinating into a client’s coffee cup during a service call in 2012.