Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Ben Carson initially said he was planning a staff shake-up. Then he said the opposite. Yesterday, he went back to his previous position, vowing to announce changes early next week.
* Ted Cruz huddled with “conservative faith leaders” in Cisco, Texas, yesterday as part of a broader effort to secure evangelical support for his campaign. The gathering was hosted at a ranch owned by one of the senator’s mega-donors, and included “about 300 prominent faith leaders.”
* Speaking of Cruz, the corn lobby still hopes to derail the senator’s campaign in advance of the Iowa caucuses, fearing that a Cruz victory will put federal ethanol subsidies in jeopardy.
* For the first time this year, Donald Trump’s campaign “quietly signed an agreement allowing it to use the Republican National Committee’s massive voter file.” The move “reveals a new level of cooperation between the GOP and its surprise front-runner.”
* With an endorsement from Erin Bilbray, a member of the Democratic National Committee from Nevada, Bernie Sanders now has 11 superdelegates. Hillary Clinton, by the Associated Press’ count, has 359.
* Ted Cruz continues to pick up non-establishment endorsements, including one yesterday from Shane Vander Hart, “a fixture in the Iowa conservative blogosphere.”
* John Kasich, took an unexpected shot at Jeb Bush yesterday, comparing the Florida Republican to Betamax and the “Macarena.” In the Ohio governor’s new ad, viewers are told, “Jeb loves the good ol’ days.”
* And the Trump campaign took a shot at President Obama yesterday for, of all things, wanting to see the new “Star Wars” movie.