Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 5.8.19

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* At least for now, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign won’t say whether it would use information stolen by foreign powers. It also won’t say whether it would alert law enforcement if contacted by entities intending on interfering in the 2020 race.

* On the presidential campaign trail, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a former prosecutor, is today unveiling a plan to assist public defenders and improve legal services. Among the ideas is a measure intended to improve pay equity between prosecutors and public defenders.

* Speaking of presidential candidates unveiling new proposals today, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is rolling out her $100 billion plan to combat the opioid crisis.

* While some presidential candidates tend to shy away from litmus tests, at least formally, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) made an explicit vow yesterday that she would only consider federal judicial nominees who support Roe v. Wade.

* After a period in which former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz generated considerable attention as a likely independent presidential candidate, he’s “largely disappeared” in recent weeks.

* Last year, voters in Missouri approved a major political reform package, including an anti-gerrymandering initiative. Under the new Republican plan, there will be a measure on the state’s 2020 ballot to largely undo what voters have already done.

* And in Connecticut yesterday, Antonio Felipe (D) won a state House special election, keeping the district in Democratic hands. The results did not come as a surprise: this is a district that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016 with 87% support.