Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Jeb Bush was already scheduled to appear alongside former President George W. Bush at a Texas fundraiser in October, but yesterday, another event was added to the calendar – the 2016 Republican candidate will also appear with his brother at a New York fundraiser on Sept. 10.
* If you missed last night’s show, Donald Trump’s confrontation with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos in Iowa got a little ugly.
* Speaking of Iowa, the latest Suffolk poll in the Hawkeye State shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders in the first caucus state, 54% to 20%. The poll included Vice President Biden, who was third with 11%.
* And on a related note, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa and a former presidential candidate himself, threw his support to Clinton yesterday.
* In Ohio, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (D) trailing his likely 2016 challenger, former Gov. Ted Strickland (D), 44% to 41%.
* The news for Senate Republicans was better in Pennsylvania, where Quinnipiac shows incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R) with double-digit leads over his top Democratic opponents.
* Donald Trump received praise this week from David Duke, a former grand wizard of the KKK, who said the Republican presidential candidate “understands the real sentiment of America.”
* And during the race for the Republican presidential nomination, don’t expect to see many GOP candidates campaigning in Colorado: the state party has scrapped Colorado’s presidential caucuses.