Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper formally kicked off his Democratic presidential campaign last night, defending his approach to politics. "Being a pragmatist doesn't mean saying no to bold ideas," he told a crowd of more than a thousand people in his hometown of Denver. "It means knowing how to make them happen."
* The Washington Post uncovered some intemperate remarks former Vice President Joe Biden made about race in 1975, which may be difficult to simply ignore more than four decades later.
* Though Donald Trump somehow managed to eke out a narrow victory in Michigan in 2016, a new EPIC-MRA poll in the Wolverine State found only 31% of voters definitely plan to vote for the Republican, while 49% say they'll definitely vote against him.
* Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was among the earliest Democratic presidential candidates to kick off a national campaign, but two months later, the senator does not yet have any endorsements from New York's 21-member congressional delegation.
* The Dems' 2020 field only has two governors, but that number may yet grow: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) has reportedly hired a veteran Democratic operative to oversee his Big Sky Values PAC, which suggests a national campaign is likely.
* As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) moves forward with her presidential ambitions, she'll reportedly unveil a new proposal today that will call for "breaking up some of America's largest tech companies, including Amazon, Google, and Facebook."
* And despite polling that suggests many Democratic primary voters support loosening the nation's marijuana laws, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), running a long-shot presidential campaign, said many of her 2020 rivals are "vastly out of touch they are with the American people" on the issue with their support for decriminalization.