Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 5.1.15

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* Hillary Clinton published a tweet yesterday welcoming Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to the race for the Democratic nomination, and included a friendly message: "I agree with Bernie. Focus must be on helping America's middle class. GOP would hold them back."
* A Sanders adviser said the senator intends to focus on "fighting economic inequality, climate change and money in politics" as a national candidate.
* In Indiana, where Gov. Mike Pence (R) has struggled badly of late, former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg (D) announced yesterday that he'll take on the governor next year. If Gregg wins his party's backing, it will be a rematch of the 2012 race, which Pence won by about three points. Also this week, State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz (D) said she's considering the race as well.
* Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is still facing questions as to why he skipped the vote on Loretta Lynch's attorney general nomination to attend a campaign fundraiser. The senator said yesterday by failing to show up, it was "the equivalent" of voting no, which doesn't really make sense.
* Mike Huckabee was in Houston this week, where he spoke to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. "I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish," the former governor said. "But I do speak a common language: I speak Jesus."
* In Missouri's gubernatorial race, state Sen. Mike Parson (R) had thrown his support to Tom Schweich's (R) campaign, but in light of Schweich's suicide in February, Parson has decided to run for governor on his own.
* And in advance of his presidential campaign launch next week, Ben Carson boasted yesterday that his exploratory committee has received contributions from 50,000 donors since launching in March. The right-wing neurosurgeon is expected to launch his presidential bid on Monday.