Oklahoma: Cruz endorses Shannon. Adding to the hard-right momentum developing behind US Senate candidate T. W. Shannon (R-OK), US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed the former state House Speaker yesterday. Cruz will appear at a rally in Tulsa next Thursday, April 24, for Shannon, who is running against GOP-establishment favorite US Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) for the remaining two years of retiring US Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) term. Other national conservative icons will also be on the platform, including Sarah Palin and US Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).
Louisiana: Jindal to speak at Liberty University commencement. Jerry Falwell, president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, announced yesterday that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), frequently mentioned as a 2016 presidential candidate, will deliver the Christian school’s commencement address on May 10, reports The Liberty Champion, the student newspaper. Jindal “has lived the American dream, rising from humble beginnings to become one of the rising stars on the national political scene,” said Falwell, “and his rise has not yet waned.” Jindal, born and raised a Hindu, as an adult converted to Catholicism. His appearance at Liberty, a largely fundamentalist Protestant institution, underscores the ecumenical nature of today’s religious conservatives.
Kentucky: Beshear signs ban on e-cig sales to minors. Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY) signed a bill earlier this week that puts e-cigarettes under the same regulations that apply to cigarettes containing tobacco. Retailers who sell them to anyone under 18 now face fines and penalties. Beshear said that e-cigarettes are “essentially unregulated in how they’re made or sold,” reports WDRB-TV.