The Edge: Sanders Scores a Senator

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Bernie Sanders received his first endorsement from a U.S. senator. Ethan Couch, known as the “affluenza teen,” was sentenced to nearly two years in jail in his first appearance in adult court. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order to protect LGBT state employees from discrimination in the workplace. And Hillary Clinton committed to working for African Americans at the annual conference of the National Action Network.

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Endorsement From a Senator: Check. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley announced that he’s backing Bernie Sanders in a New York Times op-ed. Merkley said in an interview that Sanders “has been a continuous, clear voice fighting for ordinary people,” adding, “I think we need to fundamentally change the system that has been so deeply moving towards consolidation of power by the very few.” Sanders also picked up the endorsement of the Transport Workers Union in New York ahead of the state’s primary on April 19. (The Atlantic; Reuters)

‘Affluenza Teen’ Sentenced. A Texas judge ordered that Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager who killed four people in a 2013 drunk-driving accident, will serve nearly two years in jail—180 days for each of the victims. The prosecution and defense attorneys have two weeks to review the ruling, and argue for or against the sentence. (Casey Stegall, Fox News)

Louisiana Governor Signs Order Against Discrimination. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order that protects against LGBT discrimination for state employees and provides employment protections on the basis of race and religion, among others. Edwards also rescinded an order from former governor Bobby Jindal, saying it was discriminatory. (Nick Gass and Nolan D. McCaskill, Politico)

Clinton at the National Action Network. The Democratic front-runner pitched herself as the candidate most committed to issues affecting African Americans during a speech at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York. “We can’t just show up at election time and say the right things and think that that’s enough. We can’t start building relationships a few weeks before a vote.” she said. Bernie Sanders will speak at the convention on Thursday. (Sam Frizell, Time)

Tomorrow in One Paragraph. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will meet for a Democratic debate in Brooklyn, New York, at 9 p.m. ET, airing on CNN and Time Warner Cable's NY1. John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump will be campaigning in New York.

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