Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump’s re-election campaign launched a new fundraising campaign last night, trying to raise money off the possible release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. In the president’s new appeal, the subject line told prospective donors, “Witch Hunt Report Attached.” In an apparent attempt at cleverness, the body of the email read, “[SORRY THIS DOCUMENT IS BLANK].”
* In response to pressure from the left, several Democratic presidential candidates have decided to skip this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) policy conference.
* As presidential hopefuls scramble to secure the services of top-tier staffers, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) has reportedly hired Jen O’Malley Dillon, a deputy campaign manager for Barack Obama’s re-election effort in 2012.
* According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, a majority of Republican voters believe increased racial and ethnic diversity in the United States will weaken the nation’s cultural fabric.
* The Nevada State Democratic Party has overhauled the rules of its presidential nominating contest, to be held in February 2020. Expecting large turnout, Nevada Dems have expanded the number of days voters can participate.
* Interesting tidbit: as a result of the 2018 midterm elections, the number of pro-choice House Republicans is now down to zero.
* And despite all the chatter about Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) possibly challenging Trump in a Republican primary next year, the governor said yesterday that such an endeavor currently “doesn’t make any sense at all.” He added, however, that conditions may change months from now.