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:
* Starting today in local broadcast stations in Lexington, Kentucky, Americans United for Change is airing this television ad, criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R) opposition to gun reforms.
* In a bit of a surprise, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R) announced yesterday that he will not challenge Sen. Kay Hagan (D) next year in North Carolina. PPP recently found McHenry as the strongest opponent to the incumbent.
* In New Jersey, the good news for state Sen. Barbara Buono (D) is that a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows her closing the gap against Republican Gov. Chris Christie. The bad news for Buono is that she still trails by 30 points, and there are only about six months left until the election.
* Former Republican Rep. Asa Hutchinson formally kicked off his gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas this week. Hutchinson is perhaps best known for having been a member of the Bush/Cheney administration and leading the NRA’s task force on school violence.
* Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) has left his role as a fundraiser for Karl Rove’s American Crossroads operation. Initial reports said his departure was related to the controversy surrounding the Conservative Victory Project, but Barbour has denied those reports.
* On a related note, Crossroads GPS has once again turned down a Federal Election Commission request for donor disclosure.
* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) narrowly defeated Jim Graves (D) in 2012, and the Democrat announced this week that he will seek a rematch in 2014.
* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) appears to be having quite a bit of trouble in his home state, but that apparently won’t stop him from headlining a Republican fundraiser in New Hampshire next month.