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:
* For the first time in four years, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is actually airing a campaign ad in his district. It’s not entirely clear why, though I suppose it’s worth noting that he has some primary opponents.
* Gov. Scott Walker (R), running for a second term this year, hired a campaign spokesperson who, on her now defunct personal blog, once defended Planned Parenthood. Pro-Life Wisconsin has said the governor must fire her “immediately,” though we don’t yet know if the governor will follow the orders.
* Speaking of Wisconsin, Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), a relative moderate by contemporary GOP standards, learned yesterday he’ll face a primary challenge from state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R), arguably the state’s most right-wing lawmaker.
* In Michigan, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mark Schauer has introduced his running mate this week: state Rep. Lisa Brown. The Democratic state lawmaker is perhaps best known for her “no means no” remarks on the legislative floor in June 2012.
* The list of cities vying for the 2016 Republican National Convention shrunk from eight to six this week. The remaining contenders are Las Vegas, Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, and Kansas City.
* In Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran (R), facing a tough primary challenge, claimed this week to have voted “against ObamaCare 100 times.” I’m not sure how he arrived at that number.
* In New Jersey this week, former FBI agent Rob Turkavage intended to file the paperwork to run against Sen. Cory Booker (D) as a Republican, but Turkavage, in all seriousness, got stuck in traffic and missed the filing deadline.
* And Robert Schlesinger highlights some recent data to show that for all the talk about the Affordable Care Act’s unpopularity, the law still polls better than the Republican Party.
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