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:
* The field of candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination will grow from two to three tomorrow, when former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) kicks off his campaign.
* Is Rand Paul falling out of favor with Fox News? The network showed the latest 2016 poll of Republican presidential hopefuls, and excluded him from the results, even highlighting candidates who had less support in the survey.
* Speaking of Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican has “sought to woo a string of powerful Republican megadonors” in recent months, but he still lacks what some of his GOP rivals already have: a billionaire benefactor.
* Some universities have begun divesting from Israel, and in response, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wants those schools to lose their federal funding. The Republican presidential candidate added that the divestment strategy is “anti-Semitism plain and simple.”
* Donald Trump has apparently scheduled a “major” announcement for June 16 at Trump Tower in New York City. He’s scheduled an event in New Hampshire for the following day.
* Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) lost in 2010, won in 2012, lost in 2014, and now hopes to win again in 2016.
* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said yesterday he doesn’t “worry about poll numbers.” He might want to start – most recent national polling suggests the far-right governor is struggling to get past 1% support.
* And in Arizona, Rep. Matt Salmon (R) is reportedly “taking a serious look” at a primary campaign against incumbent Sen. John McCain (R) next year.