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:
* In Kentucky, a new Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll shows Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) leading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), 46% to 42%.
* The same poll, by the way, found McConnell’s approval rating in the state is 32% – two points lower than President Obama’s approval rating among Kentuckians.
* Sen. Mark Pryor (D) is facing a tough re-election fight in Arkansas, so he’s decided to move to the right on a major pocketbook issue: the minimum wage. Pryor yesterday became the first Senate Democrat to announce his opposition to a $10.10 minimum-wage increase, despite its broad popularity with the public.
* Pryor also launched new campaign ads this week, going after Rep. Tom Cotton’s (R) voting record against Medicare.
* Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), eyeing a comeback bid in another state, is trying to explain his ties to Newsmax, which sent out a bizarre email message on Alzheimer’s to the senator’s email list this week. Brown says he’s ended his “rental agreement” with the far-right outlet.
* Voters in Alaska will apparently be able to vote on legalizing retail marijuana later this year. If the ballot measure is approved, Alaska will be the third state to pass legalization by popular vote.
* In Texas, gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis (D) echoed her Republican rival and endorsed a proposed “open carry” law for firearms.
* And in Pennsylvania, the Republican Governors Association this week criticized Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) for supporting this year’s farm bill in Congress. It was an odd line of attack – Schwartz hopes to take on incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett (R), who also endorsed the farm bill. Maybe the Republican Governors Association didn’t know that?