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 Michigan, the Republican establishment appears to be targeting one of their own – Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) – in a big way, rallying behind Brian Ellis, Amash’s Republican primary challenger. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) even cut a $5,000 check for Ellis.
* In Connecticut, a new Quinnipiac poll shows a gubernatorial race that’s all tied up: incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) is now tied with Tom Foley (R), 43% to 43%.
* In Montana, a Democratic poll shows appointed Sen. John Walsh (D) trailing Rep. Steve Daines (R) by double digits, 49% to 37%. That’s not a good sign for Democrats in a seat they’ll need if they hope to keep the Senate majority.
* As if the Republican Senate primary in Nebraska weren’t messy enough, outside conservative groups are now beginning to target banker Sid Dinsdale, who has been running third behind Midland University President Ben Sasse and former state Treasurer Shane Osborn. The Club for Growth, which is backing Sasse, is apparently starting to see Dinsdale as a possible threat.
* In his latest not-so-subtle pre-2016 move, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will travel to Virginia this weekend and deliver the commencement address at Liberty University. Liberty, of course, is the far-right school founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell.
* And in an interesting sign of the times, the Federal Election Commission voted yesterday to allow political committees to accept Bitcoin as campaign contributions.