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:
* On the heels of the controversy surrounding Josh Duggar and his associations with Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, BuzzFeed reports that John Perry, a former Huckabee co-author, has also been accused of child molestation in two separate lawsuits.
* As expected, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced his 20-week abortion ban yesterday, which was quickly endorsed by every other Republican senator running for president. In fact, Graham’s bill starts with 46 co-sponsors – 44 of whom are men, all of whom are Republicans.
* Following up on an earlier item, back in the mid-1990s, Jeb Bush argued, “How you get on welfare is by not having a husband in the house – let’s be honest here…. Men are not on welfare, that’s the point.”
* At a campaign event last night, Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina argued, “Feminism has devolved into a left-leaning political ideology where women are pitted against men and used as a political weapon to win elections.” This might come as a surprise to feminists (of which I am one).
* Ending the suspense, former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) has reportedly decided not to launch a comeback bid in 2016, despite the open-seat Senate race in his home state of Indiana.
* I think it’s easy for much of the media to forget just how far to the right Marco Rubio really is: “Sen. Marco Rubio (R) was among the Florida state legislators who voted for the so-called ‘Scarlet Letter’ law in 2001 that required single mothers to publish their sexual histories in the newspaper in order to place their babies up for adoption.” The law was later defeated in the courts.
* As Mitt Romney’s E2 Summit continues, the two-time failed presidential candidate still sees himself as someone who “could wield tremendous influence over the course of the 2016 election.” Eric Fehrnstrom, one of Romney’s longest-serving advisers, said this week, “I think it’s fair to say he won’t be sitting on the sidelines.”
* You may have heard about that Wisconsin Straw Poll last weekend, which Hillary Clinton won by a smaller-than-expected margin over Bernie Sanders. Over at FiveThirtyEight, Harry Enten took a closer look at the degree to which the results were important. In a nutshell, he concluded, “The Wisconsin result told us nothing we didn’t already understand about the Democratic race.”
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