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:
* While George W. Bush and Dick Cheney will not even show up for the Republican National Convention, Bill Clinton will play a significant role at the Democratic National Convention, including a prime-time speech and personally placing President Obama’s name into nomination.
* In Texas’ closely-watched Republican U.S. Senate primary, Lt. Gov David Dewhurst, fearing the race is slipping away, has loaned his campaign another $8 million of his own money. It may not matter – PPP shows Dewhurts trailing former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz by 10 points in advance of tomorrow’s voting.
* In Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D) new ad touts his support for Obama’s policy that rescued the American auto industry and saved an enormous number of jobs in the Buckeye State.
* On a related note, the president will return to the campaign trail this week, with stops in Ohio on Wednesday, and visits to Florida and Virginia on Thursday.
* There’s been considerable attention this year on the Republicans’ army of billionaires, but it appears Democrats have found at least one of their own: Irwin Jacobs, the former CEO of Qualcomm, gave $2 million to Priorities USA Action, a pro-Obama super PAC, in June.
* With Mitt Romney having wrapped up his trip to Israel, there’s renewed interest in the attitudes of Jewish voters in the U.S. The latest Gallup poll shows Obama up by 43 points, 68% to 25%,
* If the new Mason-Dixon poll in Missouri is accurate, Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D) re-election prospects are fading away – the incumbent trails each of her GOP rivals by significant margins.
* And the mini-crisis for Democrats in Wisconsin’s state Senate appears to be over, with state Sen. Tim Cullen reconciling with his Democratic colleagues and rejoining the caucus.