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:
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has launched a new fundraising campaign, hoping to raise money off his reluctance to answer questions about President Obama’s patriotism and religion.
* As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton moves closer to a presidential bid, she has hired a firm called New Partners, “an outfit with a history of doing deep research projects,” to help do a thorough review of her own background.
* In California, the latest Field Poll shows Walker as his party’s leading presidential candidate with 18% support, followed closely by former Gov. Jeb Bush at 16%, and Sen. Rand Paul at 10%. No other candidate reached double digits, and Gov. Chris Christie runs ninth in the survey.
* Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) is going to have to choose between running for re-election and running for the White House – and a state law won’t allow him to do both. The far-right governor said he won’t decide until the end of April.
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has no real background in foreign affairs, though he’s trying to get up to speed on the issue as he looks at a possible presidential campaign. The Republican governor said over the weekend that dealing with ISIS will “at some point … require boots on the ground.”
* Billionaire Tom Steyer decided not to run for the Senate next year, but his super PAC, NextGen Climate Action PAC, is “quietly drawing up plans to spend big money attacking Republican Senate and presidential candidates for their climate denialism.” Greg Sargent has the details.
* In fundraising news, the DSCC had a good month in January, raising $4.5 million to the NRSC’s $2.5 million.
* The news was similar among the House committees, where the DCCC outraised the NRCC, $6.4 million to $4.4 million last month.
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