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 New Hampshire, the latest Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm poll shows a very crowded Republican presidential race with Scott Walker and Rand Paul at 12% each, and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio at 11% each. Donald Trump is fifth in the poll with 8% support.
* Hillary Clinton used Mother’s Day to release a new video yesterday, calling for, among other things, paid family leave. The Democratic frontrunner emphasized that the United States is “the only developed country” that does not already have a law to protect paid leave for new parents.
* Chris Christie is looking for ways to differentiate himself from the large field of GOP presidential candidates, and late last week, he found a way to do exactly that: the New Jersey Republican said he believes global warming “is real” and “human activity contributes to it.” The governor, added, however, that he wants additional discussion about the degree to which humans play a role. He also didn’t talk at all about what he intends to do about the crisis.
* At a Republican event in South Carolina over the weekend, Scott Walker got big applause by bragging about imposing a voter-ID law in Wisconsin.
* At the same event, Rick Santorum continued to take aim at legal immigration, calling for a 25% reduction in “unskilled labor coming into this country.”
* After four difficult years in the U.S. House, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R) is getting ready to run for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, joining a crowded field of Republicans hoping to replace retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R).
* In Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, a woman recently accused state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (R) of having abused her during a college relationship. Last week, the woman’s roommate bolstered the allegation, saying she witnessed the abuse. Comer denies the allegations.
* On a related note, PPP shows a very competitive race in Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial primary. With just a week remaining before the primary election, Comer is at 28%, followed by former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner at 27%, and failed U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin at 25%.
* And stories like these keep piling up, don’t they? “Republican Senator Ted Cruz skipped two Senate Armed Services committee hearings earlier this year in favor of speeches and TV appearances, a BuzzFeed News review has found.”