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:
* Jeb Bush’s campaign operation unveiled its official logo yesterday, featuring the candidate’s initials in red, followed by an exclamation point. This will look extremely familiar to many Floridians: it’s the identical logo the Republican used during his gubernatorial campaign in the 1990s.
* Describing his candidacy on CNN yesterday, Bush chose a curious approach, telling Dana Bash, “As a candidate, contrary to being someone who was listening and learning along the way, I’ll offer up alternatives to the path we’re on.” Candidates who listen and learn are doing something wrong?
* There’s been a fair amount of chatter in far-right circles about a Walker/Rubio ticket and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker not only seems to like the scuttlebutt, he’s even taking steps to keep it going.
* Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson has gone from comparing modern American life to Nazi Germany to comparing U.S. policies to “what you see in communist countries.” Most recent national polling shows Carson running fourth in the crowded GOP field.
* Interesting tidbit about Jeb Bush and his adopted home state: “A Bloomberg Politics study conducted with University of Florida political scientist Daniel A. Smith found that nearly three-quarters of Florida’s 12.9 million currently registered voters have never even seen Bush’s name on a ballot.”
* Former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D) gubernatorial campaign didn’t fare well in Texas last year, but she told msnbc on Friday that she’s not done with politics just yet. “I’m in the process of starting a new women’s initiative that I hope will help create some movement building around the country, particularly with young women,” Davis said.
* And speaking of Texas, former Gov. Rick Perry (R) frequently talks about the “Texas Miracle” – a period of strong economic growth in the Lone Star State during Perry’s lengthy tenure. In his latest column, Harold Meyerson takes a closer look at the “miracle” and the degree to which it’s tied to the last oil boom.