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:
* Worried about losing liberal voters, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) struck a deal with the Working Families Party to pick up its endorsement. As part of the agreement, the governor agreed to support several key progressive legislative priorities, as well as fight to return the state Senate to Democratic control.
* A federal judge recently put Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D) back on the Michigan ballot, and as of late Friday, the state decided not to appeal the ruling.
* The new Des Moines Register poll in Iowa shows Joni Ernst as the clear favorite to win the Republican U.S. Senate primary, leading her next closest competitor, 36% to 18%. If Ernst, a far-right state senator, clears the 35% threshold, she’ll avoid a runoff election. The primary is tomorrow.
* In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) asked Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) to participate in three debates, but under curious constraints: McConnell said the debates must be held “Lincoln-Douglas style,” with “just the two candidates asking questions of each other.” As part of McConnell’s plan, there would be no audience present, no journalists would be allowed in the room, and a sole moderator would only be there to keep time. Lundergan Grimes rejected the offer.
* In Louisiana, Sen. David Vitter (R) continues to gear up for his gubernatorial race next year, and recently became “perhaps the first politician in the country to be the largest funder of his own super PAC.”
* In Minnesota, it took 10 rounds of balloting, but the state Republican Party eventually endorsed Mike McFadden to take on Sen. Al Franken (D) in November. The support from the state party should bypass the need for a primary. McFadden was the party establishment’s top choice.
* And in South Carolina, state lawmakers agreed that alcohol sales on Election Day will now be legal again. An 1882 law banned anyone from selling alcohol on election days, but last week, state lawmakers repealed the measure.