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:
* Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced this morning that she will retire at the end of her term next year. Anticipating the news, California Democrats are already tripping over each other to position themselves for a statewide campaign.
* Due to a quirk in state election law, Vermont’s gubernatorial election was decided this morning by the state House, which easily re-elected incumbent Gov. Peter Shunlin (D), who narrowly won a plurality of Vermonters’ votes in November.
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is staffing up in advance of his presidential campaign, recently hiring Rick Wiley, “a former Republican National Committee political director and veteran of multiple presidential campaigns.” Wiley will reportedly be Walker’s campaign manager.
* Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), apparently eager to avoid Mitt Romney’s mistakes, is “prepared to make an early disclosure of a decade or more of personal tax returns.”
* Who’s ready to pander shamelessly to his party’s far-right base? This guy: “Looking to connect with the conservative base of his Republican Party, Sen. Marco Rubio says he is sympathetic to Americans who ‘feel as if we are being taken advantage of’ by immigrants in the United States illegally.”
* In Indiana, will Gov. Mike Pence (R) be legally able to run for re-election and run for president at the same time? Apparently not.
* Add Ben Carson’s name to the list of ambitious politicians caught up in plagiarism controversies.
* Despite some rumors to the contrary, Rep. Tim Huelskamp will apparently not take on Sen. Jerry Moran in a Kansas Republican primary next year. The far-right congressman told reporters yesterday that his wife vetoed the idea.
* And in Virginia, Democrats won a very competitive House of Delegates seat this week, which was held by now-U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock. The Virginia chamber, however, remains in Republican hands.