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:
* The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) kicked off this morning. Widely considered the premier annual event in far-right politics, at least 11 likely Republican presidential candidates will address the conservative crowd.
* Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will appear at the event, and his “advisers have taken steps to pack the room with supporters.”
* To the surprise of no one, Quinnipiac’s latest poll of Iowa Democrats shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a very popular figure and the overwhelming favorite in the race for the Democratic nomination.
* As former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) departed from his State Department job this week, he thanked his “once, current, and I hope, future chief of staff.” It was a reminder that Feingold is likely to seek a rematch against Sen. Ron Johnson (R) in Wisconsin next year.
* Karl Rove’s American Crossroads operation is trying to use comments from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to go after Hillary Clinton. The Republican super PAC created a 30-second attack ad, but it’s unclear if the spot will appear anywhere other than the Internet.
* Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican mega-donor, has reportedly told associates he’s “open to underwriting an effort” to stop Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) presidential campaign, “should he gain traction in the primaries.”
* Speaking of Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican has claimed many times that he’s returned hundreds of thousands of dollars to taxpayers by not using the entirety of his Senate office budget. As it turns out, that’s not quite true – Paul’s unused money goes to other lawmakers, not the Treasury. He also said this week that the 5th Circuit ruled against the White House on immigration executive actions, though that’s not true, either.
* And outlandish as this may seem, former Rep. Todd Akin (R) says he thinking about challenging Sen. Roy Blunt (R) in a Missouri primary next year. I’ll believe it when I see it.