Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 4.2.15

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 new Washington Post/ABC poll suggests Jeb Bush is well known nationally, but not well liked. Only 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the former Florida governor, while a 53% majority view him unfavorably. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has a narrow net positive rating, 49% to 46%.
 
* The same poll found Clinton leading each of possible GOP rivals in a hypothetical presidential match-up. The former Secretary of State leads Bush by 14 points (54% to 40%), Ted Cruz by 19 points (58% to 37%), and Marco Rubio by 17 points (55% to 38%).
 
* In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) former deputy chief of staff started a six-month prison sentence yesterday, stemming from a Walker fundraising scandal.
 
* Hillary Clinton continues to use Twitter to weigh in on the major issues of the day, tweeting her opposition yesterday morning to Arkansas’ proposed right-to-discriminate bill.
 
* Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already announced his support for Sen. Rand Paul’s unannounced campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, but when the junior senator from Kentucky formally launches his candidacy in Louisville next week, the senior senator from Kentucky will not be there.
 
* In Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) second term is starting to wind down, the governor has dispatched some of his top aides to Iowa in advance of a likely presidential campaign.
 
* Carly Fiorina, a likely Republican presidential candidate, is trying to thread a very strange needle. The former business executive says she support marriage equality, but at the same time, she claims to be outraged by the “destructive ” criticism of Indiana’s new right-to-discriminate law.
 
* And given the technological circumstances, I expect this to be a 2016 norm: “[Jeb Bush’s team] has been quietly taping his private appearances in hopes of pushing back on false narratives dished by donors to reporters and to have a record to disprove any misinformation wafting from closed-door events.” One aide explained, “We want to have a full record of his comments.”
 

Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 4.2.15