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:
* Despite having effectively launched a presidential campaign months ago, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will officially kick off his White House bid on June 15. The event will be held at Miami Dade College.
* In the new Fox News poll, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker lead the Republicans’ presidential field with 12% each, followed by Ben Carson at 11%. Rand Paul is fourth in the poll with 9%, followed by Ted Cruz at 8% and Marco Rubio at 7%. Remember, though these national polls have limited predictive value, they’ll help determine debate participation.
* Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is kicking off his second presidential campaign today. More on this a little later.
* To the DSCC’s delight, former Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) announced yesterday that he’s running for the Senate in Indiana, hoping to succeed retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R). Hill, a pretty conservative Dem, is the first Democrat in the race, and he may have the field to himself.
* Iowa Democratic officials have pushed Hillary Clinton to take the first nominating state seriously, and by all appearances, the Democratic frontrunner is listening. This week, Clinton for America opened five new field offices statewide. The campaign also announced the hire of six “regional organizing directors” and 21 organizers on the ground in Iowa.
* In a bit of a surprise, Rep. David McKinley (R) announced this week that he won’t run for governor in 2016. Most insiders assumed he’d make the opposite announcement.
* And EMILY’s List this week announced its preliminary target list for the 2016 cycle, identifying 15 House Republicans the group considers vulnerable.