Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 7.16.15

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:
 
* Gov. Scott Walker’s Republican presidential campaign received some good news this morning when the Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked “a secret investigation into millions of dollars spent on financing of recall election victories by Walker and other Republicans.”
 
* Walker has also tried to clarify this week’s comments about protecting Boy Scouts from gay leaders. He’s trying to argue now that he meant protecting the Scouts from a political controversy.
 
* Ted Cruz wants Fox News to change its criteria for upcoming debates, only including national polls with at least 1,000 respondents, all of which are contacted via phone instead of online, and which must not be conducted over a Friday or Saturday. The number of polls conducted this year that would pass that criteria? Zero.
 
* Speaking of Cruz, the far-right Texas senator has apparently landed on the New York Times best-seller list after all. The presidential hopeful’s book is now #7 on the list for hardcover non-fiction.
 
* A new PPP poll in Nevada shows Hillary Clinton leading each of her Republican rivals by relatively modest margins. Marco Rubio comes the closest, trailing the Democratic frontrunner by five points, 48% to 43%.
 
* On a related note, the same poll shows a very competitive open U.S. Senate race in Nevada, with Catherine Cortez Masto (D) leading Rep. Joe Heck (R) by just one point, 42% to 41%.
 
* Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), pushing himself even further away from the Democratic base during his longshot presidential campaign, has begun criticizing the international nuclear agreement with Iran.
 
* And Chris Christie, a former chairman of the Republican Governors Association, has picked up his second gubernatorial endorsement. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who won an upset victory last year with the RGA’s backing, has thrown his support to the New Jersey Republican.
 

Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.16.15