Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* It’s a safe bet Republicans are deeply annoyed that the television ratings for the Democratic National Convention are ahead of those of last week’s GOP convention.
* On a related note, Donald Trump’s campaign is urging supporters to boycott Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech tonight.
* The North Carolina Republican Party attacked Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine last night for the lapel pin he wore during his convention speech. GOP officials said it was the official flag of Honduras, but it was actually the symbol for Blue Star Families – Kaine wears it in honor of his son, who’s a Marine. The North Carolina Republican Party deleted its criticism but didn’t apologize. [Update: Later this morning, the state GOP did issue a written apology.]
* Donald Trump participated in an AMA forum on Reddit yesterday, which was limited to Trump supporters asking easy questions. (“AMA” is supposed to stand for “Ask Me Anything.”)
* Nebraska may be a “red” state, but Hillary Clinton will campaign in Omaha on Monday, Aug. 1. Note, then-candidate Barack Obama won one of Nebraska’s five electoral votes in 2008, suggesting there are some Democrats in the eastern part of the state.
* Daniel Pipes, a conservative veteran of five presidential administrations, wrote an op-ed this week declaring an end to his 44-year relationship with the Republican Party. Pipes cited, primarily, Trump’s presidential nomination.
* And VoteVets.org, a prominent veterans’ advocacy group, responded to Trump’s Russia controversy yesterday by calling on the Republican Party to remove Trump from the GOP ticket.
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