Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The Democratic National Committee this morning announced its six presidential primary debates, which will start in October with an event in Nevada. It will be followed by debates in November in Iowa, in New Hampshire in December, and in South Carolina in January. Two additional events are slated for Miami and Wisconsin in either February or March.
* With 10 of the 17 Republican presidential candidates scheduled to debate this evening, Hillary Clinton released a new video mocking the GOP field for its backward-looking agenda. Borrowing a popular Twitter theme, the Clinton campaign called tonight’s event the “Throwback Thursday” debate.
* Scott Walker’s super PAC is making its first major ad buy in Iowa, spending nearly $7 million for a series of television and radio ads.
* Speaking of the Wisconsin governor, Walker won “a surprising nod in an informal straw poll of major conservative donors gathered by the Koch brothers’ operation last weekend in Orange County, California, according to sources familiar with the gathering.”
* Walker isn’t the only one hitting the airwaves; Ted Cruz’s super PAC this week launched “a seven-figure, nationwide ad blitz” in support of the right-wing Texas senator.
* Following a successful court challenge, Florida state policymakers are working on a new congressional district map, and according to a plan unveiled by the state Senate yesterday, Democrats would likely be positioned to gain one additional seat in 2015.
* Despite Jeb Bush’s recent troubles with the issue of women’s health, his campaign is launching a series of online ads targeting Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Bernie Sanders has agreed to speak at Liberty University in the fall. Liberty, of course, is an evangelical college created by the late radical TV preacher, Jerry Falwell.
* And in Mississippi this week, truck driver Robert Gray won the Democratic gubernatorial primary, though he didn’t campaign and didn’t have time to vote for himself. Incumbent Gov. Phil Bryant (R) is considered the overwhelming favorite for a second term.