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:
* With two weeks remaining in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate runoff, the Senate’s only two African-American members were both in the Pelican State over the weekend, backing their allies. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) was in Louisiana campaigning in support of incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), while Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was there to back Rep. Bill Cassidy (R). The runoff is Dec. 6.
* The finalists to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention have been reduced to just three cities: New York, Philadelphia, and Columbus, Ohio. Two other cities, Phoenix and Birmingham, were removed from consideration yesterday.
* We learned last week about Republican campaigns using coded tweets to distribute poll results to allies, apparently to circumvent election laws. Yesterday, the American Democracy Legal Fund filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, alleging that the National Republican Congressional Committee, the American Action Network and American Crossroads “broke federal rules that prohibit coordination between campaign committees and outside groups.”
* To the surprise of no one, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) will take the reins at the Republican Governors Association, succeeding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). Haslam benefited from the fact that none of the other GOP governors seemed to want the job.
* In Arizona yesterday, “The attorney for Rep. Ron Barber’s (D-Az.) campaign on Monday filed a lawsuit with a federal district court seeking to force two counties in Arizona to count the 133 ballots the campaign says were legally cast but have been erroneously disqualified.”
* The fact that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is visiting Israel over the congressional recess has led to a new, tiresome round of chatter about national ambitions the senator probably does not have.
* Roll Call reports that some of the Democratic House incumbents who lost in 2010 may be eyeing a comeback in 2016, when national turnout is expected to be higher. Among the candidates reportedly being recruited are Pennsylvania’s Patrick Murphy and New York’s Michael McMahon.