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:
* California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) kicked off her U.S. Senate campaign this morning and began raising funds. She enters the race as the frontrunner to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer (D).
* In related news, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) surprised many yesterday announcing that he will not run for the Senate. Look for Newsom to instead run for governor in 2018 (thanks to reader R.S. for the heads-up).
* In New Jersey, a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll shows Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) approval rating dropping to just 39%.
* Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), recently re-elected to a second term despite a series of first-term problems, said this week’s he’s considering a Senate campaign against Sen. Angus King (I) in 2018. To put it mildly, the governor would be a heavy underdog in such a match-up.
* In New York’s upcoming congressional special election, Republicans appear to be rallying behind Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan (R), but as of yesterday, Democrats aren’t even sure how seriously they’ll take the race. Rep. Michael Grimm (R) resigned last week.
* As expected, the governing board for the Iowa Republican Party agreed to keep the Ames Straw Poll. The gathering is scheduled for August of this year.
* Periodically, former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) likes to remind anyone who’ll listen that he’s “seriously considering” a presidential campaign. Pataki just wrapped up two days of meetings with activists in New Hampshire.
* And some Fox News hosts are already touting former Sen. Scott Brown (R) as a possible vice presidential candidate next year. Brown, of course, lost two U.S. Senate races in two states over the course of two years.