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:
* A New York Times/CBS News poll released last night shows President Obama’s approval rating inching higher to 50%, but he still trails Mitt Romney by three, 46% to 43%. There are some serious concerns about the methodology.
* A new Public Policy Polling survey, meanwhile, shows Obama with a narrow lead over Romney, 48% to 46%.
* The Obama campaign isn’t the only one targeting Romney’s controversial private-sector background – super PAC Priorities USA Action is investing $4 million in support of this ad.
* Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) will apparently “no longer actively campaign in states that have not yet held Republican presidential primaries.”
* The Democratic National Committee is not investing heavily in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall race, and to put it mildly, local Dems are not pleased.
* Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) isn’t backing away from VP speculation. “You never rule out opportunities or options,” he said.
* And in New York, a well-known, openly gay Romney supporter has not only given up on the Republican candidate over his far-right views on LGBT rights, he’s also asking for his contribution back.