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:
* Hillary Clinton will reportedly talk to reporters today about her private email account: “Following her 1:40 p.m. remarks at the UN, Clinton expected to address the controversy over her exclusive use of a private email account while she served as secretary of state, which has sparked controversy over the past week.”
* In the latest McClatchy-Marist poll, Jeb Bush leads the Republican presidential field nationally with 19% support, followed closely by Scott Walker with 18%. Mike Huckabee is the only other candidate with double digits, reaching 10%, followed by Ben Carson at 9%, Rand Paul with 7%, and Chris Christie with 6%.
* Rep. Donna Edwards (D) kicked off her U.S. Senate campaign in Maryland this morning, setting up a major primary fight with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D).
* Though the Democratic establishment is generally remaining neutral in statewide primaries, at least at this point, the party is making an exception in Ohio. The DSCC is already throwing its support to former Gov. Ted Strickland’s (D) Senate campaign, to this disappointment of his primary rival, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.
* Despite his repeated calls for the end of U.S. aid to Israel, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he believes he can win support from Jewish voters. Pointing to tensions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Kentucky Republican said late last week, “I think that should send a message to a lot of American Jewry that really the time to think about who supports Israel is now.”
* Jeb Bush made some curious comments about net neutrality over the weekend, calling the regulatory structure behind the policy “one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever heard.”
* Utah’s Republican Party Central Committee has voted to scrap its statewide presidential primary and move to a caucus system. The move was strongly opposed by Mitt Romney, though state GOP officials ignored his concerns.
* And in Missouri, despite intra-party divisions in the wake of Tom Schweich’s suicide, members of Missouri’s Republican Party Committee have begun to rally around state GOP Chairman John Hancock.