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 be in Monticello, Iowa, today for her first event as a presidential candidate since 2008. The event is a roundtable discussion – not a massive rally – with educators and students.
* The day after launching his presidential campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will tend to his congressional duties today and will spend much of the week raising money. His first public campaign event isn’t until Friday in New Hampshire.
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) acknowledged yesterday that he’s “seriously considering” a presidential campaign, though he has not spelled out his timetable. It would be the Ohio Republican’s second White House run, following a brief campaign in 2000.
* Right-wing neurosurgeon Ben Carson has made no secret of his White House ambitions, and he’ll reportedly launch his national campaign on Monday, May 4.
* In Illinois, where Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) faces a tough re-election campaign next year, the Republican incumbent said the other day that people “drive faster through” African-American communities. George Mitchell, president of the NAACP’s Illinois State Conference, said in response, “I think what he was trying to say is, he was trying to relate that to crime. But boy, it was a poor choice of phraseology.”
* Vice President Biden hasn’t officially said what his plans are for 2016, but he said yesterday he has “plenty of time” to make a decision.
* Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), a likely rival to Hillary Clinton, has found a new way to raise money, taking advantage of a new “TrueView” feature on YouTube.
* And a day after encouraging Dick Cheney to run for president, Bill Kristol re-emphasized his support for Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) as the Republicans’ vice presidential candidate.