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:
* It’s Primary Day in Kentucky, where the Republicans’ gubernatorial primary is likely to be a very close three-way contest. The leading candidates are state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, and failed U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin.
* An advocacy group called the American Future Project is airing a campaign ad in Iowa this week in support of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), stressing his support for right-to-discriminate laws. It is, however, a fairly modest TV ad buy, said to be “five figures.”
* Campaigning in a state proud of its “Live Free or Die” motto, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told a New Hampshire audience yesterday that Republicans should ignore “civil liberties extremists” and embrace domestic surveillance tactics. “[Y]ou can’t enjoy your civil liberties if you’re in a coffin,” Christie said.
* Christie also flip-flopped yesterday on whether the government should create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Despite having endorsed the idea in 2010, the Republican governor told Fox News yesterday he now sees it as “an extreme way to go.”
* Jeb Bush refused to say yesterday whether he would commit U.S. troops to military action in Iraq, saying he “can’t answer” that because he’s technically not a presidential candidate yet.
* At an event in Iowa yesterday, Hillary Clinton addressed the possibility of Supreme Court vacancies, saying, “I will do everything I can to appoint Supreme Court justices who protect the right to vote and do not protect the right of billionaires to buy elections.”
* At a donor event in New York last week, Clinton also reportedly said, “We’re going to make clear, I’m not running for my husband’s third term or for President Obama’s third term. I’m running to make history on my own.”
* And BuzzFeed reported yesterday on an anecdote Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) frequently likes to tell, which “involves a man, either at a buffet or a barbecue, loading up two or more plates of food. This barbecue or buffet could have occurred in Texas, South Carolina, Kentucky, or possibly Iowa. In the story, either Rand Paul or an unnamed bystander confronts the man about his eating habits. The story always ends with the man essentially telling Rand Paul or the unnamed bystander to mind his own business.”