Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Bernie Sanders campaign wants to boot former Rep. Barney Frank and Gov. Dannel Malloy from a key Democratic convention committee because of their pro-Hillary Clinton advocacy. The DNC is “compelled to dismiss” Sanders’ complaint.
* In New Hampshire’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, a new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) leading Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) by the narrowest of margins, 48% to 47%.
* The same poll found Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tied in the Granite State with 44% each.
* As hard as this is to believe, Tim Canova, taking on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schutltz in a Democratic primary in Florida, is challenging her from the left, but he’s also decided to side with far-right Republicans against the international nuclear agreement with Iran. Sounding very much like a conservative, Canova has told local voters Wasserman Schutltz may have been “duped” by Obama administration officials.
* Bill Kristol claimed over the holiday weekend that there will be an “impressive” independent candidate, who’ll have “a strong team and a real chance.” Given Kristol’s track record, we should probably assume the opposite is true.
* There were some concerns over the weekend that the Wyoming Democratic Convention could see Nevada-like unrest, but by all accounts, it turned out to be a rather placid gathering.
* At a campaign event in California, Donald Trump suggested Hillary Clinton isn’t “presidential” because he doesn’t like the sound of her voice.
* Sarah Palin continues to be a notable Trump advocate, telling journalists on Friday that Trump is “now the ‘We the people’ nominee, so suck it up cupcake.”
* Michele Fiore, a far-right assemblywoman and congressional candidate, recently argued she has the right to point a gun at police officers if they point their gun first. Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers Executive Director Rick McCann responded in a letter, “Ms. Fiore, we no longer see you as a passionate advocate for your Second Amendment rights, which we support. Rather, these comments were utterly irresponsible, an embarrassment to your District and our State, and they continue to demonstrate why you are unqualified to hold the position of United States Congresswoman.”