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 took him a while, but Jeb Bush said during a campaign stop yesterday that he believes the Confederate battle flag has become a “racist” symbol.
* Speaking of the former Florida governor, Bush is reportedly planning to release 33 years of tax returns today. A campaign spokesperson boasted, “This is more than any presidential candidate in the history of the United States,” and as far as I know, that’s true.
* President Obama’s approval rating is up to 50% in the new national CNN poll, its highest point in two years. I can guarantee this is a number Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns are keeping an eye on – the more popular Obama becomes, the more it affects the public’s appetite for sweeping national changes.
* Marco Rubio has made no secret of his hopes to win over megadonor Sheldon Adelson’s support, and to that end, it matters that GOP fundraising bundler Phil Rosen is getting behind the Florida senator’s campaign.
* And speaking of Rubio, the Republican’s campaign has already begun “reserving television airtime in the first four nominating states, seven months before a vote is cast.”
* Ted Cruz has a new book out and it apparently goes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in rather direct ways. Cruz is basing much of his Republican presidential campaign on his hostility for the Beltway establishment.
* For all of his progressive values, Bernie Sanders hasn’t always championed new measures on gun safety, though the independent senator said over the weekend that he backs “common-sense legislation” balancing public safety against gun rights.
* And speaking of Vermonters, in a bit of a surprise, Rep. Peter Welch (D) has decided to run for re-election, rather than run for governor in 2016.