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:
* Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge-fund founder, is prepared to spend as much as $100 million this year, “seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers.” Steyer’s political apparatus is already eyeing campaigns in Florida and Iowa, among others.
* In Georgia’s competitive U.S. Senate primary, Rep. Paul Broun (R) has begun slamming Rep. Jack Kingston (R) for his consistent support of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who Broun sees as insufficiently conservative. As a rule, it’s unusual for GOP candidates to blast other GOP candidates in a GOP primary for being too loyal to GOP leaders.
* Speaking of competitive U.S. Senate primaries, in Hawaii, a new statewide poll shows Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) edging past appointed Sen. Brian Schatz (D), 48% to 40%.
* In Minnesota, the latest poll from the Minneapolis Star Tribune shows Sen. Al Franken (D) with an impressive 55% approval rating going into his re-election fight in November.
* The same poll found Gov. Mark Dayton (D), who’s also up for a second term this year, with an even higher approval rating of 58%.
* And in Texas, Republican candidates for lieutenant governor are running ads touting their opposition to President Obama, which is odd, given that the lieutenant governor of Texas doesn’t have much to do with opposing the White House.