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 Texas and Roll Call published a good piece on some of the more notable federal races to keep an eye on. Left unmentioned, however, is the Republican primary in the lieutenant governor’s race, which is also well worth watching.
* The new Washington Post/ABC News poll offers familiar results: Democrats lead Republicans in most of the key areas, but Republicans are still positioned to make gains in the 2014 midterms.
* In Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has begun pushing state lawmakers to change state law so that he can run for president and re-election to the Senate at the same time in 2016. Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer (R) said this week he’s “working on clarifying an ambiguous state law” on Paul’s behalf.
* Sen. Pat Roberts (R), facing a primary fight in Kansas, told a local paper this week he’s “always had the privilege, or something, of representing the Kansas Republican Party over troubled waters.” It’s not clear what “or something” means.
* The Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity has launched an attack ad in Alaska targeting Sen. Mark Begich (D), accusing him of “supporting a carbon tax … that will cost the average family over $2,000 annually.” That’s really not true.
* In New Jersey, Sen. Cory Booker (D) will have to run again for a full term of his own, but in a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll, the Democratic senator leads his likely Republican opponent by 33 points.
* And in Arkansas, state law doesn’t allow candidates to include military titles on the ballot, so Conrad Reynolds, a Republican congressional candidate, formally changed his legal name to Colonel Conrad Reynolds. The GOP candidate is, as his name implies, a retired Army colonel.