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:
* The DCCC has a new web video out, making the case that Paul Ryan’s budget plan cost Republicans House seats in 2012, and Democrats are aiming for similar results in 2014.
* Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele raised a very important point on msnbc this morning about his party’s minority outreach: “How does Reince Priebus reconcile his approach and his agreement with voter registration policies that many in the black community view as anti-black [and] racist?”
* In Florida, Public Policy Polling shows incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R) struggling against his likely Democratic rivals in hypothetical general-election match ups, including a 12-point deficit against former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now a Democrat.
* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will speak at the Iowa Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner in May, reinforcing the perception that the senator is gearing up for a national campaign.
* Speaking of Kentucky, Democrats are closely eyeing the 2014 race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), but some in the party are skeptical about actor Ashley Judd’s chances. Former President Bill Clinton is reportedly trying to recruit Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, to take on the incumbent senator.
* And in Tennessee, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R) is burdened by more scandals than he knows what to do with, but DesJarlais “hasn’t become an outcast,” hasn’t been punished by his party, and received re-election fundraising assistance this week from six influential GOP colleagues, including three committee chairs and two potential Senate candidates.