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:
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) took another step closer to the 2016 presidential race yesterday, launching a testing-the-waters committee called “Our American Revival.” At this point, five Republicans have formally entered the exploratory phase: Walker, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and oddly enough, Lindsey Graham.
* The Koch brothers hosted a donor forum over the weekend, and an informal straw poll at the gathering showed most attendees preferred Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the presidential race. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) did not fare as well.
* Speaking of Rubio, the far-right Floridian argued yesterday that Congress should permanently extend expansive NSA surveillance powers. I guess he’s not worried about the GOP’s libertarian wing. [Update: Frank Luntz, who conducted the “poll,” is now downplaying the results. “It was a random question,” Luntz said. “It was only to a few people.”]
* Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch has apparently made it quite clear that he does not want Mitt Romney to run yet another Republican presidential campaign.
* There’s only one state in the nation where unemployment has increased significantly lately: Louisiana. It’s the kind of detail that might cause trouble for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) presidential campaign.
* Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), who’s also moving towards the presidential race, said he was shocked to discover women using profanity in the workplace during his tenure at Fox News. He referred to the practice as “trashy.”
* Matt Bevin, who launched a deeply troubled primary challenge to incumbent Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in Kentucky last year, is now running for governor in the Bluegrass State.
* And speaking of primary challenges, Sen. John McCain (R) will reportedly seek a sixth term in Arizona next year, though Republican Reps. Matt Salmon and David Schweikert are discussing whether to take the incumbent on in a primary. Salmon and Schweikert are reportedly working cooperatively, and if one runs against McCain, the other won’t.