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:
* “Right to Rise Policy Solutions” will be able to receive unlimited, anonymous contributions: “Jeb Bush has given his tacit endorsement to a new group that can collect unlimited amounts of money in secret, part of a bold effort by his advisers to create a robust external political operation before he declares his expected White House bid.”
* The process to replace Harry Reid as the Senate Democratic Leader has proven to be quite easy – New York’s Chuck Schumer has it wrapped up – but the race for Senate Democratic Whip is more complicated. Current Whip Dick Durbin claims Schumer privately assured Durbin he can keep his post, but Schumer denies having made such a promise. Patty Murray, meanwhile, is rumored to be interested in Durbin’s post.
* The new Washington Post/ABC poll shows congressional Democrats more popular than congressional Republicans, with approval ratings of 38% to 27%, respectively. President Obama remains far more popular than both, with 47% support.
* Retired Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), eyeing a possible comeback in 2016, has added his voice to the criticism of his home state’s new right-to-discriminate law.
* Though most of the major presidential candidates are likely to formally launch their campaigns this month, right-wing neurosurgeon Ben Carson said yesterday he won’t announce his official plans until the first week in May.
* Former Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R) last day as a federal lawmaker was yesterday, and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) announced that the special election to replace him will be July 24. The primaries will be June 8.
* And speaking of Illinois, with Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D) kicking off her U.S. Senate campaign this week, Raja Krishnamoorthi, the president of a small renewable energies company and former deputy treasurer of Illinois, is eager to replace her. Krishnamoorthi ran in a primary against Duckworth in 2012, but came up short.