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:
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Jeb Bush announced yesterday that he’s skipping the quadrennial Iowa Straw Poll. With much of the party souring on the event, the former Florida governor probably won’t be the last.
* Voters in Mississippi’s 1st district voted in a congressional special election yesterday, with Democrat Walter Zinn and Republican Trent Kelly coming out on top. The two will face off in a runoff next month, with the winner succeeding the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R), who died in February.
* There was some confusion yesterday about whether or not Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) plans to run for the Senate in California next year. A leaked draft announcement said she’d launch her statewide campaign tomorrow, but the congresswoman herself said late yesterday that she hasn’t decided on the race.
* Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will be backed next year by a super PAC called Correct the Record, which is “splitting off from its parent group, American Bridge, an organization focused on conducting opposition research on Republican candidates. American Bridge and Correct the Record both are connected to a close Clinton ally, David Brock.”
* Speaking of Team Clinton, the Democratic campaign filed suit this week, challenging Ohio’s voting restrictions, alleging the Republican-imposed hurdles are intended to “suppress the votes of minorities, students, and other Democratic-leaning groups.”
* With just a week remaining before the Republican primary in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, a new Bluegrass Poll shows a very competitive three-way contest. Matt Bevin leads with 27% in the poll, followed by James Comer with 26%, and Hal Heiner with 25%.
* David Chesley, the political director for Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) presidential campaign in Kentucky, will not lose his job after he was filmed licking a tracker’s camera at an event this week.
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) brought his unannounced presidential campaign to Israel yesterday, where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Republican governor has blocked media access to his trip, but Walker posted a photo of the two men on Twitter.
* Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) spent the last several weeks weighing the possibility of a U.S. Senate campaign next year, but the California Democrat announced yesterday that he’s skipping the race.