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 wasn’t long ago that New York Republican Dan Donovan was a controversial district attorney in the Eric Garner case. As of last night, he’s now Rep.-elect Dan Donovan, poised to replace former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who resigned in disgrace in January.
* In the world of Canadian politics, the election results in Alberta last night were effectively an earthquake. A Canadian friend of mine emailed me this morning to say it’s the American equivalent of Bernie Sanders winning in “both Houston and Austin on a platform of raising corporate taxes.”
* In Iowa, the new Quinnipiac poll shows Scott Walker leading the Republican presidential field with 21% support, followed by Rand Paul and Marco Rubio with 13% each. The poll shows Jeb Bush running a woeful seventh in Iowa, with just 5%.
* As Rachel mentioned on the show last night, the Democratic National Committee announced its plans yesterday to host six presidential debates beginning in the fall. Though a variety of details need to be worked out, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina will host one each in advance of their primaries and caucuses.
* Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, has already endorsed the DNC schedule.
* Speaking of the former Secretary of State, the latest New York Times/CBS poll found that Americans “now view Mrs. Clinton more favorably and as a stronger leader than they did earlier in the year, despite weeks of scrutiny about her ethics.”
* As if Gov. Chris Christie (R) didn’t have enough to worry about, the latest Monmouth University poll found that New Jersey Republicans believe Jeb Bush and Scott Walker would both make a better president than their ambitious governor.
* In Arizona, PPP’s latest survey suggests Sen. John McCain might be vulnerable in a Republican primary. In a hypothetical match-up against Rep. David Schweikert (R), the incumbent senator only leads by one point. McCain fares a little better against potential Democratic opponents in a general election.
* And former Gov. Rick Perry was a proponent of the Export-Import Bank, which has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support, but in an apparent bid to impress the far-right, the Texas Republican announced in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that he’s “changing his mind.”