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 if their other antics weren’t irksome enough, Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney now claim to be launching a new political operation called the Alliance for a Strong America.
* In Iowa’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Rep. Bruce Braley (D) with a modest lead over state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), 44% to 40%.
* In North Carolina’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, PPP shows incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D) with a five-point lead over state Rep. Thom Tillis (R), 39% to 34%. In an odd twist, Libertarian Sean Haugh is polling at unusually high levels, enjoying 11% support in the polls.
* Speaking of North Carolina, EMILY’s List’s “Women Vote” project has a tough new ad, targeting Tillis over his deep cuts to education spending in the state.
* Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation has its own new ad in North Carolina, attacking Hagan over health care, though the ad includes claims that aren’t true.
* In Minnesota, PPP shows incumbent Sen. Al Franken (D) leading Republican challenger Mike McFadden by double digits, 49% to 38%.
* The Florida Democratic Party is launching a hard-hitting spot in the gubernatorial race, reminding voters that Gov. Rick Scott (R) was involved in the largest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history.
* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) believes, “I’m more Jewish than you think I am.” I have no idea what that means.
* And in Arizona, a congressional candidate who switched parties and changed his name to Cesar Chavez is no longer on the ballot following a court ruling yesterday.