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:
* Progressive activists waiting to hear party leaders call the Charleston massacre “terrorism” had reason to take note of Hillary Clinton’s speech yesterday. In remarks in Missouri – not far from the Michael Brown shooting – the Democratic frontrunner called last week’s murders “an act of racist terrorism perpetrated in a house of God.”
* To the great disappointment of the DSCC, former Sen. Kay Hagan (D) has decided not to make a comeback bid next year, leaving Democrats with no top-tier challenger in North Carolina to take on incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R).
* In Kentucky, one of three states hosting gubernatorial elections this year, PPP now shows a tight race, with Matt Bevin (R) leading Jack Conway (D), 38% to 35%, with independent Drew Curtis drawing 6%. In a head-to-head matchup, Bevin’s lead shrinks from three points to two.
* The Kentucky poll was touted by Republican staffers who’ve previously said all PPP surveys should be ignored.
* On a related note, Conway, the state’s attorney general, announced this morning that he supports removing a Jefferson Davis statue from the state capitol. The Democrat was much slower to draw this conclusion than he should have been.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) will reportedly announce his presidential plans “by the end of the month.” Since June ends on Tuesday, this suggests we can expect a decision within the next six days.
* Right-wing provocateur Ann Coulter blasted South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) last night as “an immigrant” who “does not understand America’s history.” Haley was born in South Carolina and is not an immigrant.
* Ben Carson, the only African-American candidate in the crowded Republican presidential field, was unimpressed with his rivals for downplaying the racist motivation of the Charleston murders. “There are people who are claiming that they can lead this country who dare not call this tragedy an act of racism, a hate crime, for fear of offending a particular segment of the electorate,” he said.