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:
* In Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, it now appears state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) has advocated nullification even more extensively than previously reported.
* On a related note, Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate has unveiled a new, minute-long television ad, blasting Ernst for wanting to “protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.”
* And in still more Iowa news, Rep. Bruce Braley (D) is also going on the offensive against Ernst, highlighting her opposition to a minimum-wage increase in a new ad.
* In Ohio, though some recent polling pointed to a competitive gubernatorial race, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. John Kasich (R) with a double-digit lead over Ed FitzGerald (D), 48% to 36%.
* Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes unveiled a new ad this week featuring Kentucky resident Illene Woods asking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) why he voted “two times against the Violence Against Women Act … and against enforcing equal pay for women.”
* Speaking of Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who already claims to have written some books, is reportedly preparing to release a new book that will go “beyond the left-right paradigm kind of thing.” As for whether this the book’s release may be related to his national ambitions, the Republican senator joked, “Just coincidence, probably just coincidence, yeah.”
* And in Tennessee, where Tea Partiers still hold out hope they can defeat an incumbent Republican senator, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) claims to have internal polling showing him with a 30-point lead over far-right opponent Joe Carr.