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Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 1.26.15

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
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:
* The DNC announced late last week that the 2016 Democratic National Convention will begin July 25, 2016, just a few days after the Republican convention ends, and just a week before the start of the Olympics. Democratic officials have not yet announced the location of the event. 
* The band Dropkick Murphys has urged Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) to stop using their music at his campaign events. The band told the far-right presidential hopeful, "[W]e literally hate you."
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will move one step closer to the presidential trail today, launching a new political action committee called "Leadership Matters For America," while also hiring an eight-member team to help head up his national operation.
* On a related note, Christie has reportedly brought on Phil Valenziano to lead his Iowa operation. Valenziano, a New Jersey native, was Mitt Romney's Iowa field director during the 2012 nomination fight.
* And speaking of campaign hires, Scott Walker has picked up David Polyansky for his Iowa operation.This was no small feat as  Polyansky, Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-Iowa) top strategist last year,  was in demand.
* Reflecting on his national plans, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said on "Meet the Press" yesterday, "Well, you become an active candidate, then you file the FEC papers. But I think it's pretty evident that I'm moving in that direction."
* And in Louisiana, where Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) hopes to be elected governor later this year, state Treasurer John Kennedy (R) has positioned himself as Vitter's likely Senate successor. Kennedy was a conservative Democrat before switching parties in 2007. He last ran for the Senate in 2004, as a Dem.