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Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 1.2.19

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will be in Iowa this weekend, with events scheduled for Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Des Moines. It'll be the senator's first campaign swing as a presidential hopeful.

* Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) hasn't yet formally announced his 2020 plans, but he told The Atlantic that he will launch a presidential campaign, and his principal focus will be on the climate crisis.

* Starting next week, more than 1 million Floridians who are former felons are supposed to be able to register to vote under a new, voter-approved law. Whether that'll happen in practice is the subject of some controversy.

* As Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) prepares to leave Capitol Hill, he continues to believe that "somebody" needs to challenge Donald Trump in a 2020 Republican primary. Though Flake suggested it may not be him, he added, "I haven't ruled it out."

* On a related note, the Washington Examiner  reports that a Republican National Committee member is moving forward with an effort to "change party rules to protect Trump from any long-shot primary challenge in 2020." This would reportedly include an early RNC endorsement of the incumbent, and changes to make it harder for a challenger to call for a vote on the convention floor.

* Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) reluctantly certified Rep.-elect Jared Golden's (D) congressional election late last week, but the governor wrote the words "stolen election" on the official documentation. (The election was not, in reality, stolen.)

* And in New York, state Sen. Simcha Felder was originally elected as a Democrat, but he spent the last several years caucusing with Republicans, which allowed the GOP to control the chamber. Now that voters in the Empire State have elected a sizable Democratic majority, Felder asked if he could rejoin the Democratic caucus. Party leaders politely declined.