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:
* Outgoing Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) hasn't officially said whether he'll run to fill John Kerry's vacancy, but he offered a pretty big hint this morning when he went after Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) over his residency. Markey was born and raised in Massachusetts and owns a family home in Malden, but also owns a home in suburban DC.
* In Illinois, state Sen. Donne Trotter (D) was widely seen as a top contender in the upcoming special election to fill former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s (D-Ill.) vacancy, but he dropped out of the race over the weekend. In early December, Trotter was charged with trying to board an airplane with a weapon.
* Speaking of Illinois, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley appears to be gearing up for a gubernatorial campaign in his home state, preparing to take on incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in a Democratic primary.
* In Texas, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's campaign manager, longtime GOP consultant Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield, is suspected of stealing as much as $1 million from political accounts over the past several years.
* In Hawaii, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), who was passed over the state's U.S. Senate vacancy, is reportedly receiving "a lot of pressure" to run against Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) in 2014. Abercrombie appointed his lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz (D), to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye's (D) seat last week.
* We haven't heard the last of former South Carolina Gov. Mark "Appalachian Trail" Sanford (R), who is reportedly going to run for Tim Scott's (R) U.S. House seat once Scott moves up to the Senate.
* And speaking of comebacks, former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) is reportedly eyeing a second run at his old job. Culver lost as an incumbent in 2010 to Terry Branstad (R).