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:

* There’s a special election in California’s 36th congressional district today, pitting Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn (D) and businessman Craig Huey (R) in a competitive district generally won by Democrats. A PPP survey conducted by Daily Kos and SEIU, released yesterday, showed Hahn leading by eight points.

* The Wisconsin recall elections officially get started today.

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has gone from reaching out to Iowa Republicans to reaching out to New Hampshire Republicans. It would appear to be a pretty big hint about his possible presidential ambitions.

* It seems hard to believe, but Public Policy Polling shows Rep. Jim Matheson (D) with modest leads in Utah’s 2012 Senate race against both Orrin Hatch and his likely GOP primary challenger, Jason Chaffetz.

* With Kentucky’s gubernatorial race just four months away, the Republican Governors Association is launching a new attack ad against incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear (D). Beshear has a big lead over GOP nominee David Williams, but the RGA has so much money, it can afford to run ads in a race Republicans widely expect to lose.

* Newt Gingrich, the thrice-divorced presidential candidate, won’t sign the right-wing “Marriage Vow” pledge without some suggested edits.

* The far-right Club for Growth has put together some new attack ads, slamming Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) for having voted in previous years to raise the debt ceiling. (Club for Growth’s president voted the same way during his congressional tenure.)

* Rudy Giuliani will announce his 2012 plans “very soon.” I’m not sure who, if anyone, cares.

* Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) lost his re-election bid by nearly 18 points last year, but nevertheless plans to make a comeback in 2012. The liberal firebrand told an Orlando TV station yesterday he plans to run for the House again, though it’s unclear which district he’ll choose.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.