Amount the Koch brothers’ political operation intends to spend in the run-up to the 2016 elections, Politico reports. “The spending goal, shared with donors at a Monday morning session at the Rancho Mirage Ritz Carlton, reflects the sweeping ambition of a private conservative political network that in many ways has eclipsed the power of the official Republican Party. The $889 million spending goal dwarfs the $404 million the Republican National Committee spent during the 2012 election and the $188 million it dropped during last year’s midterm campaign.”
President Barack Obama’s job approval rating less than a week after his State of the Union speech, according to Gallup Daily tracking conducted Friday through Sunday. This is the first time the president’s rating has returned to that level in Gallup’s ongoing three-day rolling averages since June 2013.
The percentage of U.S. adults who are obese in 2014, according to Gallup. That is up more than two percentage points since 2008 and is the highest obesity rate Gallup and Healthways have measured in seven years of tracking it.
Amount Republican Jeb Bush is telling donors they they must raise by March 31 to join his “national executive committee,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “A pledge form for Mr. Bush’s newly formed Right to Rise political committee offers other levels of membership: donors who collect $250,000 by March 31 can join the ‘national committee,’ $100,000 to join the ‘state executive committee’ and $50,000 for the ‘state committee.’”
Number of books about the topics of diet, exercise, bariatric surgery or self-help weight loss that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) has received since he’s been in office. “The records show that gift-givers have seen fit to shower the governor with virtually every diet book, CD, DVD and weight loss kit available,” the Newark Star Ledger reports.
Number of events in cities across the country Jeb Bush operatives have scheduled “to raise money for his federal leadership political action committee, which can accept money only in limited amounts, and his super PAC, which can accept checks in unlimited amounts,” the Washington Examiner reports.
Of all Republicans “still maintain a positive view of the party’s 2012 nominee, compared to just 37% who said the same about Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor,” a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. “Mr. Romney does more than 20 percentage points better among self-identified tea party supporters and core Republican voters than does Mr. Bush, who last ran for office in 2002.
Percentage of Republican voters who said they support raising the personal income tax on those earning $1 million a year to 50%, “the same rate taxed under President Reagan,” with 33% opposing, according to a new GBA Strategies poll. When asked whether they support raising the tax rate on personal income above $1 million annually without the Reagan reference, 36% of Republicans supported the plan and 47% of Republicans were opposed. The rest were undecided.
Of most Hispanic households in the U.S. watch Univision, but “The Republican National Committee announced Friday which networks landed 2016 presidential debates — and Univision, the most-watched Spanish-language network, didn’t make the cut,” the Huffington Post reports.
Hillary Clinton’s lead over Mitt Romney’s 43% in a race for president, a new Democracy Corps survey shows. Clinton leads Jeb Bush by double-digits, 52% to 40%.