The Note: The Note

The AP reports on a Texas district judge's decision to refuse to drop money laundering and other charges against two associates of Tom DeLay. LINK

The recently appointed RNC treasurer Robert Kjellander and the Carlyle Group have received subpoenas for documents related to a federal investigation into possible corruption at a state pension fund, reports the Associated Press. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Proof that the media might never tire of the same old "Mike Huckabee is thin" story: Ginia Bellafante's Little-Rocked-datelined story in today's New York Times food section. LINK

Both the Boston Herald and the Globe report that Gov. Romney is facing more delays with his state judicial nominees. LINK and LINK

Some key Republican fundraisers in the Tampa, FL area are interested in pursuing a bid to host the 2008 Republican National Committee there. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The AP reports that Dr. Dean provided a tiny dose of relief for New Hampshire and Iowa on Monday with his prognosis that the 2008 primary calendar should only undergo a minor transformation. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The Schwarzenegger-backed redistricting reform initiative suffered its second court defeat yesterday and may not be on the special election ballot this November, reports the Los Angeles Times. LINK

2006:

Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times just misses must-read status as he explores the debate between liberal Internet activists and Rahm Emanuel's DCCC about how best to expand the playing field for House seats in 2006. LINK

Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) and Judy Baar Topinka are holding off on deciding whether or not to run for the Republican nomination for governor until they get a better sense of what former Gov. Jim Edgar intends to do. The Chicago Tribune's Rick Pearson has the details. LINK

The NRSC pushback was successful. The Montana Democratic Party is planning on changing a couple of words in its Burns/Abramoff ad after some stations indicated they would refuse to air it. LINK

2005:

The latest horserace poll numbers in the New Jersey gubernatorial race, courtesy of Quinnipiac University: Sen. Jon Corzine garners 50 percent of the vote versus Doug Forrester's 40 percent. The poll among likely voters was taken from Aug. 3, 2005 -- Aug. 8, 2005 and has a margin of error of 3.2 percent. No Carla Katz or Heartland Fidelity Insurance questions were asked.

The New York Daily News' Dave Saltonstall leads his Marist Poll coverage with the 75 percent of New Yorkers who believe Michael Bloomberg is going to win a second term. LINK

Mayor Bloomberg and Mr. Ferrer go back and forth on who said what when, crowding out the other Democrats. LINK and LINK and LINK

The Mayor does Politics 101 and saves a Brooklyn carousel, and for his trouble gets glowing stories in the Times, and Post (and/but a Bloomberg-as-boy classic Post photo composite too). LINK and LINK

The New York Times' Diane Cardwell gives Mr. Ferrer a long, loving profile, emphasizing the bootstraps, as part of the paper's series on the candidates. LINK

The return of John Del Cecato, in 2-D. LINK

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