The Note: Everything That Ought to Be Up Is Down

During his speech to a packed Center for American Progress yesterday, Sen. John Edwards talked about his "College for Everyone" proposal and said that he would soon announce plans for a "pilot program" in "one county in North Carolina" where "College for Everyone" was going to be implemented.

Per Kim Rubey, Edwards' savvy and stylish spokeswoman, the Tarheel heads to Russia today for the Council on Foreign Relations task force that he's heading with former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp.

2008: Republicans:

Gov. Romney denies rumors that he will leave his governorship to head a White House appointed position to assist with the Katrina clean up, reports the Boston Herald. LINK

Under the header "Good omen?," the Washington Times writes that "There will be a President Allen, whether Sen. George Allen makes the cut in 2008 or not: at least on ABC's new show "Commander in Chief," starring Geena Davis as President Mackenzie Allen." LINK


The New York Times reports on the expected 1199/SEIU and David Dinkins endorsements headed Ferrer's way, despite Michael Bloomberg's attempts to win them. LINK

How many questions at today's 1199/Ferrer endorsement press conference will be about a possible quid pro quo? And will the candidate follow his staff's advice about how to answer?


Jeanine Pirro yesterday slammed both President and Sen. Clinton, calling the former "unbelievable" for refusing to advise his wife to pledge to serve out a full second term and the latter "outrageous" for not divulging her plans for the future. LINK

The Des Moines Register's political columnist David Yepsen foresees a ghost of elections past hovering over Iowa's 2006 G.O.P. gubernatorial primary. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

In a telephone interview with ABC News yesterday, actor Warren Beatty left open the door for a possible run for governor of California in 2006 as a Democrat against Republican-actor-turned-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"I don't want to run for governor," Beatty said. "But I don't think anyone should put public service out of the question because that's not what a good citizen does."

"I think people have an obligation to say what they think," he added.

Beatty would not provide details as to what timetable he is using to make a decision about a possible run for governor. But he did point to two recent speeches as indications of where he would lead the state. Schwarzenegger announced last week that he will seek re-election next year. LINK and LINK

In Oakland on Thursday, Beatty will deliver a 9:30 pm ET keynote speech to the biennial convention of the California Nurses' Association. The state's nurses have been sparring with Schwarzenegger because of his decision to block implementation of previously-passed legislation that would reduce nurse-to-patient ratios.

Beatty, who has been critical of the Democratic Party in the past for being too conservative, does not appear to be motivated by any animus towards the two Democrats currently seeking their party's gubernatorial nomination in 2006.

"They are both terrific," he said, referring to state Treasurer Phil Angelides and state Controller Steve Westley.

House of Labor:

We couldn't help but Notice that three Democrats who might seek the White House in 2008 criticized President Bush yesterday for suspending the labor protections contained in the Davis-Bacon Act for hurricane-ravaged Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.

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